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Stephen Ingraham

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Christian, birder, photographer, blogger...

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

Location: Kennebunk ME

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2016-08-18 12:06:13 (30 comments; 25 reshares; 501 +1s; )Open 

One of the giant Sycamores of Ramsey Canyon in Arizona. My daughter Sally for scale :) Sony RX10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f2.5 . Processed in Lightroom.

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One of the giant Sycamores of Ramsey Canyon in Arizona. My daughter Sally for scale :) Sony RX10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f2.5 . Processed in Lightroom.

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One of the giant Sycamores of Ramsey Canyon in Arizona. My daughter Sally for scale :) Sony RX10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f2.5 . Processed in Lightroom.

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2016-08-28 13:10:04 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Sloth baby
I believe this is a Two-toed Sloth we found on the road down to the Changuinola River in the foothills for Panama above Bocas del Toro. The mother is making a hammock for her baby. The baby was, typical for the young of any species, quite active (for a sloth). It was also very interested in us. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. Cropped and processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 




Sloth baby
I believe this is a Two-toed Sloth we found on the road down to the Changuinola River in the foothills for Panama above Bocas del Toro. The mother is making a hammock for her baby. The baby was, typical for the young of any species, quite active (for a sloth). It was also very interested in us. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. Cropped and processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 


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2016-08-28 02:25:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

August 27
Headed home from Tranquilo Bay,
we spend the night in Panama City
at a hotel near Tocuman, and eat
the $23 buffet...and all I can think
is that I already miss the fresh
squeezed sundrop juice, just short
of too tart, nothing so refreshing
after a day of perspiration in
the Panama sun and humid air,
it fills the moisture void and
tingles all the way down like a
drop of dawn sun over the sea.

If you have never tasted it, all
I can say is so sorry for you.





http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-27.html

August 27
Headed home from Tranquilo Bay,
we spend the night in Panama City
at a hotel near Tocuman, and eat
the $23 buffet...and all I can think
is that I already miss the fresh
squeezed sundrop juice, just short
of too tart, nothing so refreshing
after a day of perspiration in
the Panama sun and humid air,
it fills the moisture void and
tingles all the way down like a
drop of dawn sun over the sea.

If you have never tasted it, all
I can say is so sorry for you.





http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-27.html___

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2016-08-27 17:16:30 (9 comments; 7 reshares; 128 +1s; )Open 

Looking back at the mainland form the passage between Popo Island and Bastien toss where Tranquilo Bay Lodge is in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Program Mode, processed for HDR effect in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Looking back at the mainland form the passage between Popo Island and Bastien toss where Tranquilo Bay Lodge is in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Program Mode, processed for HDR effect in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-08-27 16:56:33 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Passerini's Tanager
Before we got to Swan Island and the Red-billed Tropicbirds yesterday, we spent most of the day motoring quietly along Snyder’s Canal… the first Panama Canal…built to move bananas from Plantation to port. It was only used for about 5 years before the United Fruit Company built a railroad that was much more efficient. Along the shores of the old canal today you can get close views of many of the lowland and forest species. This Passerini’s Tanager came right out to the edge to take a look at us as we floated a dozen feet off-shore. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. Processed and cropped slightly in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 



Passerini's Tanager
Before we got to Swan Island and the Red-billed Tropicbirds yesterday, we spent most of the day motoring quietly along Snyder’s Canal… the first Panama Canal…built to move bananas from Plantation to port. It was only used for about 5 years before the United Fruit Company built a railroad that was much more efficient. Along the shores of the old canal today you can get close views of many of the lowland and forest species. This Passerini’s Tanager came right out to the edge to take a look at us as we floated a dozen feet off-shore. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. Processed and cropped slightly in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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2016-08-27 02:09:20 (17 comments; 19 reshares; 348 +1s; )Open 

Swan Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama. In-camera HDR. Program Mode. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Swan Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama. In-camera HDR. Program Mode. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-08-27 02:00:21 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Red-billed Tropicbird
At the end of a long day in a boat in the Snyder Canal in Bocas del Toro, Panama (as part of the ZEISS VICTORY SF Experience at Tranquilo Bay Lodge) we chanced the off-shore waves to go out to Swan Island to the Red-billed Tropicbird rookery. Sea bird rookery is more accurate as Brown Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds also nest and roost there. The Tropicbirds, however, are certainly the stars of the show. Super elegant, graceful, impressive in every way. Today there had to be a hundred birds circling the island and the nests in holes in the cliffs. It had clouded over but there was still enough light for effective photography. 

My Sony RX10iii actually did a pretty good job with the fast moving birds…better than I expected. My custom bkrds-in-flight mode…ISO set to auto, minimum shutter speed 1/1000th, and wide area focus to pick up the birds against theback... more »

Red-billed Tropicbird
At the end of a long day in a boat in the Snyder Canal in Bocas del Toro, Panama (as part of the ZEISS VICTORY SF Experience at Tranquilo Bay Lodge) we chanced the off-shore waves to go out to Swan Island to the Red-billed Tropicbird rookery. Sea bird rookery is more accurate as Brown Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds also nest and roost there. The Tropicbirds, however, are certainly the stars of the show. Super elegant, graceful, impressive in every way. Today there had to be a hundred birds circling the island and the nests in holes in the cliffs. It had clouded over but there was still enough light for effective photography. 

