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Deep in the Mangroves along one of the channels in the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in Honduras. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.
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Wonderful . love the lake and reflection. 
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February 13, 2016

A little round of pizza dough,
(big saucer size)
fresh tomato and basil,
sharp cheddar and
hot pepper jack,
7 minutes at 420,
3 on hi broil,
pop it on a plate,
the cheese liquid
and the tomato still
too hot to eat...
the first bite the
basil overwhelms you,
then the cheese
coats your tongue,
biting down with jalapeño,
and the tomato slides down,
soft and still super hot,
the taste catching up
only after you swallow.

Steve's pizza night.


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What Google+ made of my trip to Honduras :)
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Stripe-throated Hermit
The tiny Stripe-throated Hermit, which can, in comparison to the other hummers around it (and especially to its much larger hermit counterpart…the Long-billed Hermit), appear not much bigger than a large bumble bee, is indeed one of the smallest hummingbirds in Central America…one of the smallest hummingbirds anywhere for that matter. It does not stand out in coloration either…rufous brown over most of its body, with just a hint of rarely seen greenish iridescence over its head and shoulders, and a white-bordered black bandit’s mask on the face. The stripes on the throat that give it its name are often so faint as to be barely visible. What it lacks in size and flash though, it makes up in aerobatics. It feeds on the nectar of flowers in flight, and often, as in these images, pierces the base of flowers to extract nectar it could not otherwise reach. It is a fun hummingbird to watch, and often appears to prefer flower feeding, even when there are many human-tended sugar-water feeders around. You have to admire its independence.

Nikon P610 at 1440mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred @ 1/320th. ISO 1000 at f6.5. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage. Taken at Rio Santiago Lodge, Honduras


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Molto bello!!! Sono estasiata nel vedere quest'immagine.
Un intenso lavoro: "L'impollinazione"..... scandito dai battiti d'ali
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Bare-throated Tiger Heron
The Bare-throated Tiger Heron is relatively common around the waters of the Cuero y Salado National Wildlife Refuge in Honduras. I have been there twice, a year apart, and seen it on both trips. This year we saw several. This was my best view this year, but it was a very difficult shot. I was in a moving boat, in the first place, and the bird was highlighted by the sun against the dark background of foliage. This is when I am thankful to be a Point and Shoot photographer. The Active Image Stabilization on the Nikon P900 handled the boat motion (once I got the bird in the frame) and the auto exposure managed to keep enough detail in the highlighted bird so that I could bring it out in Lightroom for what is, overall, a very satisfying image. It is a strange bird, with the large patch of yellow skin exposed at the throat.

Nikon P900 at 400mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 220 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom.
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Lake Yojoa is the largest lake in Honduras. Besides extensive Talipia farms, it is a popular vacation destination for Hondurans. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.
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Humming in the rain... Happy Sunday!
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

On my last morning at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras, while I waited for the bus to the airport, I spent 3 hours around the Lodge in the rain…mostly shooting from the covered decks and walkways. I made the occasional foray out into the grounds with my umbrella when something worthy presented itself and tempted me to chase it (the Toucans for instance). This Rufous-tailed Hummingbird was using one of the flowers right off the deck at the restaurant for a perch. It was a favorite perch…I saw Rufous-tailed, Crowned Wood-nymth, Jocobin, and Saberwing use it over the course of the three hours. Despite the subdued light, there is a lot to see in this image. You get a bird-in-the-hand view of the feather texture. You can see where the angle of the light catches color from the feathers under the neck, and what they look like when the light is not refracting through them. I love the little drops of water on the head, and the rain streaks caught in the back and foreground. I love the clarity and the liquid perfection of the eye.

The shot has an intimate feeling to it…I think because it captures something shared: a shared attitude. Both the the hummer and I were enduring the rain…making the most of a “bad” situation…or rather transforming a potentially bad situation into a good one by the persistence of a positive attitude. A little rain is not going to stop either of us from doing what needs to be done…and, in my case at least, from doing what I enjoy doing. It would be ungenerous of me to think less of the bird. I suspect, from the look of him, that he was enjoying the morning too. It is a shared moment of enjoyment…in the rain. Intimate.

I would like to think that God looks into my rainy days in the same way…enjoying my enjoyment…sharing an intimate moment. It would be ungenerous of me to think otherwise of God, don’t you think? And when your eye is generous, God is always the third in any intimate encounter between two creatures. Enjoying the enjoyment! Or that is what I think.

Happy Sunday!
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+Stephen Ingraham and that is why your expectations don't come true and you must blame others for your failure. 
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Rio Santiago Valley from the slopes above the Rio Santiago Lodge. They graze cattle right up to the peaks across the valley. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 
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OH I want to live there

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February 12, 2016

"As low as it's gonna go"
said Fahrenheit one morning,
"we make that zero."

And tomorrow we prove
again, if he only knew,
he didn't have a clue.

His scale measures,
more than anything,
the limits of one man's
imagination.


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More of the mountains and sky around the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird Reserve in the Aguan Valley of Honduras. Sony HX90V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 
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February 11, 2016

Until today the only
time I was out of
the house all week
was to snowblow
the drive after Tuesday's
storm. Two hours of
shopping tired me out,
and I came home with
only half of what I
went for. I did manage
to fill the bedroom
with houseplants as
part of my campaign to
heal my heart and
deepen my sleep,
(or deepen my sleep
and heal my heart,
as the case may be)
but I forgot the boxer
shorts and could not
find luggage to suit...

that's okay.
That is what Amazon
is for. I will just have
to meet the UPS driver
at the door. 
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Black-cowled Oriole
Another gift of the flowering and fruiting trees off the deck at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras: this Black -cowled Oriole put in an appearance just after breakfast one morning. Again, this is a bird of slightly higher elevations, forced down by unseasonably cool temperatures in the lower cloud forest almost straight above the lodge. We only saw it once...but once was enough!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom. 
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Molto bello!! Ha uno sguardo curioso...... colto al "volo"!!!!!
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  • Clarkson University
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