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Gailen Mapes62,568Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera  A-C - 14 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to April 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting March 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-04-14 10:20:051978410CC G+
Everything Green7,076Contributors CircleJade Green, Light Green, Forest Green, Avocado Green, Myrtle Green, Artichoke Green, Yellow Green, Emerald Green, Neon Green, Tea Green, Pale Green, Bright Green, Dark Green, Hunter Green, Mint Green, Pine Green, the list is infinite. Which is you favorite Green color?Enjoy green in its many hues tints. and shades via the contributions  submitted by our talented contributors listed below. And to them, much appreciation for your continues support.Curating Opportunity: If you are into green and are able to help curate this theme please send me a private note: +andi rivarola Happy Green Day!+Circles Circles Circles  #circleshares  +Valued Circle Shares +Crazy Circles  #green   #circlesharing   #sharingcircles  2014-04-11 21:26:51147502058CC G+
HQSP Winners27,168Release 2014 March HQSP Winners circle!The third circle of this year!+Suzi Harr +Michael Sonntag +Heiko Köster ,+Valesa Diamontes +Joy mum +Jean-Noel Nicolas and  +Anja Wessels say thanks to all HQSP team and to all contributors to HQSP pages. You can support the winners and the team and yourself by adding and sharing the circle, looking at the list and commenting here. In this circle: - All who have made it with their post to the +HQSPwinners page in March- All HQSP pages and team-members (If you got notification you are in)- And some dear friends who have been and are very special to us, the HQSP team. Keep sharing your best photos with us and maybe you will be in our next Winners circle too!2014-04-04 08:36:23332364239CC G+
Gailen Mapes61,572+300mmMonday "Thank You" CircleThe 52 photographers (and the daily theme) in this circle all shared photos in March, 2014.  These are truly some of the best photographers on G+!  You too can be in this circle next month.  All you have to do is share your long lens photos (300mm equivalent or more) and tag them:#300mmmonday +300mmMonday curated by +Gailen MapesPlease visit the profiles and streams and comment, add to your circles, share and give +1 for the wonderful photos!More information on this weekly photography theme including a handy copy and paste curation line can be had at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/113599655588847179246/113599655588847179246/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-04-01 13:23:10538510CC G+
Gene Bowker66,344The   #Alphabetcircles  Gene's Active Photographers on G+ circle.Part Five: First Name R-Z (the final set)Meet 490 more ACTIVE G+ photographers with First Names between R and Z.Tomorrow is going to be a busy day at work, so I decided to go ahead and shoot this off tonight.It's that time again, I've been doing Spring Cleaning even though it isn't Spring officially yet here and going through my photography circles again to check out what folks have been sharing and see who is still active on G+.I've visited each of the folks included in this circles within the last week and they have been active in the last month (or so) and regularly post their OWN photography.They come from all over the world and their styles vary as much as their choice of equipment and subject matter.There are a lot of folks in here that I've been friends with for years, but there are also a lot of newer folks who you've probably not met yet and who I am looking forward to getting to know better myself.My Selection Criteria1. Actively posting photos on G+ (usually within 30 days or so)2. We circle each other (sometimes for a long time)3. Primarily post their OWN photography (that's a judgement call on my part)4. "Safe for work" (another judgement call)Why you should follow them?1. Add active photographers to your stream without a lot of inactive accounts.2. Find some new folks to interact with who are ACTIVE on G+As always.. if you do add them.. the best way to do that is to create a new circle and that way you can watch it and decide if they fit with you or notGoogle has recently changed the circle add logic, so you can no longer search a shared circle to determine who is in it and only add people that you don't already share. This makes life harder for all of us.Not in here?1. Maybe we haven't met yet?  If so, I'd love to hear from you and I'll be sure to check out your stream. Be sure to circle me if you haven't as I check those who add me regularly.2. Maybe you don't post public? If not, there is a good chance that you looked inactive to me.3. Maybe you don't post "primarily" photography... once again that is subjective.I love it when you shareIt does take a lot of time to visit and compile the lists. I enjoy doing it but feel free to re-share the circle with your friends. That way they can find some great new photographers too.  You don't have to reshare to remain in the circle, but it is appreciated.If you follow along you can easily add 2000+ photographers to your stream too.Gene Bowker+Rusted Rail Images   Here are the others in the seriesPart One: A-C https://plus.google.com/u/0/111112809838472063992/posts/1KejHoGGhBzPart Two: D-Ghttps://plus.google.com/u/0/111112809838472063992/posts/R9GFFEnR1CmPart Three: H-Khttps://plus.google.com/u/0/111112809838472063992/posts/Beo3nKCJS6oPart Four: L-Qhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/+GeneBowker/posts/J2pQM7ZpBoJ (thanks Randy for catching that)Thanks again to everyone in all of the circles. It's been a lot of fun seeing your work and I look forward to resharing the circles in a few months time. Stay ACTIVE everyone.2014-03-17 00:25:0949113234139CC G+
Gailen Mapes60,686Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera  A-C - 14 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting Feburary 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mape2014-03-14 10:30:23188528CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,361#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health  #entertainment #news2014-03-09 11:43:13251109CC G+
Photo Journal Worldwide4,457+Photo Journal Worldwide *Circle of Present and Past Contributors* You have shared a such a array of beauty from around the world  filled with touching words. Thank you so much. Your contributions are deeply appreciated and enjoyed. There's much inspiration in your posts.New Contributors:1- Please be sure to include our tags: +Photo Journal Worldwide and #photojournalworldwide  so I can more easily find your posts.2- Our theme is about knowing the artist and the meaning behind a shot, so always include an original image with an original description/note/poem/narration.Curator: +andi rivarola +Circles Circles Circles +Share Your Circle  #circlesharing   #sharingiscaring   #circleshare   #circleoftheday  2014-03-05 15:08:26108412248CC G+
Gailen Mapes60,245+300mmMonday "Thank You" Circle"The 41 fine photographers (and the theme page) in this circle all shared with the +300mmMonday theme in February, 2014.  These are some of the very best photographers on G+.  Don't just take my word for it, add them to your circles and see.You can be in this circle!  Just share your telephoto lens (300mm equivalent or longer) and tag them:#300mmmonday +300mmMonday curated by +Gailen Mapes !Please visit the profiles and streams and comment, add to your circles, share and give +1 for the wonderful photos!More information on this weekly photography theme including a handy copy and paste curation line can be had at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/113599655588847179246/113599655588847179246/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .  Thanks for your cooperation.2014-03-02 12:14:1042637CC G+
lerato majikfaerie28,776Spider's WebThis is my circle of arachnophiles - it's an opt-in circle; everyone in here has requested to be in it. It's the circle I notify of my spider posts, particularly #SpiderSunday  postsI'm joining +Kimberly Hosey in curating #SpiderSunday  and +Spider Sunday, so I'll be somewhat more focussed on keeping up with the Sunday #Spider  posts. If you would like in (or out) of this circle, let me know. And please post your Sunday Spider pics with the #SpiderSunday  tag, and plus me in :) I do like my arachnid friends <32014-03-01 13:32:389432339CC G+
Alfred Bohns6,100This circle contains  people who are interested in your pictures and will share their always new creations.#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2014-02-19 11:04:2348517823CC G+
Everything Green5,380Forever ContributorsIt's been a while since I published this circle, so here it is. Thank you so much for your wonderful contributions to the World of Green. It's been quite a ride. Love seeing all the green touch your life in a simple or significant way. If I missed you, please let me know. Note that you have to had circled this theme in order to be added to the Contributors Circle.If you are able, please share this circle in your stream. +Circles Circles Circles +Valued Circle Shares +Shared Circles Magic G+  #circlesharing   #sharingcircles  2014-02-18 22:13:26132431848CC G+
Gailen Mapes59,790Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera A-C  - 14 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Ma2014-02-14 11:40:55183729CC G+
Edith Kukla44,774CIRCLE SHARING TIME - HAPPY VALENTINELong time ago after my last circle sharing! Here is No. 1 of 4 photographer circles. All include a lot of the best photographers in G+. So I can say TOP CIRCLES!If you want a very interesting and beautiful stream, add it to your circles and help spread the beauty. If you want include in one of the 4 circles, please give a comment, a + 1 and share it. And please remember - sharing is caring :-)))  #mycircles   #circlesharing   #sharethelove  2014-02-13 12:14:2534416574180CC G+