My Sony RX10iii actually did a pretty good job with the fast moving birds…better than I expected. My custom bkrds-in-flight mode…ISO set to auto, minimum shutter speed 1/1000th, and wide area focus to pick up the birds against the background. This shot was processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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2016-08-26 02:02:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

August 25
This afternoon we finally had some
sun and some free time here at
Tranquilo Bay in Panama, at the
same time, so I went looking for
Golden-collared Manakins near
their leck. We saw one from the
field, before stepping through a
narrow gap between trees into
the deep shade of the Rainforest,
so I had hope. I found the two
milk crates that are strategically
positioned with two lecks in
sight, and had a seat. And waited.
And perspired. And waited. And
perspired. My shirt and pants were
wet enough to wring, and tiny
midges and these strange long
legged mosquito like things hovered
just beyond the range of my DET,
attracted, apparently, by my breath.
And I waited and perspired...listening
to the sounds of the Rainforest,
waiting on the Manakins. I could
feel my body... more »

August 25
This afternoon we finally had some
sun and some free time here at
Tranquilo Bay in Panama, at the
same time, so I went looking for
Golden-collared Manakins near
their leck. We saw one from the
field, before stepping through a
narrow gap between trees into
the deep shade of the Rainforest,
so I had hope. I found the two
milk crates that are strategically
positioned with two lecks in
sight, and had a seat. And waited.
And perspired. And waited. And
perspired. My shirt and pants were
wet enough to wring, and tiny
midges and these strange long
legged mosquito like things hovered
just beyond the range of my DET,
attracted, apparently, by my breath.
And I waited and perspired...listening
to the sounds of the Rainforest,
waiting on the Manakins. I could
feel my body getting lighter as the
moisture left me. If my clothing
had not been getting heavier I might
have floated away, or joined the
cloud of midges and mosquitos.
Finally I gave up and stood to head
back to my cabin and a shower
when a strange Butterfly caught
my eye, and, uncharacteristically
perched in plain sight. I was photo-
graphing it when, with a clatter of
calls two male Manakins flew in.
They sat where I had a more or less
clear line of sight, and I popped off
100 exposures over the next 5
minutes before they noticed that
there were no females at the leck
and moved on. Now, after another
boat ride, a shower, and dinner, if
I close my eyes I see Golden-collared
Manakins...perky round black birds
with an outrageous bright yellow
collar are seared into my retinas
like the after-image of the sun, and
I am certain Golden-collared Manakins
will populate my dreams...



August 26 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-26.html___

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2016-08-26 00:15:20 (24 comments; 8 reshares; 230 +1s; )Open 

The View from the dock at Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro, Panama. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

The View from the dock at Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro, Panama. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-08-26 00:07:37 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Golden-collared Manakin
There are two reliable lecking areas quite near the cabins at Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro, Panama where we enjoying birds, butterflies, reptiles, etc etc. This is a Golden-collared Manakin. I sat and perspired for an hour in the rainforest before two males came :) They did not do their lecking dance, probably because there were no females nearby. 

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



Golden-collared Manakin
There are two reliable lecking areas quite near the cabins at Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro, Panama where we enjoying birds, butterflies, reptiles, etc etc. This is a Golden-collared Manakin. I sat and perspired for an hour in the rainforest before two males came :) They did not do their lecking dance, probably because there were no females nearby. 

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

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2016-08-25 02:01:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

August 24
Birders on the short bus between stops
studying their field guides, noses in their
birding aps, tapping out ebird posts on
their phones, or, more and more, reviewing
their own photos to see what they have
seen (when they are not actually asleep)
while just outside the windows the amazing,
the awesome, the totally exotic landscape
and rural culture of Panama flies by unseen.



August 24 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-24.html

August 24
Birders on the short bus between stops
studying their field guides, noses in their
birding aps, tapping out ebird posts on
their phones, or, more and more, reviewing
their own photos to see what they have
seen (when they are not actually asleep)
while just outside the windows the amazing,
the awesome, the totally exotic landscape
and rural culture of Panama flies by unseen.



August 24 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-24.html___

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2016-08-25 01:51:37 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 165 +1s; )Open 

Overlooking the Changuinola Valley above Bocas del Toro, Panama. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Overlooking the Changuinola Valley above Bocas del Toro, Panama. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-08-25 01:44:25 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Gartered Trogon, Panama
High above the Changuinola Valley in Northern Panama, right up against the Costa Rican border, above Bocas del Toro, we spent a half hour watching a Gartered Trogon, waiting for it to turn so we could see the color... without success. Then we walked across the highway to the small restaurant where we were going to eat our lunch, and found this one sitting over the parking lot. :) That is the kind of trip we are having based in Tranquilo Bay Lodge...one of the best birding destinations in Central America. 

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



Gartered Trogon, Panama
High above the Changuinola Valley in Northern Panama, right up against the Costa Rican border, above Bocas del Toro, we spent a half hour watching a Gartered Trogon, waiting for it to turn so we could see the color... without success. Then we walked across the highway to the small restaurant where we were going to eat our lunch, and found this one sitting over the parking lot. :) That is the kind of trip we are having based in Tranquilo Bay Lodge...one of the best birding destinations in Central America. 

