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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

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2016-11-19 12:51:47 (35 comments; 25 reshares; 422 +1s; )Open 

Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Cochiti New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Cochiti New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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2016-11-30 11:55:19 (27 comments; 24 reshares; 448 +1s; )Open 

Carol in Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument,Cochiti New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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2016-12-04 13:12:08 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

December 4
I looked at myself in the mirror
last night (if you don't know me,
I have a full white beard and have
not trimmed it in a month or so)
and thought...I could get a pair
of high shinny black boots, and
a red suit and hat (I have a good
start on the stomach already)
and go out around town to
extort promises of good behavior
from unsuspecting little children.
I am sure there are parents out
there who would appreciate it...
no...no, on second thought, I'd
probably just get myself arrested.



http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-4.html

December 4
I looked at myself in the mirror
last night (if you don't know me,
I have a full white beard and have
not trimmed it in a month or so)
and thought...I could get a pair
of high shinny black boots, and
a red suit and hat (I have a good
start on the stomach already)
and go out around town to
extort promises of good behavior
from unsuspecting little children.
I am sure there are parents out
there who would appreciate it...
no...no, on second thought, I'd
probably just get myself arrested.



http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-4.html___

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2016-12-04 12:46:29 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 205 +1s; )Open 

Deep in Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Cochiti New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Deep in Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Cochiti New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-12-04 12:21:36 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Found on the forest floor. Happy Sunday!
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Photography is essentially the art of putting the world in frames. All the technical stuff matters...exposure, white balance, focus, image quality, etc...but it does not matter nearly as much as what is and is not inside the frame, and how the elements inside the frame work together to fill the frame. The frame is our focused attention...it says "look at this and see what I am seeing." The only talent a photographer has is his or her vision...the rest is skill, and can be learned with enough teaching and practice...but the ability to see what needs framing, and how it fills a frame...that is the gift that sets the photographer apart from the casual snapshot shooter. (And the world being what it is, even those who consider themselves casual snapshot shooters... more »

Found on the forest floor. Happy Sunday!
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Photography is essentially the art of putting the world in frames. All the technical stuff matters...exposure, white balance, focus, image quality, etc...but it does not matter nearly as much as what is and is not inside the frame, and how the elements inside the frame work together to fill the frame. The frame is our focused attention...it says "look at this and see what I am seeing." The only talent a photographer has is his or her vision...the rest is skill, and can be learned with enough teaching and practice...but the ability to see what needs framing, and how it fills a frame...that is the gift that sets the photographer apart from the casual snapshot shooter. (And the world being what it is, even those who consider themselves casual snapshot shooters may have the gift, and many who consider themselves very skilled in the techniques of photography may, apparently, lack it.) It is a gift...it can be developed like any talent...but it can not be acquired or learned. 

Dr. Suzuki, creator of a well known system of music education, believed that musical talent is a gift that is given to all children, and that it only needs to be developed from an early age, to allow every person to enjoy and to make beautiful music. To him, hearing music is equivalent to seeing beauty...to seeing how the world fills the frame of our attention...and the skill of actually playing an instrument can be taught and learned. It only requires practice. 

I believe photography is the same. Everyone, as part of his or her birthright, has the ability to see beauty, to appreciate the harmony and energy of the world, and if given a frame can place it effectively it to say "look at this and see what I am seeing".  Being a man of faith, I believe that gift is part of our birthright as children of God...part of the "created in God's image" truth that can and should shape our lives. It is part of the generous eye...part of the light within us. And, again, looking with a generous eye, I see evidence of the gift of God at work in people around me, whether they are aware of it or not, in every effective photograph. Whether on Facebook, or Google+, or Instagram (or wherever you look) the digital stream today is full of images that testify to the light within us. 

It is a common complaint among "skilled photographers" that today, anyone with a phone thinks they are a phtographer. Isn't it rather, that today everyone has a frame, and more and more people are discovering that if they put it around the the things they see and value, others can share that value. And isn't that something to celebrate...and to enjoy?

I saw this apparently random arrangement of sticks and leaves on the forest floor, on a wet fall day. The textures, the colors, the angles formed by the white birch branches caught my eye, so I took the frame of my camera and put it around what I saw, being careful to fill the frame so that you could see what I saw. That is my only gift. And now it my gift to you. Happy Sunday!

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2016-12-03 23:10:36 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

December 3
We had a spectacular crop of oak
leaves and acorns this year, as
Carol and I know only too well,
as we, I with my little leaf-blower
and she with her little rake, moved
20 cubic yards of Oak matter (by
my eyeball measure of the several
piles) across the yard to their final
resting place beneath the trees that
line the edge of the property. We
only have a third of an acre, and
two big old oaks, but we could
stock a tannery and feed a bus-
load of squirrels, and still have
leftovers to mulch the tree-line
for years to come. When I close
my eyes I still see oak leaves
dancing to the tune of the blower,
rolling ahead of me on the blast,
and it will be days before the steady
whine of the thing stops filling the
spaces between quiet moments.

Ah well, how often are... more »

December 3
We had a spectacular crop of oak
leaves and acorns this year, as
Carol and I know only too well,
as we, I with my little leaf-blower
and she with her little rake, moved
20 cubic yards of Oak matter (by
my eyeball measure of the several
piles) across the yard to their final
resting place beneath the trees that
line the edge of the property. We
only have a third of an acre, and
two big old oaks, but we could
stock a tannery and feed a bus-
load of squirrels, and still have
leftovers to mulch the tree-line
for years to come. When I close
my eyes I still see oak leaves
dancing to the tune of the blower,
rolling ahead of me on the blast,
and it will be days before the steady
whine of the thing stops filling the
spaces between quiet moments.

Ah well, how often are we granted
a lesson in dealing with abundance?



http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-3.html___

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2016-12-03 12:20:46 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 238 +1s; )Open 

Old Fort Point, Kennebunkport, Maine from Big Beach. Front passing offshore. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. 

