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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 Show13,719*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 Community10,733*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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2017-02-16 10:42:57 (20 comments; 8 reshares; 150 +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. 

Most reshares: 9

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2017-02-12 12:28:19 (20 comments; 9 reshares; 219 +1s; )Open 

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

Most plusones: 239

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2017-02-05 13:09:07 (15 comments; 4 reshares; 239 +1s; )Open 

Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve, Cape Porpoise Maine. Falls in the ice. Sony RX10iii @ 24mm. In-camera HDR. 6 stops at -1EV. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

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2017-02-19 01:47:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +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 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 175 +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 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 53 +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. ___

2017-02-17 13:49:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 68 +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; 5 reshares; 135 +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; 8 reshares; 150 +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; 3 reshares; 47 +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. ___

2017-02-16 00:51:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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; 4 reshares; 125 +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 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 45 +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. ___

2017-02-14 23:35:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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; 1 reshares; 117 +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; 48 +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. ___

2017-02-14 00:06:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

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; 20 +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 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 158 +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 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 69 +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. ___

2017-02-12 20:09:55 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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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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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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; 7 reshares; 144 +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; 116 +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 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 181 +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 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 68 +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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2017-02-09 11:07:34 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 164 +1s; )Open 

Florida sky over Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

Florida sky over Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-09 10:59:31 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

White Pelicans posing...
There were a few American White Pelicans at Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera, Florida when I visited with my Point and Shoot Nature Photography class last month. Two of these three seemed intent on posing. It rained off and on all the time we were there and though the light was subdued, it was actually pretty good light for white birds. You can see the unusual amount of feather detail in this pair.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. 1/250th @ ISO 125 @ f4. Processed in Polarr and then cropped and resized in BigPhoto on my iPad Pro. 

White Pelicans posing...
There were a few American White Pelicans at Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera, Florida when I visited with my Point and Shoot Nature Photography class last month. Two of these three seemed intent on posing. It rained off and on all the time we were there and though the light was subdued, it was actually pretty good light for white birds. You can see the unusual amount of feather detail in this pair.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. 1/250th @ ISO 125 @ f4. Processed in Polarr and then cropped and resized in BigPhoto on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-02-08 19:52:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

February 8
We had a good 4 inches of snow yesterday
and overnight, so my first project of the
morning was to drag the snowblower up
the stairs from the basement and blow the
snow from our walk and drive...a good
2 feet in a pile where the street plow had
left it across the end...so I did not get out
early to look for the Eagle at Roger's Pond
Park on the Mousam River. It was just
before noon by the time I got far enough
along in various other projects (income
taxes and book I am writing on Point and
Shoot Photography) to notice that I was
getting hungary. We were out of bananas,
a stable of my lunch, so I headed out to
Hannifords to restock. Of course I took
the camera just in case, and though it was
so late, stopped by the Park. And there it
was, my Eagle, on the same perch were
I saw it last.... more »

February 8
We had a good 4 inches of snow yesterday
and overnight, so my first project of the
morning was to drag the snowblower up
the stairs from the basement and blow the
snow from our walk and drive...a good
2 feet in a pile where the street plow had
left it across the end...so I did not get out
early to look for the Eagle at Roger's Pond
Park on the Mousam River. It was just
before noon by the time I got far enough
along in various other projects (income
taxes and book I am writing on Point and
Shoot Photography) to notice that I was
getting hungary. We were out of bananas,
a stable of my lunch, so I headed out to
Hannifords to restock. Of course I took
the camera just in case, and though it was
so late, stopped by the Park. And there it
was, my Eagle, on the same perch were
I saw it last. I took too many exposures
and got one shot that I am not totally
displeased with...it is just too far across
the river and way up high in a giant pine
for satisfying photography...but still, I
saw my Eagle again today. More snow
predicted by morning tomorrow and
blizzard enough to keep me house bound
all day, but I can sip my satisfaction at
seeing the eagle like tea all day to keep
me warm while the snow blows outside.
And who knows I might even finish the
taxes and another chapter of the book.___

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2017-02-08 11:48:53 (12 comments; 7 reshares; 148 +1s; )Open 


A few days ago, looking out over Wells Harbor from the beach side. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 


