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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 Show13,607*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 Community10,658*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 22:00:00463  

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2017-05-13 10:23:47 (22 comments; 12 reshares; 308 +1s; )Open 

Moon over the Amazon. Amazon River above Iquitos, Peru. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

Most reshares: 15

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2017-05-08 09:52:10 (11 comments; 15 reshares; 336 +1s; )Open 

Galápagos sky. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Most plusones: 360

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2017-05-10 10:31:25 (21 comments; 14 reshares; 360 +1s; )Open 

A little bay in the Galapagos. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Photoshop Express on my iPad Pro. 

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2017-05-22 12:12:16 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 161 +1s; )Open 

The little falls on the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve from the top looking down. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. 6 stop difference. -2 EV. Processed in Polarr. 

The little falls on the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve from the top looking down. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. 6 stop difference. -2 EV. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-05-22 12:04:00 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

Wild Turkey
Some of you may know the story of how, when our founding fathers were deciding on the national bird, Ben Franklin lobbied for the Wild Turkey, and argued vigorously against the Bald Eagle. The man knew his birds. He knew that the Eagle, majestic as it is, is an opportunistic scavenger. He also knew that the Eagle has a habit of stealing prey from smaller raptors, often bullying them into dropping their catch before they can reach a safe perch. Ben did not think a big, aggressive, bullying, scavenger should be the emblem of our new nation. On the other hand, I have never quite understood his affection for the Wild Turkey...jaded as I am by too many Thanksgiving dinners featuring farm raised turkey...boyhood images of the big commercial turkey farm near home, and the gobbler my grandfather always free ranged on his farm...fattening him up for the feast. And then of course there is the... more »

Wild Turkey
Some of you may know the story of how, when our founding fathers were deciding on the national bird, Ben Franklin lobbied for the Wild Turkey, and argued vigorously against the Bald Eagle. The man knew his birds. He knew that the Eagle, majestic as it is, is an opportunistic scavenger. He also knew that the Eagle has a habit of stealing prey from smaller raptors, often bullying them into dropping their catch before they can reach a safe perch. Ben did not think a big, aggressive, bullying, scavenger should be the emblem of our new nation. On the other hand, I have never quite understood his affection for the Wild Turkey...jaded as I am by too many Thanksgiving dinners featuring farm raised turkey...boyhood images of the big commercial turkey farm near home, and the gobbler my grandfather always free ranged on his farm...fattening him up for the feast. And then of course there is the cultural stigma attached to the name by now...also based, I am certain, on farm raised turkeys...which are about as mindless as a bird can get. (I put the mindlessness down to generations of interbreeding aimed only at increasing the size of the bird's breast.) And then I come upon a bird like the one pictured here...and I know exactly what Ben was on about in his defense of the Wild Turkey as our national bird. This is as handsome and industrious a creature as ever walked the earth...and beautiful in the bargain. And peaceful. Willing (and able...note that spur on the leg just into the frame at the bottom) to defend itself and its females and pults...but not aggressive or needlessly assertive in any way. I have to wonder what difference it might have made in our national character if Ben had had his way...and we were the nation of the Wild Turkey and not the Bald Eagle. Ah well...Franklin lost the debate to others more concerned about prestige and far less knowledgeable about birds.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 320 @ f4 out the window of a running car. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-05-22 10:23:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

May 22
On Saturday, driving down I495 through
Massachusetts, we came up behind this
tiny, bright yellow car, tootling down
the interstate 10 miles below the speed
limit. It had, at the back, two propellers
where the bumper should have been,
and when I passed it, the front had a
distinct look of a prow. I did not need
to read the vanity plate: "Anphib1" to
know it was a boat-car...but what it was
doing tootling down the interstate in
the dry middle of Massachusetts is more
than I can say...like a fish out of water.

May 22
On Saturday, driving down I495 through
Massachusetts, we came up behind this
tiny, bright yellow car, tootling down
the interstate 10 miles below the speed
limit. It had, at the back, two propellers
where the bumper should have been,
and when I passed it, the front had a
distinct look of a prow. I did not need
to read the vanity plate: "Anphib1" to
know it was a boat-car...but what it was
doing tootling down the interstate in
the dry middle of Massachusetts is more
than I can say...like a fish out of water.___

2017-05-22 01:43:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

May 21
I watched my youngest daughter graduate
with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
from the Hartt School at Hartford University
today. Her concentration was in Collaborative
Music, though Hartt does not offer a degree
In that. After, she and her roommates hosted
a potluck picnic in their appartment for all the
families, and assorted boyfriends, and a good
time it was for all. I, of course, took pictures.
She was as happy as I have ever seen her,
and that is saying a lot, since she is mostly
a happy being...blessed to do what she loves,
and to do it well. It was her first ever graduation
(since we homeschooled)...a fact her friends
had some trouble with...but she took it in stride.
She will likely be home for the next year, pre-
paring for Grad School auditions, teaching,
and... more »

May 21
I watched my youngest daughter graduate
with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
from the Hartt School at Hartford University
today. Her concentration was in Collaborative
Music, though Hartt does not offer a degree
In that. After, she and her roommates hosted
a potluck picnic in their appartment for all the
families, and assorted boyfriends, and a good
time it was for all. I, of course, took pictures.
She was as happy as I have ever seen her,
and that is saying a lot, since she is mostly
a happy being...blessed to do what she loves,
and to do it well. It was her first ever graduation
(since we homeschooled)...a fact her friends
had some trouble with...but she took it in stride.
She will likely be home for the next year, pre-
paring for Grad School auditions, teaching,
and accompanying...which is okay by us...
she is a self-contained soul...hardly any
trouble at all...mostly...most of the time.
So this is by way of a congratulations poem.
Well done Kelia, brand new Bachelor of Music.