Old Fort Point, Kennebunkport, Maine from Big Beach. Front passing offshore. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-12-03 12:09:23 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Tarantula!
We did not see much wildlife at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near Cochiti New Mexico when we visited last month...a Townsend's Solitaire, a Jackrabbit, and, as we walked up Slot Canyon, this lovely Tarantula. Now I know there is a slight risk in positing this image, as some of my followers surely will react negatively, but the Tarantula is, as I see it, a lovely bug. As spiders go, it is furry and friendly looking. It is, of course, also very large. This one was maybe 5 inches leg-tip to leg-tip. One of the (many) things I love about my wife Carol is that it did not send her clawing her way up the side of the canyon. We both watched it scuttled along the Canyon floor working its way around us on its way down. Tarantulas live solitary lives, mostly out of sight, but they do come out in search of mates in season. This one may have been on that errand. And though they... more »

Tarantula!
We did not see much wildlife at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near Cochiti New Mexico when we visited last month...a Townsend's Solitaire, a Jackrabbit, and, as we walked up Slot Canyon, this lovely Tarantula. Now I know there is a slight risk in positing this image, as some of my followers surely will react negatively, but the Tarantula is, as I see it, a lovely bug. As spiders go, it is furry and friendly looking. It is, of course, also very large. This one was maybe 5 inches leg-tip to leg-tip. One of the (many) things I love about my wife Carol is that it did not send her clawing her way up the side of the canyon. We both watched it scuttled along the Canyon floor working its way around us on its way down. Tarantulas live solitary lives, mostly out of sight, but they do come out in search of mates in season. This one may have been on that errand. And though they are big, they rarely bite (they have to be really provoked to bite a human) and the bite is more irritating than harmful. People (not people I know personally, but people nonetheless) keep them as pets. I was happy to see this one, free and on about its Tarantula business, in Slot Canyon. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 



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2016-12-02 13:39:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

December 2
I am almost certain I have passed
the anniversary of my Qi Gong
practice. I began with 10 minute
routines I found on the internet,
and progressed to an hour a day,
sometimes more. I have a dozen
DVDs from two different teachers.
Even when traveling to the far
corners, I get in at least 20
minutes of movement and
massage each day...in Panama
and Honduras, and Cuba, and
South Africa...sometimes the
massage on the bus between
photo ops, and always on the
long flights. But it is only now,
these last few days that I am
beginning to see the qi body,
to feel the energy, to experience
as my hands move, as my body
moves from the center, the living,
the flowing force, within and
around me...like that DaVinci's
The Vitruvian Man come to life...
as though I were a... more »

December 2
I am almost certain I have passed
the anniversary of my Qi Gong
practice. I began with 10 minute
routines I found on the internet,
and progressed to an hour a day,
sometimes more. I have a dozen
DVDs from two different teachers.
Even when traveling to the far
corners, I get in at least 20
minutes of movement and
massage each day...in Panama
and Honduras, and Cuba, and
South Africa...sometimes the
massage on the bus between
photo ops, and always on the
long flights. But it is only now,
these last few days that I am
beginning to see the qi body,
to feel the energy, to experience
as my hands move, as my body
moves from the center, the living,
the flowing force, within and
around me...like that DaVinci's
The Vitruvian Man come to life...
as though I were a magnet, and
my body the iron, I am beginning
to experience the field and to
move it with my hands as I
exercise...a living magnet, with
water at the core instead of
iron, so I flow into motion,
and settle into rest. Oh, it does
not bear much thinking, or
tolerate close description, but
I know what I feel and see.

So in every way that matters,
here a year in, I am just beginning
the practice of Qi Gong.




http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-2.html___

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2016-12-02 11:49:13 (15 comments; 7 reshares; 278 +1s; )Open 

Looking from Mother's Beach up the coastline to Saint Ann's as a front passes off-shore. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. 48mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet.

Looking from Mother's Beach up the coastline to Saint Ann's as a front passes off-shore. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. 48mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet.___

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2016-12-02 11:36:45 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

Just a duck or two...Ducks Away!
The first days at the Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro New Mexico, the fields behind Coyote Deck were still dry. On Thursday they began to pump water in, and by Saturday there were at least 5000 ducks, mostly Mallards and Pintails, gathered to feed on the floating seeds and shoots. They flood those fields to bring Ducks and Cranes and Geese within easy viewing of Willow and Coyote Decks on the Festival weekend every year. Bosque del Apache is intensively managed all year for the wildlife, but during the Festival of the Cranes, yearly, for close to 30 years, they also manage for the people who come to view the wildlife. And, just as I always hope for a Snow Geese rising shot at Bosque, I have come to appreciate the "Ducks Away" experience off Coyote Deck. I watched the field flood daily and stopped along the... more »

Just a duck or two...Ducks Away!
The first days at the Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro New Mexico, the fields behind Coyote Deck were still dry. On Thursday they began to pump water in, and by Saturday there were at least 5000 ducks, mostly Mallards and Pintails, gathered to feed on the floating seeds and shoots. They flood those fields to bring Ducks and Cranes and Geese within easy viewing of Willow and Coyote Decks on the Festival weekend every year. Bosque del Apache is intensively managed all year for the wildlife, but during the Festival of the Cranes, yearly, for close to 30 years, they also manage for the people who come to view the wildlife. And, just as I always hope for a Snow Geese rising shot at Bosque, I have come to appreciate the "Ducks Away" experience off Coyote Deck. I watched the field flood daily and stopped along the road when I finally saw the congregation of ducks, and waited. Most years the ducks just continue to feed while I am watching, but they rise often enough to give me hope...like once in past 6 years :) This year, as I stood there hopping from one foot to the other to keep warm, a Refuge truck came down the dike road on the inside of the tour loop and, as it passed, the ducks startled and took to the air. I had an intense few moments there until they settled again. 

Sony RX10iii at 580mm equivalent field of view. Action and Flight mode (my own saved program). 1/1000th @ f4.5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. 

