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Stephen Ingraham

Stephen Ingraham 

Christian, birder, photographer, blogger...

Occupation: Retired. Senior Brand Advocate for Birding and Wildlife Observation: Carl Zeiss Sports Optics (Photographer (nature & landscape), Blogger)

Location: Kennebunk ME

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2016-07-18 10:21:36 (26 comments; 41 reshares; 599 +1s; )Open 

Going vertical at Day Brook Pond. A small pine and some birch saplings. In-camera HDR at 24mm. Nominal exposure 1/100th @ ISO 100 @ f8. Program Shift for greater depth of field. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.

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2016-07-18 10:21:36 (26 comments; 41 reshares; 599 +1s; )Open 

Going vertical at Day Brook Pond. A small pine and some birch saplings. In-camera HDR at 24mm. Nominal exposure 1/100th @ ISO 100 @ f8. Program Shift for greater depth of field. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.

Most plusones: 599

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2016-07-18 10:21:36 (26 comments; 41 reshares; 599 +1s; )Open 

Going vertical at Day Brook Pond. A small pine and some birch saplings. In-camera HDR at 24mm. Nominal exposure 1/100th @ ISO 100 @ f8. Program Shift for greater depth of field. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.

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2016-07-29 10:11:59 (1 comments; 8 reshares; 88 +1s; )Open 

The forest, sun and shadow, at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. 24mm at 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f3.2. Processed in Lightroom.

The forest, sun and shadow, at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. 24mm at 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f3.2. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-07-29 10:05:55 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Abstract in sun, shadow, and tree bark...
The green filtered light of shadows on a tree trunk at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters paints an abstract design. It is all about texture and light. Sometimes it is enough to just put a frame around it. :)

Sony RX10iii at 192mm equivalent field of view. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: ISO 1000 @ 1/200th @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.

Abstract in sun, shadow, and tree bark...
The green filtered light of shadows on a tree trunk at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters paints an abstract design. It is all about texture and light. Sometimes it is enough to just put a frame around it. :)

Sony RX10iii at 192mm equivalent field of view. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: ISO 1000 @ 1/200th @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.___

2016-07-29 00:56:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

July 28
Another "air quality event" today.
We live right on the coast of Maine,
with that cold North Atlantic just
offshore, and you would think the
air here would be ocean washed
and eminently breathable...but no,
we are directly upwind of industrial
Massachusetts, from Boston to Lowel
and Worchester, and all their bad
air, factory and automobile exhaust,
piles up against the bend of coast
at the north end of Casco Bay, and
settles in right over us, where the
sun cooks up ozone that hangs low
to the ground in a layer of lung
searing chemical soup that is, if
you have a heart or lung issue,
unsafe to breathe. So days like
this I follow the warning and
avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
But I have to admit, I am beginning
to resent, if that is not to strong a
word, our... more »

July 28
Another "air quality event" today.
We live right on the coast of Maine,
with that cold North Atlantic just
offshore, and you would think the
air here would be ocean washed
and eminently breathable...but no,
we are directly upwind of industrial
Massachusetts, from Boston to Lowel
and Worchester, and all their bad
air, factory and automobile exhaust,
piles up against the bend of coast
at the north end of Casco Bay, and
settles in right over us, where the
sun cooks up ozone that hangs low
to the ground in a layer of lung
searing chemical soup that is, if
you have a heart or lung issue,
unsafe to breathe. So days like
this I follow the warning and
avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
But I have to admit, I am beginning
to resent, if that is not to strong a
word, our neighbors to the south...
a bit more with every breath of
second-hand pollution I suck in.___

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2016-07-28 19:37:00 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Live on P&S Nature Photographer. Point and Shoot Nature Photography Adventure in Honduras: The blog! See what we got up to. 

Live on P&S Nature Photographer. Point and Shoot Nature Photography Adventure in Honduras: The blog! See what we got up to. ___

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2016-07-28 11:20:17 (8 comments; 8 reshares; 209 +1s; )Open 

Knapweed in a hay field with clouds coming in. I this was taken a week ago. The field is mowed and baled now. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f10. (Program shift for depth of field.) Processed in Lightroom.


Knapweed in a hay field with clouds coming in. I this was taken a week ago. The field is mowed and baled now. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f10. (Program shift for depth of field.) Processed in Lightroom.
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2016-07-28 10:50:00 (2 comments; 7 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

American Copper Butterfly
The American Copper is fairly abundant in Southern Maine, but it is small enough so it is often overlooked. This one was hard to miss. It was at eye-level in a tall stand of Meadowsweet and other brush right next to the parking area at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. It was working the flowers in the company of a few Coral Hairstreaks, which provided a nice contrast, and also drew the eye. In could not get the Copper to pose with its wings fully open, so this 3/4s view will have to do.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f5.6. Processed and cropped slightly in Lightroom.



American Copper Butterfly
The American Copper is fairly abundant in Southern Maine, but it is small enough so it is often overlooked. This one was hard to miss. It was at eye-level in a tall stand of Meadowsweet and other brush right next to the parking area at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. It was working the flowers in the company of a few Coral Hairstreaks, which provided a nice contrast, and also drew the eye. In could not get the Copper to pose with its wings fully open, so this 3/4s view will have to do.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f5.6. Processed and cropped slightly in Lightroom.

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2016-07-27 21:48:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

July 27
So Godaddy called today to say my
hosting plan is sunsetting, and would
I like to "upgrade" to their new server?
They are offering a special discount,
of course, but I would have to physically
migrate my whole site...download all
my databases, reinstall all my wordpress
sub-domains on the new server, then
ftp the databases back up to the cloud
and wait while the name servers clear
caches and find my site once more.
I said that sounds like a lot of work. For
what? And why is this my problem? If
you want to keep my business, hadn't you
better come up with a solution that does
not involve my doing all this work? And
they want me to pay 5 years in advance
to get the discount? What? Oh they will
migrate the files if I pay an extra $100.
Again, what? They said it was like a... more »