http://daypoems17.blogspot.com/2017/05/may-21.html___

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2017-05-21 10:20:43 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

Eastern Towhee
The Eastern Towhee used to be Rufous-sided Towhee, and I still have that name stuck in my head. In fact that is what I typed as a title until some vague memory that they might have chanced the name sent me looking in iBird to make sure I did not get it wrong…and I, of course, had. By whatever name, the Towhee is one of the most cheerful of the woodland birds of Soutern Maine, especially in spring when the males sing their loud, bold “drink-yer-tea-tea-tea-tea-tea” song. This fellow even sat for his portrait.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Eastern Towhee
The Eastern Towhee used to be Rufous-sided Towhee, and I still have that name stuck in my head. In fact that is what I typed as a title until some vague memory that they might have chanced the name sent me looking in iBird to make sure I did not get it wrong…and I, of course, had. By whatever name, the Towhee is one of the most cheerful of the woodland birds of Soutern Maine, especially in spring when the males sing their loud, bold “drink-yer-tea-tea-tea-tea-tea” song. This fellow even sat for his portrait.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-21 10:18:28 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 256 +1s; )Open 

The magic of a waterfall is that it is never the same twice. The falls on the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Kennebunkport Maine. In-camera HDR. 6 stops, -2 EV. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr. 

The magic of a waterfall is that it is never the same twice. The falls on the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Kennebunkport Maine. In-camera HDR. 6 stops, -2 EV. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-05-20 12:26:49 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

May 20
I had the strangest dream last night:
I was an observer and this group
of young men had started a company
called "Trans-light Travel". They
offered a two week vacation in 24 hours,
to a destination of your choosing...
the theory being that they boosted you
faster than light to your chosen local,
where you enjoyed yourself for two
weeks and then they boosted you back
just 24 hours after you left. Good deal!
But I, as the observer, was privy to the
inner workings, and I could see that,
after you were strapped in to your
light-speed transport, they, in fact,
filled the chamber with a gas that
induced a transe-like state, dropped
the little LCD screens (like they have
on the backs of airplane seats) and
flashed two weeks worth of images
of your destination at subliminal speed... more »

May 20
I had the strangest dream last night:
I was an observer and this group
of young men had started a company
called "Trans-light Travel". They
offered a two week vacation in 24 hours,
to a destination of your choosing...
the theory being that they boosted you
faster than light to your chosen local,
where you enjoyed yourself for two
weeks and then they boosted you back
just 24 hours after you left. Good deal!
But I, as the observer, was privy to the
inner workings, and I could see that,
after you were strapped in to your
light-speed transport, they, in fact,
filled the chamber with a gas that
induced a transe-like state, dropped
the little LCD screens (like they have
on the backs of airplane seats) and
flashed two weeks worth of images
of your destination at subliminal speed
in front of your dreaming eyes, while
piping in appropriate sound effects
and even whiffs of authentic smells.
The whole process took less than an
hour...after which they hooked you
to an IV to keep you from getting
hungery and then woke you the
next morining, unstrapped you and
decanted you and sent you back to
your home with a SD card full of
pictures, including selfies against
appropriate backdrops. They made
a lot of money and, except for me,
the observer, no one ever caught on
to the fraud. And, given human nature,
and the way we travel, I am not sure it
was not a perfectly valid solution for
the those who could not afford the time
or energy for real travel...so watch
for it on Kick-Starter and get in early!
That is Trans-light Travel, coming soon.___

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2017-05-20 11:58:36 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 259 +1s; )Open 

Moss and rock, root and branch, and clear brown flowing water...in a frame. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Moss and rock, root and branch, and clear brown flowing water...in a frame. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-20 11:54:43 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 172 +1s; )Open 

Eastern American Toad
It is the season for tiny toads in the woods and lawns of southern Maine. I saw several while mowing the lawn for the first time this week...and found this specimen deep in the woods of Emmon's Preserve. It allowed me to circle around it for better light and a view of its eye. Very cooperative. :)

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

Eastern American Toad
It is the season for tiny toads in the woods and lawns of southern Maine. I saw several while mowing the lawn for the first time this week...and found this specimen deep in the woods of Emmon's Preserve. It allowed me to circle around it for better light and a view of its eye. Very cooperative. :)

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

2017-05-19 21:50:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

May 19
The furnace man came today to
clean the furnace...a spring time
ritual...part of our yearly service
contract with the oil company.
20 years ago our service man at
the time told us this furnace was
worn out...in need of a new boiler...
but while we have replaced fans
and circulation motors, and thermo-
static controls since then, the
furnace itself just keeps on going,
delivering enough hot water and
radiant heat to keep me happy...
though Carol says the shower
is not hot enough for her in winter...
I suppose it takes her longer to
wash her hair. Anyway, each year
that it passes its cleaning and is
still working is a gift outright...
I am thankful we did not pay
more attention to that service
man 20 years ago. Alarmest
he must have been...or eager
to sell us a brand new... more »

