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Stephen Ingraham

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Christian, birder, photographer, blogger...

Occupation: Retired. Senior Brand Advocate for Birding and Wildlife Observation: Carl Zeiss Sports Optics

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Landscape Photography Show13,713*Landscape Photography Show #46: Power Points* In the last two events, we explored the horizontal and vertical rule of thirds lines and how they divide your frame into 9 equal parts.  It's always great to set a horizon on the lower or upper horizontal line.  It's also good to place a strong element along one of the vertical rule of thirds lines. This event will focus on where the two vertical and horizontal rule of thirds lines intersect.  We call those Power Points.  There are 4 of them: upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. Placing a strong element at one of the Power Points can really improve the composition, drama, and power of your photograph.  Examples:  the single red leaf on a green tree; the eye of anything wildlife, and the setting sun on the horizon.    Some landscape photographs really appeal to us and others seem boring. Do you know why?  Your brain is being stimulated by composition, color, and contrast and it's all subconscious.  Your photos can be more interesting and appealing by knowing rules of composition and when to break those rules. Power Points are what we want practice with this event.  Show us something special place at one of the intersection points of those vertical and horizontal lines.   1.  Share your landscape photograph that displays something special at one of the Power Points.       2.  In a comment on the photograph tell us which Power Point you used: upper left, upper right, lower left, or lower right.  Explain how you used this technique in your composition.  If you break the Power Point rules, tell us why.  Also give us some information about the location and any challenges that you faced.  We want to know the details about your photograph. 3.  Other participants will be discussing how you used this technique and asking you questions.  Please join the discussion on other photographs as well. 4.  This event is all about PARTICIPATION and DISCUSSION.  Please don't post a photo and leave.  The LPS reserves the right to remove photos without your comment.    General Rules: 1) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be removed from the event. 2) You MUST have complete EXIF data for your photo.  Within the event, select your photo and view it large.  Look for the "photo details" on the right.  It should be complete with the date the photo was taken, camera and lens information, ISO, f stop, speed etc.  Photos that don't have complete EXIF data will be removed.  Others will learn from seeing what you have done. 3) Only ONE photograph per person is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 4) Circle the @114888971165518552849 page. 5) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, July 13, 2015, 10 am CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 6) Curator favorites will be shared to the @105588730866970114510 theme page.  Circle the curators and engage them in conversation.  You will learn lots from them!! 7) CuratLPS Event #46: Power Points2015-07-06 17:00:00344  
Landscape Photography Community10,728*Landscape Photography Community:  One of a Kind* *General Rules* 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community (LPC)!!  Please circle the @106632923256517196664 page. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  Do NOT share someone else's photo.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. *4) You MUST have complete EXIF data for your photo.  Within the event, select your photo and view it large.  Look for the "photo details" on the right.  It should be complete with the date the photo was taken, camera and lens information, ISO, speed, f stop etc.  Photos that don't have complete EXIF data will be removed.* 5) This must be a photograph suitable for the Landscape Photography Community.  6) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 7) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, July 6, 2015, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 8) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. 9) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest. 10) Technical Requirements: Enable "sharing" on your photo.  If it receives honors, we want to be able to share it!!  Enable "comments" on your photo.  We want to say how great it is!!  Enable "plus ones" so everyone can give it a big plus!!LPC Contest #43: One of a Kind2015-06-29 22:00:00464  

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2017-02-23 15:42:30 (30 comments; 6 reshares; 150 +1s; )Open 

Just before dawn, looking south along Point Loma in San Diego California. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Most reshares: 11

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2017-02-12 12:28:19 (22 comments; 11 reshares; 231 +1s; )Open 

Mousam River in the February freeze. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Most plusones: 231

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2017-02-12 12:28:19 (22 comments; 11 reshares; 231 +1s; )Open 

Mousam River in the February freeze. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

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2017-02-26 00:58:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

February 25
Burrowing Owl on the bank above
the San Diego River, right by the
Sports Arena Bridge. What at treat!
Sat in a big patch of Ice Plant, a
mound really, at the mouth, obviously
of a Ground Squirrel burrow, the
sun in its bright yellow eyes, turning
its head side to side, and occasionally
looking straight at me. I felt privileged
to be included in its gaze. Privileged! 

February 25
Burrowing Owl on the bank above
the San Diego River, right by the
Sports Arena Bridge. What at treat!
Sat in a big patch of Ice Plant, a
mound really, at the mouth, obviously
of a Ground Squirrel burrow, the
sun in its bright yellow eyes, turning
its head side to side, and occasionally
looking straight at me. I felt privileged
to be included in its gaze. Privileged! ___

2017-02-25 15:25:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

February 24
Oh to be in California when the
Double Crested Cormorants are
double crested...a few short weeks
during breeding season they sport
amazing white eyebrows on either
side...not crests really, but I can
see where the name came from,
which most of the year is a total
mystery. It restores my faith in
in the folks who name birds,
(once I stop laughing at the idea
that they might have named it
the Groucho Marks Pelican, and
more aptly and precisely at that!)

February 24
Oh to be in California when the
Double Crested Cormorants are
double crested...a few short weeks
during breeding season they sport
amazing white eyebrows on either
side...not crests really, but I can
see where the name came from,
which most of the year is a total
mystery. It restores my faith in
in the folks who name birds,
(once I stop laughing at the idea
that they might have named it
the Groucho Marks Pelican, and
more aptly and precisely at that!)___

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2017-02-25 15:04:16 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 132 +1s; )Open 

The view from La Jolla Cove, La Jolla California. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

The view from La Jolla Cove, La Jolla California. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-25 14:55:35 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

La Jolla Pelican
The San Diego Birding Festival show did not open until 3PM yesterday so I spent the morning and early afternoon at two of my favorite San Diego area spots for photography: La Jolla Cove and Cabrillo National Monument.

At La Jolla this time of year you have breeding plumage Brown Pelicans in large numbers, as well as both Brant's and Double Creasted Cormorants...and of course, lots of Sea Lions at the north end of the cove, and Harbor Seals at the south end. It is pupping time for the seals and they are out on Children's Pool Beach. It is a great place for photography and I can spend several hours just walking up and down the path along the top of the cliffs.

This Brown Pelican is showing full colors. Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4.5. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

La Jolla Pelican
The San Diego Birding Festival show did not open until 3PM yesterday so I spent the morning and early afternoon at two of my favorite San Diego area spots for photography: La Jolla Cove and Cabrillo National Monument.