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

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2016-08-24 11:11:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

August 23

Today we saw a head-scratching
Hawk, high overhead, hovering
on the Caribbean breeze. We have
pictures but still now after more
than 12 hours the debate rages...
What is it? Which of the dark
tropical Hawks? And now, with
some of the pics on Facebook,
the debate has gone international.
Only birders (herpetologists, odonataists,
lepidopterists, and other amateur
naturalists) fall prey to such fascinations.


August 23 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-23.html

August 23

Today we saw a head-scratching
Hawk, high overhead, hovering
on the Caribbean breeze. We have
pictures but still now after more
than 12 hours the debate rages...
What is it? Which of the dark
tropical Hawks? And now, with
some of the pics on Facebook,
the debate has gone international.
Only birders (herpetologists, odonataists,
lepidopterists, and other amateur
naturalists) fall prey to such fascinations.


August 23 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-23.html___

2016-08-24 11:09:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

August 22

The Caribbean dawn meets us at the dock
as we descend the many stairs and cross the
long boardwalk to the boats for our first
adventure at Tranquilo Bay Lodge. Across
to the mainland today, and up through the
foothills to the mountains and the continental
divide at 4000 feet, birding and butterflying
and dragonflying all the way. Sudden thunder
catches us just at noon and we make for the
thatched roof of the Ranger Station where
we eat our tacos and cookies and watch
the tropical rain. And then back up to the roof
of the continent where we look out to the
clearing east over the shoulder of the mountains
to the Caribbean stretching away. A day full
of new birds and dragonflies...but I will take
back the memory of that view and the thrill
of the glass-winged butterflies in the tiny
blue... more »

August 22

The Caribbean dawn meets us at the dock
as we descend the many stairs and cross the
long boardwalk to the boats for our first
adventure at Tranquilo Bay Lodge. Across
to the mainland today, and up through the
foothills to the mountains and the continental
divide at 4000 feet, birding and butterflying
and dragonflying all the way. Sudden thunder
catches us just at noon and we make for the
thatched roof of the Ranger Station where
we eat our tacos and cookies and watch
the tropical rain. And then back up to the roof
of the continent where we look out to the
clearing east over the shoulder of the mountains
to the Caribbean stretching away. A day full
of new birds and dragonflies...but I will take
back the memory of that view and the thrill
of the glass-winged butterflies in the tiny
blue flowers where we stopped beside the
road that carried our best hopes high.


August 22 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-22.html___

2016-08-24 11:08:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

August 21

Arriving at Tocumen Airport late,
I am met by a talkative transport
driver for the seemingly endless
drive to our hotel by the Canal in
Panama City. He intends to entertain,
and I am somewhat interested in the
stream of somewhat random info
about the city as it intersects his
particular life. He has the zeal of
the convert, having come to the
city from the country to make his
fortune, and the city has treated
him well, so he is proud of it, and
tells me so. I respond appropriately,
as I am able,  but mostly I want to
get my new international phone out
and call Carol at home to tell her
I am safe in Panama. Priorities.


August 21 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-21.html

August 21

Arriving at Tocumen Airport late,
I am met by a talkative transport
driver for the seemingly endless
drive to our hotel by the Canal in
Panama City. He intends to entertain,
and I am somewhat interested in the
stream of somewhat random info
about the city as it intersects his
particular life. He has the zeal of
the convert, having come to the
city from the country to make his
fortune, and the city has treated
him well, so he is proud of it, and
tells me so. I respond appropriately,
as I am able,  but mostly I want to
get my new international phone out
and call Carol at home to tell her
I am safe in Panama. Priorities.


August 21 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-21.html___

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2016-08-23 23:05:43 (13 comments; 7 reshares; 181 +1s; )Open 

Caribbean sunrise at Tranquilo Bay Lodge, in Bocas del Toro, Panama. We weer on our way to the mainland for a day of birding. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Caribbean sunrise at Tranquilo Bay Lodge, in Bocas del Toro, Panama. We weer on our way to the mainland for a day of birding. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-08-23 22:58:33 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Poison Dart Frog, Panama
There are two species of Poison Dart Frogs here in Bocas del Toro,  Panama. Most are small and various shades of red, orange, and light yellow. This is the other species :) It is maybe three times the size of the little ones. No two frogs have the exact same pattern of green and black. We found lots of these frogs near the bases of trees and in the litter under the low cocco trees and the tall Rainforest canopy at a shade grown cocco Plantation... Green Acres Chocolate Farm on the mainland across from Tranquilo Bay Lodge. 

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



Poison Dart Frog, Panama
There are two species of Poison Dart Frogs here in Bocas del Toro,  Panama. Most are small and various shades of red, orange, and light yellow. This is the other species :) It is maybe three times the size of the little ones. No two frogs have the exact same pattern of green and black. We found lots of these frogs near the bases of trees and in the litter under the low cocco trees and the tall Rainforest canopy at a shade grown cocco Plantation... Green Acres Chocolate Farm on the mainland across from Tranquilo Bay Lodge. 