A few days ago, looking out over Wells Harbor from the beach side. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-08 11:33:17 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Wood Stork attended...
This appears to a Wood Stork attended by a Snowy Egret and two White Ibis. Mixed species feeding groups are common among birds, and especially common among wading birds. In fact, groups of waders might more properly be called "cooperative feeding groups" Each species in the group benefits from the activity of the others. White Ibis and Egrets often feed together. They are after different prey, and in going after what each wants they stir up what the other wants. The Wood Stork in this image is not really part of the group. It is simply standing and preening while the Egret and Ibis move around it. Still it makes an interesting, visually, grouping. :)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Wood Stork attended...
This appears to a Wood Stork attended by a Snowy Egret and two White Ibis. Mixed species feeding groups are common among birds, and especially common among wading birds. In fact, groups of waders might more properly be called "cooperative feeding groups" Each species in the group benefits from the activity of the others. White Ibis and Egrets often feed together. They are after different prey, and in going after what each wants they stir up what the other wants. The Wood Stork in this image is not really part of the group. It is simply standing and preening while the Egret and Ibis move around it. Still it makes an interesting, visually, grouping. :)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-02-07 22:50:22 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

February 7
Yesterday I walked 2 miles up
and down Atlantic Avenue in
Wells Beach, in the February
freeze, my heavy parka and
lobster claw gloves on, hood
up and drawn tight, scanning every
rooftop for the rumored Snowy
Owl...more than rumor actually,
it was seen every day last week
by someone, and photographed
more than once. There was, in
fact, a steady tease of photos on
Facebook. I feel like I know this
owl already, as least as well as
many of my Facebook friends.
If I close my eyes I can see her
eyes, wide open, looking at me
from someone else's Facebook
page, so yellow, so bright and
sharp with intelligence. Now if
I could only find her. I feel just
a bit better knowing (from Face-
book reports again) that no one
else has seen her these last
3 days. Maybe she... more »

February 7
Yesterday I walked 2 miles up
and down Atlantic Avenue in
Wells Beach, in the February
freeze, my heavy parka and
lobster claw gloves on, hood
up and drawn tight, scanning every
rooftop for the rumored Snowy
Owl...more than rumor actually,
it was seen every day last week
by someone, and photographed
more than once. There was, in
fact, a steady tease of photos on
Facebook. I feel like I know this
owl already, as least as well as
many of my Facebook friends.
If I close my eyes I can see her
eyes, wide open, looking at me
from someone else's Facebook
page, so yellow, so bright and
sharp with intelligence. Now if
I could only find her. I feel just
a bit better knowing (from Face-
book reports again) that no one
else has seen her these last
3 days. Maybe she has headed
north. I see her winging her
way up the coast ahead of this
storm, which kept me house
bound all day today...which in
her owlish way she must have
known was coming. Or she heard
the call of the tundra over the
surf of Wells Beach and the wind
between the summer homes and
condos. I wish her all the best even
if I never did get to see her in
the actual flesh and feathers.___

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2017-02-07 11:46:49 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 218 +1s; )Open 

Pool and falls in the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Cape Porpoise Maine. February freeze. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. 6 stops difference at -1 EV. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Pool and falls in the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Cape Porpoise Maine. February freeze. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. 6 stops difference at -1 EV. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-07 11:37:02 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 77 +1s; )Open 

Pine Siskin
I have not seen a Pine Siskin in our yard for many years now, perhaps as many as ten...until yesterday. A Bluebird sitting on the deck rail below the feeders caught my eye and sent me for the camera. It popped up into the trees behind the feeders when I opened the deck door and I got of a few shots before it moved over to a group of Bluebirds and Juncos feeding under our big pine, but then as I stood there with my head out the door in the February cold, several birds came to the thistle sock. At first, of course, I thought I was looking at very pale winter Goldfiches, but a second look showed them to be Pine Siskins. What do you know? Of course they may come every year and I have just missed them for the past 10, but I was certainly delighted to see them. We have had Bluebirds in the yead for the first time this winter, and others in area are reporting more Bluebirds then normal, and... more »

Pine Siskin
I have not seen a Pine Siskin in our yard for many years now, perhaps as many as ten...until yesterday. A Bluebird sitting on the deck rail below the feeders caught my eye and sent me for the camera. It popped up into the trees behind the feeders when I opened the deck door and I got of a few shots before it moved over to a group of Bluebirds and Juncos feeding under our big pine, but then as I stood there with my head out the door in the February cold, several birds came to the thistle sock. At first, of course, I thought I was looking at very pale winter Goldfiches, but a second look showed them to be Pine Siskins. What do you know? Of course they may come every year and I have just missed them for the past 10, but I was certainly delighted to see them. We have had Bluebirds in the yead for the first time this winter, and others in area are reporting more Bluebirds then normal, and now Siskins. All it would take now is a few Redpoles, and a flock of Bohemian Waxwings to make it a truly record winter. :)