HQSP Winners26,231Release 2014 January HQSP Winners circle!The first circle of this year!+Suzi Harr +Michael Sonntag +Heiko Köster +Valesa Diamontes +Joy mum +Jean-Noel Nicolas and +Anja Wessels say thanks to all HQSP team members and to all contributors to HQSP pages.You can support the winners and the team and yourself by adding and sharing the circle, looking at the list and commenting here.In this circle:- All who have made it with their post to the +HQSPwinners page in January- All HQSP pages and team-members - And some dear friends who have been and are very special to us, the HQSP team. Keep sharing your best photos with us and maybe you will be in our next Winners circle too!2014-01-31 22:07:462829059142CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky77,576Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-26 01:48:035006929103CC G+
John Nuntiatio25,447#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-01-25 19:47:3537311113CC G+
Walter Soestbergen51,287✯✯   Macro Photographers circle   ✯✯The New Macro Photographers Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is out!    [16-January-2014]This 8th edition from the Macro circle is a must have for people who love nature Macro photo's.Please support yourself by adding and sharing this awesome Macro photographers circleHow to get in this circle:Ask for inclusion here when you are active on google+ and regular posting Macro photos from yourself.You comment, plus and share this postingWhen I +1 you, you are in the upcoming Macro circleSpecial thanks to +Bill Urwin and +Thomas Kirchen for the great efforts you make to the theme +Macro4AllSpecial thanks for +Mark O'Callaghan who stopped and did a great job last year helping with the theme.If you want to share your photos with the +Macro4All theme then you can use this copy and paste line:#Macro4All  with +114288170272943967264, +116015048260309285957,  and +115533614048623021648 (+102113123017217908650)with kind regards,+Walter Soestbergenps.I have also included a few special friends.  These people are good to know.2014-01-16 17:23:4637517569137CC G+
ArmStreet376 A Very Social Circlecircle of people, with active life position in Google+If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.2014-01-14 13:35:11456291440CC G+
Gailen Mapes58,176Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera A-C - 14 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Map2014-01-14 11:40:0718011317CC G+
Artur Mashnich44,480Circle of the Most Active Users of Google+A Very Social CircleКруг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.#Forfriends  2014-01-14 07:21:37456573193CC G+
Artur Mashnich44,242Circle of the Most Active Users of Google+A Very Social CircleКруг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.#Forfriends  2014-01-13 08:37:40456523393CC G+
Morten Idriss Nygaard5,506This is my first shared circle on G+. A great circle of photographers and people that I admire. #circles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circle   #circleoftheday   #bestofcircles   #bestcircleshare   #share   #pixelworldcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle   #thebestcircle              2014-01-11 18:13:22275819CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky74,843This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-06 06:39:305007044126CC G+
Gailen Mapes57,390+300mmMonday "Thank You" Circle - December 2013These 34 photographers (plus the theme) shared photos with the +300mmMonday daily theme in December, 2013.  I have always contended that these are some of the best photographers on G+ and if they are not in your circles, they should be.You can be in this circle next month!  Just upload your long lens photos and tag them:#300mmmonday +300mmMonday curated by +Gailen MapesPlease visit the profiles and streams of these photographers and comment, add to your circles, share and give +1 for the wonderful photos!More information on this weekly photography theme including a handy copy and paste curation line can be had at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/113599655588847179246/113599655588847179246/about2014-01-01 11:56:523510413CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky72,842Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Круг интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-21 09:18:41500673797CC G+
Claudiu Narita3,3332013-11-20 02:26:14489638CC G+
Cableicous2,635Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand week of beautaliciousness.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare2013-11-16 23:18:4927006CC G+
Walter Soestbergen44,981✯✯   Macro Photographers circle   ✯✯The New Macro Photographers Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is out!    [16-November-2013]This 7th edition from the Macro circle is a must have for people who love to shoot nature Macro photo's.Please support yourself by adding and sharing this awesome Macro photographers circleHow to get in this circle:Ask for inclusion here when you are active on google+ and regular posting Macro photos from yourself.You comment, plus and share this postingWhen I +1 you, you are in the upcoming Macro circleSpecial thanks to +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Mark O'Callaghanfor the great efforts you make to the theme +Macro4AllIf you want to share your photos with the +Macro4All theme then you can use this copy and paste line:#Macro4All  with +114288170272943967264, +116015048260309285957, +108076065949275895817  and +115533614048623021648 (+102113123017217908650)with kind regards,+Walter Soestbergenps.I have also included a few special friends.  These people are good to know.#circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle   #circles 2013-11-16 14:33:5335627288143CC G+
ShroomshotSaturday672Enjoy the all of the photos of all the people in this circle full of photographers who have shared their awesome shroomshots with #shroomshotsaturday.  If you have shared in the last month and have not been included in this circle, please let one of our curators, +Patti Colston  +Michael Albrecht +Anders Stedtlund or +Sabeena LoBello  know and we will be sure to include you in the next shared circle.Want to be included in the next circle?  Simply share your  fungi photos with us, tag +ShroomshotSaturday  #shroomshotsaturday  and all of the above curatorsWe LOVE shroomshots, but due to the increasing popularity of this theme, please only 1 photo per week.  It is becoming difficult to acknowledge and reshare all of the fabulous submissions that pour in all week long and this way,  during the seasons where shrooms are scarce, you will still have some to share :)Thank you for understanding and happy Shroomshooting :)2013-11-10 21:59:1625713512CC G+
ShroomshotSaturday618Tomorrow is +ShroomshotSaturday  #shroomshotsaturday   curated by +Patti Colston +Michael Albrecht and +Anders Stedtlund This circle share is a thank you to all of you who contribute on a weekly basis or only once or twice.   There are new shroomshooters EVERY week and we thank you for your support.This is the first time we have shared this circle, we will probably do one once a month.  If you would like to be added to the next circle, please share a shroomshot.. that's it.  No hoops to jump through :) (you don't even have to share this post)  Our  'about' page makes it easy to tag all of the curators, just copy and paste the numericals to your post and BOOM our names will magically appear when you post! 2013-10-19 00:54:262339616CC G+
Novita Listyani24,010East Meets West, October 6 2013Here is the circle of some of my G+ friends from east and west. If you received a notification, it means that you are included in this circle.I might have missed some friends in this circle, don't get mad, get even, comment here :D and you will be in my next share. There are no specific requirements to be included in this circle, but if you are included, re-sharing this circle will help you gain more visibility in G+. 2013-10-06 13:05:4738310840160CC G+
HQSP Winners18,255Release 2013 September winners circle!+Delcour Eric , +Mark HELM  and +Simon Wareham say thanks to all HQSP team and to all contributors to HQSP pages.You can support the winners and the team and yourself by adding and sharing the circle, looking at the list and commenting here.In this circle:- All who have made it with their post to the +HQSPwinners page in September- All HQSP pages and team-members (If you got notification you are in)Why not sign up to the weekly HQSP PAC list and circle, very easy just take a look: www.hqsp.org/hqsppac/index.php2013-10-01 17:03:11215863579CC G+
Walter Soestbergen39,293✯✯   Macro Photographers circle   ✯✯The New Macro Photographers Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is out!    [17-September-2013]This 6th edition from the Macro circle has grown till 350 persons (+ 50). This circle is a must have for people who love nature Macro photo's.Please support yourself by adding and sharing this awesome Macro photographers circleHow to get in this circle:Ask for inclusion here when you are active on google+ and regular posting Macro photos from yourself.You comment, plus and share this postingWhen I +1 you, you are in the upcoming Macro circleSpecial thanks to +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Mark O'Callaghanfor the great efforts you make to the theme +Macro4AllIf you want to share your photos with the +Macro4All theme then you can use this copy and paste line:#Macro4All  with +114288170272943967264, +116015048260309285957, +108076065949275895817  and +115533614048623021648 (+102113123017217908650)with kind regards,+Walter Soestbergenps.I have also included a few special friends.  These people are good to know.#circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle   #circles 2013-09-17 16:20:5935017459129CC G+
Gailen Mapes40,707Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera A-F - 7 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to August 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting JAugust 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle  #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  #handpickedcircles Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles creat2013-08-21 10:52:2632522414CC G+
Gailen Mapes38,808Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera A-F - 7 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to August 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting July 15th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle  #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  #handpickedcircles Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created 2013-08-07 09:57:0931024621CC G+