At La Jolla this time of year you have breeding plumage Brown Pelicans in large numbers, as well as both Brant's and Double Creasted Cormorants...and of course, lots of Sea Lions at the north end of the cove, and Harbor Seals at the south end. It is pupping time for the seals and they are out on Children's Pool Beach. It is a great place for photography and I can spend several hours just walking up and down the path along the top of the cliffs.

This Brown Pelican is showing full colors. Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4.5. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-24 14:01:04 (9 comments; 7 reshares; 128 +1s; )Open 

The sun just rising behind me, looking out over the Pacific at the mouth of the San Diego River, in San Diego California. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

The sun just rising behind me, looking out over the Pacific at the mouth of the San Diego River, in San Diego California. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-24 13:56:14 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Bird of Paradise
I always enjoy the many Bird of Paradise plants when I visit San Diego in February, and it is traditional that I post a pic of one on my first full day. The most common are the smaller varieties with the orange and bright blue flowers, but there are also many of the giant variety, with black, white, and pale blue flowers. The big flowers weather rapidly, and it is rare to see one in its full glory. These are just opening, quite fresh, and still very attractive. It is an odd view, as the flowers on the giant plant are generally above my head. This was taken from the balcony of my hotel room, looking down on the flowers.

Sony Rx10iii at 435mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. 1/250th @ ISO 200 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Bird of Paradise
I always enjoy the many Bird of Paradise plants when I visit San Diego in February, and it is traditional that I post a pic of one on my first full day. The most common are the smaller varieties with the orange and bright blue flowers, but there are also many of the giant variety, with black, white, and pale blue flowers. The big flowers weather rapidly, and it is rare to see one in its full glory. These are just opening, quite fresh, and still very attractive. It is an odd view, as the flowers on the giant plant are generally above my head. This was taken from the balcony of my hotel room, looking down on the flowers.

Sony Rx10iii at 435mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. 1/250th @ ISO 200 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-23 15:42:30 (30 comments; 6 reshares; 150 +1s; )Open 

Just before dawn, looking south along Point Loma in San Diego California. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Just before dawn, looking south along Point Loma in San Diego California. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-23 15:39:44 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Dawn Gull
I am in San Diego for the San Diego Birding Festival where I will represent ZEISS so I waited for dawn and got out to the beach. Staying in a different hotel this year…right on the beach at the mouth of the San Diego River. My room faces the Channel, but the Pacific face is just down the beach. There, were, of course, lots of gulls on the beach this morning, waiting for the sun. Gulls are not my strong suit, and immature gulls are pretty much a complete mystery to me, but I think this is just an immature Western Gull. The first rays of the sun were just touching him as he looked out to sea.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 250 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Dawn Gull
I am in San Diego for the San Diego Birding Festival where I will represent ZEISS so I waited for dawn and got out to the beach. Staying in a different hotel this year…right on the beach at the mouth of the San Diego River. My room faces the Channel, but the Pacific face is just down the beach. There, were, of course, lots of gulls on the beach this morning, waiting for the sun. Gulls are not my strong suit, and immature gulls are pretty much a complete mystery to me, but I think this is just an immature Western Gull. The first rays of the sun were just touching him as he looked out to sea.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 250 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-02-23 13:41:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

February 23
An evening flight, Newark to San Diego,
we took of into the sunset and chased it,
600 miles per hour and 30,000 feet up,
out across America. By the Mississippi
it was clearly pulling ahead, and it left
us entirely behind somewhere short of
the rockies, slipped away over the western
horizon and left us to fly blindly on into
the night sky...with only Venus, far west,
low and unusually bright, for a guide.

February 23
An evening flight, Newark to San Diego,
we took of into the sunset and chased it,
600 miles per hour and 30,000 feet up,
out across America. By the Mississippi
it was clearly pulling ahead, and it left
us entirely behind somewhere short of
the rockies, slipped away over the western
horizon and left us to fly blindly on into
the night sky...with only Venus, far west,
low and unusually bright, for a guide.___

2017-02-22 21:19:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

February 22
Sitting in Newark, at the airport,
waiting for my San Diego flight,
using the free wifi they force Bongo
to provide when they install a hot-
spot...slow...and short...just enough
maybe to answer an email or two,
and, if you are a poet, post a short
poem...though I doubt Bongo
anticipated their bandwidth being
used for the higher things in life,
nothing so celebral or so vital to
the human condition as poetry.

February 22
Sitting in Newark, at the airport,
waiting for my San Diego flight,
using the free wifi they force Bongo
to provide when they install a hot-
spot...slow...and short...just enough
maybe to answer an email or two,
and, if you are a poet, post a short
poem...though I doubt Bongo
anticipated their bandwidth being
used for the higher things in life,
nothing so celebral or so vital to
the human condition as poetry.___

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2017-02-22 11:24:31 (18 comments; 2 reshares; 196 +1s; )Open 

Storm breaking up. Those are picnic tables in the foreground. :) Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Storm breaking up. Those are picnic tables in the foreground. :) Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-22 11:11:04 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

Visiting the Kennebunk Eagle again...
I stopped by Roger's Pond Park in Kennebunk, only just over a mile from home here in Maine, twice yesterday. The first stop early there were no eagles. However, after my run to Walmart, I stopped on the way back, just in case, and there it was...on its usual perch across the river. Good light. No wind. And no obstructing branch. I was able to get as close as possible...right to the edge of the river on the frozen snow. It was still there, observing its territory, when I left.

Sony Rx10iii at 1200mm equivalent field of view. (In-camera crop.) Program mode. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Visiting the Kennebunk Eagle again...
I stopped by Roger's Pond Park in Kennebunk, only just over a mile from home here in Maine, twice yesterday. The first stop early there were no eagles. However, after my run to Walmart, I stopped on the way back, just in case, and there it was...on its usual perch across the river. Good light. No wind. And no obstructing branch. I was able to get as close as possible...right to the edge of the river on the frozen snow. It was still there, observing its territory, when I left.