July 27
So Godaddy called today to say my
hosting plan is sunsetting, and would
I like to "upgrade" to their new server?
They are offering a special discount,
of course, but I would have to physically
migrate my whole site...download all
my databases, reinstall all my wordpress
sub-domains on the new server, then
ftp the databases back up to the cloud
and wait while the name servers clear
caches and find my site once more.
I said that sounds like a lot of work. For
what? And why is this my problem? If
you want to keep my business, hadn't you
better come up with a solution that does
not involve my doing all this work? And
they want me to pay 5 years in advance
to get the discount? What? Oh they will
migrate the files if I pay an extra $100.
Again, what? They said it was like a
phone and upgrading from 3G to 4G,
and I said the back-end, the server end
of the cloud, was their concern. I don't
pay AT&T to move my phone number
to their 4G network, and they are not
asking me to replace my laptop, they
are asking me to do the work and pay
for their upgrade to new servers. Or
that's what it seems like to me. I think
they need to rethink their script...find
a way to make this sound like a good
deal, because it certainly doesn't now.
I feel sorry for the college kid on the
phone, trying his best to convince me
that this is something I want to do,
need to do, and that it all makes sense
for me. Working on commission I am
sure. Poor guy. They do need to work
that scrip. He was patient with me, even
when I asked, so if I have to manually
rebuild my site anyway, why would I
do it on Godaddy? Why wouldn't I shop
for a better deal? Poor guy. And then
I said I was not deciding today anyway.
Maybe by the time they call again they
will have a better script or a better deal.___

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2016-07-27 11:26:27 (4 comments; 12 reshares; 235 +1s; )Open 

Having fun with Wood Lilies and Meadowsweet. Day Brook Pond, Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, W. Kennebunk Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 1/40th @ ISO 100 @ f11. Procedssed in Lightroom.

Having fun with Wood Lilies and Meadowsweet. Day Brook Pond, Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, W. Kennebunk Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 1/40th @ ISO 100 @ f11. Procedssed in Lightroom.___

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2016-07-27 11:16:44 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Shadow Darner
Here at the height of a unusually hot summer in Southern Maine, we have fewer dragonflies than I remember from last year. I went to Emmon’s Preserve in Kennebunkport yesterday in hopes of finding Mosaic Darners patrolling the meadows, but there were none at all. Lots of mosquitoes…probably, in part at least, because there were no dragons. The Mosaic Darners are among my favorite dragons. They big and generally boldly marked, and there is a certain elegance to their wasp wasted look and elaborate male appendages.

When I found little to photograph (and the sun very hot) in the open meadows at Emmon’s, I decided to drive the mile or so to Smith’s Preserve, where the trails are shaded by the forest. Parking is limited at Smith’s, and sometimes completely taken up by SUVs with bike racks, as the trails are very popular with mountain bikers. (SUVs with bikeracks…tha... more »

Shadow Darner
Here at the height of a unusually hot summer in Southern Maine, we have fewer dragonflies than I remember from last year. I went to Emmon’s Preserve in Kennebunkport yesterday in hopes of finding Mosaic Darners patrolling the meadows, but there were none at all. Lots of mosquitoes…probably, in part at least, because there were no dragons. The Mosaic Darners are among my favorite dragons. They big and generally boldly marked, and there is a certain elegance to their wasp wasted look and elaborate male appendages.

When I found little to photograph (and the sun very hot) in the open meadows at Emmon’s, I decided to drive the mile or so to Smith’s Preserve, where the trails are shaded by the forest. Parking is limited at Smith’s, and sometimes completely taken up by SUVs with bike racks, as the trails are very popular with mountain bikers. (SUVs with bike racks…that is a sad comment on our times.) I did find a place to park (the last one). It was quiet at Smith’s as well, though there was more bird song, and it was considerably cooler, and I did spot this Mosaic Darner patrolling a section of the trail. It hung up on a small pine along the side, and I was able to work my way close enough for a photo. I am thinking this is a Shadow Darner, but I could be wrong.

The light was not ideal in the deep shade, so this image is taken at ISO 1250. (1/250th @ f4 @ 541mm equivalent, zoomed back a bit to fit the full bug in). During processing in Lightroom, I ran it through the NIK Define 2 filter to eliminate some of the noise.

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2016-07-27 01:39:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 


July 26
Though the heat was bad today,
I made myself go out, to Emmon's
Preserve, looking for dragons. The
meadows there, other years, have
been good hunting grounds for Mosaic
Darners, Canada and Black-tipped
in particular, Spring in spring, and
even the occasional Shadow. They
hunt the meadows. I hunt them.
But not this year. Maybe it is the
dry summer, and maybe it is the
Beaver dam that has backed the
Batson River into a pond, but the
Emmon's meadows are empty of
dragons. The mosquitoes love it
and have taken the opportunity to
breed unchecked...they are so
thick and so hungry it is a test of
DET...a contest of wills just to
make the circuit around the edge.
I gave up early and drove over
to Smith's Preserve where the
forest gave some shelter form
both... more »


July 26
Though the heat was bad today,
I made myself go out, to Emmon's
Preserve, looking for dragons. The
meadows there, other years, have
been good hunting grounds for Mosaic
Darners, Canada and Black-tipped
in particular, Spring in spring, and
even the occasional Shadow. They
hunt the meadows. I hunt them.
But not this year. Maybe it is the
dry summer, and maybe it is the
Beaver dam that has backed the
Batson River into a pond, but the
Emmon's meadows are empty of
dragons. The mosquitoes love it
and have taken the opportunity to
breed unchecked...they are so
thick and so hungry it is a test of
DET...a contest of wills just to
make the circuit around the edge.
I gave up early and drove over
to Smith's Preserve where the
forest gave some shelter form
both sun and mosquitoes. And
though it was as quiet as it always
is there, I did find a Darner, maybe
a Shadow, patrolling the path and
hanging up in the young pines, and
a few White-faced Meadowhawks,
to redeem the day before the heat
and my own hunger drove me home.

July 26 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/07/july-26.html___

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2016-07-26 10:39:23 (4 comments; 12 reshares; 235 +1s; )Open 

Another view of Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area near home in Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 24mm @ 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom. 

Another view of Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area near home in Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 24mm @ 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-07-26 10:31:03 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

Hummer on the deck
After I got back from Honduras early this month, I went out and bought a hummingbird feeder, as a kind of antidote to hummingbird withdrawal. We have a few Ruby-throated Hummingbirds coming now, but this the first one who is making him/herself at home. It is most likely an immature female. It allowed me to work my way to about 6 feet from it, and then only took off because it was ready to go. Not the best light as the sun was behind a cloud, but still… There is a poem.