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2016-12-01 18:24:45 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

December 1
December light. At noon the trees
cast June's 5 o'clock shadows.
The world is bathed in afternoon
light sunrise to sunset, molding
every tree and stump and rock,
the dunes along the shore, even
the running waves. The world
is winter textured, of a sudden,
despite the lack of snow. Yesterday
was surely much the same, but
we passed through 2 days of rain
to come out in December, and
with the returning sun, the turn
of the calendar, comes, speaking
in the low slant of the light, the
surprising revelation of winter.


http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-1.html

December 1
December light. At noon the trees
cast June's 5 o'clock shadows.
The world is bathed in afternoon
light sunrise to sunset, molding
every tree and stump and rock,
the dunes along the shore, even
the running waves. The world
is winter textured, of a sudden,
despite the lack of snow. Yesterday
was surely much the same, but
we passed through 2 days of rain
to come out in December, and
with the returning sun, the turn
of the calendar, comes, speaking
in the low slant of the light, the
surprising revelation of winter.


http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-1.html___

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2016-12-01 15:16:12 (9 comments; 6 reshares; 207 +1s; )Open 

Trying this post again as the image did not upload correctly the first time. This is Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near Santa Fe New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Trying this post again as the image did not upload correctly the first time. This is Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near Santa Fe New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-12-01 12:05:02 (16 comments; 6 reshares; 185 +1s; )Open 

Looking up out of Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near Santa Fe New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Looking up out of Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near Santa Fe New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-12-01 11:49:17 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

Sandhill Cranes practice makes perfect...
Sandhill Cranes mate for life, and only mate in late winter/early spring on their mating grounds far north of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro New Mexico (where this sequence was taken), but young Cranes and even adult pairs "practice" mating behavior year round. They don't mate...they just practice. Or maybe "play" is a better word. This pair is either practicing or playing, and in season and on territory this would result in a mating. Hopefully these are young Cranes and they will get better at it with practice. If they continue to play around they will get the hang of it by spring. We can hope. (They can hope.)

Sony RX10iii at 454mm equivalent field of view. My memory BIF and action Program Mode. 1/1000th @ f6.3 @ ISO 100. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet and assembled in Pic... more »

Sandhill Cranes practice makes perfect...
Sandhill Cranes mate for life, and only mate in late winter/early spring on their mating grounds far north of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro New Mexico (where this sequence was taken), but young Cranes and even adult pairs "practice" mating behavior year round. They don't mate...they just practice. Or maybe "play" is a better word. This pair is either practicing or playing, and in season and on territory this would result in a mating. Hopefully these are young Cranes and they will get better at it with practice. If they continue to play around they will get the hang of it by spring. We can hope. (They can hope.)

Sony RX10iii at 454mm equivalent field of view. My memory BIF and action Program Mode. 1/1000th @ f6.3 @ ISO 100. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet and assembled in Pic Stitch. 

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2016-11-30 21:26:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

November 30
I cooked the last two nights,
while Carol taught, so I, so we,
have my choice of leftovers
tonight: will it be Steve's Green
Chili Beans and Rice, or Steve's
Pasta Primavera with fresh
zucchini and peppers? I always
make way too much, but I
am getting smarter. Making
supper two nights in a row
now gives us at least a choice...
we will not be eating the same
leftovers for 6 nights...and
that is a good thing, I think.

And I think Carol would agree.



http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/11/november-30.html

November 30
I cooked the last two nights,
while Carol taught, so I, so we,
have my choice of leftovers
tonight: will it be Steve's Green
Chili Beans and Rice, or Steve's
Pasta Primavera with fresh
zucchini and peppers? I always
make way too much, but I
am getting smarter. Making
supper two nights in a row
now gives us at least a choice...
we will not be eating the same
leftovers for 6 nights...and
that is a good thing, I think.

And I think Carol would agree.



http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/11/november-30.html___

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2016-11-30 11:55:19 (27 comments; 24 reshares; 448 +1s; )Open 

Carol in Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument,Cochiti New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Carol in Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument,Cochiti New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

2016-11-30 11:52:27 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

November 27
The woods at Rachel Carson National
Wildlife Refuge, along the loop trail
at headquarters, stand mostly naked.
Maple and oak leaves, already consolidating
into a dense mat, cover the open space
between trunks. The pine saplings are
a spindly green presence in a roofless forest,
like lost children. Every mushroom on the
fallen birch logs lies exposed, displayed in
a way you never see them in summer,
fleshy shapes, brown against white bark.

The whole forest holds its breath, waiting
for the real days of winter, for snow
to come and cover all, to drift against
trunks, and bury the feet of the lost children.

http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/11/november-27.html

November 27
The woods at Rachel Carson National
Wildlife Refuge, along the loop trail
at headquarters, stand mostly naked.
Maple and oak leaves, already consolidating
into a dense mat, cover the open space
between trunks. The pine saplings are
a spindly green presence in a roofless forest,
like lost children. Every mushroom on the
fallen birch logs lies exposed, displayed in
a way you never see them in summer,
fleshy shapes, brown against white bark.

The whole forest holds its breath, waiting
for the real days of winter, for snow
to come and cover all, to drift against
trunks, and bury the feet of the lost children.

http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/11/november-27.html___

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2016-11-30 11:39:45 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

Coyote and the Cranes...
Carol picked up movement way back in one of the fields at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro New Mexico as we drove the tour loop. It turned out to be a Coyote and we watched it come up the tree-line and then cross into the next field fairly close to the road. It stalked across the field to a group of Sandhill Cranes. I could not figure out what it was doing. Sandhills are not easy prey for coyotes...in fact, unless an adult is injured, and totally alone, no coyote stands a chance against a Sandhill Crane. They do take pults and eggs, but only on the rare occasions when they find them unprotected. The Cranes responded to the Coyote by coming toward it, in a group, sending a clear "don't mess with us...we are ready for you" message. Eventually the coyote went round the front group, up a corridor between groups, and drove off a couple... more »

Coyote and the Cranes...
Carol picked up movement way back in one of the fields at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro New Mexico as we drove the tour loop. It turned out to be a Coyote and we watched it come up the tree-line and then cross into the next field fairly close to the road. It stalked across the field to a group of Sandhill Cranes. I could not figure out what it was doing. Sandhills are not easy prey for coyotes...in fact, unless an adult is injured, and totally alone, no coyote stands a chance against a Sandhill Crane. They do take pults and eggs, but only on the rare occasions when they find them unprotected. The Cranes responded to the Coyote by coming toward it, in a group, sending a clear "don't mess with us...we are ready for you" message. Eventually the coyote went round the front group, up a corridor between groups, and drove off a couple of ravens who were pecking at something dead far out in the field. When you are an omnivore, leftovers are better than food that fights back...especially standing Cranes. 

