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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 Show13,498*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  
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2017-07-09 12:32:20 (26 comments; 7 reshares; 223 +1s; )Open 

Pool on the Bascom River, Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. 6 stop difference in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.

Most reshares: 18

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2017-07-23 12:47:42 (16 comments; 18 reshares; 722 +1s; )Open 

Slender Spreadwing
When I first saw this Spreadwing it was in a mating wheel with its female. They broke apart before I could get a pic and I had to track each one down separately. :) To say that this fellow has an impressive abdomen is an understatement. Incredibly flexible too. And considerably longer than its mate's. It was in the weeds at the edge of a forest, still in shade, which contributes to the clarity of the shot. Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport Maine.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. -1 EV. Processed in Polarr. 

Most plusones: 722

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2017-07-23 12:47:42 (16 comments; 18 reshares; 722 +1s; )Open 

Slender Spreadwing
When I first saw this Spreadwing it was in a mating wheel with its female. They broke apart before I could get a pic and I had to track each one down separately. :) To say that this fellow has an impressive abdomen is an understatement. Incredibly flexible too. And considerably longer than its mate's. It was in the weeds at the edge of a forest, still in shade, which contributes to the clarity of the shot. Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport Maine.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. -1 EV. Processed in Polarr. 

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2017-07-24 19:52:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

July 24
On a day like today my grandfather would say
"Great day for the ducks." Not a downpour,
nor yet a cloudburst, but a steady, raincoat
required, cold fall from a dull pewter sky.
I never knew why, exactly, my grandfather
thought the ducks would like the day any
better than I...though considering the time-
less nature of rain and ducks (not to mention
grandfathers), I suspect it was something his
grandfather used to say, with that same flat
New England intonation (upstate New York,
but just on the Vermont border...close enough).
"Yes, great day for the ducks..." and if true
then and there, certainly true enough today
here in York County, in far southern Maine. 

July 24
On a day like today my grandfather would say
"Great day for the ducks." Not a downpour,
nor yet a cloudburst, but a steady, raincoat
required, cold fall from a dull pewter sky.
I never knew why, exactly, my grandfather
thought the ducks would like the day any
better than I...though considering the time-
less nature of rain and ducks (not to mention
grandfathers), I suspect it was something his
grandfather used to say, with that same flat
New England intonation (upstate New York,
but just on the Vermont border...close enough).
"Yes, great day for the ducks..." and if true
then and there, certainly true enough today
here in York County, in far southern Maine. ___

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2017-07-24 12:26:03 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 118 +1s; )Open 

Secret Garden Preserve, Kennebunk Land Trust, Kennebunk Maine. A quiet forest trail. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. Processed in Polarr. 

Secret Garden Preserve, Kennebunk Land Trust, Kennebunk Maine. A quiet forest trail. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-07-24 12:15:36 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 80 +1s; )Open 

Monarch on Galardia
When I got home from a hike at the Secret Garden Preserve in Kennebunk the other day, there was a Monarch Butterfly, the first I have seen this season, in our yard to greet me. It was hovering around the single Galardia flower that survived the winter in our front garden. I have a full, wings open, shot, but the butterfly completely covers the flower, and I like the contrast in both color and shape.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 100. -.3 EV. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch (removed another flower stalk, minus flower, at the left edge of the frame). 

Monarch on Galardia
When I got home from a hike at the Secret Garden Preserve in Kennebunk the other day, there was a Monarch Butterfly, the first I have seen this season, in our yard to greet me. It was hovering around the single Galardia flower that survived the winter in our front garden. I have a full, wings open, shot, but the butterfly completely covers the flower, and I like the contrast in both color and shape.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 100. -.3 EV. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch (removed another flower stalk, minus flower, at the left edge of the frame). ___

2017-07-24 00:10:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

July 23
So my Pic for today post must have been
featured on Google+ today...a photo of a
Slender Spreadwing damselfly, taken in
shade and sharp, subtle colors, larger than
life size even on the screen of a phone...
still...going on 700 +1s (plus ones)...that is
enough to make any odonata proud. 

July 23
So my Pic for today post must have been
featured on Google+ today...a photo of a
Slender Spreadwing damselfly, taken in
shade and sharp, subtle colors, larger than
life size even on the screen of a phone...
still...going on 700 +1s (plus ones)...that is
enough to make any odonata proud. ___

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2017-07-23 13:25:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

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

Water Lilies on Roger's Pond. Roger's Pond is a man-made pond created on a spit of high ground between the Mousam River and a stream coming in from the west, by diverting water from the Mousam and releasing it into the stream. It was originally a fire pond...where the town filled its fire tankers...and doubles as a skating rink in winter and as a kid's fishing pond in summer. The stretch of the Mousam beside the pond and park is a favorite with fly fisherman (it is one of the few public access areas on the banks of the Mousam) and with Alwive netters in season. For several years a pair of Eagles nested just down river and hunted the edge of the ice beside the park, where the tidal flow of the Mousam reaches its inland limits. The ornimental cherry trees planted there make it is a great spot for winter birds,... more »

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

Water Lilies on Roger's Pond. Roger's Pond is a man-made pond created on a spit of high ground between the Mousam River and a stream coming in from the west, by diverting water from the Mousam and releasing it into the stream. It was originally a fire pond...where the town filled its fire tankers...and doubles as a skating rink in winter and as a kid's fishing pond in summer. The stretch of the Mousam beside the pond and park is a favorite with fly fisherman (it is one of the few public access areas on the banks of the Mousam) and with Alwive netters in season. For several years a pair of Eagles nested just down river and hunted the edge of the ice beside the park, where the tidal flow of the Mousam reaches its inland limits. The ornimental cherry trees planted there make it is a great spot for winter birds, through mid-winter. In summer the pond is home to dragon and damselflies, and the lilies bloom. A great place altogether.