We have, maybe, a “resident” hummingbird
coming to our feeder, and resting on the
apple branches we bolted to the deck for
perches round the feeding station. It might
be a young bird…it has that look about it,
and it let me within six feet today…buzzing
up into the trees overhead not because I was
there, but just because it was ready to go.
It was backagain a d... more »

Hummer on the deck
After I got back from Honduras early this month, I went out and bought a hummingbird feeder, as a kind of antidote to hummingbird withdrawal. We have a few Ruby-throated Hummingbirds coming now, but this the first one who is making him/herself at home. It is most likely an immature female. It allowed me to work my way to about 6 feet from it, and then only took off because it was ready to go. Not the best light as the sun was behind a cloud, but still… There is a poem.

We have, maybe, a “resident” hummingbird
coming to our feeder, and resting on the
apple branches we bolted to the deck for
perches round the feeding station. It might
be a young bird…it has that look about it,
and it let me within six feet today…buzzing
up into the trees overhead not because I was
there, but just because it was ready to go.
It was back again a dozen times in the next
few hours, always perching near the top of
the apple branch, spending sixty seconds
at a time at the feeder, sipping up the red
nectar. Of course I have photos, which I
will share tomorrow. I feel privileged to
play host to such a special creature…Ruby-
throated, though its chin is yet bare…still
I could get lost in the iridescent beauty of
of its green back, in the intricate detail
of its breast and wing feathers. Lost, I say,
or found in beauty. What a way to go!

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 250. Processed and cropped slightly in Lightroom.

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2016-07-26 00:47:12 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

July 25
We have, maybe, a "resident" hummingbird
coming to our feeder, and resting on the
apple branches we bolted to the deck for
perches round the feeding station. It might
be a young bird...it has that look about it,
and it let me within six feet today...buzzing
up into the trees overhead not because I was
there, but just because it was ready to go.
It was back again a dozen times in the next
few hours, always perching near the top of
the apple branch, spending sixty seconds
at a time at the feeder, sipping up the red
nectar. Of course I have photos, which I
will share tomorrow. I feel privileged to
play host to such a special creature...Ruby-
throated, though its chin is yet bare...still
I could get lost in the iridescent beauty of
of its green back, in the intricate detail
of its breast... more »

July 25
We have, maybe, a "resident" hummingbird
coming to our feeder, and resting on the
apple branches we bolted to the deck for
perches round the feeding station. It might
be a young bird...it has that look about it,
and it let me within six feet today...buzzing
up into the trees overhead not because I was
there, but just because it was ready to go.
It was back again a dozen times in the next
few hours, always perching near the top of
the apple branch, spending sixty seconds
at a time at the feeder, sipping up the red
nectar. Of course I have photos, which I
will share tomorrow. I feel privileged to
play host to such a special creature...Ruby-
throated, though its chin is yet bare...still
I could get lost in the iridescent beauty of
of its green back, in the intricate detail
of its breast and wing feathers. Lost, I say,
or found in beauty. What a way to go!___

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2016-07-25 11:19:07 (10 comments; 17 reshares; 276 +1s; )Open 

Just add clouds. Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. Always beautiful, but with this sky :) In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.

Just add clouds. Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. Always beautiful, but with this sky :) In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-07-25 11:05:57 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Halloween Pennant Mating Wheel, etc.
Until last year at this time, I had never seen a Halloween Pennant…and then I found one on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area near my home in southern Maine. After that first sighting I saw several in different spots around home. This year I have been on the look-out for them on each trip to Day Brook Pond. When I got to the pond on Saturday there were several dozen Pennants paired up and flying in tandem over the pond, ovapositing by dabbing the water sharply. I assumed they were Calico Pennants as they have been abundant around the pond so far this season, but then I found first a single male and then this mating pair of Halloween Pennants along the shore. That brought my assumption into question, so I had to try for a flight shot of the ovaposing pairs over the water. Not easy, but I eventually managed a shot that shows clearly that the matedp... more »

Halloween Pennant Mating Wheel, etc.
Until last year at this time, I had never seen a Halloween Pennant…and then I found one on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area near my home in southern Maine. After that first sighting I saw several in different spots around home. This year I have been on the look-out for them on each trip to Day Brook Pond. When I got to the pond on Saturday there were several dozen Pennants paired up and flying in tandem over the pond, ovapositing by dabbing the water sharply. I assumed they were Calico Pennants as they have been abundant around the pond so far this season, but then I found first a single male and then this mating pair of Halloween Pennants along the shore. That brought my assumption into question, so I had to try for a flight shot of the ovaposing pairs over the water. Not easy, but I eventually managed a shot that shows clearly that the mated pairs over the pond are indeed Calicos.

Both shots with the Sony RX10iii. Halloween Pennants at 1200mm (2x Clear Image zoom). f4 @ 1/500th @ ISO 100. Processed and cropped slightly in Lightroom. Flight shot of the Calico Pennants using my custom Sports Mode. 300mm @ 1/1000th @ f4.5 @ ISO 100. Cropped heavily for scale. Assembled in Coolage.___

2016-07-25 00:08:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

July 24
At the pond yesterday morning early
a double dozen Calico Pennant pairs
flying in tandem pocked the water,
ovapositing fertile eggs, seeding
a generation that will emerge, after
maybe 10 cycles as nymphs, mud
dwelling to free swimming, always
the top predator for their size, in
maybe two year's time...to fly and
pair and mate and seed the surface
of this or other ponds once more
when this year's Pennants are just
a distant memory, or a bit of digital
image data stored on cloud servers
beyond the knowing of any dragon.

Playing the long game...in us it
would require faith and hope in
great measure. For dragonflies
it is simply the way of things.


July 24
At the pond yesterday morning early
a double dozen Calico Pennant pairs
flying in tandem pocked the water,
ovapositing fertile eggs, seeding
a generation that will emerge, after
maybe 10 cycles as nymphs, mud
dwelling to free swimming, always
the top predator for their size, in
maybe two year's time...to fly and
pair and mate and seed the surface
of this or other ponds once more
when this year's Pennants are just
a distant memory, or a bit of digital
image data stored on cloud servers
beyond the knowing of any dragon.

Playing the long game...in us it
would require faith and hope in
great measure. For dragonflies
it is simply the way of things.
___

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2016-07-24 12:38:34 (12 comments; 6 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

Still trying for the ultimate Wood Lilies at the Pond shot. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.