Sony RX10iii at 494mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 200. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. 



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2016-11-29 20:31:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

November 29
I had that dream again last night,
the one where I am on the west coast
and have to be in Germany the next
day, and it involves a train ride to
a small airport a good distance,
several stops and a change of trains,
away, and I don't have tickets for
either air or train...it is an emergency
thing, unplanned. My brother is with
me this time. Sometimes I make it
to the airport...sometimes I even get
on the plane, so I wasn't worried yet,
but when I went to get the tickets...
too late, always later than I like...I could
not find the ticket counter. Last time
there was a airline ticket counter in
the train station, but it was gone.
When I went to the rail counter they
said, oh yes, they could sell me both
tickets, so I made my reservations...
still at least one seat empty...but... more »

November 29
I had that dream again last night,
the one where I am on the west coast
and have to be in Germany the next
day, and it involves a train ride to
a small airport a good distance,
several stops and a change of trains,
away, and I don't have tickets for
either air or train...it is an emergency
thing, unplanned. My brother is with
me this time. Sometimes I make it
to the airport...sometimes I even get
on the plane, so I wasn't worried yet,
but when I went to get the tickets...
too late, always later than I like...I could
not find the ticket counter. Last time
there was a airline ticket counter in
the train station, but it was gone.
When I went to the rail counter they
said, oh yes, they could sell me both
tickets, so I made my reservations...
still at least one seat empty...but I felt
guilty about not buying my brother
a ticket, I'll do that next, but what if
there are no seats left? He didn't
actually have to be in Germany. It
was my meeting, but that did not make
me feel any better...and then, they did
not take credit cards...and there lots
of bills (Euros maybe) in my wallet
but not nearly enough for even my
tickets...I just don't carry that much
cash these days, never did, and
the feeling of panic, often part of
the dream, began to creep up on me,
and I saw the train ride from before,
from previous dreams, in my dream
mind, and the close connections, and
the plane waiting on the tarmac and the
Airport lights flashing (it was always
night and late when I got to the plane)
and I could feel a hand tightening
around my heart, and the pressure
building behind my eyes, and I
thought, it is time to wake up, this
dream never ends well, and I never
do make it to Germany in any of
them, so wake up now and save
myself the unnecessary anxiety.
And I did that...but it took me 15
minutes to shake the feeling, to leave
that dream self (not to mention my
brother) stranded somewhere out
there on the west coast.



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Another moody late fall landscape from Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells Maine. Branch Brook this time. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. 

Another moody late fall landscape from Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells Maine. Branch Brook this time. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. ___

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Frosted Oak Leaves
Yesterday's Day Poem was about waking to a heavy frost. What I did not say is that I got dressed and went out into the yard to capture the event in photos, just as the sun was rising. These four images catch some of the feeling of the frost on the oak leaves and grass. 

Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed to bring out the frost effect, and assembled in PicStich on my Android tablet.

And the poem: 

Under the street lights this morning
before dawn, it looked like it had
snowed in the night...the lawn was
white, and the cars looked covered.
I had to go to the back deck and
turn on the light to see that it was
only heavy frost. I have been fooled
before. I am ready for snow...oh
I know, once it comes I will remember
it is always, at best, a mixed blessing.
I could be out thereri... more »

Frosted Oak Leaves
Yesterday's Day Poem was about waking to a heavy frost. What I did not say is that I got dressed and went out into the yard to capture the event in photos, just as the sun was rising. These four images catch some of the feeling of the frost on the oak leaves and grass. 

Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed to bring out the frost effect, and assembled in PicStich on my Android tablet.

And the poem: 

Under the street lights this morning
before dawn, it looked like it had
snowed in the night...the lawn was
white, and the cars looked covered.
I had to go to the back deck and
turn on the light to see that it was
only heavy frost. I have been fooled
before. I am ready for snow...oh
I know, once it comes I will remember
it is always, at best, a mixed blessing.
I could be out there right now with
the snowblower in all my winter gear
clearing the drive. No, I guess I won't 
hurry the season. And there is much to 
be admired, after all, in a heavy frost.

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November 28
Under the street lights this morning
before dawn, it looked like it had
snowed in the night...the lawn was
white, and the cars looked covered.
I had to go to the back deck and
turn on the light to see that it was
only heavy frost. I have been fooled
before. I am ready for snow...oh
I know, once it comes I will remember
it is always, at best, a mixed blessing.
I could be out there right now with
the snowblower in all my winter gear
clearing the drive. No, I guess I won't
hurry the season. And there is much to
be admired, after all, in a heavy frost.



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November 28
Under the street lights this morning
before dawn, it looked like it had
snowed in the night...the lawn was
white, and the cars looked covered.
I had to go to the back deck and
turn on the light to see that it was
only heavy frost. I have been fooled
before. I am ready for snow...oh
I know, once it comes I will remember
it is always, at best, a mixed blessing.
I could be out there right now with
the snowblower in all my winter gear
clearing the drive. No, I guess I won't
hurry the season. And there is much to
be admired, after all, in a heavy frost.



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Merryland River overlook, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Wells Maine. Deep fall. November weather. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. 24mm equivalent field of view. 

Merryland River overlook, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Wells Maine. Deep fall. November weather. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. 24mm equivalent field of view. ___

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November forest still-life
My wife and I took a walk around the loop trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge near our home in Maine yesterday. The day was overcast, a real late November fall day...no snow yet here in Southern Maine (like most of the nation). The forest was largely bare. Even the oak leaves were all off. The fungi on fallen birches and maples showed easily with all the undergrowth died back. This found still-life was just off the trail. I like the mix of textures here, the way the wintergreen pokes out beneath the fungi, the way the small maple leaf rests, and the richness of the damp colors.

Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. 200mm equivalent field of view. Nominal exposure: f4 @ 1/200th @ ISO 800. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. Cropped for composition.



November forest still-life
My wife and I took a walk around the loop trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge near our home in Maine yesterday. The day was overcast, a real late November fall day...no snow yet here in Southern Maine (like most of the nation). The forest was largely bare. Even the oak leaves were all off. The fungi on fallen birches and maples showed easily with all the undergrowth died back. This found still-life was just off the trail. I like the mix of textures here, the way the wintergreen pokes out beneath the fungi, the way the small maple leaf rests, and the richness of the damp colors.

Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. 200mm equivalent field of view. Nominal exposure: f4 @ 1/200th @ ISO 800. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. Cropped for composition.

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November 27
The woods at Rachel Carson National
Wildlife Refuge, along the loop trail
at headquarters, stand mostly naked.
Maple and oak leaves, already consolidating
into a dense mat, cover the open space
between trunks. The pine saplings are
a spindly green presence in a roofless forest,
like lost children. Every mushroom on the
fallen birch logs lies exposed, displayed in
a way you never see them in summer,
fleshy shapes, brown against white bark.

The whole forest holds its breath, waiting
for the real days of winter, for snow
to come and cover all, to drift against
trunks, and bury the feet of the lost children.

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November 27
The woods at Rachel Carson National
Wildlife Refuge, along the loop trail
at headquarters, stand mostly naked.
Maple and oak leaves, already consolidating
into a dense mat, cover the open space
between trunks. The pine saplings are
a spindly green presence in a roofless forest,
like lost children. Every mushroom on the
fallen birch logs lies exposed, displayed in
a way you never see them in summer,
fleshy shapes, brown against white bark.

The whole forest holds its breath, waiting
for the real days of winter, for snow
to come and cover all, to drift against
trunks, and bury the feet of the lost children.

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Just before sunrise at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes in the mid-ground. It was nice of the clouds to arrange themselves in leading lines centered on the tree :)

Just before sunrise at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes in the mid-ground. It was nice of the clouds to arrange themselves in leading lines centered on the tree :)___

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*Serenity. Happy Sunday!"
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Early morning light, and two groups of Canada Geese on the Boardwalk Pond at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro New Mexico. (Actually, now that I look at the image more carefully, there appear to be a few Cackling Geese in that far flock as well.) The light, the Geese, both still and gently moving, and the reflections make this, to my eye, a very peaceful image. I have cropped it to accentuate that feeling. 

Peace is among the hardest human emotions to achieve. Joy is often thrust gladly upon us by events. We are overwhelmed with sadness. Pain is something we afflict and endure in about equal measures, but peace we have to work at, we have to strive for, we have to surrender to. Peace rests behind every heartbeat, but too often, just out of our... more »

*Serenity. Happy Sunday!"
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Early morning light, and two groups of Canada Geese on the Boardwalk Pond at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro New Mexico. (Actually, now that I look at the image more carefully, there appear to be a few Cackling Geese in that far flock as well.) The light, the Geese, both still and gently moving, and the reflections make this, to my eye, a very peaceful image. I have cropped it to accentuate that feeling. 

Peace is among the hardest human emotions to achieve. Joy is often thrust gladly upon us by events. We are overwhelmed with sadness. Pain is something we afflict and endure in about equal measures, but peace we have to work at, we have to strive for, we have to surrender to. Peace rests behind every heartbeat, but too often, just out of our reach.

Part of the reason we have such difficulty with peace, I think, is a misunderstanding about its nature. We think peace is stillness...the absence of motion...the absence of trouble. But just as in this image, peace is motion in balance, the harmonious relation of forces. Peace is the untouchable center which moves through the troubles of this world, and is not altered by them. Peace is not a rock in the stream...it is a twig floating at one with the current. 

This image, while it has a painterly look, is not lifted out of time. It is not a still-life. It is peaceful because of the dynamic it captures, the second when things are just so, that will, if we let it, flow into the next and the next, without disturbing our equilibrium, our balance, our sense of peace. Peace is in the light, is and inseparable part of the light, in our beings when our eyes are Generous Eye. May peace be with you and yours this Happy Sunday!


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November 26
I bought a little Philips bluetooth
speaker and downloaded all my
Christmas music (plus a few new
to Amazon Prime this year) to my
tablet, so I am all set for the season.
A mix of carols and contemporary
Christian worship songs, from
Handel to Mannheim Steamroller,
Mike Marshall's bluegrass inspired
guitar to MercyMe's driving Southern
rock renditions, with a healthy
smattering of Celtic in there for
leaven, and I am listening (when
neither Carol or Kelia is playing
the piano) just to get in the mood...
to lift my spirits, to quicken the
seasonal anticipation of the great
celebration of love...a child is born...
and it is a miracle that 2000 years
later the joy of that birth (despite
20 centuries of all too human
history) is still inspiring music
that moves us... more »

November 26
I bought a little Philips bluetooth
speaker and downloaded all my
Christmas music (plus a few new
to Amazon Prime this year) to my
tablet, so I am all set for the season.
A mix of carols and contemporary
Christian worship songs, from
Handel to Mannheim Steamroller,
Mike Marshall's bluegrass inspired
guitar to MercyMe's driving Southern
rock renditions, with a healthy
smattering of Celtic in there for
leaven, and I am listening (when
neither Carol or Kelia is playing
the piano) just to get in the mood...
to lift my spirits, to quicken the
seasonal anticipation of the great
celebration of love...a child is born...
and it is a miracle that 2000 years
later the joy of that birth (despite
20 centuries of all too human
history) is still inspiring music
that moves us toward love.



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Flight Deck Pond, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico. Shooting into the sun on cloudy day. Mostly about clouds and reflections. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Flight Deck Pond, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico. Shooting into the sun on cloudy day. Mostly about clouds and reflections. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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Snow Geese photo-bomb Sandhills!
I was tracking these Sandhill Cranes, trying to get them framed against the mountains, when these two Snow Geese overtook them and got in the way :) Geese fly considerably faster than cranes. This is another shot I could not possibly have planned. Just the right place at the right time and ready…which, as I have said before, is my most basic recipe for photographic success, especially nature and wildlife photography.

Sony RX10iii at 518mm equivalent field of view. My specialized Birds in Flight mode. 1/1000th @ f7.1 @ ISO 100. -.3EV exposure compensation and level 5 DRO. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 



Snow Geese photo-bomb Sandhills!
I was tracking these Sandhill Cranes, trying to get them framed against the mountains, when these two Snow Geese overtook them and got in the way :) Geese fly considerably faster than cranes. This is another shot I could not possibly have planned. Just the right place at the right time and ready…which, as I have said before, is my most basic recipe for photographic success, especially nature and wildlife photography.