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 320. Program mode. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-02-06 16:39:18 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

February 6
I saw my eagle today, just for a second
as it soared out from a low perch just as I
drove into Roger's Pond Park...I thought,
for a moment there, that it would settle
in the big maple on my side of the river,
but it turned and winged its way upriver
and out of sight. If only I had not spent
those 10 minutes on the Pine Siskins at
the feeder before I left the house. But then,
I have not seen siskins in the yard for 10
years or more, and who knew, honestly,
that the eagle would not wait for even
such a slight indulgence of siskins. 

February 6
I saw my eagle today, just for a second
as it soared out from a low perch just as I
drove into Roger's Pond Park...I thought,
for a moment there, that it would settle
in the big maple on my side of the river,
but it turned and winged its way upriver
and out of sight. If only I had not spent
those 10 minutes on the Pine Siskins at
the feeder before I left the house. But then,
I have not seen siskins in the yard for 10
years or more, and who knew, honestly,
that the eagle would not wait for even
such a slight indulgence of siskins. ___

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2017-02-06 12:13:51 (13 comments; 7 reshares; 170 +1s; )Open 

And right over there is Spain. :) The view east over the Atlantic from East Point, Biddeford Pool, Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

And right over there is Spain. :) The view east over the Atlantic from East Point, Biddeford Pool, Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-06 12:06:43 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

American Bittern
American Bitterns are always a treat for me to see. I have only seen them in Florida and New Jersey...mostly in Florida, and I only get to Florida a few times a year. This one is at Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera Florida, one of the best places for bird photography on the east coast. Not the closest view I have ever had, but satisfying in its context, and in the pose...classic bittern.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/320th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

American Bittern
American Bitterns are always a treat for me to see. I have only seen them in Florida and New Jersey...mostly in Florida, and I only get to Florida a few times a year. This one is at Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera Florida, one of the best places for bird photography on the east coast. Not the closest view I have ever had, but satisfying in its context, and in the pose...classic bittern.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/320th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-02-05 22:59:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

February 5
Envy is an ugly emotion. I see
photos of my eagles and my
local owls (Snowy Owls at that)
taken by others on days I have
actually looked, and can not
help but feel a twinge, a stab
of jealousy, sharp up under
my ribs. My eyes turn just
a little green. I tell myself
I have seen plenty, and had
more photo ops than most...
I have traveled the country
and been 5 times now to
Central America, and once
to Africa (not to mention
Germany and Austria and
Hungary, the plateaus and
plains and Pyrenees of Spain)
and I try to be happy for the
photographers working my
turf with such success. But
then a facebook post of my
eagle or my owls undoes my
careful attitude adjustments.
What can I say? I will try to
be a better man in the future
(and you had better bet I... more »

February 5
Envy is an ugly emotion. I see
photos of my eagles and my
local owls (Snowy Owls at that)
taken by others on days I have
actually looked, and can not
help but feel a twinge, a stab
of jealousy, sharp up under
my ribs. My eyes turn just
a little green. I tell myself
I have seen plenty, and had
more photo ops than most...
I have traveled the country
and been 5 times now to
Central America, and once
to Africa (not to mention
Germany and Austria and
Hungary, the plateaus and
plains and Pyrenees of Spain)
and I try to be happy for the
photographers working my
turf with such success. But
then a facebook post of my
eagle or my owls undoes my
careful attitude adjustments.
What can I say? I will try to
be a better man in the future
(and you had better bet I will
be out more often this week
checking the likely spots for
my eagle and my owls...).___

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2017-02-05 13:28:45 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Just for fun. Ruddy Turnstones and Purple Sandpipers feeding on a rock off East Point, Biddeford Pool, Maine. :)

Just for fun. Ruddy Turnstones and Purple Sandpipers feeding on a rock off East Point, Biddeford Pool, Maine. :)___

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2017-02-05 13:09:07 (15 comments; 4 reshares; 239 +1s; )Open 

Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve, Cape Porpoise Maine. Falls in the ice. Sony RX10iii @ 24mm. In-camera HDR. 6 stops at -1EV. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve, Cape Porpoise Maine. Falls in the ice. Sony RX10iii @ 24mm. In-camera HDR. 6 stops at -1EV. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-05 12:40:05 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Cadinal in the bush... Happy Sunday!
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

It is hard to resist attempting a shot of a Northern Cardinal when one sits less than 6 feet away. And sits while you stand there looking. The fact that it is buried in dense leaves and twigs, and, if it were not so bright red, would basically be invisible to the naked eye, should not stop you...at least if you have manual (and selective) focus on your camera. My Sony has an interesting feature called Direct Manual Focus, which allows you to set one of the control rings on the lens barrel to manual focus, while keeping the camera in auto focus. Then, when you use the ring, the camera automatically switches to manual until you stop moving the ring. It also has a "focus lock" button that allows you to lock in the focus once achieved. When I use it, I get the focus... more »

Cadinal in the bush... Happy Sunday!
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

It is hard to resist attempting a shot of a Northern Cardinal when one sits less than 6 feet away. And sits while you stand there looking. The fact that it is buried in dense leaves and twigs, and, if it were not so bright red, would basically be invisible to the naked eye, should not stop you...at least if you have manual (and selective) focus on your camera. My Sony has an interesting feature called Direct Manual Focus, which allows you to set one of the control rings on the lens barrel to manual focus, while keeping the camera in auto focus. Then, when you use the ring, the camera automatically switches to manual until you stop moving the ring. It also has a "focus lock" button that allows you to lock in the focus once achieved. When I use it, I get the focus close with DMF and then let the Auto focus do its work, which it does nicely, and then lock it. And you get an image like this: Cardinal in the bush... with highly selective focus.

And I am thinking that the generous eye has to have its own DMF...its own highly selective and intentional focus. We go through the world, too often, and too many of us, on auto focus, allowing circumstance and our inner mood to determine what we focus on. Too often we are distracted by the bright leaves and the tangle of twigs (and thorns) that this world presents, when, in fact there is a Cardinal in the bush, waiting to fill our souls with beauty, if we can shift our focus to see it clearly. The generous eye requires conscious decision, especially while we are developing it (and in this world we will always be developing it). If we are going to be full of light, we need to choose what to focus on. God is good, and often makes what will nourish our souls both bright and beautiful, like the Cardinal, so it is had to miss...but miss it we will, too often, unless we take the time to focus.

I could have walked right by this bush and not seen the Cardinal. (In fact it was pointed out to me by someone who had seen it wriggle its way in there.) I could have decided it was not worth the effort, buried as it was. But the generous eye both sees and takes the time to focus...and is always rewarded with beauty.

Of course, what nourishes our souls is not always bright or even apparently beautiful. Sometimes it is very subtitle. Sometimes it is just a glint of light among the shadows. If we do not take the time to practice our selective focus when something as bright and beautiful as a Cardinal is found in a bush...then we will certainly miss the more subtle presentations of God's beauty and that light the generous eye finds buried in the shadows of this world.

I would like to think that the focus of the generous eye will become automatic in time, and that I will one day walk in a world where everything I see is beautiful and full of light. I am confident I will. But while I walk in this world still, I plan to practice selective focus until it approaches automatic...so that I don't miss God's beauty and light when it is right there in the bush beside me. May your eye be generous and your focus deliberate, and may you be presented with many opportunities to practice today and every day. Happy Sunday!___

2017-02-04 18:58:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

February 4
I went again this morning, in search
of Snowy Owls, this time up Biddeford
Pool way, where 2 were reported yester-
day. There, those who were before me
claimed to have seen one an hour since,
hunkered down among the broken rock
of the tall ledge that splits the channel
beween East Point and Wood Island
Light, but though I scanned until my
hands hurt through my heavy gloves,
I could not spy anything I could convince
myself was an owl of any kind out there
among the rocks, though I tried. What
I did see was a dozen Rudy Turnstones
and twice that number of Purple Sand-
pipers feeding in the sea moss on the rocks
where they meet the surf, and Saco Bay
long, and Wood Island Light tall, under
the clear winter sun, and the cold blue
sea stretching away east under banks
of cumulus all the... more »

February 4
I went again this morning, in search
of Snowy Owls, this time up Biddeford
Pool way, where 2 were reported yester-
day. There, those who were before me
claimed to have seen one an hour since,
hunkered down among the broken rock
of the tall ledge that splits the channel
beween East Point and Wood Island
Light, but though I scanned until my
hands hurt through my heavy gloves,
I could not spy anything I could convince
myself was an owl of any kind out there
among the rocks, though I tried. What
I did see was a dozen Rudy Turnstones
and twice that number of Purple Sand-
pipers feeding in the sea moss on the rocks
where they meet the surf, and Saco Bay
long, and Wood Island Light tall, under
the clear winter sun, and the cold blue
sea stretching away east under banks
of cumulus all the way to the far
warmer shores of an imagined Spain.