Still trying for the ultimate Wood Lilies at the Pond shot. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-07-24 12:27:19 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Hairsteak photo bombed by Yellowjacket! Happy Sunday.
“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

This might be one of those Instagram or Facebook celebrity photo bomb shots 🙂 The Choral Hairstreak was busy with the Meadowsweet blossoms and I was busy taking it’s pic, when this Yellowjacket buzzed in from the left. The Yellowjacket was after smaller prey lower in the flower cluster, but it looked for an instant like it might go for the Hairstreak. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

And I had already had a great morning at the pond. This shot was right next to the car in the parking area. I had already put my camera bag in the car and was looking forward to cranking up the AC…but the Hairstreak right there beside me was irresistible, so I dug the camera out again. And you just never know what God is going to provide whenyou open y... more »

Hairsteak photo bombed by Yellowjacket! Happy Sunday.
“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

This might be one of those Instagram or Facebook celebrity photo bomb shots 🙂 The Choral Hairstreak was busy with the Meadowsweet blossoms and I was busy taking it’s pic, when this Yellowjacket buzzed in from the left. The Yellowjacket was after smaller prey lower in the flower cluster, but it looked for an instant like it might go for the Hairstreak. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

And I had already had a great morning at the pond. This shot was right next to the car in the parking area. I had already put my camera bag in the car and was looking forward to cranking up the AC…but the Hairstreak right there beside me was irresistible, so I dug the camera out again. And you just never know what God is going to provide when you open your eyes and turn them on nature. I am, based frequent experiences of this kind, always ready to be blessed when I turn my attention outward, with or without my camera lens.

In a week of news from the Republican Convention and the presidential campaign, I need this kind of experience to remind me that the world is not nearly as dark as the politicians portray it. In fact, for the generous eye, the world is as bright as it has ever been…and that is bright indeed. Yes there are pockets of darkness…always have been and always will be while human beings exploit each other…where greed and self-interest rule the human heart…but that is not, no matter what you hear from the podium or the pulpit, the norm. The norm is generosity and light. The norm is grace. The norm is love. That is because light, grace, and love…generosity…is the nature of the God who creates all we know and all we are…who lives in all we know and is the true being of all we are. For people my age, i can say that the world is a brighter place today than it was when we were children. Safer, saner, with more people who walk in love…less want, more openness, more fairness, more inclusiveness. And yes the actions and effects of those who are motivated by greed…the stingy eyed…is often on display in today’s “bad news is good news” media world…but that does not mean we have to give the darkness, or those who peddle it in whatever from, power over our lives. God is good…in God there is no shadow or turning…and we get to live in the world we choose. Open your eyes wide in generosity…and be the light in this world we are intended to be. Happy Sunday!___

2016-07-24 01:27:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

July 23
I spent too much time today
researching trips to Africa,
budget safaris and photo safaris
(not the same thing, it turns out)
to South Africa mostly, but
I looked at everything, every-
where I might see what remains...
lodges and cabins and tents,
14 to 32 days (it takes 24 hours
coming and going and is not
inexpensive, so you want
to be on the ground a good
long time) and puzzled out
the included from the extras
(not the same thing, it turns out,
safari to safari, company to
company) and let myself dream
a little...but honestly, doesn't
anyone raised on Mutual of
Omaha's Wild Kingdom,
Marlin and Jim, dream secret
dreams of Africa?...and I am
not getting any younger...time
to go I am thinking, while I still
have the energy, the heath, while
I can still... more »

July 23
I spent too much time today
researching trips to Africa,
budget safaris and photo safaris
(not the same thing, it turns out)
to South Africa mostly, but
I looked at everything, every-
where I might see what remains...
lodges and cabins and tents,
14 to 32 days (it takes 24 hours
coming and going and is not
inexpensive, so you want
to be on the ground a good
long time) and puzzled out
the included from the extras
(not the same thing, it turns out,
safari to safari, company to
company) and let myself dream
a little...but honestly, doesn't
anyone raised on Mutual of
Omaha's Wild Kingdom,
Marlin and Jim, dream secret
dreams of Africa?...and I am
not getting any younger...time
to go I am thinking, while I still
have the energy, the heath, while
I can still remember the dream.___

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2016-07-23 11:38:33 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 204 +1s; )Open 

Looking inland from the tip of East Point in Biddeford Pool Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 24mm at 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4.5. Processed in Lightroom. 

Looking inland from the tip of East Point in Biddeford Pool Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 24mm at 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4.5. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-07-23 11:22:11 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Seaside Dragonlet
Though the dominant species along the lower Mousam this year is the Spot-winged Glider, there are still numbers of the much smaller Seaside Dragonlets in the marsh pools. The female is one of the more intensely colored and patterned than the darker male, and has distinctly banded wings. This is a typical posture, with the wings held forward to shade the thorax. This lady was perched deep in the reeds, which accounts for the lovely bokeh.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed and cropped for scale in Lightroom.



Seaside Dragonlet
Though the dominant species along the lower Mousam this year is the Spot-winged Glider, there are still numbers of the much smaller Seaside Dragonlets in the marsh pools. The female is one of the more intensely colored and patterned than the darker male, and has distinctly banded wings. This is a typical posture, with the wings held forward to shade the thorax. This lady was perched deep in the reeds, which accounts for the lovely bokeh.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed and cropped for scale in Lightroom.

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2016-07-22 22:26:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

July 22
It is like this. Unless the muse has
moved me on one of my pokes about,
I go into the kitchen of my mind,
(which in this case means sit down
at the computer) and I look at the
poem pot on the stove. Then I lift
the cover to see what's cooking.
Or maybe it is a tea pot, and I stick
my nose in to see what's brewing.
It's been most of 24 hours, and I
figure there will be something in
there by now, some little thing that
has the power to twist words around
it...to make a bit of uncommon sense...
maybe surprise me a little in the saying.
I am not hard to please. And so far
each day for almost eight months,
the pot has been on simmer, some-
times a heady brew...sometimes
just a bit of frothy foam and a
chuckle...but something, each day, to
satisfy that strange hunger for a... more »

July 22
It is like this. Unless the muse has
moved me on one of my pokes about,
I go into the kitchen of my mind,
(which in this case means sit down
at the computer) and I look at the
poem pot on the stove. Then I lift
the cover to see what's cooking.
Or maybe it is a tea pot, and I stick
my nose in to see what's brewing.
It's been most of 24 hours, and I
figure there will be something in
there by now, some little thing that
has the power to twist words around
it...to make a bit of uncommon sense...
maybe surprise me a little in the saying.
I am not hard to please. And so far
each day for almost eight months,
the pot has been on simmer, some-
times a heady brew...sometimes
just a bit of frothy foam and a
chuckle...but something, each day, to
satisfy that strange hunger for a poem.___

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2016-07-22 11:16:52 (10 comments; 7 reshares; 151 +1s; )Open 

Sweep panorama of Wood Island in Saco Bay. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.