May 19
The furnace man came today to
clean the furnace...a spring time
ritual...part of our yearly service
contract with the oil company.
20 years ago our service man at
the time told us this furnace was
worn out...in need of a new boiler...
but while we have replaced fans
and circulation motors, and thermo-
static controls since then, the
furnace itself just keeps on going,
delivering enough hot water and
radiant heat to keep me happy...
though Carol says the shower
is not hot enough for her in winter...
I suppose it takes her longer to
wash her hair. Anyway, each year
that it passes its cleaning and is
still working is a gift outright...
I am thankful we did not pay
more attention to that service
man 20 years ago. Alarmest
he must have been...or eager
to sell us a brand new furnace. ___

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2017-05-19 12:04:00 (20 comments; 9 reshares; 280 +1s; )Open 

Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Kennebunkport Maine. I have tried this shot many times, but this spring shot is the first I have been really happy with. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Kennebunkport Maine. I have tried this shot many times, but this spring shot is the first I have been really happy with. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-19 12:00:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

Trout Lilies
I told the story of these Trout Lilies at Emmon’s Preserve (Kennebunkport Conservation Trust) in a Day Poem a few days ago. They are also sometimes called Adder’s Tongue

I went to Emmon’s Preserve today
to look for Trout Lilies where I know
they grow, along the trail down to the
little falls on the Bascom River. As
I went down, I thought for sure I was
too late…the blossoms were closed,
well past and drying, and the leaves
already loosing the spots that give
the flower it’s names, whether you
call it Trout Lily or Adder’s Tongue.
Ah well, I have missed them before
and I would like to think this will
not be my last spring…but then
right down by the falls, where the
cold air settles and is further cooled
by the rushing water, holding back the
season, there they were…in fullbloom,
pok... more »

Trout Lilies
I told the story of these Trout Lilies at Emmon’s Preserve (Kennebunkport Conservation Trust) in a Day Poem a few days ago. They are also sometimes called Adder’s Tongue

I went to Emmon’s Preserve today
to look for Trout Lilies where I know
they grow, along the trail down to the
little falls on the Bascom River. As
I went down, I thought for sure I was
too late…the blossoms were closed,
well past and drying, and the leaves
already loosing the spots that give
the flower it’s names, whether you
call it Trout Lily or Adder’s Tongue.
Ah well, I have missed them before
and I would like to think this will
not be my last spring…but then
right down by the falls, where the
cold air settles and is further cooled
by the rushing water, holding back the
season, there they were…in full bloom,
poking up out of moss right by the water’s
edge…nodding as they do…bending their
bright yellow faces down until the red veins
on the backs of the petals show like a
blush. I bent low to photograph them,
doing my best not to slip off the bank and
into the the stream. The woods dream
in flowers in the spring. I would not
want to wake them with my thrashing.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/1000th @ f4.5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-05-18 21:49:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

May 18
Air Quality Alert! I never paid much
attention to them, but now that
I am in the susceptible demographic,
being both relatively elderly and having
limited heart function (hence respatory
sensitivity) I feel compelled to take
more notice...and indeed, breathing is
harder, as though there is less oxygen
in the air today, and I have a sort of
rawness in the back of my throat that
I am assuming is the result high levels
of ozone and dispersed hydrocarbons
(not to mention hydrochloric acid), being
pushed up from New York and Boston
(and everything in between) and settling
up against the coast of the gulf of
Maine where I am blessed to live...
blessed that is, on days when I am
not breathing the exhaust of the
industrial North East. Ah Maine,
life the way it is suppose to be. 

May 18
Air Quality Alert! I never paid much
attention to them, but now that
I am in the susceptible demographic,
being both relatively elderly and having
limited heart function (hence respatory
sensitivity) I feel compelled to take
more notice...and indeed, breathing is
harder, as though there is less oxygen
in the air today, and I have a sort of
rawness in the back of my throat that
I am assuming is the result high levels
of ozone and dispersed hydrocarbons
(not to mention hydrochloric acid), being
pushed up from New York and Boston
(and everything in between) and settling
up against the coast of the gulf of
Maine where I am blessed to live...
blessed that is, on days when I am
not breathing the exhaust of the
industrial North East. Ah Maine,
life the way it is suppose to be. ___

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2017-05-18 11:42:19 (18 comments; 5 reshares; 334 +1s; )Open 

Trout Lily (Adder's Tongue) beside the Bascom River in Emmon's Preserve (Kennebunkport Land Conservancy) in southern Maine. Sony RX10III in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Trout Lily (Adder's Tongue) beside the Bascom River in Emmon's Preserve (Kennebunkport Land Conservancy) in southern Maine. Sony RX10III in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-18 11:38:02 (12 comments; 2 reshares; 84 +1s; )Open 

Yard flowers...
Spring is late in Maine, but that does not mean that the yard is not in bloom. I went out yesterday in the early overcast light to capture some of the color. This is a mix of wildflowers that have become established in the yard and plantings. Clearly the Daffodil, Tulip, and Pansy are plantings...as is the Apple, just coming into blossom. The Spring Beauty and Violet are wild.

Sony Rx10iii at various focal lengths. Program Mode. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro

Yard flowers...
Spring is late in Maine, but that does not mean that the yard is not in bloom. I went out yesterday in the early overcast light to capture some of the color. This is a mix of wildflowers that have become established in the yard and plantings. Clearly the Daffodil, Tulip, and Pansy are plantings...as is the Apple, just coming into blossom. The Spring Beauty and Violet are wild.