So no, I was not disappointed at all. ___

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2017-02-04 12:08:34 (15 comments; 4 reshares; 130 +1s; )Open 

Looking north up the Intercoastal Waterway from Parish Park over the bridge to Merritt Island in Titusville Florida. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

Looking north up the Intercoastal Waterway from Parish Park over the bridge to Merritt Island in Titusville Florida. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-02-04 12:02:36 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 77 +1s; )Open 

Tricolor
There were a great number of Tricolored Herons along Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge last week each time I visited. This one owned the feeding rights along a section of ditch next to the Cruickshank trail between the parking and the tower. He was there every time I was. Since the ditch is right next to the trail, and not very wide, he offered a great photo ops as he went about his feeding business. People on the trail moved him a few yards, but always up or down the ditch, and if you approached cautiously he would sit right across the ditch from you. Great Florida light too. What a is not to like?

Sony Rx10iii at 477mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Tricolor
There were a great number of Tricolored Herons along Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge last week each time I visited. This one owned the feeding rights along a section of ditch next to the Cruickshank trail between the parking and the tower. He was there every time I was. Since the ditch is right next to the trail, and not very wide, he offered a great photo ops as he went about his feeding business. People on the trail moved him a few yards, but always up or down the ditch, and if you approached cautiously he would sit right across the ditch from you. Great Florida light too. What a is not to like?

Sony Rx10iii at 477mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-02-03 22:53:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

February 3
Every time I teach Post-processing
for Point and Shoot Nature Photo-
graphers, I think, I really should
write all this down and publish it
on my blog so these folks can look
at it after and remember better.
Always. Every time. So today I
took my tablet and keyboard in
hand, opened Wordpress and, after
several false starts, just after lunch
saw it flow out in front of me clearly
for the first time, and sat and banged
it out...and then spent a few hours
assembling screen shots for illustrations.
Done by 3PM and published soon
after. Shared on Facebook and G+
in my Point and Shoot groups. Such
a feeling of accomplishment. No
big thing really, but next time I
teach (in a few weeks) and at the
Florida Birding and Photo Fest
where I am a featured teacher, it
will be so good... more »

February 3
Every time I teach Post-processing
for Point and Shoot Nature Photo-
graphers, I think, I really should
write all this down and publish it
on my blog so these folks can look
at it after and remember better.
Always. Every time. So today I
took my tablet and keyboard in
hand, opened Wordpress and, after
several false starts, just after lunch
saw it flow out in front of me clearly
for the first time, and sat and banged
it out...and then spent a few hours
assembling screen shots for illustrations.
Done by 3PM and published soon
after. Shared on Facebook and G+
in my Point and Shoot groups. Such
a feeling of accomplishment. No
big thing really, but next time I
teach (in a few weeks) and at the
Florida Birding and Photo Fest
where I am a featured teacher, it
will be so good to be able to give
folks the link, don't you think?
___

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2017-02-03 20:49:32 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Basic jpeg workflow. Post-processing.
If you have your camera set up to produce consistent, correctly exposed, jpegs...using all the available auto, program, and special modes for a wide …


Basic jpeg workflow. Post-processing.
If you have your camera set up to produce consistent, correctly exposed, jpegs...using all the available auto, program, and special modes for a wide …
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2017-02-03 12:43:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

I said today's "For the love of landscape..." was "painterly"...so, just for fun, here it is processed as a painting in the Brushstroke app. I just bought the app for this experiment, and I must day I am impressed. If this is your kind of thing, I highly recommend it. :)

I said today's "For the love of landscape..." was "painterly"...so, just for fun, here it is processed as a painting in the Brushstroke app. I just bought the app for this experiment, and I must day I am impressed. If this is your kind of thing, I highly recommend it. :)___

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