Sony Rx10iii at 1200mm equivalent field of view. (In-camera crop.) Program mode. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-02-21 23:01:35 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

February 21
Doing a trial packing for my trip
to San Diego tomorrow. Just got
a call confirming my reservation
at the Ocean Villa Inn near the
mouth of the San Diego River
on Point Loma, right on the Pacific...
something at bit different than the
usual Sea World fair on Hotel
Circle off of Interstate 8. Trying
to work up some enthusiasm for
the trip...and the next (with only
24 hours between) to Jacksonville.
I am getting old I guess when the
idea of 6 days in sunny southern
California and 5 more in the
Sunshine State fails to thrill me.
Oh, I will be fine come Thursday
morning when I wake to the
sound of Pacific breakers off
the Point, seals barking and gulls
calling...and if I manage my
energy correctly I should have
enough left to get me to Florida
and home again next week.... more »

February 21
Doing a trial packing for my trip
to San Diego tomorrow. Just got
a call confirming my reservation
at the Ocean Villa Inn near the
mouth of the San Diego River
on Point Loma, right on the Pacific...
something at bit different than the
usual Sea World fair on Hotel
Circle off of Interstate 8. Trying
to work up some enthusiasm for
the trip...and the next (with only
24 hours between) to Jacksonville.
I am getting old I guess when the
idea of 6 days in sunny southern
California and 5 more in the
Sunshine State fails to thrill me.
Oh, I will be fine come Thursday
morning when I wake to the
sound of Pacific breakers off
the Point, seals barking and gulls
calling...and if I manage my
energy correctly I should have
enough left to get me to Florida
and home again next week. There
was a day, though, when I would
have laid awake all night with
excitement before such an
stimulating adventure, and not
had to manage anything to
survive it. That was a day.___

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2017-02-21 11:41:09 (17 comments; 5 reshares; 141 +1s; )Open 

Layers! Telephoto landscape employs compression to emphasize the graphic elements of the scene. The snow covered forest in the mid-ground adds impact. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Layers! Telephoto landscape employs compression to emphasize the graphic elements of the scene. The snow covered forest in the mid-ground adds impact. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-21 11:33:13 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

Beauty shot. Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Herons are easy subjects. They are abundant...especially off Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville Florida...big, calm, and attractively plumaged. They are not bright birds...that is their plumage does not have a lot of color...but they make up for it by posing for the camera. You might say that posing is what Great Blue Herons do best...though of course they are totally unaware that the way they go about their business is photogenic. I caught this bird in an ideal setting, framed by the reflections, in wonderful light, arrested motion in perfect balance and grace, and with a ruffling of the back feathers to lend visual interest. Even the ripples in the still water add to the beauty of the shot. No credit to me. I just pressed the shutter. :)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @... more »

Beauty shot. Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Herons are easy subjects. They are abundant...especially off Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville Florida...big, calm, and attractively plumaged. They are not bright birds...that is their plumage does not have a lot of color...but they make up for it by posing for the camera. You might say that posing is what Great Blue Herons do best...though of course they are totally unaware that the way they go about their business is photogenic. I caught this bird in an ideal setting, framed by the reflections, in wonderful light, arrested motion in perfect balance and grace, and with a ruffling of the back feathers to lend visual interest. Even the ripples in the still water add to the beauty of the shot. No credit to me. I just pressed the shutter. :)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-02-20 23:49:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

February 20
I don't know how long we have
had the wireless weather station...
going on 20 years maybe...and it
has been faithful through it all,
barring a few outages when the
batteries in the base unit died,
to tell us the inside and outside
temperature and humidity and
to provide relatively inaccutate
forecasts for the immediate
future (as well as moon phases
which I have never paid much
attention too)...but over the
weekend it stopped receiving
its data from the remote sensor.
It is maybe just the battery but
it is time, really, to retire it, so
having seen a whole rack of
more modern designs (20 years
is a long time in electronics...
like 40 generations) at Walmart,
I drove the 7 miles to the store.
Looks like wireless weather
stations were a popular item
at... more »

February 20
I don't know how long we have
had the wireless weather station...
going on 20 years maybe...and it
has been faithful through it all,
barring a few outages when the
batteries in the base unit died,
to tell us the inside and outside
temperature and humidity and
to provide relatively inaccutate
forecasts for the immediate
future (as well as moon phases
which I have never paid much
attention too)...but over the
weekend it stopped receiving
its data from the remote sensor.
It is maybe just the battery but
it is time, really, to retire it, so
having seen a whole rack of
more modern designs (20 years
is a long time in electronics...
like 40 generations) at Walmart,
I drove the 7 miles to the store.
Looks like wireless weather
stations were a popular item
at Christmas, or they are phasing
them out at Walmart...the rack
was practically empty...choices
too limited for me...so I came
back empty handed and fired
up the Amazon app...talk about
too many choices! There were
100 different models from a
dozen different makers...I settled
on one that was available under
about 5 different labels, figuring
if that many companies put their
name on it, it had to be decent,
and it had good reviews whatever
it was called. We shall see. It will
be here tomorrow. If it lasts another
20 years, I will be totally satisfied. ___

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2017-02-20 11:26:47 (21 comments; 8 reshares; 208 +1s; )Open 

Branch Brook marsh looking away out to sea. A very wintery scene. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Branch Brook marsh looking away out to sea. A very wintery scene. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-20 11:21:46 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Tricolor up and away...
This is the Tricolored Heron that owned the feeding rights along the stretch of water channel between the Blackpoint Wildlife Drive restrooms and the observation tower on the Cruickshank Trail at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. I was all focused and ready for a portrait when he sprang into action...moving down the channel a dozen yards.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed and cropped for composition in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Tricolor up and away...
This is the Tricolored Heron that owned the feeding rights along the stretch of water channel between the Blackpoint Wildlife Drive restrooms and the observation tower on the Cruickshank Trail at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. I was all focused and ready for a portrait when he sprang into action...moving down the channel a dozen yards.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed and cropped for composition in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-02-19 21:52:15 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

February 19
I got a bit of a chill walking around
my daughter's campus on Friday...
I should have known better, but with
temps predicted in the 50s on Saturday
I simply was not prepared for the wind
chill on Friday night...and, consequently
the slight ear and throat infection that
lives pretty much year round in my
body flared up. I am trying to beat it
back before I have to fly off to San
Diego with EmergenC and rest, but
my body today has that slightly slow,
slightly distanced feeling of being
unwell...just at the edge of diseased.
Still, it could be a lot worse. I have
hope that I will slide by the abyss of
an actual full-blown head, nose, and
throat infection, which generally then
depends into my lungs, and then re-
assends back to my ears and throat
before it is done with me. I have... more »

February 19
I got a bit of a chill walking around
my daughter's campus on Friday...
I should have known better, but with
temps predicted in the 50s on Saturday
I simply was not prepared for the wind
chill on Friday night...and, consequently
the slight ear and throat infection that
lives pretty much year round in my
body flared up. I am trying to beat it
back before I have to fly off to San
Diego with EmergenC and rest, but
my body today has that slightly slow,
slightly distanced feeling of being
unwell...just at the edge of diseased.
Still, it could be a lot worse. I have
hope that I will slide by the abyss of
an actual full-blown head, nose, and
throat infection, which generally then
depends into my lungs, and then re-
assends back to my ears and throat
before it is done with me. I have hope,
and a pretty much full box of EmergenC,
and two days before my trip. Keeping
warm...lots of fluids...qi gong massage
for my immune system...and prayer.
Powerful aids to a hopeful attitude.
___