Sony Rx10iii at various focal lengths. Program Mode. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro___

2017-05-17 19:25:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

May 17
I went to Emmon's Preserve today
to look for Trout Lilies where I know
they grow, along the trail down to the
little falls on the Bascom River. As
I went down, I thought for sure I was
too late...the blossoms were closed,
well past and drying, and the leaves
already loosing the spots that give
the flower it's names, whether you
call it Trout Lily or Adder's Tongue.
Ah well, I have missed them before
and I would like to think this will
not be my last spring...but then
right down by the falls, where the
cold air settles and is further cooled
by the rushing water, holding back the
season, there they were...in full bloom,
poking up out of moss right by the water's
edge...nodding as they do...bending their
bright yellow faces down until the red veins
on the backs of the... more »

May 17
I went to Emmon's Preserve today
to look for Trout Lilies where I know
they grow, along the trail down to the
little falls on the Bascom River. As
I went down, I thought for sure I was
too late...the blossoms were closed,
well past and drying, and the leaves
already loosing the spots that give
the flower it's names, whether you
call it Trout Lily or Adder's Tongue.
Ah well, I have missed them before
and I would like to think this will
not be my last spring...but then
right down by the falls, where the
cold air settles and is further cooled
by the rushing water, holding back the
season, there they were...in full bloom,
poking up out of moss right by the water's
edge...nodding as they do...bending their
bright yellow faces down until the red veins
on the backs of the petals show like a
blush. I bent low to photograph them,
doing my best not to slip off the bank and
into the the stream. The woods dream
in flowers in the spring. I would not
want to wake them with my thrashing.___

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2017-05-17 12:17:53 (17 comments; 11 reshares; 286 +1s; )Open 

A stand of Hobblebush...one of the earliest flowers of spring in Southern Maine, along the trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

A stand of Hobblebush...one of the earliest flowers of spring in Southern Maine, along the trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-17 12:10:10 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

Merry Bells
I took a wildflower walk at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge…around the loop at the Headquarters…just to see how spring in Maine is doing. It is, apparently, still early. Expected wildflowers of spring are still just budding, if they are showing at all. I did find a few Merry Bells (Bellwort), a small delicate drooping lily of the woods. This image was taken in what I call telephoto-macro mode…at the long end of the zoom at a closest focus.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 320. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Merry Bells
I took a wildflower walk at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge…around the loop at the Headquarters…just to see how spring in Maine is doing. It is, apparently, still early. Expected wildflowers of spring are still just budding, if they are showing at all. I did find a few Merry Bells (Bellwort), a small delicate drooping lily of the woods. This image was taken in what I call telephoto-macro mode…at the long end of the zoom at a closest focus.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 320. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-05-17 01:42:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

May 16
Back home in Maine, spring is further
behind than in Ohio. The woods are
silent except for our winter birds and
and a few Eastern Phoebes. The
Hobblebush is in bloom, but the Blue-
bead Lily is barely in bud. There are a
few Mayflower blossoms scattered
wildly...and the leaves of the maples
are only just now unfolding and still
bright red. Spring may come all in
a rush the next few days, when the
temperatures are predicted in the 80s,
but it looks to me like we have another
two weeks at least before the season
is fully upon us. I could be wrong
but I am not going to hold my breath. 

May 16
Back home in Maine, spring is further
behind than in Ohio. The woods are
silent except for our winter birds and
and a few Eastern Phoebes. The
Hobblebush is in bloom, but the Blue-
bead Lily is barely in bud. There are a
few Mayflower blossoms scattered
wildly...and the leaves of the maples
are only just now unfolding and still
bright red. Spring may come all in
a rush the next few days, when the
temperatures are predicted in the 80s,
but it looks to me like we have another
two weeks at least before the season
is fully upon us. I could be wrong
but I am not going to hold my breath. ___

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2017-05-16 11:30:29 (4 comments; 8 reshares; 256 +1s; )Open 

Crane Creek estuary, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Crane Creek estuary, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-16 11:27:37 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

Whip-poor-will
On a very slow day at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding on the Erie shore of Ohio, the bird of the day, and the only bird to draw a crowd, was this Eastern Whip-poor-will hunkered down 10 yards off the boardwalk. Between the crush of the crowd and the limited sight-lines, I was pleased to get this shot at all.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. ISO 1000 @ 1/1000th @ f5. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Whip-poor-will
On a very slow day at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding on the Erie shore of Ohio, the bird of the day, and the only bird to draw a crowd, was this Eastern Whip-poor-will hunkered down 10 yards off the boardwalk. Between the crush of the crowd and the limited sight-lines, I was pleased to get this shot at all.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. ISO 1000 @ 1/1000th @ f5. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-05-15 22:51:56 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

May 15
Home is the birder from his travels,
weary beyond words (even after
sleeping in his seat on both flights
most of the way from Ohio to
Maine). Looking forward to a few
weeks of home-time and spring
in Maine...mowing the lawn (well
okay maybe not looking forward
to that), getting the bike out, walking
the trails at Rachel Carson and Wells
Reserve at Laudholm Farm looking
for our resident warblers and wild
flowers of the season...visiting the
Kennebunk Plains and Day Brook
Pond...generally resting and getting
my suitcases unpacked for the first
time in 4 months. Home. 