Luthfi Zuhairansyah0Hai, Sore.. Join To The SEO Circles ClubTo remain in this circle please complete all steps:1) +1 this post2) Comment on this post3) SHaRe THiS CiRCLe PuBLiCLYTo get added to this circle for the next share:1) +1 this post2) Comment on this post3) SHaRe THiS CiRCLe PuBLiCLY4) Add this circle #Circleshare   #Circles  2013-07-26 10:19:585001014CC G+
Gailen Mapes36,083Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera A-F - 7 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting July 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle  #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  #handpickedcircles Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by2013-07-21 10:57:4430420115CC G+
Walter Soestbergen33,917✯✯   Macro Photographers circle   ✯✯The New Macro Photographers Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is out!    [15-July-2013]This 5th edition from the Macro circle which has reached 300 persons (+ 66). This circle is a must have for people who love nature Macro photo's.Please support yourself and the community by adding and sharing this awesome Macro photographers circleHow to get in this circle:Ask for inclusion here when you are active on google+ and regular posting Macro photos from yourself.You comment, plus and share this postingOr share your photos with +Macro4All / #macro4all  theme. This way I will see them too and there is a big change I add you ;-) When I +1 you, you are in the upcomming Macro circleSpecial thanks to +Bill Urwin and +Mark O'Callaghan for the great efforts you make to the theme +Macro4AllAlso I want to thank +Chris Levers  for all the work he did on the +Macro4All theme page.with kind regards,+Walter Soestbergen#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #Circle   #Circles   #Public   #PublicCircle   #CircleShare  #CircleSharing   #SharePublicCircle2013-07-15 19:27:1830028358137CC G+
Gailen Mapes33,899Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera A-F - 7 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 15th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle  #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by 2013-07-07 10:19:4230718012CC G+
Gailen Mapes31,852Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera A-F - 7 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles#sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles#pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle#thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .  Thanks for your cooperation.2013-06-21 10:13:4032223118CC G+
Gailen Mapes31,072Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera A-F - 7 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting Msy 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircleNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen2013-06-07 10:48:5332413218CC G+
Cesare Riccardo41,732❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤░█▀█ █░█░█▀▀█ ▀█▀ ░█▀▀█  ░█▀▀ █▀█░█░░█ ░█░ ░█░░█ ░░▀ ░░▀░▀░▀▀▀▀ ░▀░ ░▀▀▀▀  ░█▀▀ █░█▀█░░█▀▀ █░░█▀▀░ ░█ ░░█░█▀██░█░░ █░░█▀▀░ *░▀▀▀ ▀░▀░░▀░▀▀▀ ▀▀░▀▀▀░ •❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈I▔╲             ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈▏▕  ►UPDATED May 21th !  ◄┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈▏▕▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂╱┈▕▂▂▂ ► if notified ◄▉▉▉▉▉▉▉┈┈┈▕▂▂▂ ► you are inside ! ◄▉▉▉▉▉▉▉┈┈┈▕▂▂▂ ►ADD and Reshare◄▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔╲▂▕▂▂▂I ►is Highly                                                   ►recommended◄   2013-05-21 14:20:04362221227CC G+
Charles Lupica66,743          Top 1000 most followed active        photographers sharing content on G+                  Circle One: J to ZThis  is the second of two circles,  The first was shaerd on 16 May here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103236949470535942612/posts/FPsHj9E2QEo.  The circles have been divided alphabetically to help give more exposure to people with fewer followers and shared at different times to help keep down the stream saturation. Please plus, comment and share.  This circle has no requirements for future participation but your support and encouragement is appreciated. It has been two weeks since I announced my intent to update my circle of the 500 most followed photographers on G+.  I decided to do things a bit differently this time and so I'll share the top 1000.   To build the circles and the list I enlisted the aid of  +Bill Wood +Gemma Costa +Jen Baptist +Katy Houlne and +Margaret Tompkins   They built circles and vetted profiles.  My starting point for this was a list of 2000 names generously provided to me by +CircleCount. I would to thank each for their help.I have chosen the name of the circle carefully to try to accurately represent the contents of what will be in the two circles. The script / finding namesThe script was provided by CircleCount and looks through the tagline of every profile on CircleCount to find the word "photo" or "foto".  If a photographer doesn't have a CircleCount profile they won't be found.  If one of these two words isn't in their tagline, they won't be found.  A few people I know have fallen into this flaw in my thinking.  To fix this, CircleCount has asked me to provide a "whitelist" of names that the script misses.  The white-list list adds another 30 or so names to the result.   Keyword world a personal viewpointIf you don't use the word photographer to describe yourself how do you expect people to find you in a search. "Searcher of cute pixels", "Creative spirit that makes art out of light"; these might be poetic, they might touch your soul but the world looks for content based on keyword searches.  SEO is going to do the same. Consider carefully the words sou use to describe yourself if you want people to find you using search technology. How was the list processedThe list was sorted by the level of activity.  People that hadn't posted in the last month (approximately April 5 to May 5th) were removed from the list.  This included people that hadn't posted or people that had posted only once in the past 4 weeks.  Again, this has some flaws but I'm mostly happy with the results.  People who are posting only in private communities o2013-05-18 13:17:2050113386127CC G+
Walter Soestbergen29,286✯✯   Macro Photographers circle   ✯✯The New Macro Photographers Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is out!    [17-May-2013]This 4th edition from the Macro circle which has grown till 244 persons. This circle is a must have for people who love nature Macro photo's.Please support yourself and the community by adding and sharing this awesome Macro photographers circleHow to get in this circle:Ask for inclusion here when you are active on google+ and regular posting macro nature photos from yourself.It helps ;-) when you share your Macro photos also with +Macro4All / #macro4all  theme. You comment, plus and share this circleWhen I +1 you, you are in the next Macro circleSpecial thanks to +Bill Urwin, +Chris Levers and +Mark O'Callaghan for the great efforts you make to the theme +Macro4Allwith kind regards,+Walter Soestbergen#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #Circle   #Circles   #Public   #PublicCircle   #CircleShare  #CircleSharing   #SharePublicCircle #QSC   #querosercirculado  #circleoftheday   2013-05-17 11:25:002481394681CC G+
Cesare Riccardo40,381ADD + UPDATE+RESHARELet's PLAY to discover new awesome users with the ....█░ █░█░█░█▀█░█▄░█ ▀█▀  █░█░█▀█░█ ░██░░█░█░░ █▀█░█░██░ █░░░█░░█░█░█ ░█▀░░░▀░░░ ▀░▀░▀░░▀ ░▀░░ ▀░░░▀▀░░▀▀░░░░░░░░█▀▀ █░█▀█░░█▀▀ █░░█▀▀░░░█░ ░░░░░░░█ ░░█░█▀██░█ ░  █░░█▀▀░░░█░*░░░░░░░▀▀▀ ▀░▀░░▀░▀▀▀ ▀▀░▀▀▀░░░▀░             THE ONLY CIRCLE OF BEST PICKS © :)                HOW TO PLAY THIS GAME ?►►► ADD THESE USERS TO YOUR CIRCLES◄◄◄                                    AND ►►► PUT  YOURSELF AND YOU BEST FRIENDS *INSIDE*◄◄◄                                    AND ►►►►►► RESHARE PUBICLY◄◄◄2013-05-12 12:37:47501371740CC G+
Daniel Mihai Popescu2,280My favorite circle :) #catlovers #awesomepeople #snowball #circleofwonders  Created by +Cesare RiccardoRe-shared by +Simona ANIf you want to feel the best of G+, add this circle to yours, share it and re-share it :)2013-05-11 20:59:49487321533CC G+
Cesare Riccardo40,055NEW WEEKLY ISSUE OF ....❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤░█▀▀ █░█▀█░░█▀▀ █░░█▀▀░░█▀▀█░█▀▀  ░█ ░░█░█▀██░█ ░░█░░█▀▀░░█ ░ █░█▀▀  *░▀▀▀ ▀░▀░░▀░▀▀▀ ▀▀░▀▀▀░░▀▀▀▀░▀  •█░█░█░█▀▀█░█▄░█░█▀█░█▀▀░█▀█░ █▀▀░█░█░░█ ░  █░█░██░█░█░█▀▀░█▀██░▀▀█░   ▀░░░▀▀▀▀░▀░░▀░▀▀░   ▀▀▀░▀░░▀░▀▀▀❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈I▔╲             ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈▏▕  ►UPDATED May10TH !◄┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈▏▕▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂╱┈▕▂▂▂ ► if notified ◄▉▉▉▉▉▉▉┈┈┈▕▂▂▂ ► you are inside ! ◄▉▉▉▉▉▉▉┈┈┈▕▂▂▂ ►ADD and Reshare◄▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔╲▂▕▂▂▂I ►is Highly                                                   ►recommended◄   2013-05-10 06:23:14492372148CC G+
Daniel Mihai Popescu1,755Circle created by +Cesare Riccardo and re-shared by +César Bustíos BenitesThey are wonderful and valuable!A great part of the members are already my friends, I hope the rest will become friends as well :).Share and re-share it! Add it, if you want to be a better person! Actually, everything you do for the community, is valuable for you too.2013-05-07 21:49:1233117921CC G+
Cesare Riccardo39,670Thank you for partecipating to the Game Who is AwesomeHumdreds of awesome users have been nominated but the most awesome ones for me are all those who left a message of love and symphaty for someone... This Circle is dedicated to all of them. Thanks, █░█░█░█░█░█▀▀█░█ █▀▀:░░█░█░░█▀█░█░░█░█ ▀▀█*░     ▀░*░ ▀░▀░▀▀▀▀░▀ ▀▀▀•░         █▀█░█░█░█░█▀▀░█▀▀░█▀▀█░█▄░▄█░█▀▀ █▀█  █▀█░░█░█░░█▀▀░▀▀█░█░░█░█░▀░█░█▀▀    █▀░▀░░░▀░░░▀▀▀░▀▀▀░▀▀▀▀░▀░░░▀░▀▀▀    ▀   ▀█░█▀▀▀█▀░ █▀▀ █░█▀█░░█▀▀ █░░█▀▀  ░█░▀▀█░█░░ █ ░░█░█▀██░█ ░░█░░█▀▀  ░▀░▀▀▀░▀░░ ▀▀▀ ▀░▀░░▀░▀▀▀ ▀▀░▀▀▀ ▀ ▀ ▀If notified you are inside. *Please note that sharing this circle  will have only big effect:  hundreds  of awesomes people will be friend of your friends*2013-05-07 20:36:37328492149CC G+