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2017-02-19 12:08:46 (21 comments; 7 reshares; 218 +1s; )Open 

Angle of the woods after the storm, at Laudholm Farms (Wells National Estuarine Research Center). In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Angle of the woods after the storm, at Laudholm Farms (Wells National Estuarine Research Center). In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-19 12:01:03 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

Green Heron in the rain...
Almost a month ago now, on my last full day in Florida for the Space Coast Birding Festival, I took a group of Point and Shoot Nature Photographers to the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera to photograph birds. It rained off and on all morning, but we had a great time. This Green Heron was working the ditch on the outside of the tour loop, in the company of several White Ibis and a couple of Snowy Egrets. He was particularly acrobatic and kept us entertained long enough to get too damp :)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 250 @ f4. Processed in Polarr and assembled in Framemagic on my iPad Pro. 

Green Heron in the rain...
Almost a month ago now, on my last full day in Florida for the Space Coast Birding Festival, I took a group of Point and Shoot Nature Photographers to the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera to photograph birds. It rained off and on all morning, but we had a great time. This Green Heron was working the ditch on the outside of the tour loop, in the company of several White Ibis and a couple of Snowy Egrets. He was particularly acrobatic and kept us entertained long enough to get too damp :)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 250 @ f4. Processed in Polarr and assembled in Framemagic on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-02-19 01:47:00 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

February 18
Last night my daughter Kelia played
a varied repertoire at their senior
recital...Beethoven and Bach, Villa-
Lobos and Chopin, as well as an
original duet...and made it all look
(and sound) easy. 2 sisters came
from Boston and Pittsburgh, uncles
and cousins from nearby in Conneticut,
a lot of her boyfriend's family from
south of Boston, mom and I down from
Maine, and a dozen or so of her friends
from campus...an appreciative audience.
Who knew, when she sat down at the
piano at 4 and her mother taught her
the Suzuki Twinkle Variations that
she would make such music on the
stage at Hartt, teasing and pounding
the sound from the piano by turn, filling
the room with her poise and command.


February 18
Last night my daughter Kelia played
a varied repertoire at their senior
recital...Beethoven and Bach, Villa-
Lobos and Chopin, as well as an
original duet...and made it all look
(and sound) easy. 2 sisters came
from Boston and Pittsburgh, uncles
and cousins from nearby in Conneticut,
a lot of her boyfriend's family from
south of Boston, mom and I down from
Maine, and a dozen or so of her friends
from campus...an appreciative audience.
Who knew, when she sat down at the
piano at 4 and her mother taught her
the Suzuki Twinkle Variations that
she would make such music on the
stage at Hartt, teasing and pounding
the sound from the piano by turn, filling
the room with her poise and command.
___

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2017-02-18 12:08:23 (13 comments; 6 reshares; 217 +1s; )Open 

The Merriland River in Wells Maine after the blizzard. You can see the deep peat color of the water. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

The Merriland River in Wells Maine after the blizzard. You can see the deep peat color of the water. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-18 12:03:13 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

Downy
We are in Conneticut for our daughter Kelia's Senior Recital at Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, but this is from the back deck at home. A nice close-up of a female Downy Woodpecker.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 250 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Downy
We are in Conneticut for our daughter Kelia's Senior Recital at Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, but this is from the back deck at home. A nice close-up of a female Downy Woodpecker.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 250 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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February 17
Sunday into Monday we had a blizzard
as a nor-easter spun off the coast, dropping
18 inches, and then on Wednesday we got
rain, turning to heavy snow after midnight
for another 6 to 8 in total...and in all that
time we did not see a single bird at the back
deck feeding station...not one. I have to
wonder where they went? Were they deep in
against the trunks of pines, feathers fluffed,
waiting it out...or did they fly 60 miles south
to get below the storm? They are back again
this morning, busy at the feeders in the February
sun. I can't tell where they were from the look
of them. Hibernation or vacation? I am sorely
tempted, though, to learn a lesson for the next
time a nor-easter spins its way up the coast.

February 17
Sunday into Monday we had a blizzard
as a nor-easter spun off the coast, dropping
18 inches, and then on Wednesday we got
rain, turning to heavy snow after midnight
for another 6 to 8 in total...and in all that
time we did not see a single bird at the back
deck feeding station...not one. I have to
wonder where they went? Were they deep in
against the trunks of pines, feathers fluffed,
waiting it out...or did they fly 60 miles south
to get below the storm? They are back again
this morning, busy at the feeders in the February
sun. I can't tell where they were from the look
of them. Hibernation or vacation? I am sorely
tempted, though, to learn a lesson for the next
time a nor-easter spins its way up the coast.___

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2017-02-17 11:36:18 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

Maine Winter Morning
Yesterday was one of the most visually beautiful days I have ever experienced in Southern Maine. We had 3 feet of snow on the ground, and another 6 inches fell over-night…wet, clingy snow that stuck where it first touched, so every tree and bush had its frosting of snow. Unfortunately that meant that the snow in our drive was a mix of snow and not quite frozen water…heavy to lift in the shovel, and a real chore for the snowblower. My first project was to get the drive cleared and the cars out, but then I took a walk around the neighborhood to enjoy the beauty. My neighbor was out with his snowblower and saw me walking by. “Beautiful,” he said, “but a pain in the butt.” “Beautiful,” I said, “but a pain in the lower back.” Certainly beautiful though. By noon the sun was coming out, there was some blue in the sky, and the scenery went from beautiful tospectacular. If you... more »

Maine Winter Morning
Yesterday was one of the most visually beautiful days I have ever experienced in Southern Maine. We had 3 feet of snow on the ground, and another 6 inches fell over-night…wet, clingy snow that stuck where it first touched, so every tree and bush had its frosting of snow. Unfortunately that meant that the snow in our drive was a mix of snow and not quite frozen water…heavy to lift in the shovel, and a real chore for the snowblower. My first project was to get the drive cleared and the cars out, but then I took a walk around the neighborhood to enjoy the beauty. My neighbor was out with his snowblower and saw me walking by. “Beautiful,” he said, “but a pain in the butt.” “Beautiful,” I said, “but a pain in the lower back.” Certainly beautiful though. By noon the sun was coming out, there was some blue in the sky, and the scenery went from beautiful to spectacular. If you follow my “For the love of landscape…” on Facebook or Google+, you will see some of the images from a drive I took in the afternoon…or maybe I will have one left to share here tomorrow. 🙂
Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDRs. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. Assembled in Framemagic. These shots were taken early, about an hour after first light. ___

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2017-02-17 11:33:24 (12 comments; 6 reshares; 149 +1s; )Open 

For the love of landscape...
One of the most visually beautiful days I have ever experienced in Southern Maine. Branch Brook marsh, off Route 9, just at the Kennebunk/Wells border. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr. Some snow balls from the road plow removed at the bottom with TouchRetouch. All on the iPad Pro.