Sweep panorama of Wood Island in Saco Bay. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-07-22 10:50:53 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Snowy Egret fishing...
There are often Egrets in the marsh pools along the lower Mousam River near my home in Kennebunk Maine. The river edge and marsh there is part of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. I caught this Snowy Egret in the act, doing a fishing dance more typical of it’s Reddish cousin. Ah well, success is all that matters…though I know fishermen who would say it is not about the catch at all. I have a feeling Egrets would not agree. 🙂

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Sports Mode. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage.



Snowy Egret fishing...
There are often Egrets in the marsh pools along the lower Mousam River near my home in Kennebunk Maine. The river edge and marsh there is part of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. I caught this Snowy Egret in the act, doing a fishing dance more typical of it’s Reddish cousin. Ah well, success is all that matters…though I know fishermen who would say it is not about the catch at all. I have a feeling Egrets would not agree. 🙂

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Sports Mode. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage.

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2016-07-22 10:09:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

July 21
Dragonflies, at least in the marsh
pools along the lower Mousam,
seem to cycle year by year, one
species dominating all others.

Three years ago, it was Painted
Skimmers patroling the marsh,
to the exclusion of just about
everything else. Last year it
was Canada Darners doing
the same dance. This year there
seem to be hundreds of Spot-
winged Gliders filling the same
niche. It is almost like they put
mosquito control out to bid yearly
and the winning species moves
in and sets up shop for the season.

Not that it matters, to me, or I
would think, to the mosquitoes.

July 21
Dragonflies, at least in the marsh
pools along the lower Mousam,
seem to cycle year by year, one
species dominating all others.

Three years ago, it was Painted
Skimmers patroling the marsh,
to the exclusion of just about
everything else. Last year it
was Canada Darners doing
the same dance. This year there
seem to be hundreds of Spot-
winged Gliders filling the same
niche. It is almost like they put
mosquito control out to bid yearly
and the winning species moves
in and sets up shop for the season.

Not that it matters, to me, or I
would think, to the mosquitoes.___

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2016-07-21 11:16:59 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 193 +1s; )Open 

Wood Island Light in the mouth of Saco Bay off East Point, Biddeford Pool, Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom. 

Wood Island Light in the mouth of Saco Bay off East Point, Biddeford Pool, Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-07-21 11:04:47 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Ebony Jewelwing
I posed a pic of the Ebony Jewelwing in the shade a few weeks ago, showing the abdomen as a bright metallic blue…but when the bug lights or flies in the sun, it shows as bright green with just a hit of blue. When two males contest territory in and out of the spots of sun over a little rapid in a stream, gyrating around each other, it is one of the more spectacular sights in the world of Odonata.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.

Ebony Jewelwing
I posed a pic of the Ebony Jewelwing in the shade a few weeks ago, showing the abdomen as a bright metallic blue…but when the bug lights or flies in the sun, it shows as bright green with just a hit of blue. When two males contest territory in and out of the spots of sun over a little rapid in a stream, gyrating around each other, it is one of the more spectacular sights in the world of Odonata.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.___

2016-07-20 22:35:06 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

July 20
Carol went out this morning early
on her way down to the beach for
a walk, only to find the car would
not start. I got dressed and gave it
a try...dug the jumper cables out of
the trunk, backed the other car
around past the cherry tree onto
the lawn where the cables would
reach, did the whole hook up thing
and left it for 10 minutes. Still
nothing. Lights bright on the dash,
fan working, but nothing but a
hum when I turned the key. Sigh!
So I went in and called the garage
and Triple A, and a big flat-bed
car carrier arrived 30 minutes
later. He had the car up on the
truck in just moments, and off
it went. I heard nothing all day,
and then late in the afternoon
the garage called. Car ready.
Starter gone. So as soon as
Carol was free we went to get
it. Wayne, our... more »

July 20
Carol went out this morning early
on her way down to the beach for
a walk, only to find the car would
not start. I got dressed and gave it
a try...dug the jumper cables out of
the trunk, backed the other car
around past the cherry tree onto
the lawn where the cables would
reach, did the whole hook up thing
and left it for 10 minutes. Still
nothing. Lights bright on the dash,
fan working, but nothing but a
hum when I turned the key. Sigh!
So I went in and called the garage
and Triple A, and a big flat-bed
car carrier arrived 30 minutes
later. He had the car up on the
truck in just moments, and off
it went. I heard nothing all day,
and then late in the afternoon
the garage called. Car ready.
Starter gone. So as soon as
Carol was free we went to get
it. Wayne, our mechanic, handed
me the keys and bill. $385. Not
as bad as a poke in the eye, but
very near. It is not so much the
cost as it is the shock to the
system...nothing I was expecting
on Wednesday, or any other day.

Carol says it could have been worse,
and, of course, she's right. If the car had
to die, in the driveway right at home
is a pretty good place to do it.___

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2016-07-20 12:17:20 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 194 +1s; )Open 

A squall trailing her hem in the sea off East Point in Biddeford Pool Maine. I got wet. :) In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure 1/400th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom.

A squall trailing her hem in the sea off East Point in Biddeford Pool Maine. I got wet. :) In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure 1/400th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-07-20 11:32:40 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Three'for!
I actually did not see the third bug in this Black-eyed Susan shot until I got it home and was processing it on the computer. The bee is obvious, as is the beetle. I am not certain what beetle it is, though it appears to be in the same family as Milkweed and Asparagus beetles. The spider is a Yellow Orb Weaver. Emmon’s Preserve, in Kennebunkport. The mosquitoes were so bad that my natural repellent was useless against them, and it was all I could do to stand still long enough to get a few shots here. I am very surprised there are not any mosquitoes in the image!

Sony RX10iii at 554mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.