There is something that speaks to me in these lilies among the reeds. I am moved by the color and the patterns, verticals and horizontals...simple shapes interrupted by the complex and ornate lilies. In quiet sights like this, I hear the still small voice of God...the whisper of love...which is the language that God speaks when God speaks the world. And what can I say in return? What other language shall I speak, if not that same love? And the love of God wells up in me and I dissolve. Such a gift in the lilies on a pond among the reeds. Happy Sunday!
___

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2017-07-23 12:53:10 (6 comments; 10 reshares; 159 +1s; )Open 

Mousam River at Roger's Pond Park. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. -.7EV. Processed in Polarr. 

Mousam River at Roger's Pond Park. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. -.7EV. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-07-23 12:47:42 (16 comments; 18 reshares; 722 +1s; )Open 

Slender Spreadwing
When I first saw this Spreadwing it was in a mating wheel with its female. They broke apart before I could get a pic and I had to track each one down separately. :) To say that this fellow has an impressive abdomen is an understatement. Incredibly flexible too. And considerably longer than its mate's. It was in the weeds at the edge of a forest, still in shade, which contributes to the clarity of the shot. Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport Maine.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. -1 EV. Processed in Polarr. 

Slender Spreadwing
When I first saw this Spreadwing it was in a mating wheel with its female. They broke apart before I could get a pic and I had to track each one down separately. :) To say that this fellow has an impressive abdomen is an understatement. Incredibly flexible too. And considerably longer than its mate's. It was in the weeds at the edge of a forest, still in shade, which contributes to the clarity of the shot. Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport Maine.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. -1 EV. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-07-22 23:22:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

July 22
I walked the trail at the Kennebunk Land
Trust's Secret Garden Preserve, just before
and after noon. It is a patch of oldish forest
between Summer Street and Sea Road, behind
the Evergreen Cemetery. The trail crosses a
network of little streams, the headwaters of
unnamed brook that joins the Kennebunk River
just before its mouth. I have tried every map
I have access to. No name. This time of year there
are dragon and damsel flies at every crossing:
Ebony Jewelwings in numbers, on sunny ferns
and firs, showing both emerald green and
sapphire blue depending on the angle of the light,
Common Whitetails sitting on the warm planks
of foot bridges, Blue Dashers defending bare
branches in the steams, Aurora Damsels chasing
tiny green Fragile Forktails...and crimson
White-faced Meadowhawks like... more »

July 22
I walked the trail at the Kennebunk Land
Trust's Secret Garden Preserve, just before
and after noon. It is a patch of oldish forest
between Summer Street and Sea Road, behind
the Evergreen Cemetery. The trail crosses a
network of little streams, the headwaters of
unnamed brook that joins the Kennebunk River
just before its mouth. I have tried every map
I have access to. No name. This time of year there
are dragon and damsel flies at every crossing:
Ebony Jewelwings in numbers, on sunny ferns
and firs, showing both emerald green and
sapphire blue depending on the angle of the light,
Common Whitetails sitting on the warm planks
of foot bridges, Blue Dashers defending bare
branches in the steams, Aurora Damsels chasing
tiny green Fragile Forktails...and crimson
White-faced Meadowhawks like burning
matches among the ferns. A mile and a half.
More mushrooms than I have seen a long time,
orange and red and bright yellow, dappled
brown like bread crust, and chalky white,
white like the Indian Pipes just coming into
bloom, or what passes for bloom among the
ghost of plants. Lots of mosquitos. I had
to chase them from the car with full blowers
and windows down or they would have come
home with me. Pulling into the drive, there was
a Monarch on the Galardia (Blanket Flower) in the
front yard and I used the very last of the camera's
battery to catch it before I went in. A small
orange and a fresh peach from the refrigerator,
so juicy cold I ate it standing over the sink.___

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2017-07-22 12:06:04 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 153 +1s; )Open 

the spectacular landscape of the Vinales Valley in Cuba. A raised sea-bed with the islands as mountains. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. 

the spectacular landscape of the Vinales Valley in Cuba. A raised sea-bed with the islands as mountains. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-07-22 12:01:14 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 

Chow time!
I went looking for Ebony Jewelwings at Emmon's Preserve the other day, and found this specimen (not an Ebony Jewelwing) chowing down what appears to be a large Robber Fly. I believe it is an Ashy Clubtail, but I can not completely rule out Dusky from the images I got. Still we will say Ashy until someone more knowledgeable corrects me. :) I am not up on my Robber Flies but I know there are several species in Maine.

Sony RX10III at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. -1 EV. Processed and heavily cropped in Polarr. 

Chow time!
I went looking for Ebony Jewelwings at Emmon's Preserve the other day, and found this specimen (not an Ebony Jewelwing) chowing down what appears to be a large Robber Fly. I believe it is an Ashy Clubtail, but I can not completely rule out Dusky from the images I got. Still we will say Ashy until someone more knowledgeable corrects me. :) I am not up on my Robber Flies but I know there are several species in Maine.

Sony RX10III at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. -1 EV. Processed and heavily cropped in Polarr. ___

2017-07-22 01:27:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

July 21
I had every intention of starting my next
project today...but it just did not happen.
Got distracted making car appointments,
researching recalls on our C-Max, and
watching the new season of Mr. Robot.
Oh well, that is part of what being retired
means too. No deadlines but the ones I
set myself, and a I am a pretty easy going
boss to work for...no MBOs riding on
my day to day performance. I even treated
myself to ice-cream this evening, as week
ended reward. I will let the new project
stew in the hopper of my mind and maybe
Monday find the clarity and drive to start.
Ice-cream generally has that effect on me. 

July 21
I had every intention of starting my next
project today...but it just did not happen.
Got distracted making car appointments,
researching recalls on our C-Max, and
watching the new season of Mr. Robot.
Oh well, that is part of what being retired
means too. No deadlines but the ones I
set myself, and a I am a pretty easy going
boss to work for...no MBOs riding on
my day to day performance. I even treated
myself to ice-cream this evening, as week
ended reward. I will let the new project
stew in the hopper of my mind and maybe
Monday find the clarity and drive to start.
Ice-cream generally has that effect on me. ___

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2017-07-21 13:25:16 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Ebony Jewelwing
There were a few more Ebony Jewelwings yesterday along the Baston River rapids and falls in Emmon’s Preserve (Kennebunkport Land Conservancy). Still not as plentiful as some years. This is a seldom seen pose, both for being so close to the water and having the open wings. This male Jewelwing was contesting this stretch of rapid with several other males, and seemed to think that sitting in the middle of it on a bit of exposed rock would seal his ownership. I am not sure the other males were impressed. 🙂

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. -.3EV. 1/160th @ f4 @ ISO 320. Processed in Polarr.