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2014-04-18 13:17:50 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)

Angels of death?

These are Angel's trumpets (Brugmansia suaveolens). Very closely related to Datura. They're natives of South America (Brazil) so what are they doing in Australian bush, in Lane Cove National Park? Quite likely to be garden escapes, despite their negative characteristics. 

Shrubs or small trees with large fragrant pendulous flowers. Every part of Brugmansia suaveolens is poisonous, with the seeds and leaves being especially dangerous. Rich in Scopolamine, hyoscyamine, atropine, and several other tropane alkaloids. Effects of ingestion can include paralysis of smooth muscles, confusion, tachycardia, dry mouth, diarrhea, visual and auditory hallucinations, mydriasis, rapid onset cycloplegia, and death. The larvae of the butterfly Placidula euryanassa can store the plant's tropane alkaloids through the pupal stage on to the adult butterfly, where they... more »

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2014-04-18 10:01:19 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)

Do you feel lucky?

This chap - and I use the term very loosely, considering it is a hermaphrodite, and is happy to swing both ways ;) - and I have a sanguinary relationship - it wanted my blood! It was one of the hundred or so Australian Land Leeches (Gnatbobdellida libbata) that I had to get off my shoes during last weekend's bushwalk while they made heroic, but ultimately unsuccessful, attempts to dine at my bloody expense. They're not too easy to photograph because they don't stop moving at all, and this one, despite being unceremoniously removed from my person, was eager to try again, rather like those people who are ejected from pubs for being intoxicated but keep trying to gain entry again. As I was photographing this macro, I was rather close to it, and it kept trying to get to my hand holding the camera in close proximity to it. High-ISO shot, photographed in the gloom... more »

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2014-04-17 14:45:15 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)

I saw a shadow touch a shadow's hand

#hqspurbanstreetphotos, +HQSP Urban & Street Photos (+Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова +Alejandro J. Soto +Daniel Grey)
#urbanthursday +Urban Thursday (+Laurent Chades)
#hqspnight  +HQSP Night (+Dirk Müller  +Anja Wessels)
#StreetPics +StreetPics (+Sergey Sus +George Bolkvadze)
#streetphotography +StreetPhotography (+Tatiana Parmeeva +Maria Roco)

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2014-04-17 14:42:24 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)

Look up, you might miss your train

#urbanthursday +Urban Thursday (+Laurent Chades)
#StreetPics +StreetPics (+Sergey Sus +George Bolkvadze)
#hqspurbanstreetphotos, +HQSP Urban & Street Photos (+Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова +Alejandro J. Soto +Daniel Grey)
#streetphotography +StreetPhotography (+Tatiana Parmeeva +Maria Roco)
#10000photographersBWmonochrome +10000 Photographers BW  (+Robert SKREINER +Victor Westerhout)
#allThingsBlackandWhite #AllThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome (+Charles Lupica)
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome (+Joy mum +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy)

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2014-04-16 14:26:43 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 39 +1s)

Dog leg

At a sharp bend in Middle Harbour Creek - Garigal National Park in the north of Sydney. Amongst my favourite places in Sydney, I have walked both sides of the creek from its source in St. Ives to when it becomes Middle Harbour after the Roseville Bridge, and even up and down little tributaries along its length. Along its length, there is peace and quiet, and even secluded places where the creek is young, and fish, long-neck turtles, water dragons and other creatures can live without fear, in the midst of little waterfalls, cascades and small rapids. These are places I can see Superb Fairy Wrens, Fire Browed Finches, Lyre Birds and Brush Turkeys. All along the tracks shadowing the damp creek banks are inumerable species of fungi, lichens and mosses, with massive old trees providing shade everywhere, their undergrowth full of ferns, and on most days delightful rays of sunlight break... more »

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2014-04-15 14:17:09 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)

Serpent or Nessie?