May 15
Home is the birder from his travels,
weary beyond words (even after
sleeping in his seat on both flights
most of the way from Ohio to
Maine). Looking forward to a few
weeks of home-time and spring
in Maine...mowing the lawn (well
okay maybe not looking forward
to that), getting the bike out, walking
the trails at Rachel Carson and Wells
Reserve at Laudholm Farm looking
for our resident warblers and wild
flowers of the season...visiting the
Kennebunk Plains and Day Brook
Pond...generally resting and getting
my suitcases unpacked for the first
time in 4 months. Home. ___

2017-05-15 22:45:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

May 14
Last day of the Biggest Week in American
Birding, in Ohio, on the Erie shore, and
a glorious day it was...perfect weather...
and the beginnings of the first solid wave
of warblers of the season...feeding down
low all along the boardwalk. The kind of
day that gives Magee its reputation...and
brings the birders back year after year.

May 14
Last day of the Biggest Week in American
Birding, in Ohio, on the Erie shore, and
a glorious day it was...perfect weather...
and the beginnings of the first solid wave
of warblers of the season...feeding down
low all along the boardwalk. The kind of
day that gives Magee its reputation...and
brings the birders back year after year.___

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2017-05-15 11:14:12 (12 comments; 11 reshares; 252 +1s; )Open 

The marsh inpondment behind Magee Marsh on the Erie shore in Ohio. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

The marsh inpondment behind Magee Marsh on the Erie shore in Ohio. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-15 11:05:12 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 

Prairie Warbler
This Prairie Warbler caused a bit of excitement at the Magee Marsh Boardwalk on the last, and very birdy, day of the Biggest Week in American Birding on the Erie shore in Ohio. It did not want to sit for a portrait, and had to be tracked through the emerging leaves of the trees and vines...but it was enough to make many birders happy.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Prairie Warbler
This Prairie Warbler caused a bit of excitement at the Magee Marsh Boardwalk on the last, and very birdy, day of the Biggest Week in American Birding on the Erie shore in Ohio. It did not want to sit for a portrait, and had to be tracked through the emerging leaves of the trees and vines...but it was enough to make many birders happy.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-14 10:24:19 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Happy Mother's Day to all.

Whether you are a mother, have a mother, are married to a mother, or all three, mothers are certainly one of the primary blessings of God.

May you turn a generous eye on all mothers today. Happy Sunday! 

"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Happy Mother's Day to all.

Whether you are a mother, have a mother, are married to a mother, or all three, mothers are certainly one of the primary blessings of God.

May you turn a generous eye on all mothers today. Happy Sunday! ___

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2017-05-14 10:19:18 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

Blackburnian Warbler
The Blackburnian Warbler is, to my mind, another of the most spectacular warblers of the spring migration at Magee Marsh on the Erie shore, during the Biggest Week in American Birding. The bold orange and black pattern makes it look like a spark among the foliage.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/1000th @ ISO 800 @ f6.3. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.

Blackburnian Warbler
The Blackburnian Warbler is, to my mind, another of the most spectacular warblers of the spring migration at Magee Marsh on the Erie shore, during the Biggest Week in American Birding. The bold orange and black pattern makes it look like a spark among the foliage.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/1000th @ ISO 800 @ f6.3. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.___

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2017-05-14 10:15:45 (16 comments; 12 reshares; 263 +1s; )Open 

Lake Erie from the Ohio shore (Maumee Bay State Park). Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Lake Erie from the Ohio shore (Maumee Bay State Park). Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-05-14 01:09:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

May 13
It was the slowest day on the boardwalk
at Magee Marsh and the Biggest Week
in American Birding yet...even slower
than the days of cold and rain early on...
it was as though the small wave of warblers
that had built up to fair numbers over the
past two days all gathered in the deep dusk
last night and took off for Canada in a
mass flight...leaving only a few Yellows
and Prothonotaries (nesters here on the
Erie shore), some Blackburnians who
arrived late in the wave...and a very few
female Redstarts waiting on the males.
The marsh was empty. I saw photographers
so desperate they were shooting female
Red-winged Blackbirds. Don't get me wrong.
It was a warm, sunny Saturday...the first
really nice weather in over a week, and the
birders were out in force...the boardwalk
was as crowed as I have... more »

May 13
It was the slowest day on the boardwalk
at Magee Marsh and the Biggest Week
in American Birding yet...even slower
than the days of cold and rain early on...
it was as though the small wave of warblers
that had built up to fair numbers over the
past two days all gathered in the deep dusk
last night and took off for Canada in a
mass flight...leaving only a few Yellows
and Prothonotaries (nesters here on the
Erie shore), some Blackburnians who
arrived late in the wave...and a very few
female Redstarts waiting on the males.
The marsh was empty. I saw photographers
so desperate they were shooting female
Red-winged Blackbirds. Don't get me wrong.
It was a warm, sunny Saturday...the first
really nice weather in over a week, and the
birders were out in force...the boardwalk
was as crowed as I have seen it. The press
at station 8, where a Whipperwill was
hunkered down in the brush, was too
dense to move through without the judicious
use of elbows and a liberal lubrication of
pardon-mes. Lots of birders. Few birds.
You could walk a hundred yards without
seeing a raised lens or bino. Folks just
stood along the rails and chatted...talking
birds, catching up with people not seen
since last migration season at Magee, all
politely suppressing their disappointment,
hoping for a better, more birdy day tomorrow.