For the love of landscape...
One of the most visually beautiful days I have ever experienced in Southern Maine. Branch Brook marsh, off Route 9, just at the Kennebunk/Wells border. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr. Some snow balls from the road plow removed at the bottom with TouchRetouch. All on the iPad Pro.___

2017-02-17 00:38:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

February 16
By noon the sun was coming out
on a world where 6 inches of wet
clingy snow had fallen on a 3 foot
base. There had been no wind, so
every tree branch and bow was
burdened white. The clouds did
not so much break as dissolve,
painting the sky with streaks and
banners, curtains and puffs, just less
white than the snowy landscape,
leaving patches of high blue showing
through. It was achingly beautiful...
like something from a fairy tale...
if you listened you could hear, behind
the silence, the sound of sleigh runners,
and the bells as unicorns stamp in
harness. Any winter, any lifetime,
has too few days like this to waste.

February 16
By noon the sun was coming out
on a world where 6 inches of wet
clingy snow had fallen on a 3 foot
base. There had been no wind, so
every tree branch and bow was
burdened white. The clouds did
not so much break as dissolve,
painting the sky with streaks and
banners, curtains and puffs, just less
white than the snowy landscape,
leaving patches of high blue showing
through. It was achingly beautiful...
like something from a fairy tale...
if you listened you could hear, behind
the silence, the sound of sleigh runners,
and the bells as unicorns stamp in
harness. Any winter, any lifetime,
has too few days like this to waste.___

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2017-02-16 10:42:57 (20 comments; 10 reshares; 165 +1s; )Open 

A closer view of the frozen falls on the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Cape Porpoise Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. 6 stop difference at -1EV. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

A closer view of the frozen falls on the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Cape Porpoise Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. 6 stop difference at -1EV. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-16 10:35:23 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

A line of Little Blues...
We have 6 inches of new snow this morning, and I will have to go out and move it out of the drive in a few moments, so, as a form of resistance, it is back to last month's trip to Florida. It was actually only a few degrees warmer than it will be here today when I took this off Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville. I was as bundled up as I could be and the wind was blowing a gale. Little Blue Herons working a line in a shallow pool. Ever hopeful. :)

Sony Rx10iii at 447mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4, using my specialized flight and action mode. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

A line of Little Blues...
We have 6 inches of new snow this morning, and I will have to go out and move it out of the drive in a few moments, so, as a form of resistance, it is back to last month's trip to Florida. It was actually only a few degrees warmer than it will be here today when I took this off Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville. I was as bundled up as I could be and the wind was blowing a gale. Little Blue Herons working a line in a shallow pool. Ever hopeful. :)

Sony Rx10iii at 447mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4, using my specialized flight and action mode. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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February 15
Valentine's Day candy at half price
today in most stores, including our
grocery, where I had to go to buy
butter, and fruit, potatoes and celery,
onions and sundries, so, considering
we only got the cars out of the snow
drift where they had been buried for
two days in time for supper, and I had
no chocolate to sweeten the day for
my love on the 14th, I bought her a
box of half price chocolate cherries.
I would call that a blessed confluence
of romance and opportunity. You,
of course, may call it what you want. 

February 15
Valentine's Day candy at half price
today in most stores, including our
grocery, where I had to go to buy
butter, and fruit, potatoes and celery,
onions and sundries, so, considering
we only got the cars out of the snow
drift where they had been buried for
two days in time for supper, and I had
no chocolate to sweeten the day for
my love on the 14th, I bought her a
box of half price chocolate cherries.
I would call that a blessed confluence
of romance and opportunity. You,
of course, may call it what you want. ___

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2017-02-15 11:24:12 (20 comments; 5 reshares; 138 +1s; )Open 

Variation on a theme. Behind the dunes at our local beach. The Back Creek marsh. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. 

Variation on a theme. Behind the dunes at our local beach. The Back Creek marsh. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. ___

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2017-02-15 11:21:12 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Yet another shot of the Kennebunk Eagle!
In my never ending quest to get a really good shot of the Bald Eagles that hang out on the Mousam River at Roger’s Pond Park here in Kennebunk Maine, this is the best so far. I would certainly like to get closer! At least this one is in the open and in the early sun.

Sony Rx10iii at 1200mm equivalent field of view (in-camera crop from 600mm). 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Yet another shot of the Kennebunk Eagle!
In my never ending quest to get a really good shot of the Bald Eagles that hang out on the Mousam River at Roger’s Pond Park here in Kennebunk Maine, this is the best so far. I would certainly like to get closer! At least this one is in the open and in the early sun.

Sony Rx10iii at 1200mm equivalent field of view (in-camera crop from 600mm). 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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February 14
So if the new snowblower comes on
Valentine's Day, does that count as
Valentine's present? Such romance!
We managed to get both cars out of their
snowy entombment at the end of the
drive...no mean feet as our less than
satisfactory plowman put most of the
snow from the street end of the drive
behind one of them, in a pile taller than
our poor little Hyundai and both that and
the C-Max Hybred were buried up to the
side windows in a drift, both sides. Still
between Carol and I, two shovels and the
new snowblower, we did it. It is good for
couples to have a common goal and to be
able to work together, don't you think?
Like I say the essence of the romantic
intention on Valentine's Day or any other.

Happy Valentine's Day, my love.

February 14
So if the new snowblower comes on
Valentine's Day, does that count as
Valentine's present? Such romance!
We managed to get both cars out of their
snowy entombment at the end of the
drive...no mean feet as our less than
satisfactory plowman put most of the
snow from the street end of the drive
behind one of them, in a pile taller than
our poor little Hyundai and both that and
the C-Max Hybred were buried up to the
side windows in a drift, both sides. Still
between Carol and I, two shovels and the
new snowblower, we did it. It is good for
couples to have a common goal and to be
able to work together, don't you think?
Like I say the essence of the romantic
intention on Valentine's Day or any other.