This is the track left by a moth larva (like the Scribbly Gum Moth, Ogmograptis scribula) on a huge Eucalyptus tree. The end of the track is where the larva stopped to pupate (and perhaps never left, if that black dot is any indication). I initially thought the tree was one of the Scribbly Gum species (Eucalyptus haemastoma or similar), but the bark visible here, after the top bark layer has shed, is not like any of the Scribbly Gums I have seen. Very likely another Eucalyptus tree, some of which also have larvae scribbles.

#TreeTuesday +Tree Tuesday (+Shannon S. Myers +Christina Lawrie +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman)
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other (+Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel +Carina Marsh)

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2014-04-14 14:07:30 (30 comments, 2 reshares, 39 +1s)

Watch where you point that thing

This tiny skink, all of 5cm nose-to-tail, wandered in to the house through the open front door and came into my study. It didn't know where to go and its claws kept slipping and skidding on the polished floorboards. Naturally, I took a few photographs and used a newspaper to gently transport it outside on to the fence, where it gratefully scampered into a crevice in the wood.

#ReptileMonday +Reptile Monday (+Will Pirnasch +Nicole Best) 
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro (+Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau)
#macromonday (+Jeff Moreau +Sandra Parlow)
#Macro4All +Macro4All  (+Walter Soestbergen +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen)
#macromaniacs +MacroManiacs (+Sandra Deichmann)
#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals (+Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith)

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2014-04-13 09:57:48 (29 comments, 5 reshares, 67 +1s)

Time to cleanup your house

Here's a female Golden Orb Weaver lit by a beam of sunlight that rim-lights it and shows the fine hair all over its body. They don't normally like being approached on this side and flip over quickly but this one didn't in the beginning but did so soon after I took this image. These spiders are messy - they leave remnants of old meals all over their web, which you can see on top.

#spidersunday +Spider Sunday (+Kimberly Hosey +lerato majikfaerie)
#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals (+Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith)
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro (+Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau)
#Macro4All +Macro4All  (+Walter Soestbergen +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen)
#macromaniacs +MacroManiacs (+Sandra Deichmann)

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2014-04-12 16:19:29 (34 comments, 14 reshares, 54 +1s)

Wouldn't be out of place in the Little Shop of Horrors

Was very pleased to come across 2 of these Anemone Stinkhorn or Starfish Fungus (Aseroe rubra) - never seen them before. A native of Australia but also found elsewhere. This slimy fungus is very short lived and emerges from an underground egg-like sac. The slimy brown liquid bears spores and stinks of rotting flesh which attracts flies, thus spreading the spores of this fungus.

This is a high-ISO shot. It was raining too heavily for me to pull out the flash so had to be content with a quick photograph in the gloom of the undergrowth under the Coastal She-Oaks. The leeches were having a field day today - I had to be on the constant lookout as I had multiple leeches on my shoes at any time, trying to win the race to the socks/leg boundary before I flicked each off (gets tiresome after a while when you have to do this for a... more »

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2014-04-12 15:45:13 (32 comments, 5 reshares, 57 +1s)

So many claim to be king

It was a very wet day today and I was all kitted out for a bushwalk in the rain. Had to keep all gear dry with rain covers and the camera was under my jacket, brought out every time I took a shot. Was an excellent day's fungus hunting - came across so many species that I lost count. Encountered many specimens of this crown-tipped coral fungus (Artomyces austropiperatus). 6 frame focus stack macro.

#shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday (+Patti Colston +Anders Stedtlund +Michael Albrecht +Sabeena LoBello)
#fungusfriday (+Chris Sullivan +Dan Bowden)
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other (+Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel +Carina Marsh)
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro (+Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau)
#Macro4All +Macro4All  (+Walter Soestbergen +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen)more »

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2014-04-10 13:17:31 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 40 +1s)

Gaze out to sea

A gully in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, with a great view, and wonderfully textured worn sandstone.

#thirstythursdaypics (+Giuseppe Basile +Mark Esguerra)
#coastalthursday +Coastal Thursday (+David Polzine +Jon Kahn)
#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape (+Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley)
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography (+Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Tom Hierl +David Pilasky +Landscape Photography Show +Toshi Nakamura +Carolyn Lim +Tom Sloan)
#WideWednesdayPanorama +WideWednesdayPanorama (+Charles Lupica +Ken McMahon +Lucille Galleli)

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2014-04-07 13:05:28 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

If anyone has these cars, you may be able to get some nice spider macros! ;) [BTW, this is not my photo - it is a news article]

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2014-04-07 12:49:30 (19 comments, 2 reshares, 40 +1s)

Follow that path and see where it goes...

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Another wonderful spot in the Berowra Valley National Park, in the north of Sydney.

#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape (+Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley)
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome (+Joy mum +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy)
#MonochromeArtyClub +Monochrome Arty Club (+abhishek chamaria
+JR Snyder Jr +June Penn +Seth Mayer +Steve Tang)
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday (+Nurcan Azaz +Hans Berendsen +Jerry Johnson +Manuel Votta +Steve Barge)
#10000photographersBWmonochrome +10000 Photographers BW  (+Robert SKREINER +Victor Westerhout)
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography (+Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Tom Hierl +David Pilasky +LandscapePhotography Sho... more »

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2014-04-06 10:32:49 (25 comments, 4 reshares, 41 +1s)

Never mind my lunch, mind where you're stepping

I spotted this Garden Orb-weaver (Eriophora transmarina) later while walking along Devlin's Creek in the Lane Cove National Park, north of Sydney. I first spotted the unmistakable sinuous movement of a snake on my path. It was a Red-bellied Black snake, which is venomous but less so than other deadly Australian snakes. The snake darted under some dried grass and I could hear the rustle as it hid itself. While looking at the snake, I touched a spider web that was at face height and then noticed this female spider with what appears to be its lunch, all wrapped up. I stood there and took a few photographs of the spider, conscious that my feet were about half a metre from the hidden snake.

On my return walk, I looked for the snake, and spotted its scales through the grass. It sensed me and hid itself but I know it is there, and... more »

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2014-04-05 13:17:44 (26 comments, 3 reshares, 54 +1s)

Fan on a stick - 2

This is another view of the thin, tall mushroom that I found on today's bushwalk. It was around 70mm tall. I came across it on a segment of the Great North Walk in the Lane Cove National Park, not far from home.

I worry too much. Just a few weeks ago, I was worried that all the fungi had vanished, never to return, but in the last three weekends' bushwalks, I have found (and photographed) enough fungi for a year! Today was absolute fungi day. If I had photographed every fungus I spotted, I would have been on my hands and knees for the entire 12km of today's walk!

#shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday (+Patti Colston +Anders Stedtlund +Michael Albrecht +Sabeena LoBello)
#fungusfriday (+Chris Sullivan +Dan Bowden)
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other (+Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel +Carina Marsh)

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2014-04-05 13:16:56 (16 comments, 5 reshares, 47 +1s)

Fan on a stick

On today's bushwalk, I spotted this beautiful mushroom specimen. Thin, tall and delicate, it was like a supermodel. It was hidden in the undergrowth on the side of the track and I saw it only because I was investigating a polypore nearby. It was white with a scattering of sulphur yellow powder, with the top like a fan or parasol.

#shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday (+Patti Colston +Anders Stedtlund +Michael Albrecht +Sabeena LoBello)
#fungusfriday (+Chris Sullivan +Dan Bowden)
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other (+Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel +Carina Marsh)

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2014-04-04 11:49:21 (58 comments, 19 reshares, 105 +1s)

Living on the fringes

This is a Rush Fringe Lily Orchid (Thysanotus juncifolius). It is about 25mm across. I came across this on my bushwalk last weekend in low moist heath on a ridgetop in the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, in the north of Sydney.