___

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2017-05-13 10:23:47 (22 comments; 12 reshares; 308 +1s; )Open 

Moon over the Amazon. Amazon River above Iquitos, Peru. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

Moon over the Amazon. Amazon River above Iquitos, Peru. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-13 10:19:33 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

Eastern Screech Owl
There is an Eastern Screech Owl nesting in one of the boxes along the boardwalk behind the Maumee State Park Nature Center (Oregon Ohio). When we visited, the mom owl (red phase) was sitting on a limb to the right of the box and above, and the chick (grey phase) was looking out at us from the box. As we stood watching, the mom swooped from her branch, pushed the chick back inside, and followed.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. ISO 1250 and 1000 @ f4 @ 1/250th. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro. 

Eastern Screech Owl
There is an Eastern Screech Owl nesting in one of the boxes along the boardwalk behind the Maumee State Park Nature Center (Oregon Ohio). When we visited, the mom owl (red phase) was sitting on a limb to the right of the box and above, and the chick (grey phase) was looking out at us from the box. As we stood watching, the mom swooped from her branch, pushed the chick back inside, and followed.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. ISO 1250 and 1000 @ f4 @ 1/250th. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-05-13 01:00:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

May 12
It seems odd to have spent a day
of the Biggest Week in American
Birding without taking a single
photo of a single warbler...not
even getting out to the Magee
Marsh boardwalk...dealing with
broken phones and customers
in the Optics Alley tent, real and
potential all afternoon. Not a bad
day, just kind of displaced from
the real action here on the Erie
shore during migration, as the
wave of warblers sweeps through,
unseen by me today, but no less real.

May 12
It seems odd to have spent a day
of the Biggest Week in American
Birding without taking a single
photo of a single warbler...not
even getting out to the Magee
Marsh boardwalk...dealing with
broken phones and customers
in the Optics Alley tent, real and
potential all afternoon. Not a bad
day, just kind of displaced from
the real action here on the Erie
shore during migration, as the
wave of warblers sweeps through,
unseen by me today, but no less real.___

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2017-05-12 11:52:37 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 249 +1s; )Open 

Giant Prickly Pear on Santa Fe Island in the Galapagos. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Giant Prickly Pear on Santa Fe Island in the Galapagos. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-12 11:46:21 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

Prothonotary Warbler
The Prothonotary Warbler is, in my opinion, one of the most attractive of the many attractive warblers. They nest in the marsh at Magee Marsh on the Eire Shore in Ohio, and they are just arriving during the Biggest Week in American Birding. The light was beginning to fade by the time I found this one (along with several dozen other birders) along the boardwalk. It was actively feeding near an old nest site, so perhaps it is settling in for the season.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/1000th @ ISO 1250 @ f5. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro. 

Prothonotary Warbler
The Prothonotary Warbler is, in my opinion, one of the most attractive of the many attractive warblers. They nest in the marsh at Magee Marsh on the Eire Shore in Ohio, and they are just arriving during the Biggest Week in American Birding. The light was beginning to fade by the time I found this one (along with several dozen other birders) along the boardwalk. It was actively feeding near an old nest site, so perhaps it is settling in for the season.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/1000th @ ISO 1250 @ f5. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-05-12 01:54:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

May 11
Phone hassles. What more can I say?
Weary beyond words and the issues
not yet resolved. Time for bed, though
I know I will have trouble switching
off with broken phones and the obstinacy
and unreasonableness of wireless companies
circling in my head like a swarm of
agitated hornets. And, really, I do feel
aggrieved...it is not like I kicked over
the nest on purpose. So now, maybe,
I will download some photos, and give
my mind a chance to circle down.
Planning a sleep in tomorrow anyway. 

May 11
Phone hassles. What more can I say?
Weary beyond words and the issues
not yet resolved. Time for bed, though
I know I will have trouble switching
off with broken phones and the obstinacy
and unreasonableness of wireless companies
circling in my head like a swarm of
agitated hornets. And, really, I do feel
aggrieved...it is not like I kicked over
the nest on purpose. So now, maybe,
I will download some photos, and give
my mind a chance to circle down.
Planning a sleep in tomorrow anyway. ___

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2017-05-11 10:52:23 (12 comments; 7 reshares; 290 +1s; )Open 

Maple/Cottonwood swamp along the shore of Lake Erie in Ohio. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Maple/Cottonwood swamp along the shore of Lake Erie in Ohio. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-11 10:37:44 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

At least the Black-throated Green Warblers were down at eye-level at Magee Marsh for the Biggest Week in American Birding, in Ohio, on the Erie shore. There were several working along the boardwalk.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. ISO 400 @ f4 @ 1/250th. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro. 

At least the Black-throated Green Warblers were down at eye-level at Magee Marsh for the Biggest Week in American Birding, in Ohio, on the Erie shore. There were several working along the boardwalk.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. ISO 400 @ f4 @ 1/250th. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-05-11 01:13:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

May 10
Getting weary, more weary by
the day, despite all the birds in
Magee Marsh, and the stimulating
company and conversation of birding
friends from around the country, I
am getting worn down...feet ache,
back aches, neck aches (warbler
neck as the warblers are staying
high in the trees) and my mind
ticks over more slowly each
hour...I find my tongue getting
tangled in mid-sentence, and
more and more often the wrong
word on the tip of it...when
there is any word there at all. Not
complaining. I would not be
anywhere else during the Biggest
Week in American Birding
than here in Ohio, on the Erie
Shore, in this greatest of gathering
of birders on this side of the
Atlantic...birding old home week
with a side of warblers...as much
about the birders as the birding.