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

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2016-08-23 00:16:50 (15 comments; 5 reshares; 188 +1s; )Open 

Overlooking Bocas del Toro Panama front the continental divide at about 4000 feet. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Overlooking Bocas del Toro Panama front the continental divide at about 4000 feet. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-08-23 00:08:33 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Glass-winged Butterflies
These might just be my favorite butterflies in the whole world...and they are even more special in that I only see them when visiting the highlands of Central America...in this case the mountains just below the continental divide overlooking Bocas del Toro,  Panama. This is both of the species possible in these mountains. We are at Tranquilo Bay Lodge for a week of birding and photography in this amazing corner of the tropics. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. Processed and cropped for scale in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 



Glass-winged Butterflies
These might just be my favorite butterflies in the whole world...and they are even more special in that I only see them when visiting the highlands of Central America...in this case the mountains just below the continental divide overlooking Bocas del Toro,  Panama. This is both of the species possible in these mountains. We are at Tranquilo Bay Lodge for a week of birding and photography in this amazing corner of the tropics. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. Processed and cropped for scale in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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2016-08-22 01:42:56 (23 comments; 7 reshares; 207 +1s; )Open 

On the way to Tranquilo Bay in Bocas del Toro Panama. Sony RX10iii. Program Mode. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

On the way to Tranquilo Bay in Bocas del Toro Panama. Sony RX10iii. Program Mode. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-08-21 02:06:59 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Nest Building Verdin
Though I am in Panama for a short night's sleep before a 5am pick-up for our flight to Bocas Del Toro and Tranquilo Bay Lodge, I will take a moment to post this shot from the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson. There are,  of course,  a lot of wild Desert birds who call the grounds of the ASDM home. This Verdin, building a nest,  is one of them. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom. 



Nest Building Verdin
Though I am in Panama for a short night's sleep before a 5am pick-up for our flight to Bocas Del Toro and Tranquilo Bay Lodge, I will take a moment to post this shot from the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson. There are,  of course,  a lot of wild Desert birds who call the grounds of the ASDM home. This Verdin, building a nest,  is one of them. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom. 

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2016-08-20 19:00:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

August 20

Coming into Newark on the first
leg of my trip to Panama, watching
our shadow converge on our
touch-down point, I am momentarily
overwhelmed by the fragility of
this flight thing...by the sheer
number of finely balanced forces
it takes to keep us airborne, by
the unlikely combination of
ingenuity and perseverance that
justifies our earth-bound species
risking our lives on a daily basis
taking to the air...and by how often
our faith in technology is rewarded
and how vanishing small, in the
overall scheme of things, is the
number of tragic disappointments.

Mostly we get where we are going,
mostly in good time, mostly in one
piece (and mostly with our luggage).

It is just, watching the shadow of
the plane race across the runway
approach, over... more »

August 20

Coming into Newark on the first
leg of my trip to Panama, watching
our shadow converge on our
touch-down point, I am momentarily
overwhelmed by the fragility of
this flight thing...by the sheer
number of finely balanced forces
it takes to keep us airborne, by
the unlikely combination of
ingenuity and perseverance that
justifies our earth-bound species
risking our lives on a daily basis
taking to the air...and by how often
our faith in technology is rewarded
and how vanishing small, in the
overall scheme of things, is the
number of tragic disappointments.

Mostly we get where we are going,
mostly in good time, mostly in one
piece (and mostly with our luggage).

It is just, watching the shadow of
the plane race across the runway
approach, over fields and houses,
factories and parking lots, still
moving inhumanly fast, there was
a moment there when my faith
in the laws of physics and human
endeavor wavered, and I wondered
what I was doing in this aluminum
can with wings fleeing the captive
flame inside those jet engines.


August 20 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-20.html___

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Looking put over Tucson from Tucson Mountain Park and Grant's Pass. Sweep panorama. Sony RX10iii. Program. -. 3EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom. 

Looking put over Tucson from Tucson Mountain Park and Grant's Pass. Sweep panorama. Sony RX10iii. Program. -. 3EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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God's Dog
I am up early tomorrow and headed for the airport for the first leg of my flights to Panama…I will get to Panama City by 7:30PM tomorrow, to the hotel by 8:30, and then we have a 5AM pickup for the flight to Bocas del Toro. My posting schedule will be off for the next 9 days…but I will attempt to post at least to my Facebook and Google+ Pic for todays. This post is for tomorrow, 8/20.

God’s Dog is what the native Americans of Southern Arizona called the Coyote, and in this pose it is easy to see why. Such a beautiful animal. Again, I don’t post zoo shots that are obviously zoo…but who can resist the Coyote in its natural setting?

Sony RX10iii at 534mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.



God's Dog
I am up early tomorrow and headed for the airport for the first leg of my flights to Panama…I will get to Panama City by 7:30PM tomorrow, to the hotel by 8:30, and then we have a 5AM pickup for the flight to Bocas del Toro. My posting schedule will be off for the next 9 days…but I will attempt to post at least to my Facebook and Google+ Pic for todays. This post is for tomorrow, 8/20.

God’s Dog is what the native Americans of Southern Arizona called the Coyote, and in this pose it is easy to see why. Such a beautiful animal. Again, I don’t post zoo shots that are obviously zoo…but who can resist the Coyote in its natural setting?

Sony RX10iii at 534mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.

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August 19
I must be in the playing it safe mode
these days. I got a new battery for the
Focus my daughter is taking to college
(just to be safe), bought a lithium ion
jump start pack for the C-Max in case
it ever falls prey to the dead battery
syndrome again, and, just a few moments
ago, bought a year of medical travel
insurance...required for Cuba...and
probably a good idea for upcoming to
Panama, South Africa, Peru, Honduras.