Three'for!
I actually did not see the third bug in this Black-eyed Susan shot until I got it home and was processing it on the computer. The bee is obvious, as is the beetle. I am not certain what beetle it is, though it appears to be in the same family as Milkweed and Asparagus beetles. The spider is a Yellow Orb Weaver. Emmon’s Preserve, in Kennebunkport. The mosquitoes were so bad that my natural repellent was useless against them, and it was all I could do to stand still long enough to get a few shots here. I am very surprised there are not any mosquitoes in the image!

Sony RX10iii at 554mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.___

2016-07-20 00:39:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

July 19
I got to East Point, out beyond
Biddeford Pool, just in time for
a squall, sweeping by off-shore
and trailing its hem across the point,
to wet me as I searched for cover.
I found a tall bush, bending over
the trail back along the Saco, past
the benches where you can sit, on
a dry day, and enjoy the view of
Wood Island Light and Casco Bay
behind, and stood under it until
the rain passed. I took lots of
moody pictures of the Light against
the storm as it passed away up
the coast, of the clouds back up
the river over the Pool, of the
play of light and shadow across
the point and the sea beyond.

I was pretty much dry by the
time I got back to the car.

July 19
I got to East Point, out beyond
Biddeford Pool, just in time for
a squall, sweeping by off-shore
and trailing its hem across the point,
to wet me as I searched for cover.
I found a tall bush, bending over
the trail back along the Saco, past
the benches where you can sit, on
a dry day, and enjoy the view of
Wood Island Light and Casco Bay
behind, and stood under it until
the rain passed. I took lots of
moody pictures of the Light against
the storm as it passed away up
the coast, of the clouds back up
the river over the Pool, of the
play of light and shadow across
the point and the sea beyond.

I was pretty much dry by the
time I got back to the car.___

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2016-07-19 12:02:33 (1 comments; 10 reshares; 148 +1s; )Open 

Out on the Kennebunk Plains. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f5. 24mm Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.


Out on the Kennebunk Plains. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f5. 24mm Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.
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2016-07-19 11:28:09 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Goldbug?
This is a newly emerged dragonfly from Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in West Kennebunk Maine. Though I have looked through my dragonfly book, it does not cover tenerals, so I am have little idea what it is. Hopefully someone will help me with the ID. I love the look of it, as though it were fashioned from gold. (If I had to guess, it would be a female Saffron Winged Meadowhawk…but that would be a wild guess. 🙂

Sony RX10iii at 600mm. 1/250th @ ISO 250 @ f4. Processed and cropped slightly in Lightroom.



Goldbug?
This is a newly emerged dragonfly from Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in West Kennebunk Maine. Though I have looked through my dragonfly book, it does not cover tenerals, so I am have little idea what it is. Hopefully someone will help me with the ID. I love the look of it, as though it were fashioned from gold. (If I had to guess, it would be a female Saffron Winged Meadowhawk…but that would be a wild guess. 🙂

Sony RX10iii at 600mm. 1/250th @ ISO 250 @ f4. Processed and cropped slightly in Lightroom.

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2016-07-18 14:25:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

July 18
When I went out this morning,
the backyard was decorated with
the funnel web traps of Wolf Spiders,
delicate strength, spread for prey...
catching, this early, only dew.

July 18
When I went out this morning,
the backyard was decorated with
the funnel web traps of Wolf Spiders,
delicate strength, spread for prey...
catching, this early, only dew.___

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2016-07-18 10:21:36 (26 comments; 41 reshares; 599 +1s; )Open 

Going vertical at Day Brook Pond. A small pine and some birch saplings. In-camera HDR at 24mm. Nominal exposure 1/100th @ ISO 100 @ f8. Program Shift for greater depth of field. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.

Going vertical at Day Brook Pond. A small pine and some birch saplings. In-camera HDR at 24mm. Nominal exposure 1/100th @ ISO 100 @ f8. Program Shift for greater depth of field. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-07-18 10:05:36 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Day Lily
Our small yellow Day Lilies have been in bloom for a week in the front garden, but these showy blooms at the end of the drive just bloomed yesterday. We were trying to figure out where they came from. I might have bought them last year, and they might have been transferred from another bed where they were not doing well, but at any rate, they are new at the end of the drive this year…and doing very well there. 🙂 Greeting guests. Like the folks at the Walmart door. Maybe. Certainly just as cheerful as the best of them. They were in deep afternoon shadow when I got around to photographing them.

Sony RX10iii at 88mm equivalent. 1/40th @ ISO 250 @ f5.6. Program Shift for greater depth of field. Processed in Lightroom (cropped slightly and a small amount of vignette added).



Day Lily
Our small yellow Day Lilies have been in bloom for a week in the front garden, but these showy blooms at the end of the drive just bloomed yesterday. We were trying to figure out where they came from. I might have bought them last year, and they might have been transferred from another bed where they were not doing well, but at any rate, they are new at the end of the drive this year…and doing very well there. 🙂 Greeting guests. Like the folks at the Walmart door. Maybe. Certainly just as cheerful as the best of them. They were in deep afternoon shadow when I got around to photographing them.

Sony RX10iii at 88mm equivalent. 1/40th @ ISO 250 @ f5.6. Program Shift for greater depth of field. Processed in Lightroom (cropped slightly and a small amount of vignette added).

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2016-07-17 21:09:04 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

July 17
Going on Sunday supper time
and Maine Street Kennebunk
is quiet...traffic mid-winter light...
all the tourists somewhere out
on 95, headed south, backed up
bumper to bumper at the York
and Seabrook tolls, crawling
home to a work-a-day week
and real life, while we who
remain draw a deep breath,
let the weekend busy go, and
venture out again, from our
homes, like timid survivors
of another tourist storm.

July 17
Going on Sunday supper time
and Maine Street Kennebunk
is quiet...traffic mid-winter light...
all the tourists somewhere out
on 95, headed south, backed up
bumper to bumper at the York
and Seabrook tolls, crawling
home to a work-a-day week
and real life, while we who
remain draw a deep breath,
let the weekend busy go, and
venture out again, from our
homes, like timid survivors
of another tourist storm.___

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2016-07-17 11:45:02 (17 comments; 36 reshares; 483 +1s; )Open 

Day Brook Pond in the morning. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure, 24mm @ 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom. 

Day Brook Pond in the morning. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure, 24mm @ 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-07-17 11:13:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Wood Lily, Blueberries, and Green Metallic Bees. Happy Sunday!