May 10
Getting weary, more weary by
the day, despite all the birds in
Magee Marsh, and the stimulating
company and conversation of birding
friends from around the country, I
am getting worn down...feet ache,
back aches, neck aches (warbler
neck as the warblers are staying
high in the trees) and my mind
ticks over more slowly each
hour...I find my tongue getting
tangled in mid-sentence, and
more and more often the wrong
word on the tip of it...when
there is any word there at all. Not
complaining. I would not be
anywhere else during the Biggest
Week in American Birding
than here in Ohio, on the Erie
Shore, in this greatest of gathering
of birders on this side of the
Atlantic...birding old home week
with a side of warblers...as much
about the birders as the birding.___

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2017-05-10 10:31:25 (21 comments; 14 reshares; 360 +1s; )Open 

A little bay in the Galapagos. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Photoshop Express on my iPad Pro. 

A little bay in the Galapagos. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Photoshop Express on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-10 10:23:12 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 93 +1s; )Open 

Black and White Warbler
Near the end of the day yesterday, after the Optics Alley Tent had closed, we took one final walk around the boardwalk at Magee Marsh to see what what was up...or rather, what was down. I had only gotten eye-level shots of Yellow and Palm warblers so far this trip, and I was hoping for more species. Just as we were on our way back to the car, we came up on this Black and White Warbler working down low, below eye-level in fact, and despite the failing light, could not resist trying to capture it.

The Black and White, to my eye, is one of the most elegant of the warblers...despite, or perhaps because of, its limited color range. It seems to day, "let the others have there yellows and oranges and reds...I am content in basic black and white." (And to say it very well at that.)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode. ISO 1250 @ f4 @... more »

Black and White Warbler
Near the end of the day yesterday, after the Optics Alley Tent had closed, we took one final walk around the boardwalk at Magee Marsh to see what what was up...or rather, what was down. I had only gotten eye-level shots of Yellow and Palm warblers so far this trip, and I was hoping for more species. Just as we were on our way back to the car, we came up on this Black and White Warbler working down low, below eye-level in fact, and despite the failing light, could not resist trying to capture it.

The Black and White, to my eye, is one of the most elegant of the warblers...despite, or perhaps because of, its limited color range. It seems to day, "let the others have there yellows and oranges and reds...I am content in basic black and white." (And to say it very well at that.)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode. ISO 1250 @ f4 @ 1/250th. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-05-10 01:42:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

May 9
Talking to Kenn Kaufman, bird guide
and birding book author extraordinaire,
(and one of the most genuinely humble
people I know) about art and writing
and the disciplines there-of, at a home
cooked New Mexico dinner, in Ohio,
right on the Erie shore (thank you Linda
Rockwell for all your effort) we pondered
the role of practice in the perfection
of any art (or the steady advance...or
even stumbling amble...toward the same)
and agreed, mostly, that you do get good
at what you do everyday...and the doing
of it, daily, day after day, without even
much instruction or study, does lead to
a kind of proficiency...a kind of fluency
that passes well for talent. Good thing.
For both of us...and for any aspiring artist.
Do that thing you love, that thing you want
above all else to be able to do well, and... more »

May 9
Talking to Kenn Kaufman, bird guide
and birding book author extraordinaire,
(and one of the most genuinely humble
people I know) about art and writing
and the disciplines there-of, at a home
cooked New Mexico dinner, in Ohio,
right on the Erie shore (thank you Linda
Rockwell for all your effort) we pondered
the role of practice in the perfection
of any art (or the steady advance...or
even stumbling amble...toward the same)
and agreed, mostly, that you do get good
at what you do everyday...and the doing
of it, daily, day after day, without even
much instruction or study, does lead to
a kind of proficiency...a kind of fluency
that passes well for talent. Good thing.
For both of us...and for any aspiring artist.
Do that thing you love, that thing you want
above all else to be able to do well, and do
it often...that's the key. How else do you
get such an amazing home cooked New
Mexico dinner way up on the Erie shore? ___

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2017-05-09 11:05:20 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 201 +1s; )Open 

The beacon on Espanola Island in the Galapagos. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

The beacon on Espanola Island in the Galapagos. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-09 11:01:05 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 93 +1s; )Open 

Yellow Warbler
The warblering is picking up at Magee Marsh and the Biggest Week in American Birding on the Ohio Erie shore...and, of course, there is nothing more visible (and generally more cooperative) than the Yellow Warbler. This fellow put on a show for us right at eye-level on the less crowed East end of the boardwalk.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode. 1/800th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro. 

Yellow Warbler
The warblering is picking up at Magee Marsh and the Biggest Week in American Birding on the Ohio Erie shore...and, of course, there is nothing more visible (and generally more cooperative) than the Yellow Warbler. This fellow put on a show for us right at eye-level on the less crowed East end of the boardwalk.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode. 1/800th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-05-09 01:23:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

May 8
Sally, my daughter (originally known
as Sarah) came on the bus today from
Pittsburgh, 7 hours, to spend a few days
with me and Team Zeiss at the Biggest
Week in American Birding on the Erie
Shore in Ohio. Her first time at Magee
Marsh, and one of the worst warbler
days I have ever experience here...but
still, I always say a bad day at Magee
is better than a good day most places,
and Sally confirmed that...happy with
the warblers, and vireos, and swans,
and herons, and egrets of the marsh
and the trails out behind all the way
to Ottawa. We can hope for a change
in winds over the days she is here. I'd
like her to experience a true Magee
Marsh warbler stravaganza, with 7
species, not for the day, but in a single
binocular field, and Maganolias and
Blackburnians and Chestnut-sideds... more »