Ebony Jewelwing
There were a few more Ebony Jewelwings yesterday along the Baston River rapids and falls in Emmon’s Preserve (Kennebunkport Land Conservancy). Still not as plentiful as some years. This is a seldom seen pose, both for being so close to the water and having the open wings. This male Jewelwing was contesting this stretch of rapid with several other males, and seemed to think that sitting in the middle of it on a bit of exposed rock would seal his ownership. I am not sure the other males were impressed. 🙂

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. -.3EV. 1/160th @ f4 @ ISO 320. Processed in Polarr.

___

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2017-07-21 13:20:55 (17 comments; 7 reshares; 178 +1s; )Open 

Meadow at Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport Land Conservancy, Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. 

Meadow at Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport Land Conservancy, Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-07-21 11:24:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

July 20
I went looking for Ebony Jewelwings along
the Bascom River, where the little falls are
at Emmon's Preserve. I parked at the
Conservation Trust buildings and walked
up through the meadows to the woods and
on up to the falls, overtaking and being
overtaken by a group of 15 four and five
year olds armed with nets and buckets
and ice-cube trays, and all in appropriately
tiny half high rubber boots. There were too
outdoorsy young ladies with them, providing
adult presence and some purpose to the mob,
and cautioning then as the passed not to
disturb my dragonfly pics along the pond.
Among the general noise and confusion of
a pack like that, it was easy to hear their
destination was the falls...something they
were all eager to see...so I dawdled and
let them pass...thinking maybe they would
have... more »

July 20
I went looking for Ebony Jewelwings along
the Bascom River, where the little falls are
at Emmon's Preserve. I parked at the
Conservation Trust buildings and walked
up through the meadows to the woods and
on up to the falls, overtaking and being
overtaken by a group of 15 four and five
year olds armed with nets and buckets
and ice-cube trays, and all in appropriately
tiny half high rubber boots. There were too
outdoorsy young ladies with them, providing
adult presence and some purpose to the mob,
and cautioning then as the passed not to
disturb my dragonfly pics along the pond.
Among the general noise and confusion of
a pack like that, it was easy to hear their
destination was the falls...something they
were all eager to see...so I dawdled and
let them pass...thinking maybe they would
have seen their fill of the falls (which is
actually much smaller than their imaginations)
by the time I got there...and I might yet get
a few Ebony Jewelwings shots. Jewelwings
haunt rapid water and are concentrated at
the falls. Still, when I got to the pools and
rapids, they were there there, parceling out
nets and getting instructed in how deep
they were allowed to go in the water, and
then they spread out, nets and buckets and
all, all up an down the falls, knee deep in
the gentle rapids. Such a noise. Such fun.
They were soaked, boots full, in seconds,
but it was a warm day and no harm done.
The "teacher" stayed on the bank and
gratefully received the netted offerings,
doing her best to identify the creatures
with a set of fold out charts of aquatic
life. The energy was amazing, kids all
over the falls, in the dark flowing water
and among the slippery rocks. I admit
I could not have done it. Had it been
my responsibility, I could not have turned
15 four and five year olds lose in the
rapids. I would have been watching every
one of them, ready to catch on every
slip and fall. I have too well developed
an imagination, and I can too easily
see just what might happen with boots
full of water and slippery moss. And it
would have been a shame if I had been
in charge. They had so much fun, and
went trooping back down the trail,
mosquito bitten and soaked, full of the
wonder of the tiny bugs, the wriggly
worms, the water plants they had found
and pretty much tired to the bone out by
the time they got back to the bus...
I bet nap time was as a quiet as a church.

They are unlikely to remember this day
as adults, but I have to believe the teacher's
tolerance and obvious delight in showing
them what lives in the rapid water will have
woken something in them that will last...
and they will forever see the world as a
place of wonder to explore...with nets and
appropriately larger rubber boots...but mostly
with open eyes and hearts ready for anything.

Oh, and in case you are wondering...I did
get a few shots of my Ebony Jewelwings.
Just a matter of open eys and a ready heart.
___

2017-07-21 10:46:45 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

July 19
Out on the Kennebunk Plains the other
day, I met a young man walking the
grasses and blueberry plants with big
industrial earphones and what was
obviously a directional antenna waving
in front of him. His couse was eratic,
with apparently random turns and
twists...obviously tracking something
elusive on the plains. I was shooting
Wood Lilies, but he stopped, one
earpiece dangling, to ask "Have you
seen any snakes?" I knew what he
ment instantly...there is a rare and
endangered snake on the Plains...the
Black Racer. "I have only ever seen
one in all the years I have been coming
here." "Yes," he said, "they are around
but hard to find. We have radios on 5
of them." That explained a lot. "Yes"
I said, "the one I saw was right over... more »

July 19
Out on the Kennebunk Plains the other
day, I met a young man walking the
grasses and blueberry plants with big
industrial earphones and what was
obviously a directional antenna waving
in front of him. His couse was eratic,
with apparently random turns and
twists...obviously tracking something
elusive on the plains. I was shooting
Wood Lilies, but he stopped, one
earpiece dangling, to ask "Have you
seen any snakes?" I knew what he
ment instantly...there is a rare and
endangered snake on the Plains...the
Black Racer. "I have only ever seen
one in all the years I have been coming
here." "Yes," he said, "they are around
but hard to find. We have radios on 5
of them." That explained a lot. "Yes"
I said, "the one I saw was right over
there by the tree line." because it was,
right there where he was looking with
his radio grear. We talked about the
beauty of the day, and the Wood Lilies,
and then he went on, following the
little pings in his ears. It was only on
the way back in the car when I
realized that I had not asked the
obvious (and essential) question...
the one that leaves my imagination
circling concentrated improbablilites...
"How do you put a radio on a snake?"___

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2017-07-20 12:17:16 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 151 +1s; )Open 

Or seascape :) Looking out into the Bocas del Toro Archipelago from the mainland. Panama. Early light. Sony Rx10iii at 104mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

Or seascape :) Looking out into the Bocas del Toro Archipelago from the mainland. Panama. Early light. Sony Rx10iii at 104mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2017-07-20 12:05:00 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

Five lilies...
Lily clusters are more rare than single Wood Lilies out on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, but clusters exist and I have found a few this year. This cluster of 5 lilies is, however, the most I have seen together. I believe it is at least two plants.