Sony RX10iii at 518mm equivalent field of view. My specialized Birds in Flight mode. 1/1000th @ f7.1 @ ISO 100. -.3EV exposure compensation and level 5 DRO. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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November 25
So, I didn't go Black Friday shopping,
either in person, or on-line. I avoided
the whole trauma, drama (not to
mention temptation) and sat on my
wallet all day long. I know it is not
very American of me, and I know
you all think less of me for it, but
there it is. I will spend my money
when I really need or want some-
thing (and I certainly do enough of
that already) not when the retail
industry decides I should...Black
Friday, CyberMonday, Buyers Regret
Tuesday...no matter how they dangle
all manner of gadgets and geegaws
out there in front of me. I just won't
look! Of course I did wait all day for
a package I ordered from Amazon
(free Prime two day shipping)
the day before Thanksgiving...

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November 25
So, I didn't go Black Friday shopping,
either in person, or on-line. I avoided
the whole trauma, drama (not to
mention temptation) and sat on my
wallet all day long. I know it is not
very American of me, and I know
you all think less of me for it, but
there it is. I will spend my money
when I really need or want some-
thing (and I certainly do enough of
that already) not when the retail
industry decides I should...Black
Friday, CyberMonday, Buyers Regret
Tuesday...no matter how they dangle
all manner of gadgets and geegaws
out there in front of me. I just won't
look! Of course I did wait all day for
a package I ordered from Amazon
(free Prime two day shipping)
the day before Thanksgiving...

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Sunrise with cranes and tree, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. 

Sunrise with cranes and tree, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. ___

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Take off...
I have lots of images of Sandhill Cranes landing at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge on the Rio Grande River, south of Socorro, New Mexico, but considerably fewer of Cranes taking off. Unless you can catch the whole sequence, which is interesting, there is way less drama in the take off.  :) This is such a sequence, done up into a collage in PhotoTangler on my Android tablet. It goes top left to right, and than bottom left to right, if that is not obvious.As you can see, the Crane runs a few steps before launch…or this one did. I have also seen them leap directly into the air where the water is a bit deeper. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. My custom Birds in Flight Mode. 1/1000th @ f5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. Assembled in PhotoTangler



Take off...
I have lots of images of Sandhill Cranes landing at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge on the Rio Grande River, south of Socorro, New Mexico, but considerably fewer of Cranes taking off. Unless you can catch the whole sequence, which is interesting, there is way less drama in the take off.  :) This is such a sequence, done up into a collage in PhotoTangler on my Android tablet. It goes top left to right, and than bottom left to right, if that is not obvious.As you can see, the Crane runs a few steps before launch…or this one did. I have also seen them leap directly into the air where the water is a bit deeper. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. My custom Birds in Flight Mode. 1/1000th @ f5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. Assembled in PhotoTangler

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November 24
Turkey, the old gobbler and gravy,
brings out the gobble in us, the
good humored squabble of loving
families, the heckle and peckle,
the poking fun, the gentle
hectoring, the sister/brother
mother/daughter father/son
(and all manner of in-law)
banter and bluster of well
adjusted, comfortable, relations.

Sitting and listening as we pass
the dressing and cranberry (home
made from home grown) and
fielding the occasional pot shot
(maybe taking a few of my own)
I think maybe I am unusually blessed
in my extended family...and then
I think, on this day of thanks, for
all your sakes, I hope I am not,
we are not, all that unusual.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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November 24
Turkey, the old gobbler and gravy,
brings out the gobble in us, the
good humored squabble of loving
families, the heckle and peckle,
the poking fun, the gentle
hectoring, the sister/brother
mother/daughter father/son
(and all manner of in-law)
banter and bluster of well
adjusted, comfortable, relations.

Sitting and listening as we pass
the dressing and cranberry (home
made from home grown) and
fielding the occasional pot shot
(maybe taking a few of my own)
I think maybe I am unusually blessed
in my extended family...and then
I think, on this day of thanks, for
all your sakes, I hope I am not,
we are not, all that unusual.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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November 23
Time to break a bad habit
(again...for, oh, maybe the
15th time). Candy. It is an
addiction, and as we all
know now that the Surgeon
General has spoken, it
is a disease of the brain...
my brain...my brain on
sugar. Not a pretty sight...
but I have a feeling the
addiction is located further
down my body (or at least
that's were the evidence
collects). So, Thanksgiving
is as good a time as any.
Beginning tomorrow no
more candy. Just as soon
as I finish this bag of M&Ms.


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November 23
Time to break a bad habit
(again...for, oh, maybe the
15th time). Candy. It is an
addiction, and as we all
know now that the Surgeon
General has spoken, it
is a disease of the brain...
my brain...my brain on
sugar. Not a pretty sight...
but I have a feeling the
addiction is located further
down my body (or at least
that's were the evidence
collects). So, Thanksgiving
is as good a time as any.
Beginning tomorrow no
more candy. Just as soon
as I finish this bag of M&Ms.


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Landscape with Snow Geese. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. 

Landscape with Snow Geese. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. ___

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Happy Thanksgiving
These nice plump Wild Turkeys are not destined for anyone's Thanksgiving table. They are plump because they live on the refuge at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro New Mexico, where the living is easy...lots of corn and other fodder planted to sustain the population of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, and freely available for the wandering herd of Turkeys...and only natural predators...Coyote, Bobcat, and Mountain Lion (and Fox, Raccoon, Opossum, and snakes for the eggs and pults). Only! Still, the population of Wild Turkey is obviously healthy at the Bosque. And that is something to be thankful for :)

There are five subspecies of Wild Turkey. When I saw these Turkeys I assumed they were Merriman's, since that is the most common in the West. A little googleing this morning, however, showed that they are the much rarer (in New Mexico)... more »

Happy Thanksgiving
These nice plump Wild Turkeys are not destined for anyone's Thanksgiving table. They are plump because they live on the refuge at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro New Mexico, where the living is easy...lots of corn and other fodder planted to sustain the population of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, and freely available for the wandering herd of Turkeys...and only natural predators...Coyote, Bobcat, and Mountain Lion (and Fox, Raccoon, Opossum, and snakes for the eggs and pults). Only! Still, the population of Wild Turkey is obviously healthy at the Bosque. And that is something to be thankful for :)

There are five subspecies of Wild Turkey. When I saw these Turkeys I assumed they were Merriman's, since that is the most common in the West. A little googleing this morning, however, showed that they are the much rarer (in New Mexico) Rio Grande subspecies...which exists in New Mexico only along the Rio Grande, specifically right around Socorro and Bosque del Apache, and a few other rivers further east. The Rio Grande is the most numerous subspecies in Texas, and also exists in Oklahoma and Kansas. I should have known better. Merriman's are restricted to Ponderosa Pine and other dry mountain forest habitats. Interesting.