Insurance is always kind of like betting
against yourself and hoping you lose.

I will consider it a win if the money is
totally wasted: peace of mind is priceless.

August 19
I must be in the playing it safe mode
these days. I got a new battery for the
Focus my daughter is taking to college
(just to be safe), bought a lithium ion
jump start pack for the C-Max in case
it ever falls prey to the dead battery
syndrome again, and, just a few moments
ago, bought a year of medical travel
insurance...required for Cuba...and
probably a good idea for upcoming to
Panama, South Africa, Peru, Honduras.

Insurance is always kind of like betting
against yourself and hoping you lose.

I will consider it a win if the money is
totally wasted: peace of mind is priceless.___

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Northern Blazing Star on the Kennebunk Plains in southern Maine. An endangered species in New England. Sony RX10iii at 140mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/60th @ f10 @ ISO 100. Program shift for greater depth of field. 

Northern Blazing Star on the Kennebunk Plains in southern Maine. An endangered species in New England. Sony RX10iii at 140mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/60th @ f10 @ ISO 100. Program shift for greater depth of field. ___

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2016-08-19 12:20:42 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Woody the Woodpecker
Yet another shot from the Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast south of Sierra Vista, Arizona. The Acorn Woodpecker is the archetypal house breaker, hammering on any solid surface, destroyer of aluminum siding and cedar shingles indiscriminately…made famous by the Disney cartoons of Woody the Woodpecker. They are the most common woodpecker in the foothills of Arizona’s Sky Islands.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.



Woody the Woodpecker
Yet another shot from the Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast south of Sierra Vista, Arizona. The Acorn Woodpecker is the archetypal house breaker, hammering on any solid surface, destroyer of aluminum siding and cedar shingles indiscriminately…made famous by the Disney cartoons of Woody the Woodpecker. They are the most common woodpecker in the foothills of Arizona’s Sky Islands.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.

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August 18
Eating the last of my belated birthday
peach pie...getting my hair cut...doing
a trial packing for Panama (in-country
flights have 30 pound limits),,,figuring
out a dry bag for the cameras on the
boat crossings...checking the Northern
Blazing Star bloom on the Kennebunk
Plains...taking care of car stuff for the
Focus before Kelia takes it to college...
getting a Micro-SD card for the new
international emergency phone...
making tuna pasta salad for supper...
charging camera batteries...backing
up the Tucson photos...registering the
C-Max and getting chickadee Maine
plates...getting the poem done...making
the most of this day between trips, but
the best part was, of course, the pie!

August 18
Eating the last of my belated birthday
peach pie...getting my hair cut...doing
a trial packing for Panama (in-country
flights have 30 pound limits),,,figuring
out a dry bag for the cameras on the
boat crossings...checking the Northern
Blazing Star bloom on the Kennebunk
Plains...taking care of car stuff for the
Focus before Kelia takes it to college...
getting a Micro-SD card for the new
international emergency phone...
making tuna pasta salad for supper...
charging camera batteries...backing
up the Tucson photos...registering the
C-Max and getting chickadee Maine
plates...getting the poem done...making
the most of this day between trips, but
the best part was, of course, the pie!___

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One of the giant Sycamores of Ramsey Canyon in Arizona. My daughter Sally for scale :) Sony RX10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f2.5 . Processed in Lightroom.

One of the giant Sycamores of Ramsey Canyon in Arizona. My daughter Sally for scale :) Sony RX10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f2.5 . Processed in Lightroom.___

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Bewick's Wren
This is another shot from Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast south of Sierra Vista Arizona. Birders pay $5 to sit in the shade of the trees on the property and watch birds at the feeding stations around the yard…and it is always well worth it (photographers pay an extra $15 to bring a tripod in :). Many birders who come are looking for Lucifer’s Hummingbird or Spot Breasted Oriole, the two specialties of the house, but it is a great place to see and photograph all of the birds of the foothills of Arizona’s “sky islands”. This is a Bewick’s Wren, of the interior race of Bewick’s Wren, and it was hopping about under the feeders, less than 10 feet from my chair at the corner of the back porch.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 640 @ f4. Cropped for scale and processed in Lightroom.



Bewick's Wren
This is another shot from Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast south of Sierra Vista Arizona. Birders pay $5 to sit in the shade of the trees on the property and watch birds at the feeding stations around the yard…and it is always well worth it (photographers pay an extra $15 to bring a tripod in :). Many birders who come are looking for Lucifer’s Hummingbird or Spot Breasted Oriole, the two specialties of the house, but it is a great place to see and photograph all of the birds of the foothills of Arizona’s “sky islands”. This is a Bewick’s Wren, of the interior race of Bewick’s Wren, and it was hopping about under the feeders, less than 10 feet from my chair at the corner of the back porch.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 640 @ f4. Cropped for scale and processed in Lightroom.

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August 16

People say "patience is not
my long suit". I say it plain:
patience is my short suit!

But then most of the time
I don't wear a suit at all.

August 16 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-16.html

August 16

People say "patience is not
my long suit". I say it plain:
patience is my short suit!

But then most of the time
I don't wear a suit at all.