Sony Rx10iii at 197mm equivalent. Program with Program Shift for greater depth of field. 1/320th @ f6.3 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr. 

Five lilies...
Lily clusters are more rare than single Wood Lilies out on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, but clusters exist and I have found a few this year. This cluster of 5 lilies is, however, the most I have seen together. I believe it is at least two plants.

Sony Rx10iii at 197mm equivalent. Program with Program Shift for greater depth of field. 1/320th @ f6.3 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr. ___

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Another Wood Lilies in the landscape pic. This time beside Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR with program shift for greater depth of field. Processed in Polarr. 

Another Wood Lilies in the landscape pic. This time beside Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR with program shift for greater depth of field. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-07-19 12:15:02 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 112 +1s; )Open 

Halloween Pennant
While this should be a common bug in Southern Maine, I actually see very few of them...so I am always happy to find one. Halloween Pennant. Day Brook Pond, Kennebunk Wildlife Management Area, Kennebunk Maine.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. -.3 EV. Processed in Polarr. 

Halloween Pennant
While this should be a common bug in Southern Maine, I actually see very few of them...so I am always happy to find one. Halloween Pennant. Day Brook Pond, Kennebunk Wildlife Management Area, Kennebunk Maine.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. -.3 EV. Processed in Polarr. ___

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Wood Lilies in the landscape. Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR with Program Shift for greater depth of field. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch (power-lines on the left just at the horizon). 

Wood Lilies in the landscape. Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR with Program Shift for greater depth of field. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch (power-lines on the left just at the horizon). ___

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2017-07-18 13:10:18 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 103 +1s; )Open 

Wood Lily Season

It is Wood Lily season out on the 
Kennebunk Plains and the lilies are 
in bloom. I went yesterday and, as 
usual, completely over-indulged. 
I came back with 100s of images, 
sorted down to maybe 20, but oh 
such lilies, such a feast for the eye, 
such a wonderful smorgasboard 
of orange and red and purple, 
standing among ferns and tall plains 
grasses like stars in the sky, how can 
I be expected to restrain myself? 

This is one of those images...a particularly orange pair with dark spots...just one of several variations on the Plains this year.

Sony RX10III at about 90mm equivalent. Program with Program Shift to f9 for greater depth of field. Processed in Polarr. 

Wood Lily Season

It is Wood Lily season out on the 
Kennebunk Plains and the lilies are 
in bloom. I went yesterday and, as 
usual, completely over-indulged. 
I came back with 100s of images, 
sorted down to maybe 20, but oh 
such lilies, such a feast for the eye, 
such a wonderful smorgasboard 
of orange and red and purple, 
standing among ferns and tall plains 
grasses like stars in the sky, how can 
I be expected to restrain myself? 

This is one of those images...a particularly orange pair with dark spots...just one of several variations on the Plains this year.

Sony RX10III at about 90mm equivalent. Program with Program Shift to f9 for greater depth of field. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-07-18 12:45:29 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

July 18
It is Wood Lily season out on the
Kennebunk Plains and the lilies are
in bloom. I went yesterday and, as
usual, completely over-indulged.
I came back with 100s of images,
sorted down to maybe 20, but oh
such lilies, such a feast for the eye,
such a wonderful smorgasboard
of orange and red and purple,
standing among ferns and tall plains
grasses like stars in the sky, how can
I be expected to restrain myself? 

July 18
It is Wood Lily season out on the
Kennebunk Plains and the lilies are
in bloom. I went yesterday and, as
usual, completely over-indulged.
I came back with 100s of images,
sorted down to maybe 20, but oh
such lilies, such a feast for the eye,
such a wonderful smorgasboard
of orange and red and purple,
standing among ferns and tall plains
grasses like stars in the sky, how can
I be expected to restrain myself? ___

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July 17
I got bitten by a dog today.
Where I go on the Kennebunk
Plains Wildlife Management
Area by Day Brook Pond, there
is a sign where you park that
clearly says dogs are only
allowed on-leash and on-road
between May 1 and September
30, and I am always a bit
bothered by the number of dog
qwners who do not, apparently,
think that applies to them.
I never go there but there is
at least one owner with a dog
running free. I am tempted, each
time, to confront them, to point out
the sign, and be huffy about it.
So far I have talked myself around.
I remind myself how much I
enjoy the Plains and pond,
and consider that a well trained dog
and its owner deserve the same...
and I admit, I am amazed by
how well trained most of the
dogs I meet there are, promptly
obeying their... more »