So, thankful Turkeys. And of course, a reminder to remember and numerate the many, many things we have to thankful for in these United States...beginning with family and abundant fodder, and extending out to election year politics. Whatever we think of the results of this year's election, we are truly privileged to live in a country where we do, for better or worse, get to pick our President (or at least the electors who pick our President). And in between, well, an environment still healthy enough to support 5 subspecies of Wild Turkey, a National Wildlife Refuge system dedicated to protecting so many other species (though both are under attack), the right to free speech and assembly, the right to practice the religion of our choice (and the faith that sustains us), the privilege of loving and being loved, the wonder of waking up every day free to pursue the best the day has to offer. We have a lot to be thankful for. We have come a long way since the first Thanksgiving, and we have come that way, mostly, together. I can only hope that we will continue along the same path, despite the occasional predator...and like the 5 species of Wild Turkey, we will all be here to celebrate next year and for all our years to come. Happy Thanksgiving!



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The cloudy day version of the panorama from the Eagle Scout Deck at the Flight Deck Pond at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico. Sony RX10iii Sweep Panorama Mode. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. 

The cloudy day version of the panorama from the Eagle Scout Deck at the Flight Deck Pond at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico. Sony RX10iii Sweep Panorama Mode. Processed in Snapseed on my Android tablet. ___

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Just a few Snow Geese...
Snow and Ross' Geese rising from Flight Deck Pond, just moments after I first turned onto the Tour Loop at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro New Mexico last week. 

Sony RX10iii at 92mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3 (Program Mode). Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 



Just a few Snow Geese...
Snow and Ross' Geese rising from Flight Deck Pond, just moments after I first turned onto the Tour Loop at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro New Mexico last week. 

Sony RX10iii at 92mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3 (Program Mode). Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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November 22
First day home, and over 6 weeks
before I travel again (barring surprises).
I had a slow day today, one trip out
for printer ink and Thanksgiving feast
supplies (along with a store full of
other Kennebunk folk), French Cut
Green Beans, Cream of Mushroom
Soup, French Fried Onions (you can
see where this is going, right), kale
(bet you didn't see that one coming),
etc. We are not in charge of the turkey
this year, but I certainly saw a lot
of them in line at the grocery, on their
way unsuspecting to Thanksgiving
dinner. Kelia was home from college
by the time I finished shopping. I plan
a few more slow days, through the
holiday at least...I am about half
unpacked, and I will get to the rest
over the next day or so. I will put my
suitcase in the basement for the first ... more »

November 22
First day home, and over 6 weeks
before I travel again (barring surprises).
I had a slow day today, one trip out
for printer ink and Thanksgiving feast
supplies (along with a store full of
other Kennebunk folk), French Cut
Green Beans, Cream of Mushroom
Soup, French Fried Onions (you can
see where this is going, right), kale
(bet you didn't see that one coming),
etc. We are not in charge of the turkey
this year, but I certainly saw a lot
of them in line at the grocery, on their
way unsuspecting to Thanksgiving
dinner. Kelia was home from college
by the time I finished shopping. I plan
a few more slow days, through the
holiday at least...I am about half
unpacked, and I will get to the rest
over the next day or so. I will put my
suitcase in the basement for the first
time since August...I might even catch
up with my image processing and
posting to the cloud. Rest and
recuperation. What a concept!
Home at last, at least for a while.


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New Mexico Sky over Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. 

New Mexico Sky over Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. ___

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2016-11-22 14:03:03 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

Face off!
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal place to practice action wildlife photography. The Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese are always doing something. These two cranes are having a dispute over…well, it is hard to say. This group of cranes had a lot of this kind of action while I was watching but I never could determine the cause. This is two adults. It is not breeding season. Who knows what was going on, but it makes a dynamic image. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode with continuous focus. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 



Face off!
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal place to practice action wildlife photography. The Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese are always doing something. These two cranes are having a dispute over…well, it is hard to say. This group of cranes had a lot of this kind of action while I was watching but I never could determine the cause. This is two adults. It is not breeding season. Who knows what was going on, but it makes a dynamic image. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode with continuous focus. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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November 21
Last flight from Atlanta coming
home from New Mexico, Portland
just before midnight, home by
one AM tomorrow. Seat belt light
is on and the plane is laboring,
land lights passing by far away
below. My head is still full of
images of Bosque, Cranes and
coyotes, Geese rising, sunsets
and dawns and the cottonwoods
glowing gold, and the roadrunner
daring passing cars along the
loop, deer, hawks, and mountains
standing up above the Rio Grande.
Tomorrow we settle back to Maine,
Thanksgiving with the family, and
so much to be truly thankful for.




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November 21
Last flight from Atlanta coming
home from New Mexico, Portland
just before midnight, home by
one AM tomorrow. Seat belt light
is on and the plane is laboring,
land lights passing by far away
below. My head is still full of
images of Bosque, Cranes and
coyotes, Geese rising, sunsets
and dawns and the cottonwoods
glowing gold, and the roadrunner
daring passing cars along the
loop, deer, hawks, and mountains
standing up above the Rio Grande.
Tomorrow we settle back to Maine,
Thanksgiving with the family, and
so much to be truly thankful for.




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Flight Deck Pond from Eagle Scout Deck. Bosque del Apache NWR. Sony RX10iii Sweep Panorama Mode. Processed in Photo Mate3 for HDR effect. 