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

There are still lots of Wood Lilies in bloom out on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. I have only explored the Day Brook Pond side this summer so far, but, despite earlier impressions, the Wood Lily bloom is at least as good as last year, and maybe better. (It is about a week late, which contributed to my earlier disappointment.) Yesterday, I found a bunch growing right in among the ripe blueberries and wanted to frame both the blue and the bright red/orange in the same shot, but as I focused I noticed the Green Metallic Bees at work gathering the abundant pollen of the flower. I have shots where I adjusted the camera’s program to get the blueberries in better focus for better color contrast, but for this shot I was after themotio... more »

Wood Lily, Blueberries, and Green Metallic Bees. Happy Sunday!

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

There are still lots of Wood Lilies in bloom out on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. I have only explored the Day Brook Pond side this summer so far, but, despite earlier impressions, the Wood Lily bloom is at least as good as last year, and maybe better. (It is about a week late, which contributed to my earlier disappointment.) Yesterday, I found a bunch growing right in among the ripe blueberries and wanted to frame both the blue and the bright red/orange in the same shot, but as I focused I noticed the Green Metallic Bees at work gathering the abundant pollen of the flower. I have shots where I adjusted the camera’s program to get the blueberries in better focus for better color contrast, but for this shot I was after the motion of the bees, so I let the camera choose a high shutter speed. (Photography, like most things in life, is all about choices and balance.) I remember finding my first Green Metallic Bee among the flowers of our yard a few years ago, and being totally amazed that such a creature could exist. In this shot we have two species, one much smaller than the already small Green Metallic, but clearly in the same family.

This shot, to my eye, has captured a vivid slice of life…full of a rich variety of color, form, and texture, and alive with energy. But then, so often, that is what the generous eye sees in the world around us…life both abundant and bright with promise…with the energy of the spirit at work in the world. And there is a unity. The bees are not separate from the flowers. As they gather the pollen of one plant and carry it to another, they are an essential part of the Wood Lilies’ life…there would be no more Wood Lilies without their action. Even the way the Wood Lilies and Blueberries are growing together must serve both…it is always about choices and balance…fulfilling the spirit’s vision of abundant life. If you push back behind the surface of this second, or any second, you become aware of the pure radiant light of creation at the center…expanding, expressing itself in form and color and texture, in all that lives and all that is…expressing itself with intelligence (choice and balance) and with all embracing love. You become aware of God. And God’s light fills you, not from the outside in, but from the inside out, as you realize yourself as another expression of the creative love and light that is all in all. Choice and balance…unity. Generosity.

Happy Sunday! And may your eye be generous.___

2016-07-16 19:06:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

July 16
Why is hot in Maine so much more
debilitating than hot in Honduras,
and humid with right along with it...?

Of course I have the excuse of an
Air Quality Alert for coastal Maine,
including York and Cumberland
Counties...the National Weather
Service says I should (being in that
class of susceptible people due to my
heart) limit my outdoor activity, and
I certainly feel inclined to obey. I did
get out early this morning, to the pond
on the Plains, lathered with sun block
and smelling like a beach, and enjoyed
the dragons and damsels, the birds and
Wood Lilies until the temperature got
above 80 and the air a labor to breathe
(along about 9:30) and I came home to
hide from the sun. Here in my room I am
just about happy to sit where the tower
fan sweeps across me once a... more »

July 16
Why is hot in Maine so much more
debilitating than hot in Honduras,
and humid with right along with it...?

Of course I have the excuse of an
Air Quality Alert for coastal Maine,
including York and Cumberland
Counties...the National Weather
Service says I should (being in that
class of susceptible people due to my
heart) limit my outdoor activity, and
I certainly feel inclined to obey. I did
get out early this morning, to the pond
on the Plains, lathered with sun block
and smelling like a beach, and enjoyed
the dragons and damsels, the birds and
Wood Lilies until the temperature got
above 80 and the air a labor to breathe
(along about 9:30) and I came home to
hide from the sun. Here in my room I am
just about happy to sit where the tower
fan sweeps across me once a minute
with the shady side window open and
sip an iced fruit tea made with the bags
Kelia brought me back from Paris in
the fancy tin box, thank you just the
same. I don't think they have Air
Quality Alerts in Honduras, in the
rainforest, next to the sea, and I never
felt this weight in my lungs there, as
though some heavy gas were displacing
all the oxygen. Just saying.

So maybe that's got something to do
with why hot and humid is more
debilitating in Maine than in Honduras.___

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2016-07-16 14:54:34 (17 comments; 10 reshares; 260 +1s; )Open 

Wood Lily at the pond. I always look for a Wood Lily positioned so I can get the pond in the background. As close as I have come. In-camera HDR. Program Shift for greater depth of field (f14 @ 1/20th second, ISO 100.) Processed in Lightroom. 

Wood Lily at the pond. I always look for a Wood Lily positioned so I can get the pond in the background. As close as I have come. In-camera HDR. Program Shift for greater depth of field (f14 @ 1/20th second, ISO 100.) Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-07-16 10:36:32 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Chipper at the pond...
Chipmunks are always more attractive in the field, as opposed to on our back deck on the bird feeders. This one posed so nicely on a branch hanging over the water at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. It is actually the pattern of out of focus leaves and water behind the chipper that lifts the image slightly above the average “portrait of chipmunk”. Or that’s what I think 🙂

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.



Chipper at the pond...
Chipmunks are always more attractive in the field, as opposed to on our back deck on the bird feeders. This one posed so nicely on a branch hanging over the water at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. It is actually the pattern of out of focus leaves and water behind the chipper that lifts the image slightly above the average “portrait of chipmunk”. Or that’s what I think 🙂

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.

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2016-07-15 12:04:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

July 15
I spent several hours yesterday repairing
a closet pole that had been pulled down
by the weight to too many clothes, too
much stuff on the shelf above. It is amazing
how much clothing weights in the aggregate,
though heaven knows I have packed enough
suitcases so you would think I would under-
stand the concept. There must have been
250 pounds of cloth hanging off that pole...
so heavy it drove a three inch wide board
that held the center brace back through the
drywall when it fell. I repaired the hole with
white duct tape (it is way in the back of the
closet where no one sees), bought heavy
duty pole hangers and reinforced with extra
wood over the drywall, but I still threw out
a suitcase full of shirts and vests before
I trusted my clothes back to the pole.