July 17
I got bitten by a dog today.
Where I go on the Kennebunk
Plains Wildlife Management
Area by Day Brook Pond, there
is a sign where you park that
clearly says dogs are only
allowed on-leash and on-road
between May 1 and September
30, and I am always a bit
bothered by the number of dog
qwners who do not, apparently,
think that applies to them.
I never go there but there is
at least one owner with a dog
running free. I am tempted, each
time, to confront them, to point out
the sign, and be huffy about it.
So far I have talked myself around.
I remind myself how much I
enjoy the Plains and pond,
and consider that a well trained dog
and its owner deserve the same...
and I admit, I am amazed by
how well trained most of the
dogs I meet there are, promptly
obeying their masters' voices...
they are mostly retrievers, out
for an off-season swim in the
pond and short run to keep fit,
but today, as I came up to the
pond there was a gentleman
there obviously trying to get
his dog back on the leash and
under control (to give him his
due). It was big mastif type,
brindle, with a head as wide
as its shoulders, 3 feet tall and
4 feet long, must have weighted
150 pounds...right out of Hound
of the Baskervilles, minus the
phosphorescent paint...just a
pup the owner said, friendly
but still pretty bouncy. He was
having trouble reigning the
dog in, and I thought, maybe
like most puppies, it would quiet
once it made my acquaintance,
so I offered it the back of my hand
and a pat on the head before I
realized it had the sleeve of my
shirt in its teeth hard enough
so it took a good slap across
the back of its head by the owner
to get it to let go. I was backing
away by then, when it lunged
full height and all four feet off
the ground for my face. Things
went into slow motions as they
do when we are under threat,
and I got my arm around in time
and felt its jaws begin to close
above my elbow. I snapped back,
and the owner hawled on the
leash with all his weight and
the dog fell. "He got me." I said.
I looked down at my arm and
there was no tear in the fabric...
a good sign, but I could feel
the damage to my flesh. I rolled
up my sleeve. No blood but you
could see just how close he had
come to breaking the skin. The
owner made apologetic sounds
and scuttled away. I was maybe
still in a bit of shock and I let
him go. So I came away with
only a deep and painful bruise,
and maybe a bit less tolerance
for dog owners who do not
obey the rules on the Plains.
I might be a moment more
talking myself around next time.___

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Off the shoulder of the mountain near Panacam Lodge in Honduras. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch (removed power-lines). 

Off the shoulder of the mountain near Panacam Lodge in Honduras. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch (removed power-lines). ___

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2017-07-17 12:06:19 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

Red-eyed Treefrogs
Dropping back to an unshared image from our last trip to Honduras in April. Red-eyed Treefrogs near the frog pool above the Lodge at Pico Bonito. We went out after supper with flashlights to see what we could see. Tracked an owl, but did not see it. Saw all kinds of wonderful moths on the moth sheet. And, around the pool, these wonderful treefrogs. These two are getting cozy. :)

Taken in the light of a flashlight. Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Anti-motion Blur mode. Processed in Polarr. 

Red-eyed Treefrogs
Dropping back to an unshared image from our last trip to Honduras in April. Red-eyed Treefrogs near the frog pool above the Lodge at Pico Bonito. We went out after supper with flashlights to see what we could see. Tracked an owl, but did not see it. Saw all kinds of wonderful moths on the moth sheet. And, around the pool, these wonderful treefrogs. These two are getting cozy. :)

Taken in the light of a flashlight. Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Anti-motion Blur mode. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-07-17 10:27:56 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

July 16
I don't know it is real or imagined
but coming across the bridge into
Maine after tracking up across
Massachusetts and that corner of
New Hampshire by the sea, it felt
like the air changed, like I could
breath again, like I was home...the
little marshes and streams of the
coastal plane that you cross on I95,
the rolling hills covered in pine and
maple...not a lot different than MA and
NH...but even the quality of the light
seemed clearer. Yes, I know, most likely
my imagination, but it really did feel,
today, coming home to Maine, like the
sign says, the way life's supposed be...

July 16
I don't know it is real or imagined
but coming across the bridge into
Maine after tracking up across
Massachusetts and that corner of
New Hampshire by the sea, it felt
like the air changed, like I could
breath again, like I was home...the
little marshes and streams of the
coastal plane that you cross on I95,
the rolling hills covered in pine and
maple...not a lot different than MA and
NH...but even the quality of the light
seemed clearer. Yes, I know, most likely
my imagination, but it really did feel,
today, coming home to Maine, like the
sign says, the way life's supposed be...___

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2017-07-16 11:46:51 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 123 +1s; )Open 

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

On our last day in Equador, before catching the red-eye back to to the US, we took a bus up over the Andes and down the eastern slope to 9000 feet, where we spent the day photographing hummingbirds around the feeders at mountain lodge. Brilliant hummingbirds! This is a White-bellied Woodstar, caught in mid-air.

Among God's creatures I find the hummingbirds to be especially fascinating. Their maneuverability, their grace in the air...their diminutive size (relatively speaking)...the way their feathers color the light that strikes them, bending and separating the colors like water drops in the atmosphere creating a rainbow...they are unique beings in so many ways. And they are eye-openers...creatures that open the generous eye in almost everyone who sees them. How can you not be touched by awe, moved in... more »

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

On our last day in Equador, before catching the red-eye back to to the US, we took a bus up over the Andes and down the eastern slope to 9000 feet, where we spent the day photographing hummingbirds around the feeders at mountain lodge. Brilliant hummingbirds! This is a White-bellied Woodstar, caught in mid-air.

Among God's creatures I find the hummingbirds to be especially fascinating. Their maneuverability, their grace in the air...their diminutive size (relatively speaking)...the way their feathers color the light that strikes them, bending and separating the colors like water drops in the atmosphere creating a rainbow...they are unique beings in so many ways. And they are eye-openers...creatures that open the generous eye in almost everyone who sees them. How can you not be touched by awe, moved in your spirits, when looking at a hummingbird? They open us outward with wonder. And that is a good thing, because I believe the more often our generous eye...the eye that sees God...is opened, the harder it is to close it...the more trouble the stingy self will have ignoring the prompting of the spirit...turning back the light...ignoring the impulse to worship the Creator...our creator, the living and the loving God.

A good thing. I am thankful for hummingbirds. I am thankful for that day in the high Andes when we were surrounded by eye-openers. May your eye be open (opened) today. Happy Sunday! ___

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Santa Fe Island in the Galapagos. A salt lake with a few flamingos. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch. 