August 16 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-16.html___

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August 17
I am practicing, photographically, for South
Africa and Cuba, since, on neither of those
trips will I be taking my Surface Pro...just
too much to carry...so in Tucson I had only
my Android tablet and a SSD for backing up
my cards. Always it has been part of my dis-
cipline to process every pic I intend to process
on the day I took it. Always. But these coming
trips I will only process a few a day, as I did in
Tucson, for posting, and bring the rest home on
the cards and the SSD. (I doubt I will even be
able to post much from Cuba.) So, practice. And
I came home from a week in Tucson with 2000
exposures, most of which I had not yet looked
at. Surprise, surprise! I have 3 days before I
leave for the next adventure in Panama, and I
am determined to get the Tucson pics processed
and backed... more »

August 17
I am practicing, photographically, for South
Africa and Cuba, since, on neither of those
trips will I be taking my Surface Pro...just
too much to carry...so in Tucson I had only
my Android tablet and a SSD for backing up
my cards. Always it has been part of my dis-
cipline to process every pic I intend to process
on the day I took it. Always. But these coming
trips I will only process a few a day, as I did in
Tucson, for posting, and bring the rest home on
the cards and the SSD. (I doubt I will even be
able to post much from Cuba.) So, practice. And
I came home from a week in Tucson with 2000
exposures, most of which I had not yet looked
at. Surprise, surprise! I have 3 days before I
leave for the next adventure in Panama, and I
am determined to get the Tucson pics processed
and backed up in the cloud before I leave. Pro-
cessed. And backed up! I have to admit sitting
down to 2000 images is daunting. Now I know
exactly why I processed daily my daily take.

But Africa and Cuba (even Panama)? I think I
had better to out tomorrow and buy more cards.___

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Another landscape from Tucson Mountain Park. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Program with 6 stop HDR.

Another landscape from Tucson Mountain Park. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Program with 6 stop HDR.___

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Anna's Hummingbird
On our last day in Arizona, Sally and I visited the Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast south of Sierra Vista. Though it is a modest establishment it has a world class reputation among birders. It is one of the best places for both Spot-breasted Oriole and Lucifer’s Hummingbird. This, however, is a incredibly cooperative Anna’s Hummingbird. It came and sat above us, and allowed me to approach within 4 feet. Not so long ago, there were no Anna’s Hummingbirds in Arizona. They have expanded their range steadily eastward from Southern California over the past decade.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 220 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.

Anna's Hummingbird
On our last day in Arizona, Sally and I visited the Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast south of Sierra Vista. Though it is a modest establishment it has a world class reputation among birders. It is one of the best places for both Spot-breasted Oriole and Lucifer’s Hummingbird. This, however, is a incredibly cooperative Anna’s Hummingbird. It came and sat above us, and allowed me to approach within 4 feet. Not so long ago, there were no Anna’s Hummingbirds in Arizona. They have expanded their range steadily eastward from Southern California over the past decade.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 220 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.___

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Tucson Mountain Park in Tucson AZ. Classic Tucson sunset. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Programed Auto with - 1 EV exposure compensation, and 6 stop HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Tucson Mountain Park in Tucson AZ. Classic Tucson sunset. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Programed Auto with - 1 EV exposure compensation, and 6 stop HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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Eastern Collared Lizard
Birding in Ramsey Canyon was kind of slow yesterday,  for whatever reason, but this beautiful Eastern Collared Lizard posing nicely just about made up for it. 

Sony RX10iii at 525mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 



Eastern Collared Lizard
Birding in Ramsey Canyon was kind of slow yesterday,  for whatever reason, but this beautiful Eastern Collared Lizard posing nicely just about made up for it. 

Sony RX10iii at 525mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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August 15

I was musing out loud, as part
of a moderately philosophical
conversation inspired in part
by my birthday yesterday and
in part by a daughter's life style
choices, and I heard myself admit
that I might not, in fact, have added
much value, on the cosmic scale, for
others who share this planet and
this life in my 69 years to date...

unless you count, of course, the
scatter of images, poems, blog
posts and other reflections I seem
to leave behind me as I go...

Of course there are those who
would (and they could be right)
consider that a kind of littering.

August 15 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-15.html

August 15

I was musing out loud, as part
of a moderately philosophical
conversation inspired in part
by my birthday yesterday and
in part by a daughter's life style
choices, and I heard myself admit
that I might not, in fact, have added
much value, on the cosmic scale, for
others who share this planet and
this life in my 69 years to date...

unless you count, of course, the
scatter of images, poems, blog
posts and other reflections I seem
to leave behind me as I go...

Of course there are those who
would (and they could be right)
consider that a kind of littering.

August 15 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-15.html___

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August 14

My 69th birthday today, and I am in
Tucson on a 99 degree scorcher,
hottest yet this trip. We are finished
with the birding festival, product packed
in it's trunks and labeled for UPS, but
between the heat and being tired out
from sitting at the booth, I am not
inspired to drive anywhere across the
city. We have left-over Chinese in the
frig and bought a pack of microwave
safe bowls to heat it...that and a quart
and a half of Bryers Mint Chocolate
Chip will do me for a birthday celebration
with daughter Sally. It is not like it is
the big seven o or anything...just a
modest, an unremarkable, sixty-nine.