Flight Deck Pond from Eagle Scout Deck. Bosque del Apache NWR. Sony RX10iii Sweep Panorama Mode. Processed in Photo Mate3 for HDR effect. ___

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2016-11-21 18:22:31 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 200 +1s; )Open 

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Cochiti New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR Mode. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Cochiti New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR Mode. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet.___

2016-11-21 03:23:10 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

November 20
There is this crazy Roadrunner
at Bosque del Apache National
Wildlife Refuge who hangs along
the South Tour Loop waiting for
cars, and then runs across the
road 20 feet in front of them.
(It is a tour loop, and the cars
moving maybe 10mph, so it
is fairly safe.) I think he gets
some kind of kick out of it, like
maybe the cars are his Wily Coyote
and he just has to prove who's
smarter, faster, more macho.
Today, for some unknown
reason, he stayed on the side
of the road as we came up
and let me take a bunch of pics.
Maybe he figures the publicity
will do his image good...wants
to be a Facebook star, go viral,
social media's number one
roadrunner, don'cha'no? So this,
right here, is the least I can do.

Hope he appreciates it...
... more »

November 20
There is this crazy Roadrunner
at Bosque del Apache National
Wildlife Refuge who hangs along
the South Tour Loop waiting for
cars, and then runs across the
road 20 feet in front of them.
(It is a tour loop, and the cars
moving maybe 10mph, so it
is fairly safe.) I think he gets
some kind of kick out of it, like
maybe the cars are his Wily Coyote
and he just has to prove who's
smarter, faster, more macho.
Today, for some unknown
reason, he stayed on the side
of the road as we came up
and let me take a bunch of pics.
Maybe he figures the publicity
will do his image good...wants
to be a Facebook star, go viral,
social media's number one
roadrunner, don'cha'no? So this,
right here, is the least I can do.

Hope he appreciates it...



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Another from Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Carol for scale. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet.

Another from Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Carol for scale. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet.___

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2016-11-20 13:24:53 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 

Geese rising... Happy Sunday!
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Though it is the Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache NWR near Socorro New Mexico, it is probably the Snow Geese that keep people coming back. Standing beside a field of Geese when they startle and rise all at once is an experience that inspires wonder and delight in almost everyone who sees it. The Geese are beautiful. The action is spectacular. The sound of the calls and the wings is overwhelming. The energy is undeniable. Once experienced it wakens the appetite for more. I talked to one couple, originally from Cincinnati Ohio, who moved to Albuquerque in part because of their experience at Bosque del Apache. It is that impressive. Impressive enough to change the course of a life. 

And of course, the generous eye is always looking for experiences like theG... more »

Geese rising... Happy Sunday!
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Though it is the Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache NWR near Socorro New Mexico, it is probably the Snow Geese that keep people coming back. Standing beside a field of Geese when they startle and rise all at once is an experience that inspires wonder and delight in almost everyone who sees it. The Geese are beautiful. The action is spectacular. The sound of the calls and the wings is overwhelming. The energy is undeniable. Once experienced it wakens the appetite for more. I talked to one couple, originally from Cincinnati Ohio, who moved to Albuquerque in part because of their experience at Bosque del Apache. It is that impressive. Impressive enough to change the course of a life. 

And of course, the generous eye is always looking for experiences like the Geese rising...life-changing experiences. Experiences that speak directly to the spirit in us...and speaks the greatness of the Spirit that creates all in love. Awe inspiring experiences. If your eye is generous you will find them everywhere. Bosque del Apache is just a very obvious, and accessible, example. 

So, happy Sunday, and may you find your Geese rising experience today! It just may change your life. 

(I caught this image with the Sony RX10iii and processed it in Photo Mate 3 on my Android tablet.)

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November 19
Hank the Great Blue Heron sits
along the ditch south of the
entrance at Bosque del Apache
National Wildlife Refuge, daily,
all year long. If he did not relocate
a few yards every day, you might
suspect he was a statue, though
a very life-like statue, with real
feathers pasted on (you can see
them ripple and fluff out in the
wind). Come to think of it, maybe
the refuge staff just moves him,
daily, to fool the tourists and
photographers who line the road
(with every kind of camera from
cell phones to DSLRs with $12,000
lenses), daily, to take his portrait.
If real, Hank is certainly a self-
satisfied bird, and seems to enjoy
thoroughly posing for his pic...
not to say conceited, though he
is beautiful, or handsome, since
a he...or heron...whatever...one
attractive... more »

November 19
Hank the Great Blue Heron sits
along the ditch south of the
entrance at Bosque del Apache
National Wildlife Refuge, daily,
all year long. If he did not relocate
a few yards every day, you might
suspect he was a statue, though
a very life-like statue, with real
feathers pasted on (you can see
them ripple and fluff out in the
wind). Come to think of it, maybe
the refuge staff just moves him,
daily, to fool the tourists and
photographers who line the road
(with every kind of camera from
cell phones to DSLRs with $12,000
lenses), daily, to take his portrait.
If real, Hank is certainly a self-
satisfied bird, and seems to enjoy
thoroughly posing for his pic...
not to say conceited, though he
is beautiful, or handsome, since
a he...or heron...whatever...one
attractive bird. Hank the Great
Blue Heron of Bosque del Apache
is, indeed, great (as Herons go).


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Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Cochiti New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Cochiti New Mexico. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-11-19 12:38:00 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

Snow Geese and the moon...
No, this is not a PhotoShop image. Patience, and some cooperative Snow Geese at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro New Mexico, yesterday morning, made this shot possible. I saw it coming, and zoomed back to increase my chances of catching the action. I have a whole sequence of similar shots as the Geese passed in front of the moon, but this one, with the flock framing the moon had the most pleasing composition. I feel privileged to have been able to record it! 

Sony RX10iii at 487mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode (my specialized saved settings for Birds in Flight, with wide area continuous focus). Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet.



Snow Geese and the moon...
No, this is not a PhotoShop image. Patience, and some cooperative Snow Geese at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro New Mexico, yesterday morning, made this shot possible. I saw it coming, and zoomed back to increase my chances of catching the action. I have a whole sequence of similar shots as the Geese passed in front of the moon, but this one, with the flock framing the moon had the most pleasing composition. I feel privileged to have been able to record it! 

Sony RX10iii at 487mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode (my specialized saved settings for Birds in Flight, with wide area continuous focus). Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet.

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