As the daughter of a friend... more »

July 15
I spent several hours yesterday repairing
a closet pole that had been pulled down
by the weight to too many clothes, too
much stuff on the shelf above. It is amazing
how much clothing weights in the aggregate,
though heaven knows I have packed enough
suitcases so you would think I would under-
stand the concept. There must have been
250 pounds of cloth hanging off that pole...
so heavy it drove a three inch wide board
that held the center brace back through the
drywall when it fell. I repaired the hole with
white duct tape (it is way in the back of the
closet where no one sees), bought heavy
duty pole hangers and reinforced with extra
wood over the drywall, but I still threw out
a suitcase full of shirts and vests before
I trusted my clothes back to the pole.

As the daughter of a friend would say
"This is a real first-world problem!"___

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2016-07-15 11:45:49 (13 comments; 17 reshares; 276 +1s; )Open 

From the first tower at the Lodge at Pico Bonito, looking north-west toward the sea and the sun, behind storm clouds over the rainforest. Lots to look at here. Very tricky exposure and more than normal post-processing. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom.

From the first tower at the Lodge at Pico Bonito, looking north-west toward the sea and the sun, behind storm clouds over the rainforest. Lots to look at here. Very tricky exposure and more than normal post-processing. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-07-15 11:31:19 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Red-eyed Tree Frog again
Before it slips totally into memory, we return to Honduras for this Red-eyed Tree Frog, found by Elmer Escoto, our guide, on the night hike at The Lodge at Pico Bonito. The Lodge has dammed a small stream just into the rainforest to form two small ponds where the frogs breed. The tree frogs are only active a night, so you have to go out with flashlights and listen for their calls and track them down among the leaves. They don’t seem to be bothered by the lights, or by the camera flash. Once found they will pose. The trick is to get someone to hold a flashlight on them so you can focus, then let the camera flash light the frog.

Sony RX10iii at 412mm equivalent field of view. 1/60th @ f4 @ ISO 2500. Processed in Lightroom.



Red-eyed Tree Frog again
Before it slips totally into memory, we return to Honduras for this Red-eyed Tree Frog, found by Elmer Escoto, our guide, on the night hike at The Lodge at Pico Bonito. The Lodge has dammed a small stream just into the rainforest to form two small ponds where the frogs breed. The tree frogs are only active a night, so you have to go out with flashlights and listen for their calls and track them down among the leaves. They don’t seem to be bothered by the lights, or by the camera flash. Once found they will pose. The trick is to get someone to hold a flashlight on them so you can focus, then let the camera flash light the frog.

Sony RX10iii at 412mm equivalent field of view. 1/60th @ f4 @ ISO 2500. Processed in Lightroom.

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2016-07-14 13:36:32 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

July 14
I wish I could photograph the smell
of a milkweed meadow in the sun,
on a July afternoon, with a few (too
few) Monarchs patroling, and sound
of a thousand bees in the air. That
would be something worth framing.

July 14
I wish I could photograph the smell
of a milkweed meadow in the sun,
on a July afternoon, with a few (too
few) Monarchs patroling, and sound
of a thousand bees in the air. That
would be something worth framing.___

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2016-07-14 10:48:26 (15 comments; 12 reshares; 248 +1s; )Open 

The harbor at Cape Porpoise. From the deck of the Chowder House...best chowder in Southern Maine! In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.


The harbor at Cape Porpoise. From the deck of the Chowder House...best chowder in Southern Maine! In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom.
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2016-07-14 10:34:34 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Wood Lilies again
I hope you don’t mind another Wood Lily shot. The season is short and I have to get my shots in while they bloom 🙂 This cluster of three, at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, with the petals still wet from overnight rains, shows off the lily at its best.

Sony RX10iii at 135mm equivalent field of view. Some program shift for depth of field. f6.3 @ 1/320th @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom.

Wood Lilies again
I hope you don’t mind another Wood Lily shot. The season is short and I have to get my shots in while they bloom 🙂 This cluster of three, at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, with the petals still wet from overnight rains, shows off the lily at its best.

Sony RX10iii at 135mm equivalent field of view. Some program shift for depth of field. f6.3 @ 1/320th @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-07-13 10:54:53 (26 comments; 38 reshares; 339 +1s; )Open 

Looking up the channel where we found the Pygmy Kingfisher at Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in Honduras. From the boat. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom. 

Looking up the channel where we found the Pygmy Kingfisher at Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in Honduras. From the boat. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-07-13 10:39:02 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

There is some kind of small Dancer Damselfly emerging right now at our local ponds. They come up from the water’s edge in a visible tide, two or three in sight at any moment, and going on for hours. And where they are emerging, there are Cedar Waxwings. The birds gather around the pond, generally a dozen or more, and swoop in after the dancers as they fly. I wrote a poem about it. For the poem’s sake I named the dancer, but I am not at all sure I am right.

There was a gang of Cedar Waxwings,
silent but deadly, at the little drainage
pond by the medical center parking
lot, picking off newly emerged Dusky
Dancer Damselflies on their maiden
flights…swooping, like the guided
missiles that they are, across the pond,
taking the Damsels on the wing…

It was awesome, totally awe inspiring,
to watch them. Such precision. Such
grace. (Of courseI will ... more »

There is some kind of small Dancer Damselfly emerging right now at our local ponds. They come up from the water’s edge in a visible tide, two or three in sight at any moment, and going on for hours. And where they are emerging, there are Cedar Waxwings. The birds gather around the pond, generally a dozen or more, and swoop in after the dancers as they fly. I wrote a poem about it. For the poem’s sake I named the dancer, but I am not at all sure I am right.

There was a gang of Cedar Waxwings,
silent but deadly, at the little drainage
pond by the medical center parking
lot, picking off newly emerged Dusky
Dancer Damselflies on their maiden
flights…swooping, like the guided
missiles that they are, across the pond,
taking the Damsels on the wing…

It was awesome, totally awe inspiring,
to watch them. Such precision. Such
grace. (Of course I will admit maybe
not so much fun if you happen to be
an unsuspecting Dusky Dancer.)

Sony RX10iii at 1200mm equivalent field of view (2x Clear Image Zoom). 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom. Cedar Waxwings are a great test of the resolution of you camera. Nothing is so fine as the feathers on a waxwing (Oh…sounds like another poem coming on 🙂

#bird #birds #birdgallery ___

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