May 8
Sally, my daughter (originally known
as Sarah) came on the bus today from
Pittsburgh, 7 hours, to spend a few days
with me and Team Zeiss at the Biggest
Week in American Birding on the Erie
Shore in Ohio. Her first time at Magee
Marsh, and one of the worst warbler
days I have ever experience here...but
still, I always say a bad day at Magee
is better than a good day most places,
and Sally confirmed that...happy with
the warblers, and vireos, and swans,
and herons, and egrets of the marsh
and the trails out behind all the way
to Ottawa. We can hope for a change
in winds over the days she is here. I'd
like her to experience a true Magee
Marsh warbler stravaganza, with 7
species, not for the day, but in a single
binocular field, and Maganolias and
Blackburnians and Chestnut-sideds
and the other bright birds at eye-level
all around, until it feels like your eyes
are floating in color...as though a box
of highly mobile crayons had been
dumped in the trees above the marsh.
I'd like Magee to give her a day to
remember forever...warblericious! ___

2017-05-08 09:57:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

May 7
More warblers in at Magee Marsh today,
in Ohio, on the Erie Shore. Seven species
showing. Palms in higher numbers, a few
more Pines and Black and Whites, a Blue-
winged (which I did not see), etc. This
time of year the birders pay more attention
to the warbler report than to the weather.
The only reason to mind the weather at all
is the rough correlation between the two.
But then that's birders for you.

May 7
More warblers in at Magee Marsh today,
in Ohio, on the Erie Shore. Seven species
showing. Palms in higher numbers, a few
more Pines and Black and Whites, a Blue-
winged (which I did not see), etc. This
time of year the birders pay more attention
to the warbler report than to the weather.
The only reason to mind the weather at all
is the rough correlation between the two.
But then that's birders for you.___

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2017-05-08 09:52:10 (11 comments; 15 reshares; 336 +1s; )Open 

Galápagos sky. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Galápagos sky. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-08 09:49:36 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

Palm Warbler
As I mentioned yesterday in another post, the migration is just getting to Magee Marsh on the Erie Shore in Northern Ohio...late because of the storms that infested the heartland of the US, and, this week, come up into Ohio. There are Palm Warblers however, and this is a better photo than the one I posted yesterday. This is a Palm at its perkiest and most cooperative...feeding at eye-level and only a few feet off the boardwalk at Magee.

Sony RX10III at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode with continuous focus. 1/320th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Palm Warbler
As I mentioned yesterday in another post, the migration is just getting to Magee Marsh on the Erie Shore in Northern Ohio...late because of the storms that infested the heartland of the US, and, this week, come up into Ohio. There are Palm Warblers however, and this is a better photo than the one I posted yesterday. This is a Palm at its perkiest and most cooperative...feeding at eye-level and only a few feet off the boardwalk at Magee.

Sony RX10III at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode with continuous focus. 1/320th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-07 10:20:21 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

I am Magee Marsh for the Biggest Week in American Birding, but is appears the warblers, stars of the show, are still mostly caught by storm fronts in southern Ohio. The boardwalk at Magee was as quiet as I have ever seen it. Lots of birders of course, but not many warblers. This is the best shot I managed during my Point and Shoot for Warblers class yesterday morning. Nice and sharp and the light is great...but, really, couldn't this Palm Warbler have turned around. It certainly did not while I was watching.

And still, I am happy and thankful to be here in Northern Ohio again for the warbler migration. There is the miracle of migration itself...still not fully understood by science...and then there is the beauty of the warblers. It is always 10 days that make me happy to be alive in God's... more »

"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

I am Magee Marsh for the Biggest Week in American Birding, but is appears the warblers, stars of the show, are still mostly caught by storm fronts in southern Ohio. The boardwalk at Magee was as quiet as I have ever seen it. Lots of birders of course, but not many warblers. This is the best shot I managed during my Point and Shoot for Warblers class yesterday morning. Nice and sharp and the light is great...but, really, couldn't this Palm Warbler have turned around. It certainly did not while I was watching.

And still, I am happy and thankful to be here in Northern Ohio again for the warbler migration. There is the miracle of migration itself...still not fully understood by science...and then there is the beauty of the warblers. It is always 10 days that make me happy to be alive in God's creation...and privileged to enjoy it. And thankful. Always thankful, even for butt shots of Palm Warblers.

May you find something today that inspires thanksgiving and wonder. Keep your generous eyes open. Happy Sunday!___

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2017-05-07 10:10:17 (18 comments; 9 reshares; 295 +1s; )Open 

The last sunset on the Galapagos, coming back from the highlands of Santa Cruz and the Giant Land Tortoises. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

The last sunset on the Galapagos, coming back from the highlands of Santa Cruz and the Giant Land Tortoises. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-07 10:06:47 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

Marine Iguana, North Seymour Island, the Galapagos
The classic Marine Iguana on the rocks shot from the Galapagos...in this case North Seymour Island on our Wildside Nature Tours Galapagos Adventure. With the blue Galapagos sea in the background. A nice portrait of an amazing creature.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode. 1/1000th @ f5.6 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Marine Iguana, North Seymour Island, the Galapagos
The classic Marine Iguana on the rocks shot from the Galapagos...in this case North Seymour Island on our Wildside Nature Tours Galapagos Adventure. With the blue Galapagos sea in the background. A nice portrait of an amazing creature.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode. 1/1000th @ f5.6 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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