Santa Fe Island in the Galapagos. A salt lake with a few flamingos. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch. ___

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2017-07-16 11:18:08 (10 comments; 9 reshares; 166 +1s; )Open 

Eastern Amberwing
In mid-afternoon yesterday I could not stand another minute in the concrete dungeon at the UMass Hotel where I was working the ZEISS booth at the New England Council of Camera Clubs convention, so I abandoned my post and took a walk around campus. They have a little pond in the center of campus and I found quiet a few dragonflies that at not yet out in Southern Maine. There were Eastern Amberwings in great numbers. It is rare if I see more than a few all summer around home, so that was a treat. I found females sitting fairly easily but thought I was going to have to be happy with a flight shot of the male...but then, around the far side of the pond, I found the male sitting as well. These little guys are not much bigger than a large bumble bee...one of the smaller dragons.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. Processed in Polarr. For the flight shot, I... more »

Eastern Amberwing
In mid-afternoon yesterday I could not stand another minute in the concrete dungeon at the UMass Hotel where I was working the ZEISS booth at the New England Council of Camera Clubs convention, so I abandoned my post and took a walk around campus. They have a little pond in the center of campus and I found quiet a few dragonflies that at not yet out in Southern Maine. There were Eastern Amberwings in great numbers. It is rare if I see more than a few all summer around home, so that was a treat. I found females sitting fairly easily but thought I was going to have to be happy with a flight shot of the male...but then, around the far side of the pond, I found the male sitting as well. These little guys are not much bigger than a large bumble bee...one of the smaller dragons.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. Processed in Polarr. For the flight shot, I switched to a larger center spot focus and continuous focus.___

2017-07-15 15:09:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

July 15
Not getting out for new photos has
driven me back to my last trips...
St. Augustine, the Galapagos,
Honduras, the Amazon, Peru,
South Africa and Cuba...back to more
exotic landscapes and spectacular creatures...
to adventures with a capital A. I am
always amazed at what I have seen...
what I have been privileged to photograph
over the past year...just by being there and
ready when the photos happened. I don't
expect another year like this one...a
perfect storm of opportunity that I
could not have planned, and was
barely able to plan for...still I have the
memories...and I have the images,
100s of them...not exactly money in
the bank...but value beyond price.

July 15
Not getting out for new photos has
driven me back to my last trips...
St. Augustine, the Galapagos,
Honduras, the Amazon, Peru,
South Africa and Cuba...back to more
exotic landscapes and spectacular creatures...
to adventures with a capital A. I am
always amazed at what I have seen...
what I have been privileged to photograph
over the past year...just by being there and
ready when the photos happened. I don't
expect another year like this one...a
perfect storm of opportunity that I
could not have planned, and was
barely able to plan for...still I have the
memories...and I have the images,
100s of them...not exactly money in
the bank...but value beyond price.___

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2017-07-15 10:59:06 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 143 +1s; )Open 


Cochina Rock beach south of St. Augustine Florida. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.


Cochina Rock beach south of St. Augustine Florida. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.___

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2017-07-15 10:51:10 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 

Roseate Spoonbill with palm litter...
Since I can not get out for new pics this weekend, we will drop back to my April trip to St. Augustine, Florida and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery for this shot of a Roseate Spoonbill gathering nest materials. This Palm litter was clearly more than the bird could handle, and eventually it dropped it and went in search of something smaller. It did however give us a real show as it attempted to tame the banner in the wind from its tree-top perch. :) Gotta love the pink!

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. -.3 EV. Processed in Polarr. 

Roseate Spoonbill with palm litter...
Since I can not get out for new pics this weekend, we will drop back to my April trip to St. Augustine, Florida and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery for this shot of a Roseate Spoonbill gathering nest materials. This Palm litter was clearly more than the bird could handle, and eventually it dropped it and went in search of something smaller. It did however give us a real show as it attempted to tame the banner in the wind from its tree-top perch. :) Gotta love the pink!

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. -.3 EV. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-07-14 18:06:57 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

July 14
So how does it happen that I am at
a camera club show, and spending
the whole day inside behind a table?
I hope the camera club folk are at
least getting out to take some pics.

I am actually in the basement, far
from any windows, totally surrounded
by structural concrete and bathed in
artificial light...but I think out there
in the real world it might be raining.

I guess it could be worse. I could be
one of the models they hired for the
photoshoots (not that they hired any
overweight old men)...trying to keep dry
and warm out there in the real world. 

July 14
So how does it happen that I am at
a camera club show, and spending
the whole day inside behind a table?
I hope the camera club folk are at
least getting out to take some pics.

I am actually in the basement, far
from any windows, totally surrounded
by structural concrete and bathed in
artificial light...but I think out there
in the real world it might be raining.

I guess it could be worse. I could be
one of the models they hired for the
photoshoots (not that they hired any
overweight old men)...trying to keep dry
and warm out there in the real world. ___

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2017-07-14 10:37:10 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 165 +1s; )Open 

Yet again another shot of the marshes at the mouth of the Mousam River. The river mouth is left center in the frame, below the houses of Great Head. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. 

Yet again another shot of the marshes at the mouth of the Mousam River. The river mouth is left center in the frame, below the houses of Great Head. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-07-14 10:32:45 (17 comments; 2 reshares; 99 +1s; )Open 

Fledgling Bluebird
The fledgling Eastern Bluebirds are camera shy (people shy) and this is the best shot I have managed. If you open the screen sliding door they are off like a shot...so I went out the front door and snuck around the house in my sock feet...and still only got this close before the bird was away. :)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent (cropped to 1200mm equivalent). Program mode. Processed in Polarr. 