I'm happy when I see these flowers because while I see them often enough, there are not too many of them around. The flowers live for only a day and one plant has a single flower (terminal). As they are very delicate, I have sometimes decided on bushwalks to photograph them on my way back when I have more time but find they have shrivelled away. Last weekend I decided to take my macros of this flower as soon as I saw it, and just as well. It was the only one I saw and indeed it had gone on my return leg.

#floralfriday +FloralFriday (+Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson +Eustace James)
#flowerpower +FLOWER... more »

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2014-04-03 14:28:38 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 48 +1s)

Social shell

The Social Hall, also known as the Officer's Club, was a social club located on the northwestern side of the island of Alcatraz, off the coast of San Francisco. The club was a social venue for the jail workers and their families on the island that held America's most hardened criminals. It was burned down by a fire in 1970, leaving a shell that still remains. (Adapted from Wikipedia).

4 frame vertorama. Shot from the left and high, each section perspective corrected as if shot dead-on from the front and then stitched.

#HistoryThursday +History Thursday (+Matt Shalvatis)

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2014-04-02 13:02:32 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 44 +1s)

What are those clouds fleeing from?

This is the view from a point close to Box Head (Bouddi National Park) in the NSW Central Coast. That's Box Head on the left middle-ground. In the distance, you can see Lion Island (just peeking out), Barrenjoey and West Heads, the Pittwater and the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. 4 frame panorama.

#WideWednesdayPanorama +WideWednesdayPanorama (+Charles Lupica +Ken McMahon +Lucille Galleli)
#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape (+Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley)
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography (+Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Tom Hierl +David Pilasky +Landscape Photography Show +Toshi Nakamura +Carolyn Lim +Tom Sloan)

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2014-04-01 12:28:38 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 32 +1s)

I need space to stretch

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Muir Woods, California was quite incredible in terms of the plant life just thriving there and growing everywhere. I spotted this tree (perhaps a shrub gone really woody) that had spread all over the place and I had to photograph its full extent. Some parts of it had leaves while other branches were like fingers reaching hungrily into the air. It was covered with damp moss and lichens. So here it is, three frames put together to encompass the full width.

#TreeTuesday +Tree Tuesday (+Shannon S. Myers +Christina Lawrie +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman)
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other (+Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel +Carina Marsh)
#AllThingsGreen +All Things Green  (+Cicely Robin Laing )

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2014-03-31 12:45:17 (34 comments, 4 reshares, 58 +1s)

On the bench

Another bird I came across near the piers at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Tried to find ID but as is typical of LBJ's, couldn't find a match. Maybe it it is a common bird but as I was a visitor, I don't know it. A juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird, perhaps?

One thing I did notice - a lot of birds there were missing "toes". Fights for food?

#300mmMonday +300mmMonday  (+Gailen Mapes )
#birdphotographymonday +Bird & Wildlife Photography (+David Hemmings)
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY (+Heinrich Wagner and +Susan Wilkinson)
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide (+Robert SKREINER)
#Birds4All +Birds4All (+Walter Soestbergen)
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds (+Philippe Avenel +Suzi Harr +Mark Rayner +Andy Brown)
#BirdPoker "LBJ" (+Phil Armishaw)
#DOFMonday +DOFMonday (+Mara Acoma +Mark... more »

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2014-03-30 13:10:34 (44 comments, 13 reshares, 90 +1s)

Pleased to see you

I haven't seen these Golden Orb Weavers for so long, I was pleased to see so many on today's bushwalk. I first noticed they were around when I walked into a web. I was on a clifftop near the abyss shooting the Basin (Pittwater) from high above Soldier's Point in the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park in the north of Sydney. Not a good time to run into a web, especially a web of one of these big'uns! ;)

Anyway, I then started looking around and also spotted the web of this girl. I tried shooting the lesser seen back but she made sure she turned around so this side faced me. She can keep an eye on me better from this side, and the fangs are on this side too. Got plenty of photos of a couple of these girls...

#spidersunday +Spider Sunday (+Kimberly Hosey +lerato majikfaerie)
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro (+Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Dorothy... more »

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2014-03-29 11:01:16 (21 comments, 2 reshares, 38 +1s)

Not someone's orange peel

Found quite a few of these mushrooms growing in the dense, soft mat of fallen cladodes beneath Scrub She-Oaks (Allocasuarina) in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney. Couldn't find ID.

#shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday (+Patti Colston +Anders Stedtlund +Michael Albrecht +Sabeena LoBello)
#fungusfriday (+Chris Sullivan +Dan Bowden)
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other (+Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel +Carina Marsh)

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2014-03-28 13:28:13 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 57 +1s)

Girls club

These things are not nice. They are Fig Wax Scale (Ceroplastes rusci) from family Coccidae (view large for details). All the ones you see here are females - the larger ones are adult females, while the smaller ones are nymphs. Adult females produce eggs early in spring, which hatch to crawlers. After a month, the crawlers moult to nymphs. There are crawlers in this frame - they are among the small dots you see on the leaf. You can see them clearly if you take successive shots because they move quite rapidly. After the crawler stage, these are motionless and suck sap from young leaves, stems and even fruit. They produce honeydew which attract ants (as you can see). Excess honeydew is often produced which attracts mould and the leaf dies.

Even though these are tiny (the adults you see here are less than 1mm in diameter), they are bad news. They are serious pests in our... more »

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2014-03-27 22:34:24 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)

Congratulations +Rodney Campbell! Your super photo of the QVB has earned you a well deserved first prize in the Clique Challenge!

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2014-03-27 13:22:59 (22 comments, 6 reshares, 156 +1s)

Generation gap

This is Little Tallow Beach in the Bouddi National Park (NSW Central Coast). It is a little 50m beach (compared to the bigger 500m long Tallow Beach a short distance to the left). Noticed something curious - while this beach was harder to get to (there is no road access to either beach - it is a hike to get here), it had only older (dare I say elderly) people on it (out of frame on the left), but Tallow Beach had young, surfie types on it.

#thirstythursdaypics (+Giuseppe Basile +Mark Esguerra)
#coastalthursday +Coastal Thursday (+David Polzine +Jon Kahn)
#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape (+Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley)
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography (+Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Tom Hierl +David Pilasky +Landscape Photography Show +Toshi... more »

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2014-03-26 12:47:02 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 35 +1s)

Not a soul!

This is how Tallow Beach in Bouddi National Park (NSW Central Coast) appeared to us when we first got there. It looked empty to us, but appearances can be deceptive. Mr and Ms Nudie were already there. In fact, if you zoom into this 4 shot panorama (actually 12 shots - 4 groups of 3 bracketed frames) almost dead centre of the frame, you will see him.

#WideWednesdayPanorama +WideWednesdayPanorama (+Charles Lupica +Ken McMahon +Lucille Galleli)
#WideAngleWednesday +Wide Angle Wednesday (+Asif Patel)
#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape (+Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley)
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography (+Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Tom Hierl +David Pilasky +Landscape Photography Show +Toshi Nakamura +Carolyn Lim +Tom Sloan)
#PhotoManiaAustralia +Photo... more »

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2014-03-25 13:09:43 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)

We'll cross that bridge when we come to it

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On my bushwalk on the weekend before last, this spot had a gully carved out by a creek that currently didn't have too much water in it. That little creek had a cute little wooden bridge across it. The views from the gully out to sea were spectacular and I sat on a rock and had my sandwich. 

While sitting there, a young couple passed by and asked me if I'd seen any wildlife. Strangely enough, on that day, I'd encountered two small Brown snakes, both of which startled me as they were in the undergrowth at two separate spots quite close to my feet. They'd also encountered a similar small Brown snake further up. Looks like it's baby time for the deadly ones...