Happy Valentine's Day, my love.___

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2017-02-14 11:35:52 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 128 +1s; )Open 

Fresh snow along the Mousam. Several days ago. We have about 3 feet on the ground today and I hope to get out for some photographs. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Fresh snow along the Mousam. Several days ago. We have about 3 feet on the ground today and I hope to get out for some photographs. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-14 11:32:25 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Thistle!
I saw these giant thistles in bloom along the first mile of Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville Florida every time I drove the loop, but it was not until my last visit of the trip that I forced myself to take a moment for a photo. I think they are just Bull Thistle, a common weed, but the specimens on Blackpoint were certainly spectacular. This was my 3rd and final thistle stop. I pulled over because of the particularly intense color but was rewarded with the perfect contrast in the Florida White feeding deep in the bloom.

Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. f4 @ 1/250th @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Thistle!
I saw these giant thistles in bloom along the first mile of Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville Florida every time I drove the loop, but it was not until my last visit of the trip that I forced myself to take a moment for a photo. I think they are just Bull Thistle, a common weed, but the specimens on Blackpoint were certainly spectacular. This was my 3rd and final thistle stop. I pulled over because of the particularly intense color but was rewarded with the perfect contrast in the Florida White feeding deep in the bloom.

Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. f4 @ 1/250th @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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February 13
The snow came off our front metal roof
in one solid sheet, 18 inches deep with
6 inches of ice at the leading edge, with
the sound of stampeding buffalo or a
freight train passing at arms length, took
the porch rail with it, filled the walk for
8 feet, 4 feet deep, and landed with a thud
that must have shaken the dishes and rattled
the glasses in the cupboards of both next
door houses a 100 yards away. But we
have no leaks. And even after digging 90
cubic feet of compacted snow out of the
walk, that is something to be thankful for.


February 13
The snow came off our front metal roof
in one solid sheet, 18 inches deep with
6 inches of ice at the leading edge, with
the sound of stampeding buffalo or a
freight train passing at arms length, took
the porch rail with it, filled the walk for
8 feet, 4 feet deep, and landed with a thud
that must have shaken the dishes and rattled
the glasses in the cupboards of both next
door houses a 100 yards away. But we
have no leaks. And even after digging 90
cubic feet of compacted snow out of the
walk, that is something to be thankful for.
___

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2017-02-13 15:04:49 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

The blizzard of February 2017. I got out on my snowshoes this morning for a few pics. 18 inches fell in our driveway in Kennebunk Maine so far. A pile of snow over 5 feet tall at the end of the drive from the street plow. Higher than the mailboxes all along the road. Good thing there is no where we need to be this morning. :)

The blizzard of February 2017. I got out on my snowshoes this morning for a few pics. 18 inches fell in our driveway in Kennebunk Maine so far. A pile of snow over 5 feet tall at the end of the drive from the street plow. Higher than the mailboxes all along the road. Good thing there is no where we need to be this morning. :)___

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2017-02-13 14:00:17 (11 comments; 2 reshares; 168 +1s; )Open 

February Blizzard 2017. I snowshoed out this far. The end of our drive. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.

February Blizzard 2017. I snowshoed out this far. The end of our drive. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.___

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2017-02-13 11:35:52 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 77 +1s; )Open 

Spoonbill
Outside here in Southern Maine there is a blizzard blowing. It started mid-afternoon yesterday and will not blow itself out until late this afternoon. We are expecting 12-24 inches of snow. I would say we already have 12. So, as a counter measure I am going back a few weeks to my visit to Florida for the Space Coast Birding and Nature Festival in Titusville. I still have many images I have not shared. A year ago in Florida, Roseate Spoonbills were everywhere at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge...in large numbers and close in on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive. This year they were few and far between. I never did see in the water at Merritt Island. They were all flybys. The only one I saw feeding was a lone Spoonbill at Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera Florida on our last rainy day field trip there with my Point and Shoot Nature Photographer group. The subdued, damp light... more »

Spoonbill
Outside here in Southern Maine there is a blizzard blowing. It started mid-afternoon yesterday and will not blow itself out until late this afternoon. We are expecting 12-24 inches of snow. I would say we already have 12. So, as a counter measure I am going back a few weeks to my visit to Florida for the Space Coast Birding and Nature Festival in Titusville. I still have many images I have not shared. A year ago in Florida, Roseate Spoonbills were everywhere at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge...in large numbers and close in on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive. This year they were few and far between. I never did see in the water at Merritt Island. They were all flybys. The only one I saw feeding was a lone Spoonbill at Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera Florida on our last rainy day field trip there with my Point and Shoot Nature Photographer group. The subdued, damp light brought out the deep pink of the breeding plumage (note the green skin cap as well).

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode for various exposures as the light changed. Processed in Polarr and assembled in Framemagic on my iPad Pro. ___

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February 12
The February blizzard of 2017 is upon us.
Snow began an hour ago, dropping over
us like a curtain...no fade in with a few
flakes falling as a warning or preview,
just sudden heavy snow falling on a north
east wind. At noon I made one last grocery
run...just cereal and milk in case they don't
get the roads cleared early enough on Tuesday
or the guy we hired to plow the drive does not
get to us by then (the snowblower is suddenly
showing its age and the new one will not be
delivered until late Tuesday). The grocery
was packed...aisles crowed and every register
open with its line of 4 to 5. Seems the whole
town remembered something they might need
tomorrow. We have our supplies laid in, and
barring something unforseen like downed
power lines, we will be fine. No where we
have to be... more »

February 12
The February blizzard of 2017 is upon us.
Snow began an hour ago, dropping over
us like a curtain...no fade in with a few
flakes falling as a warning or preview,
just sudden heavy snow falling on a north
east wind. At noon I made one last grocery
run...just cereal and milk in case they don't
get the roads cleared early enough on Tuesday
or the guy we hired to plow the drive does not
get to us by then (the snowblower is suddenly
showing its age and the new one will not be
delivered until late Tuesday). The grocery
was packed...aisles crowed and every register
open with its line of 4 to 5. Seems the whole
town remembered something they might need
tomorrow. We have our supplies laid in, and
barring something unforseen like downed
power lines, we will be fine. No where we
have to be tomorrow. I anticipate cups of tea
periodically, and maybe some popcorn in the
afternoon...and I may give the the snow-
blower one more outing if it shows itself
up for it. Tuesday, if the roads are passable
I will dig out my snowshoes for the first
time in two years and go out with the
camera to record the accumulation of fresh
blizzard snow. Ah, life in Maine...the way
life is supposed to be...___