August 14 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-14.html

August 14

My 69th birthday today, and I am in
Tucson on a 99 degree scorcher,
hottest yet this trip. We are finished
with the birding festival, product packed
in it's trunks and labeled for UPS, but
between the heat and being tired out
from sitting at the booth, I am not
inspired to drive anywhere across the
city. We have left-over Chinese in the
frig and bought a pack of microwave
safe bowls to heat it...that and a quart
and a half of Bryers Mint Chocolate
Chip will do me for a birthday celebration
with daughter Sally. It is not like it is
the big seven o or anything...just a
modest, an unremarkable, sixty-nine.


August 14 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-14.html___

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Tucson Mountain Park in Tucson AZ. Looking West. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Tucson Mountain Park in Tucson AZ. Looking West. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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Green Heron and genetically challenged duck
We were back at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ this morning,  this time with a group of 25 young birders. The early highlight of the trip was this Green Heron, always a good bird, and especially good to introduce young folks to the wonderful world of birds. It is pretty, interesting, and, when visible at all, they tend to pose nicely. The bird next to it is a genetically confused hybrid between…definitely a Mallard, possibly a Mottled Duck, and very likely a common farm-yard duck…along with possibly others. :)

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f5. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 



Green Heron and genetically challenged duck
We were back at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ this morning,  this time with a group of 25 young birders. The early highlight of the trip was this Green Heron, always a good bird, and especially good to introduce young folks to the wonderful world of birds. It is pretty, interesting, and, when visible at all, they tend to pose nicely. The bird next to it is a genetically confused hybrid between…definitely a Mallard, possibly a Mottled Duck, and very likely a common farm-yard duck…along with possibly others. :)

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f5. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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Madera Creek in Madera Canyon Arizona. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. - 1 EV exposure compensation and Program Shift for a slow shutter and the silky water effect. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Madera Creek in Madera Canyon Arizona. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. - 1 EV exposure compensation and Program Shift for a slow shutter and the silky water effect. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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August 13

My daughter Sally was walking behind
me at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.
"Hold up, she said, "we have a situation here.
Look at your heel." Have you ever tried to
look at your own heel? Not easy. After some
contortions and semi-gyrations that must have
looked amusing to anyone watching, I finally
picked my foot up and stood stork fashion
looking down at one of those spinny balls
that give jumping cholla it's name, attached
to the back of my croc, across both sole and
strap. About two and a half inches across and
covered in sharp barbs set so close they look
a little like fur, it is actually a new finger that
grew on one of the branching hands of the
plant until the cholla pinched it off to fall and
attach itself to something more mobile (like
me) to be... more »

August 13

My daughter Sally was walking behind
me at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.
"Hold up, she said, "we have a situation here.
Look at your heel." Have you ever tried to
look at your own heel? Not easy. After some
contortions and semi-gyrations that must have
looked amusing to anyone watching, I finally
picked my foot up and stood stork fashion
looking down at one of those spinny balls
that give jumping cholla it's name, attached
to the back of my croc, across both sole and
strap. About two and a half inches across and
covered in sharp barbs set so close they look
a little like fur, it is actually a new finger that
grew on one of the branching hands of the
plant until the cholla pinched it off to fall and
attach itself to something more mobile (like
me) to be carried off to a new spot where,
when shaken loose, it will put down roots
and grow a new cholla. Good plan, except
that it's barbs were set so deep in my croc
that I had to scrape it off with the end of my
monopod, and pluck out the remaining spines
one by one by grasping the plant end. Even so
I ended up with one in my finger, and I can testify
to the tenacity with which it planted itself, that
barbed end buried in my flesh so it was all I
could do to yank it loose. And my finger still
hurts. A situation indeed. And then some.
Too bad neither of us thought to take a picture.


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Broad-billed Hummingbird the wrong way around. Happy Sunday.
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!"

We visited Madera Canyon this morning, in search, mainly, of Elegant Trogons (which we did not find), but of course we had to stop by the Santa Rita Lodge and their Hummingbird feeders to see what was going on. All the usual subjects for a mountain August in Arizona, but nothing particularly unexpected. On the other hand,  I could watch Broad-billed Hummingbirds all say. This is a somewhat unique shot. Many might call it a butt shot and disparage it as such, but I like it! I love the bow of the tail and the position of the wings, as well as the grace of the pose...and the colors...what can I say?  I like it. 

And of course that is part of the Generous Eye. You and I probably do not see the world,  or even this image, the same way. And thatis ... more »

Broad-billed Hummingbird the wrong way around. Happy Sunday.
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!"

We visited Madera Canyon this morning, in search, mainly, of Elegant Trogons (which we did not find), but of course we had to stop by the Santa Rita Lodge and their Hummingbird feeders to see what was going on. All the usual subjects for a mountain August in Arizona, but nothing particularly unexpected. On the other hand,  I could watch Broad-billed Hummingbirds all say. This is a somewhat unique shot. Many might call it a butt shot and disparage it as such, but I like it! I love the bow of the tail and the position of the wings, as well as the grace of the pose...and the colors...what can I say?  I like it. 