#bridgesovertuesday +BridgesOverTuesday (+Clare Bambers)
#seatuesday +Sea Tuesday (+Julia Anna Gospodarou)more »

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2014-03-24 12:35:26 (35 comments, 6 reshares, 61 +1s)

I'm purple and green but they call me a blackbird

I was wandering around the Fisherman's Wharf area in San Francisco noticing all the different kind of birds, all new to me. Saw three very different birds all together scrabbling around at the base of a tree. This one, which is an adult breeding male Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus), I believe, variously appears dark blue or green, depending on the light.

#300mmMonday +300mmMonday  (+Gailen Mapes )
#birdphotographymonday +Bird & Wildlife Photography (+David Hemmings)
#DOFMonday +DOFMonday (+Mara Acoma +Mark Hall +Alan Gurling +Nigel Smith)
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide (+Robert SKREINER)
#Birds4All +Birds4All (+Walter Soestbergen)
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds (+Philippe Avenel +Suzi Harr +Mark Rayner +Andy Brown)

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2014-03-23 13:45:32 (39 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)

At ease

Today's bushwalk was gruelling and hot. No, not hot because of the likes of Mr Nudie here, but because of the sun. So, it was a welcome stop in the shade of the rocks for a bite to eat at Tallow Beach in the NSW Central Coast. Was admiring the nonchalance of Mr Nudie, who was joined just after by an equally nonchalant Ms Nudie too, and they appeared to have no problem wandering the length of the beach several times and frolicking around (and no, that is not a euphemism of any kind)! ;)

#beachsunday +Beach Sunday (+Ross Campbell)
#sundaysubtlelandscapes +Sunday Sublte Landscapes (+Steve Sieren)
#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape (+Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley)
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography (+Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Tom Hierl +David Pilasky... more »

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2014-03-22 13:45:35 (29 comments, 6 reshares, 71 +1s)

I don't want to be photographed

This is a New Holland Honeyeater(Phylidonyris novaehollandiae). A very active bird, it does not sit in one place for enough time to photograph it easily. Found in heath, I encountered many during last weekend's bushwalk but most of my attempted photographs of this bird ended up being just of the plant where it was rather than the bird itself. Not happy with this one either as the eye is not in sharp focus because the thing kept moving! ;)

#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday (+John Briggs)
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide (+Robert SKREINER)
#Birds4All +Birds4All (+Walter Soestbergen)
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds (+Philippe Avenel +Suzi Harr +Mark Rayner +Andy Brown)

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2014-03-22 12:52:43 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 54 +1s)

BOGOF?

One of the first set of fungi I spotted on my bushwalk last weekend. This was on a live large shrub but judging from the fungi on it, I suspect that plant is not long in this world. In this photo, the orange fungus I have seen before - possibly Orange-peel Fungus (Aleuria aurantia). Was pleased to see something new - the white coloured fungi. At least, I think they are fungi but could very well be lichen (but then lichen have a fungal element too - the mycobiont). +Dan Bowden
- any idea?

#shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday (+Patti Colston +Anders Stedtlund +Michael Albrecht +Sabeena LoBello)
#fungusfriday (+Chris Sullivan +Dan Bowden)
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other (+Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel +Carina Marsh)

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2014-03-20 12:24:51 (19 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)

Stepping through a past age of learning

In this photo essay, I have tried to take you, the viewer, through a beautiful place and a time in history that is not known widely, especially outside India. Each photo has a narrative and through this and the sequence of pictures, I have attempted to tell a story. I hope you can step through this set of pictures, and if not in person, can vicariously experience being there. 

There are quite a few historic places in Delhi that are not as well known as the Red Fort or Humayun's Tomb but these lesser known places are just as beautiful and historically significant. One such place is the Hauz Khas or Royal Tank.

#HistoryThursday +History Thursday (+Matt Shalvatis)

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2014-03-19 11:20:37 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)

Don't think that because you're far away I can't see you

This sea lion spots me even though I'm quite some distance away on Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco. There's a whole colony of these California Sea Lions on the marina next to Pier 39. I understand they moved in there in 1989 and have been there since, with boats unable to use these docks/marina after that!

#wildlifewednesday  (+Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus)
#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals (+Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith)

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2014-03-18 12:44:05 (22 comments, 9 reshares, 89 +1s)

Spot the odd one out

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A gnarled old tree, wonderfully festooned with little ferns, moss and lichen, stands out in a forest full of statuesque and majestic Coast Redwood trees. The fecundity of the flora is evident here, promoted by the humus-rich loam they grow in and the abundant moisture around them. Even the fog of the San Francisco area contributes to this as it provides much needed moisture during dry summer periods. Muir Woods, California.

#TreeTuesday +Tree Tuesday (+Shannon S. Myers +Christina Lawrie +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman)
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other (+Jean-Noel Nicolas +Sean McLean +Valesa Diamontes +Daniel Taylor)
#naturephotography +NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY (+Grzegorz Piechowicz)
#everythinggreen +Everything Green (+andi rivarola)
#AllThingsGreen +All Things Green  (+Cicely Robin Laing )

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2014-03-17 11:56:47 (28 comments, 3 reshares, 46 +1s)

Can you hear me scream?

This little caterpillar looks up at me and appears to open its "mouth". Is it screaming that I'm photographing it without permission? ;)

For the mini-theme f/16+, this one's at f/20: #macromonday (+Jeff Moreau +Sandra Parlow)
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro (+Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray          +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau)
#Macro4All +Macro4All  (+Walter Soestbergen +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen)
#macromaniacs +MacroManiacs (+Sandra Deichmann)
#AllThingsGreen +All Things Green  (+Cicely Robin Laing )
#everythinggreen +Everything Green (+andi rivarola)
#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals (+Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith)

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2014-03-16 06:07:00 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 33 +1s)

The Discontinuity

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Here, I'm standing on the brilliant white sandstone cliff section in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, that I posted a section of yesterday. In this 5 frame panorama (actually 15 frames - 5 groups of 3 bracketed frames), you can see the normal striated & coloured cliffs from the middle ground through to the back ground. Then something happened - there is a section of blended rock, more white but with some coloured impurities. Then we come to where I'm standing where the entire cliff section is pure white sandstone. Fascinating. Wonder what geological (or other) event caused this discontinuity.

#hqsplandscape  +HQSP Landscape (+Hallie Guilfoyle +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan)
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography (+Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin... more »

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2014-03-15 10:31:21 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s)

A beach frozen in time

I came across this portion of cliff while on today's bushwalk. Everywhere else was the normal multi-coloured striated sandstone but this section of cliff, right from top to bottom and right into the water was white sandstone without any striations or impurities. The texture was wonderful - just like sand. I stood on it and it felt like sand but was hard as sandstone - frozen in time.

#StoneSaturday +Stone Saturday (+Jen Baptist)
#EarthPatternSaturday +Earth Pattern Saturday (+Annette Gretler +Beat Gretler)
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other (+Jean-Noel Nicolas +Sean McLean +Valesa Diamontes +Daniel Taylor)

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2014-03-15 09:05:44 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 43 +1s)

Don't like the slithering blues

Came across some beautiful blue small fungi today. Normally I would not have presented them this way - would have moved aside the obstructions you see and got a clear shot. However, less than a minute before this, I was startled by a juvenile Brown snake. I had been happily crawling into the undergrowth to photograph fungi but after the snake, I didn't want to hang around too long considering that snake was just a couple of metres away in the undergrowth! And that was not the only one - came across another a short while later.