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2017-02-12 12:28:19 (22 comments; 11 reshares; 231 +1s; )Open 

Mousam River in the February freeze. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Mousam River in the February freeze. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-12 12:17:54 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Snowfence. Happy Sunday!
“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

This little stretch of snowfence protects a corner in an access road for a group houses on our local beach, where the wind across the marsh might drift the snow across the road. As you can tell from its condition, it has stood there at least since I moved here over 20 years ago, and I can’t honestly remember it looking any better then. This is after about a foot, maybe 8 inches right along the coast, within the sound of the surf, of fresh blowing snow. We expect another 12-24 inches in next 24 hours, a real nor-easter. The snowfence does its job, more or less. There is, every nor-easter, a sizable drift in front of it. Because, of course, that is the way it works. It is not so much a snowfence as wind fence. By slowing the passing wind, it causes the snow to drop out on the downwindside.... more »

Snowfence. Happy Sunday!
“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

This little stretch of snowfence protects a corner in an access road for a group houses on our local beach, where the wind across the marsh might drift the snow across the road. As you can tell from its condition, it has stood there at least since I moved here over 20 years ago, and I can’t honestly remember it looking any better then. This is after about a foot, maybe 8 inches right along the coast, within the sound of the surf, of fresh blowing snow. We expect another 12-24 inches in next 24 hours, a real nor-easter. The snowfence does its job, more or less. There is, every nor-easter, a sizable drift in front of it. Because, of course, that is the way it works. It is not so much a snowfence as wind fence. By slowing the passing wind, it causes the snow to drop out on the downwind side. In this next storm I expect the snow will backfill to cover all but the tips of the slats. It does not prevent drifts so much as to encourage them to form somewhere short of the road.

I like the line and curve of it against the snow, and what the wind does with the surface of the drift…the carving, the light and shadow, and in this shot, the brooding bank of cloud and the touch of blue sky above.

As I started to post this image for yesterday’s Pic for Today, just because I like the beauty of it, the whole concept of erecting a snow fence to fence out the snow…or a wind fence to tame the wind…stuck me as having a spiritual dimension, and I decided to save it for the Generous Eye today.

Now that I reflect on it a bit more, I not sure what to do with it. The wind, in the new testament, is, very often, the spirit. They are the same word in the language Jesus most likely spoke, and, if I remember right, in Hebrew as well. Jesus, speaking to an honest and devout Jew come to inquire of him, said “No one can see the Kingdom of God who is not born again.” When the questioner questioned the possibility of anyone being born twice, Jesus went to to say, “Turely I tell you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of the wind (spirit). You must be born of water and the wind. Flesh is born of flesh, but wind is born of wind.” (Or flesh is born of flesh, but the spirit is born of spirit.) “Don’t be surprised that I said you must be born again. The wind blows where it will. You hear the sound of its passing, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with anyone born of the wind…born of the spirit.” That, of course, only confused the questioner more. And that, of course, was Jesus’s point. He was saying that something has to happen to you, before you can see God’s Kingdom…before you can see God at work in the world and in eternity. Something has to change in you. I am pretty sure he was also paying the questioner, who had already admitted that he saw God and God’s presence in the things Jesus was doing and saying, a compliment. He was telling this honest, devout Jew, that if he saw God in what Jesus was going, he was already born again…born of the wind, born of the spirit…whether he knew it or not. But that is straying pretty far from snowfences. Or is it?

My first thought was about the futility of trying to fence out the snow, or the wind. At the very most, all we do is slow the wind and reposition the snow. It is equally impossible of course to fence out, or to fence in, the spirit. It is an odd thought, but building a church, or establishing a doctrine (building a fence) might slow the spirit enough so you get a drift on the down wind side, a congregation or a denomination, but it does not stop the spirit from blowing where it will. And I am not at all sure I want to be part of the drift. If I am going to be snow in this metaphor, I want to be the snow still blowing in the wind…I want to part of the movement, the force, the power and unknowable purpose of the spirit. And maybe Jesus was telling his devout Jew that too…not to settle in the drift, behind the snowfence, but to get up into the wind again and get moving. The Kingdom of God is not a place, it is a movement like the wind…a way of being suspended…lifted out of yourself and part of the great wind that is God acting in love in the world. You have to be born of the wind, born on the wind (I don’t know if Jesus had that pun to play with in his language, but we do in ours 🙂 Our mother’s carried us in a womb of flesh…the spirit carries us on the wind of loving creation. Born of and in the flesh and born of and on the spirit.

So yes, when I look at this snowfence I see beauty, but I am also amused. A snowfence? As though anyone could fence in the snow. A wind fence, as though anyone could fence in the wind. And who are you in this metaphor? I know who I want to be. I want to be God’s creative love in action. I want to be a particle of snow, a paricle of water, a particle of flesh, born on the mighty breath of God in this world and eternity. Happy Sunday!

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2017-02-12 01:44:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

February 11
My diet is going well, for those
who might be wondering...

I have the same fruit, more or less.
each noon...a banana, an orange, and,
weeks they are on sale, a small bunch
of grapes, but at supper time I visit
the far corners of the world...
tonight a touch of the east: a sauce
of Garam Masala and a touch of Curry
powder in a coconut milk base with
potatoes and mixed veg, or, last time
I cooked, a south of the border taste:
green and red peppers, onions, potato,
and green chilli in a tomatillo sauce,
or it migth be China: with bean sprouts
and carrots and peas and corn and lima
beans in orange ginger sauce over a bit
of batsumi rice. It is amazing what you
can do with a bag of frozen vegetables,
a few spices, continent spanning culinary
inspiration, and a little... more »

February 11
My diet is going well, for those
who might be wondering...