And of course that is part of the Generous Eye. You and I probably do not see the world,  or even this image, the same way. And that is okay. More than okay. That is great. The Generous Eye is generous enough to allow you to see differently than I do, and generous enough (speaking personally, most of the time) to appreciate your point of view and value it equally with mine. It takes all our eyes to embrace the vision of the loving creator God. Happy Sunday. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 


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Bonus shot. Sora standing with its reflection. Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ. Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Bonus shot. Sora standing with its reflection. Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ. Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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Looking out over the valley to the west from the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Programed Auto with - 1/3 EV exposure compensation. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Looking out over the valley to the west from the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Programed Auto with - 1/3 EV exposure compensation. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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Sora. Sweetwater Wetlands
We had limited time this morning before show hours at the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, so we went to Sweetwater Wetlands, perhaps the best known sewage treatment plant in America. In winter the old settlement ponds, now converted to a birding destination,  attract a host of waterfowl and wintering passerines that you would otherwise be hard pressed to find here in the desert Southwest. In summer...not so much...but it is still good for nesting waterfowl, rails and the normal Desert nesters. Today the birding was slow. We did hear a few Soras on our way around the levie trails,  but it was not until the third pass by the main observation deck that this one flew across my view while watching an immature Black-crowned Night Heron way across the pond,  and landed at the edge of the reeds. Instead of scuttling back in deep, usual behavior for rails, this Sora spenta ... more »

Sora. Sweetwater Wetlands
We had limited time this morning before show hours at the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, so we went to Sweetwater Wetlands, perhaps the best known sewage treatment plant in America. In winter the old settlement ponds, now converted to a birding destination,  attract a host of waterfowl and wintering passerines that you would otherwise be hard pressed to find here in the desert Southwest. In summer...not so much...but it is still good for nesting waterfowl, rails and the normal Desert nesters. Today the birding was slow. We did hear a few Soras on our way around the levie trails,  but it was not until the third pass by the main observation deck that this one flew across my view while watching an immature Black-crowned Night Heron way across the pond,  and landed at the edge of the reeds. Instead of scuttling back in deep, usual behavior for rails, this Sora spent a good 15 minutes in plain view. 

Sony RX10iii at 1200mm equivalent field of view. (In-camera crop to 5mp.) 1/640th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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A frame grab from 4k video on the Sony RX10iii. Pided-billed Grebe. Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ. 

A frame grab from 4k video on the Sony RX10iii. Pided-billed Grebe. Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ. ___

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August 12
I was talking to Will Russell, fellow retiree,
who I see once a year when I am in Tucson
for the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival,
about life changes in the past year, and I was
telling him how much I am noticing how much
better I feel this year here in Tucson than last.
I am amazed myself, but it is that obvious. I
am doing things easily that taxed my heart the
past two years, that taxed my whole body. And
of course he wanted to know why, or how...
what had made the difference? Two things for
sure, I told him, and one for maybe. My daily
qi gong since December is the surest one,
and recent adjustments to my blood pressure
medication that allow me to travel without
swelling in my extremities. (That last new
since Honduras even.) And then maybe being
on the CPAP machine is finally showing some... more »

August 12
I was talking to Will Russell, fellow retiree,
who I see once a year when I am in Tucson
for the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival,
about life changes in the past year, and I was
telling him how much I am noticing how much
better I feel this year here in Tucson than last.
I am amazed myself, but it is that obvious. I
am doing things easily that taxed my heart the
past two years, that taxed my whole body. And
of course he wanted to know why, or how...
what had made the difference? Two things for
sure, I told him, and one for maybe. My daily
qi gong since December is the surest one,
and recent adjustments to my blood pressure
medication that allow me to travel without
swelling in my extremities. (That last new
since Honduras even.) And then maybe being
on the CPAP machine is finally showing some
effect. So then I went on to outline my travel
schedule over the next 6 months...Panama,
South Africa, Cuba, Honduras, the Amazon,
and the Galapagos (and then back to Honduras)
and how excited I was about Africa in particular,
and I heard myself saying, "I figure the time is
getting shorter and I intend to fill it as full as
I can. I am happy!" And later I thought, well
there, I said it. And I really am, as happy as I
can ever remember being...enjoying every
moment. And I am not, tempting as it is, going
to be caught lamenting that it could not have
come sooner, when I had more years ahead
than behind...i am just going to revel in the
moments, and do what I can to share, to
broadcast, this happy...with neither regret
nor shame...exalting in the blessing, living
every moment with heart-felt gratitude
and all the zest I can possibly muster.

August 12 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-12.html___

2016-08-12 03:14:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

August 11
Some things just will not
bear thinking about. Like
where does it go when you
press the white button in
the airplane lavatory and
it all vanishes in a great
sucking whoosh and a
mighty bang of the flappy
thing that leaves you to
wonder what would have
become of you if you'd
still been sitting...and
certain other matters
of a similar nature.

(If you don't like mine
I suspect you have
a set all your own.)

August 11 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-11.html

August 11
Some things just will not
bear thinking about. Like
where does it go when you
press the white button in
the airplane lavatory and
it all vanishes in a great
sucking whoosh and a
mighty bang of the flappy
thing that leaves you to
wonder what would have
become of you if you'd
still been sitting...and
certain other matters
of a similar nature.

(If you don't like mine
I suspect you have
a set all your own.)

August 11 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-11.html___

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2016-08-12 02:56:39 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

As a bonus, a young male Costa's Hummingbird from the Hummingbird aviary at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 640 @f4. Processed and cropped in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

As a bonus, a young male Costa's Hummingbird from the Hummingbird aviary at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 640 @f4. Processed and cropped in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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