Today's bushwalk was fantastic from a fungi point of view. Restored my faith that there are still fungi around, having not come across any for a long time. I was in dense heath in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, and came across so many numbers and types of fungi that after some time, I had to stop... more »

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2014-03-14 12:04:32 (29 comments, 2 reshares, 59 +1s)

Little scrum

Found these on a leaf on a grape vine in our back yard. Looks like scale insects of some sort? Coccidae? Or eggs?

The whole thing is about 3mm diameter.

17 frame focus stack macro.

Update: Thanks to +Amy Lee, I now know what these are - these are eggs of Flatid Planthoppers (Family Flatidae).

#BuggyFriday +Buggy Friday (+Ray Bilcliff +Dorothy Pugh +Sherry McBriar)
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro (+Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray          +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau)
#Macro4All +Macro4All (+Walter Soestbergen +Bill Urwin +Mark O'Callaghan)
#macromaniacs +MacroManiacs (+Sandra Deichmann)

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2014-03-13 12:52:04 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 35 +1s)

Untie their shoelaces, will ya?

That caption may not seem like it's got anything to do with this long exposure shot of Redwood Creek in the beautiful Muir Woods in California, but it does. I had my tripod on a wooden bridge crossing the creek trying to shoot this LE but people kept walking across the bridge which shook as they crossed and ruined my shots. My friend joked that he could untie the shoelaces of people just before they got to the bridge, thus giving me the 30 seconds of exposure without shake! Didn't need something like that after all, as I did get those 30 seconds, just! 16mm, f/22, 30sec, ISO 100, VND filter.

#longexposurethursday +LongExposure Thursday (+Francesco Gola +Luca Gerardi)
#thirstythursdaypics (+Giuseppe Basile +Mark Esguerra)
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography (+Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Tom Hierl +David... more »

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2014-03-12 13:23:46 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s)

A vista in mono

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A 5 frame panorama photographed at a point on the Pacific Coast Highway, overlooking Grey Whale Cove Beach, north of Half Moon Bay, California

#WideWednesdayPanorama +WideWednesdayPanorama (+Charles Lupica +Ken McMahon +Lucille Galleli)
#hqsplandscape  +HQSP Landscape (+Hallie Guilfoyle +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan)
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography (+Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Carra Riley +David Heath Williams +Bill Wood +Jim Warthman +Jeff Beddow +Tom Hierl +Michael Blyde +Carolyn Lim +Steve Gould +Jay Gould +Kevin Rowe +Dave Welling)
#10000photographersBWmonochrome +10000 Photographers BW  (+Robert SKREINER +Victor Westerhout)
#allThingsBlackandWhite #AllThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome (+Charles Lupica)more »

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2014-03-11 13:07:58 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)

I need to fix my neck after that

(View full size):  A magnificent, massive and certainly very old Coast Redwood tree (Sequoia sempervirens) gives you a crick in the neck looking up at it. Shot in the wonderful Muir Woods in California, a short distance north of San Francisco.

A 6 frame horizontal vertorama (or whatever you want to call it).

#TreeTuesday +Tree Tuesday (+Shannon S. Myers +Christina Lawrie +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman)
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other (+Jean-Noel Nicolas +Sean McLean +Valesa Diamontes +Daniel Taylor)

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2014-03-10 12:38:35 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 57 +1s)

You're making me blush

I was a bit surprised when I saw the gulls in San Francisco. These Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis) are quite a bit larger than the 'normal' gulls we have here in Australia. I saw a large number of them in the Fisherman's Wharf area as well as on Alcatraz Island. Interesting fact (courtesy Wikipedia): The red subterminal spot near the end of the bill has a purpose - chicks peck this in order to stimulate feeding.

#300mmMonday +300mmMonday  (+Gailen Mapes )
#birdphotographymonday +Bird & Wildlife Photography (+David Hemmings)
#Birds4All +Birds4All (+Walter Soestbergen)
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide (+Robert SKREINER)
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds (+Philippe Avenel +Suzi Harr +Mark Rayner +Andy Brown)

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2014-03-09 11:18:37 (40 comments, 13 reshares, 131 +1s)

Don't be crazy! I'm not walking into... nothing!

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco disappears halfway through into nothingness! When walking across the bridge northwards, it was a clear day with no fog, but on the return walk towards San Francisco, the famous 'cylindrical' fog rolled in and visibility was reduced to a few metres. The sun shining in from the right accentuated the shadows of the bridge in the fog.

#SteamySunday +SteamySunday (+Paul Pavlinovich +Shelly Gunderson)
#skysunday +Sky Sunday - Photography Theme (+Patrick Scherkenbach +Randy Scherkenbach)
#bridgesovertuesday +BridgesOverTuesday (+Clare Bambers)
#bridgewednesday +Bridge Wednesday (+Mara Acoma +Mark Hall +Alan Gurling +Nigel Smith)
#BridgesAroundTheWorld +#BridgesAroundTheWorld  (+Carra Riley +Knut Arne Gjertsen)

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2014-03-09 08:28:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Stop these companies from ruining the environment and long-term water supplies now!

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2014-03-09 07:43:28 (14 comments, 5 reshares, 50 +1s)

Clouds and the waves

A view from a point on the Pacific Coast Highway, overlooking Grey Whale Cove Beach, north of Half Moon Bay, California.

Taken last Sunday with my new 14mm manual focus Samyang lens. Looks like this lens is going to be good! Sharp and easy to use, with some moustache distortion easy to fix in Lightroom with a lens profile I found via the profile downloader.

#beachsunday +Beach Sunday (+Ross Campbell)
#hqsplandscape  +HQSP Landscape (+Hallie Guilfoyle +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan)
#sundaysubtlelandscapes +Sunday Sublte Landscapes (+Steve Sieren)
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography (+Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Carra Riley +David Heath Williams +Bill Wood +Jim Warthman +Jeff Beddow +Tom Hierl +Michael Blyde +Carolyn Lim +Steve Gould +Jay Gould +Kevin Rowe... more »

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2014-03-08 12:25:50 (24 comments, 2 reshares, 39 +1s)

Safety is a hop away

I came across several of these California Ground Squirrels (Otospermophilus beecheyi) in the peripheries of wetlands near Santa Clara/Sunnyvale. They were very quick to disappear into their nearby burrows when I approached. I understand they can be pests in gardens as they feed on garden plants.

#SquirrelSaturday +Squirrel Saturday (+Beth Blackwell +Skippy Sheeskin)
#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals (+Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith)

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2014-02-18 13:16:53 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)

Come down to the water with me (if you dare)

An inviting (but deceptive) gap between the cliffs leads down to the sea in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney. Faint wear on the rocks tells me people have climbed down to the water but I wouldn't do it. A broken ankle (or worse) is not worth it!

#seatuesday +Sea Tuesday (+Julia Anna Gospodarou)
#landscapearttuesday +LandscapeArtTuesday (+Christina Deubel)
#hqsplandscape  +HQSP Landscape (+Hallie Guilfoyle +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan)
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography (+Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Carra Riley +David Heath Williams +Bill Wood +Jim Warthman +Jeff Beddow +Tom Hierl +Michael Blyde +Carolyn Lim +Steve Gould +Jay Gould +Kevin Rowe +Dave Welling)
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome (+Joy mum +Luis Vivanco... more »

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2014-02-17 10:59:07 (40 comments, 3 reshares, 67 +1s)

Don't call me Zorro

A Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) perches in a favourite spot - on a thorny branch, where they often impale their prey while eating them. These are natives across much of Asia. This one was spotted at Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Haryana, India.

#300mmMonday +300mmMonday  (+Gailen Mapes )
#birdphotographymonday +Bird & Wildlife Photography (+David Hemmings)
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide (+Robert SKREINER)
#Birds4All +Birds4All (+Walter Soestbergen)
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds (+Philippe Avenel +Suzi Harr +Mark Rayner +Andy Brown)

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