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Yesterday I went to a miniature horse show and ended up taking pictures of babies, what a great time.
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A little cold today with just a whiff of snow every once in a while. I wandered out into the backyard looking down and caught sight of a wondrous thing, it could have been a comet silently gliding to oblivion. But no, it was a much more common and mundane beauty but a wonder no less.
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I didn't have much time in the backyard today but this evening, Tiggar (cat) and I were sitting on a bench watching the Canadian Geese chasing each other up and down the river.
There are several families with goslings of different sizes. This mother and 4 little ones pulled out on the lawn and they climbed under her wings. A single aggressive male approached her, she stood up and 3 slipped from under her wings but the fourth one popped out onto her back. She charges the approaching gander

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Today was a really good day in the backyard, there was a first with the arrival of a white throat sparrow. We had our first family of Canada Geese come to show us their two goslings. A Rose breast Grosbeak returned to eat from a feeder, they normally don't stay but maybe this year. There were lots of birds at the feeders all at one time, doves, red winged blackbirds, blue jay and rose breasted grosbeak. Finally there were 3 little bunnies running around a first for several years. Good Day
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+Mark HELM Something new every day but it takes a good eye to see it :-)
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Sometimes I wonder what an image you did in the past would look like if I did it again. Maybe my skills have improved or an application has come along that would change how I would do an image. This is an orchid I repossessed with the Topaz Lab Suite



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Congratulation +Mark HELM    your photograph has been selected to be displayed at +Photo Mania Canada #photomaniacanada.  Thank you for sharing your fantastic work !
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Don't Try this at Home. 
Don't Try this at Home Do not do this, it is illegal and dangerous but I just happened to be driving along a road parallel to the tracks and saw this great reflection of the setting sun. I had my camera so a quick trip onto t...
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Blue Headed Vireo (Sibley Field Guide Birds Eastern North America page 278)
Tonight I was practicing with an Olympus 50-200mm F/2.8 on the Olympus EMD-5 mark 2 with a better beamer .
The birds were up high but I was really pleased with the results, this Vireo is my first. Backyard Dorchester Ontario.

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I had more grosbeaks at my feeder today than I have very had. Good to see but I don't think they will stay around. The male stopped for a couple of day last year then he was gone.

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I was feeding the squirrels and everything was calm they were sharing. Suddenly, a Grackle came from nowhere, grabbed a squirrel's tail and pulled. Needless to say, the scene turned chaotic the bird made a second pass and the squirrels disappeared. The Grackle landed and strutted around a bit and then was gone.
From the backyard.
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What a scene
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The sun climbs higher and days get warmer,  these beauties of the forest wait.

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Congratulation +Mark HELM     your photograph has been selected to be displayed at +Photo Mania Canada #photomaniacanada.  Thank you for sharing your fantastic work !
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I visited +Fanshawe Pioneer Village  and it has taken me a little while but I have completed a collection of images from that visit. You can see it was snowy and cold now the village is bursting into it's spring best I will have to get back there. 

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You're welcome good sir and good seeing you!
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+Macas Danson thank you Macas
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"Get Low Move Slow" 
I am Canadian, retired, a hobby photographer, exploring many subjects. 
I love cats big and small, dogs too just not as much.

Olympus  Cameras - OM-D ME-5 camera with the Micro 12-50 lens
Olympus E-1 and E-3 with my main macro lens a Sigma 150 mm HSM f/2.8 macro. My general use lens are the 9-18 Olympus F3.5 and the 50-200 Olympus f:2.8. My tripod is a Manfrotto 055XPPro with a Manfrotto 488RC2 ballhead an acra clamp.

I use Adobe PhotoShop CS/6 and Nik plug-ins, mostly Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 4.0 and Zerene Stacker .

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