Fledgling Bluebird
The fledgling Eastern Bluebirds are camera shy (people shy) and this is the best shot I have managed. If you open the screen sliding door they are off like a shot...so I went out the front door and snuck around the house in my sock feet...and still only got this close before the bird was away. :)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent (cropped to 1200mm equivalent). Program mode. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-07-14 00:31:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

July 13
I picked up a rental car and drove to
Amherst Massachusetts for the New
England Council of Camera Clubs
Convention...there were a few miles
when I could turn the windshield wipers
off, but mostly it was rain, the last part
through moose infested mountains
according to the road signage...who
knew?...I certainly don't associate
western Massachusetts with moose,
but I can not believe they would waste
taxpayer money to make up the signs
unless moose sightings were fairly
common among the roadside bogs.
I did not see any, of course...likely
the wrong time of day...but I certainly
kept my eyes open. That is always
what I think the last moment before
I go out the door without my camera:
"What if a moose crosses the road?"
And that sends me back to the bedroom
where the... more »

July 13
I picked up a rental car and drove to
Amherst Massachusetts for the New
England Council of Camera Clubs
Convention...there were a few miles
when I could turn the windshield wipers
off, but mostly it was rain, the last part
through moose infested mountains
according to the road signage...who
knew?...I certainly don't associate
western Massachusetts with moose,
but I can not believe they would waste
taxpayer money to make up the signs
unless moose sightings were fairly
common among the roadside bogs.
I did not see any, of course...likely
the wrong time of day...but I certainly
kept my eyes open. That is always
what I think the last moment before
I go out the door without my camera:
"What if a moose crosses the road?"
And that sends me back to the bedroom
where the camera lives while I am at
home, and I pick it up. It was there
beside me on the front seat of the
rental, all the way to Amherst in the
rain...and despite not seeing the promised
mooses (or was it a threat) I always feel
considerable better for being prepared. ___

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2017-07-13 12:53:10 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 154 +1s; )Open 

Another shot of the marsh along the lower Mousam River. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. This one has had more attention in post processing than normal as I used it for an illustration in my Point and Shoot Nature Photography guide. Besides my normal HDR custom filter in Polarr, I used 2 graduated filters...one from the top to darken the sky, and one from the bottom to lighten the rose and grasses. I also used a brush filter to lighten the tree-line and removed some dead branches on the left with TouchRetouch. :) 

Another shot of the marsh along the lower Mousam River. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. This one has had more attention in post processing than normal as I used it for an illustration in my Point and Shoot Nature Photography guide. Besides my normal HDR custom filter in Polarr, I used 2 graduated filters...one from the top to darken the sky, and one from the bottom to lighten the rose and grasses. I also used a brush filter to lighten the tree-line and removed some dead branches on the left with TouchRetouch. :) ___

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2017-07-13 12:47:45 (12 comments; 2 reshares; 130 +1s; )Open 

Mealworm and Titmouse
As I have mentioned before, we are putting dried mealworms out for the pair (now family with two fledglings) of Bluebirds that are coming to our yard. I was not aware of just how many birds would consider them a treat. We have seen Titmice, of course, but also Nuthatches, Chickadees, and Downy Woodpeckers at the mealworm cage. This Tufted Titmouse is obviously enjoying a mealworm.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. -.7 EV. Processed in Polarr. 

Mealworm and Titmouse
As I have mentioned before, we are putting dried mealworms out for the pair (now family with two fledglings) of Bluebirds that are coming to our yard. I was not aware of just how many birds would consider them a treat. We have seen Titmice, of course, but also Nuthatches, Chickadees, and Downy Woodpeckers at the mealworm cage. This Tufted Titmouse is obviously enjoying a mealworm.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. -.7 EV. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-07-12 15:39:40 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

July 12
I was reminded yesterday that I am
coming up fast on my 70th birthday.
For some reason I was thinking this
would only be 69...denial maybe,
or wishful thinking...or more likely
I just missed the turnover of the
calendar last August. After all, 69
does not have the significance of
70...not by a long shot. Not that I
am expecting much of a celebration,
with daughters scattered as far west
as Colorado and as far south as
Florida. 70 years old. I have a feeling
that this time about a year ago I was
writing a poem in which I wondered
how 69 was possible...but there you
have it (or there, at any rate, have I).
70 years on the planet...and even I
have to admit that I always thought
a septuagenarian was really, you know,

old. 

July 12
I was reminded yesterday that I am
coming up fast on my 70th birthday.
For some reason I was thinking this
would only be 69...denial maybe,
or wishful thinking...or more likely
I just missed the turnover of the
calendar last August. After all, 69
does not have the significance of
70...not by a long shot. Not that I
am expecting much of a celebration,
with daughters scattered as far west
as Colorado and as far south as
Florida. 70 years old. I have a feeling
that this time about a year ago I was
writing a poem in which I wondered
how 69 was possible...but there you
have it (or there, at any rate, have I).
70 years on the planet...and even I
have to admit that I always thought
a septuagenarian was really, you know,

old. ___

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Marsh along the lower Mousam River, Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch (removed some dead branches about the green one :) 

Marsh along the lower Mousam River, Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch (removed some dead branches about the green one :) ___

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2017-07-12 11:51:57 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 115 +1s; )Open 

It's all about the beak...
I put out the thistle sock feeder for Goldfinches, of course, but they don't pay much attention to it. Mostly it is the woodpeckers and nuthatches that have time for the tiny thistle seeds...at least in our yard. For the nuthatches it is, of course, all about the beak...specifically designed for handling just such small meats. In this image you get an idea of just how precision a tool that beak is :) I like the classic nuthatch pose as well. And, of course, taken at less than 10 feet, you have to admire the feather detail. This is the adult...most probably a parent to the immature I posted yesterday.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @f4. Processed in Polarr. 

It's all about the beak...
I put out the thistle sock feeder for Goldfinches, of course, but they don't pay much attention to it. Mostly it is the woodpeckers and nuthatches that have time for the tiny thistle seeds...at least in our yard. For the nuthatches it is, of course, all about the beak...specifically designed for handling just such small meats. In this image you get an idea of just how precision a tool that beak is :) I like the classic nuthatch pose as well. And, of course, taken at less than 10 feet, you have to admire the feather detail. This is the adult...most probably a parent to the immature I posted yesterday.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @f4. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-07-11 20:41:57 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

July 11
Coming down to the home stretch
on my Point and Shoot Nature
Photography book...adding illustrations
to last chapters...and, unless I think
of something else I need to cover,
I will have the first draft done and
published as a PDF before month's
end. Then I hope to get a bunch
of point-and-shoot types, and some
experienced photographers, to read
it for feedback before the second
draft. I have at least two projects
waiting on the back burner for this
one to be done...but that is what
it means, evidently, to be retired.


