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China: Opera

Chinese Opera performer.


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China: Sampan

Sampan in watertown near Shanghai


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China: Bonsai

Decorative tree in Yu Garden, Shanghai


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China: Red Panda

Red Panda at Chongqing Zoo


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China: Breathe that?

First view outside of Beijing Airport.

This image requires some explanation. The grid at the base is the top of a building outside the Arrivals zone at Beijing Airport. The grey above it is the air outside. Image taken on 26 April 2014.

Still think we don’t need an EPA?


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Jungle Stream

Jungle Stream near Akaka Falls, North of Hilo, HI


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Harris Hawk in Flight

Harris Hawk in Flight with cocked head

I love the little cock of his head, as though he’s checking out what I’m doing down here.


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Barn Owl

Barn Owl coming to trainer, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum


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Winter Slopes

Winter Slopes off US95


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Ocotillo, Saguaro National Park

Ocotillo, Prickly Pear at Javalina Rocks, Saguaro National Park


Harris Hawk Dominance

Harris Hawks competing for a perch as dominance contest

Harris Hawks hunt in family groups. Generally the lead female is the alpha, but the new lead male is trying to establish his place, and is pushing her off the top perch on a Saguaro cactus. Shot at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum’s twice-daily Raptor Free Flight.


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Gordes & Arles

A few more pictures from France.  These are from Gordes in Provence and over to Arles.  Most of them are from my Nikon D7200 but there are a couple with the iPhone.   This first one is of the Senanque Abbey.  All that vegetation in front of the abbey is lavender, but we were a bit too early and nothing was fully bloomed.  I couple of weeks later and you’d see the famous lavender flowers.

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More from Carcassone Castle

As promised, here are the pictures from my Nikon D7200.  Again, I played with all of them in photoshop a bit, just to sharpen things up or make colors pop.  Nothing major.  Some of these didn’t turn out half bad.  The first one is of Dame Carcas.  She greets you at the front gate.

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Carcassone Castle

Here are a few more pictures of Carcassone Castle.  First, I’ll do the iPhone shots.  Tomorrow, I’ll do the the Nikon shots.   I played with all of em in Photoshop.  Hope you like it. If you are in a rush, they are all in the Flickr page.  This first one is taken from the castle walls, pointing at the cathedral.

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Approaching

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Nina in France

I was in France at the beginning of June for a conference and decided to take a bit of a vacation while I was out there.  We drove through the country, hitting several cities and towns, starting in Toulouse before heading toward Torreilles, up to Marseille, on through Provence, and back to Arles, before finishing in Montpelier.  I was lucky enough to be traveling with Nina, a exceptionally brilliant and stunningly beautiful friend of mine.  Out of the goodness of her heart, knowing that I’m trying to learn how to take portraits, she allowed me to take a few pictures of her.  Here are some of the results.  Clearly, I have a LOT to learn.  Both with my camera and with Photoshop.  Trust me when I say, they don’t even come close to doing Nina’s smile justice.  But I’m learning.  There are 10 pictures total on the Flickr page if you want to see the rest of them.

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Family Picnic, Holy City, near Lawton, OK

Family Picnic

Looks like someone dropped a sliced baguette near town, and it’s time for a party!


Mint Bar Neon – Sheridan, Wyoming

Reverse angle on the shot I posted a few days ago. Not sure which I like better.

Mint Bar, Sheridan, WY

Mint Bar, Sheridan, WY


Three Little Not-Piggies

Three Little Not-Piggies

At the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum


Flutterbys: Nature Challenge 6 of 7

Butterflies at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum's Butterfly Garden
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Shot these in the Butterfly Garden, which is unconfined space, at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. These are Queen Butterflys, which land and sit because (according to the docent) most birds cannot distinguish them from Monarchs, which have a bad taste.


Hummingbird at Rest: Nature Challenge 3 of 7

Hummingbird at rest with drop on beak
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Shot this little guy in the hummingbird pavilion at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. They’re loose in there, so it’s still a very challenging environment.