I have the same fruit, more or less.
each noon...a banana, an orange, and,
weeks they are on sale, a small bunch
of grapes, but at supper time I visit
the far corners of the world...
tonight a touch of the east: a sauce
of Garam Masala and a touch of Curry
powder in a coconut milk base with
potatoes and mixed veg, or, last time
I cooked, a south of the border taste:
green and red peppers, onions, potato,
and green chilli in a tomatillo sauce,
or it migth be China: with bean sprouts
and carrots and peas and corn and lima
beans in orange ginger sauce over a bit
of batsumi rice. It is amazing what you
can do with a bag of frozen vegetables,
a few spices, continent spanning culinary
inspiration, and a little imagination...
___

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2017-02-11 11:08:28 (16 comments; 6 reshares; 149 +1s; )Open 

Fresh snow and a high, full moon, tide on the marshes by Back Creek. Kennebunk Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Fresh snow and a high, full moon, tide on the marshes by Back Creek. Kennebunk Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-11 10:58:45 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

The Bluebird of unhappiness...
We continue to get unusual numbers of Bluebirds in the yard this winter...any at all is unusual, as before this winter we had never had one...but they are appearing in small flocks of 4-8 individuals at least once a week. We even had one at the sunflower feeder yesterday, and that is very unusual for a Bluebird. I have to say, they did not look like the bluebirds of happiness yesterday with a foot of new snow on the ground covering their feeding areas and temperatures in the single digits. This image was taken through the thermopane glass of the kitchen sliding door, so it is not as sharp as it might be, but it does catch the frumpy attitude of a cold Bluebird. There is another foot or more of snow in the forecast over the next 2 days, so I don't think the Bluebirds' mood is going to improve anytime soon. We may see more of them at the sunflower feeder... more »

The Bluebird of unhappiness...
We continue to get unusual numbers of Bluebirds in the yard this winter...any at all is unusual, as before this winter we had never had one...but they are appearing in small flocks of 4-8 individuals at least once a week. We even had one at the sunflower feeder yesterday, and that is very unusual for a Bluebird. I have to say, they did not look like the bluebirds of happiness yesterday with a foot of new snow on the ground covering their feeding areas and temperatures in the single digits. This image was taken through the thermopane glass of the kitchen sliding door, so it is not as sharp as it might be, but it does catch the frumpy attitude of a cold Bluebird. There is another foot or more of snow in the forecast over the next 2 days, so I don't think the Bluebirds' mood is going to improve anytime soon. We may see more of them at the sunflower feeder though. :)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-02-10 18:32:46 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

February 10
I blew the drive free of snow before
sunup this morning and was at Roger's
Pond Park just as the sun hit the big
pines across the river. One Eagle flew
off as I got out of the car, but the other
sat, closer than I have seen it, in a
maple rooted near the water...still
high, but certainly the best spot for
photos this season so far. All this
before breakfast, and, since the sun
was shining on the fresh snow, I drove
down to the lower Mousam behind
the beach, the marshes along Back
Creek, for some early landscapes
and my traditional half-buried snow-
fence shot. Got home just in time to see
4 Bluebirds land on the deck by the feeders.
Still only 8 degrees out, and I already
out of my coat, so I had to shoot them
through the glass of the sliding door.
This deep into winter, I need... more »

February 10
I blew the drive free of snow before
sunup this morning and was at Roger's
Pond Park just as the sun hit the big
pines across the river. One Eagle flew
off as I got out of the car, but the other
sat, closer than I have seen it, in a
maple rooted near the water...still
high, but certainly the best spot for
photos this season so far. All this
before breakfast, and, since the sun
was shining on the fresh snow, I drove
down to the lower Mousam behind
the beach, the marshes along Back
Creek, for some early landscapes
and my traditional half-buried snow-
fence shot. Got home just in time to see
4 Bluebirds land on the deck by the feeders.
Still only 8 degrees out, and I already
out of my coat, so I had to shoot them
through the glass of the sliding door.
This deep into winter, I need more
mornings like that...
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2017-02-10 10:58:28 (13 comments; 4 reshares; 186 +1s; )Open 

Wood Island Light from East Point, Biddeford Pool, Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Wood Island Light from East Point, Biddeford Pool, Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-10 10:53:07 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

Kennebunk Eagle...
Here is the best of my shots from my encounter with the Kennebunk Eagle two days ago. I celebrated the encounter with a poem that day too. February 8. A pair of Bald Eagles nest somewhere along the Mousam between the bridge over the Mousam on Route 1 and the bridge on Route 9. Probably someone knows where, but I don't. It must be on private land along the river. The pair, or one or the other of them, is often perched across the river from Roger's Pond Park just off Route 1 in the center of town. I go there several times a week in hopes of catching one on a perch low enough for good photos. This one was not...it was high up in a tall pine half way up the big bank on the other side of the river.

I shot this at 600mm equivalent field of view, then processed it in Polarr on my iPad Pro, then cropped it heavily in BigPhoto and upscaled it to 16mp again, so it... more »

Kennebunk Eagle...
Here is the best of my shots from my encounter with the Kennebunk Eagle two days ago. I celebrated the encounter with a poem that day too. February 8. A pair of Bald Eagles nest somewhere along the Mousam between the bridge over the Mousam on Route 1 and the bridge on Route 9. Probably someone knows where, but I don't. It must be on private land along the river. The pair, or one or the other of them, is often perched across the river from Roger's Pond Park just off Route 1 in the center of town. I go there several times a week in hopes of catching one on a perch low enough for good photos. This one was not...it was high up in a tall pine half way up the big bank on the other side of the river.

I shot this at 600mm equivalent field of view, then processed it in Polarr on my iPad Pro, then cropped it heavily in BigPhoto and upscaled it to 16mp again, so it has, you might say, been through the wringer. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. ___

2017-02-09 20:53:13 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

February 9
Blizzard. It just snows and snows
and snows, and blows snow sideways.
I have cleared the drive and walks
twice today, 6-8 inches each time,
18 at the end where the snowplow
piles it. By the time I finish a pass,
there is another inch already there.
If I were shoveling instead of blowing
I would never get it cleared. I am
tempted to say it is demoralizing,
since that word is in the news today,
but it isn't. I come in feeling pretty
good, like I had my crack at winter
and winter had its crack at me, and
winter did not win. It is maybe a
Maine thing...certainly a New Eng-
land attitude. Aaah. A little snow can't
get us down. No sir ree. It is supposed
to stop by 7 pm. I may get back out for
a final pass and clear-out by porch
and street light, or I may leave it until... more »

February 9
Blizzard. It just snows and snows
and snows, and blows snow sideways.
I have cleared the drive and walks
twice today, 6-8 inches each time,
18 at the end where the snowplow
piles it. By the time I finish a pass,
there is another inch already there.
If I were shoveling instead of blowing
I would never get it cleared. I am
tempted to say it is demoralizing,
since that word is in the news today,
but it isn't. I come in feeling pretty
good, like I had my crack at winter
and winter had its crack at me, and
winter did not win. It is maybe a
Maine thing...certainly a New Eng-
land attitude. Aaah. A little snow can't
get us down. No sir ree. It is supposed
to stop by 7 pm. I may get back out for
a final pass and clear-out by porch
and street light, or I may leave it until
morning. It will make a good substitute
for my am qi gong. Blizzard. Nah.
Just a bit of extra February exersize. ___

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