July 11
Coming down to the home stretch
on my Point and Shoot Nature
Photography book...adding illustrations
to last chapters...and, unless I think
of something else I need to cover,
I will have the first draft done and
published as a PDF before month's
end. Then I hope to get a bunch
of point-and-shoot types, and some
experienced photographers, to read
it for feedback before the second
draft. I have at least two projects
waiting on the back burner for this
one to be done...but that is what
it means, evidently, to be retired.
___

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2017-07-11 16:19:01 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 170 +1s; )Open 

Reflections in a marsh pool. Kennebunk Bridle Path. Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. 

Reflections in a marsh pool. Kennebunk Bridle Path. Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-07-11 16:16:47 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

Nuthatch and the rock...
Late afternoon light, a White-breasted Nuthatch, and a rock from the beach. A surprisingly apt combination. :) I am pretty sure the Nuthatch is a newly fledged bird.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr. 

Nuthatch and the rock...
Late afternoon light, a White-breasted Nuthatch, and a rock from the beach. A surprisingly apt combination. :) I am pretty sure the Nuthatch is a newly fledged bird.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-07-10 22:06:56 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

July 10
We had two baby Bluebirds around
the feeder today...and both parents,
feeding them mealworms from the
mesh feeder. They were all shy, and
I never got the screen door open in
time to get a photo...and though they
were not born in our yard, or in our nest
box (this time) we are as proud of
those little Bluebirds as any parent
migh be...our little Bluebirds, all
streaky and stubby tailed, awkward
in flight yet, but a welcome addition
to the family here at 120 Brown Street.

July 10
We had two baby Bluebirds around
the feeder today...and both parents,
feeding them mealworms from the
mesh feeder. They were all shy, and
I never got the screen door open in
time to get a photo...and though they
were not born in our yard, or in our nest
box (this time) we are as proud of
those little Bluebirds as any parent
migh be...our little Bluebirds, all
streaky and stubby tailed, awkward
in flight yet, but a welcome addition
to the family here at 120 Brown Street.___

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2017-07-10 18:26:07 (14 comments; 5 reshares; 162 +1s; )Open 

I had to go out today to refresh my stock of landscapes :) Cloudy off and on. The marshes along the Mousam just north of the bridge. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. 

I had to go out today to refresh my stock of landscapes :) Cloudy off and on. The marshes along the Mousam just north of the bridge. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-07-10 12:16:51 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 102 +1s; )Open 

Anyone see my contact?
Tufted Titmouse at our feeding station. I think it had actually dropped a mealworm, but I could not resist the title.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode at -.3EV. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch (to remove a branch at the left hand side of the image, and maintain composition). 

Anyone see my contact?
Tufted Titmouse at our feeding station. I think it had actually dropped a mealworm, but I could not resist the title.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode at -.3EV. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch (to remove a branch at the left hand side of the image, and maintain composition). ___

2017-07-10 01:26:55 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

July 9
Our anniversary today. 34 years
up hill and down. I went out
this morning to look for flowers,
and came back with two pots of
Calla Lilies, one, with grass-like
leaves, and blooming trumpets the
color of a deep purple bruise, and
one, with broader variegated leaves
and flowers so bright a yellow it
hurt (in a pleasant sort of way) to
look at them. I could not decide which
one I liked better, or more important,
which one Carol would better like
(I know she is partial to purple, but
that yellow was something to look
at), so I bought them both. I had
a vague notion, confirmed by a
quick google search when I got
home, that the bulbs could be panted
in the flower bed out front, under
the ornimental cherry tree, where
they might conceivably brighten
our summers for years to... more »

July 9
Our anniversary today. 34 years
up hill and down. I went out
this morning to look for flowers,
and came back with two pots of
Calla Lilies, one, with grass-like
leaves, and blooming trumpets the
color of a deep purple bruise, and
one, with broader variegated leaves
and flowers so bright a yellow it
hurt (in a pleasant sort of way) to
look at them. I could not decide which
one I liked better, or more important,
which one Carol would better like
(I know she is partial to purple, but
that yellow was something to look
at), so I bought them both. I had
a vague notion, confirmed by a
quick google search when I got
home, that the bulbs could be panted
in the flower bed out front, under
the ornimental cherry tree, where
they might conceivably brighten
our summers for years to come.
Purple and yellow beside each
other, as Carol and I have been
these many years, and, God willing,
plan to be a good few more.

Happy Anniversary.___

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2017-07-09 14:15:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

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

Water droplets in a spider web over ferns. Notice how the ferns are focused in each drop. The water of life. Jesus promised wells of living water springing up in us when we surrender our selfish selves and embrace our Child of God being. In a desert culture, that was an amazing promise. Think of it. The promise of living water flowing from each of us, to water the world we live in...to bring life to those around us. And that is what the generous eye sees. In every direction, in every person, at least the potential for a spring of the spirit, bubbling up, overflowing. And how much gratitude do we feel, should we feel, when those around us overflow with living water...how deep our gratitude when can see ourselves overflowing? We, the children of God, are a constellation of living water drops suspended in this world...and... more »

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

Water droplets in a spider web over ferns. Notice how the ferns are focused in each drop. The water of life. Jesus promised wells of living water springing up in us when we surrender our selfish selves and embrace our Child of God being. In a desert culture, that was an amazing promise. Think of it. The promise of living water flowing from each of us, to water the world we live in...to bring life to those around us. And that is what the generous eye sees. In every direction, in every person, at least the potential for a spring of the spirit, bubbling up, overflowing. And how much gratitude do we feel, should we feel, when those around us overflow with living water...how deep our gratitude when can see ourselves overflowing? We, the children of God, are a constellation of living water drops suspended in this world...and that is what the generous eye sees. A thing of beauty.

May you embrace your child of God self today...and may you overflow to bless all those around you. Happy Sunday!
___

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2017-07-09 12:32:20 (26 comments; 7 reshares; 223 +1s; )Open 

Pool on the Bascom River, Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. 6 stop difference in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.

Pool on the Bascom River, Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport Maine. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. 6 stop difference in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.___

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