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Stephen Ingraham
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Christian, birder, photographer, blogger...
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For the love of landscape...
Sweep panorama under heavy clouds. Mousam River, Kennebunk Maine. Sony RX10iv. Processed in Polarr.
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African bird of the day: Purple Grenadier. A common garden bird of Kenya. This one on the grounds of Osero Camp at the north edge of Masai Mara. Not a perfect pic, but a lovely bird. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent.
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Pic for today: Hippos on the Mara River
John, our pilot on our Kenya Safari, was under the mistaken impression that we only had one day in the Masai Mara, so he adopted a “see everything” policy that took us from the north east corner of the reserve all the way to the Mara River in the south. The Mara is famous for its Wildebeest crossings during migration. We were there at the right time, but the water was too high. Still there are Hippopotamuses and Crocodiles…both of which we did see. These photos were taken from the bluff on the north side of the river, looking down. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic. Note the Common Sandpiper (very much like our Spotted Sandpiper in both looks and behavior) on the back of the Hippo in the top image 🙂
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October 17
It is the kind of day when you can
stand on the edge of the storm
behind the dunes and watch a spot
of sun race toward you down the
river...when a sudden tongue of wind
trailing out of clouds can lick both
you and the bike right off the road...
when your sweatshirt and wind-
breaker (over base layer under
gear of course) is almost enough...
when you are thankful for wool
socks under your crocs...a fall day...
a fully fall day, with frost in the
forecast overnight. Part of me is in
no hurry at all, and part of me says
“about time!” Not that what I think
will change anything except my mind.
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For the love of landscape...
Landscape detail. Fallen leaves, Emmon’s Preserve, Kennebunkport Maine. Sony RX10iv in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.
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African bird of the day: Marico and Scarlet-chested Sunbirds in a Sausage Tree at Osero Camp in Masai Mara, Kenya, and my three spontaneous bird guides for the morning.
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Pic for today: More of Amboseli’s Elephants
We saw many elephants in Tsavo East National Park and many in Masai Mara, but by far the most in Amboseli. The well watered marshes and old lake bed are lush grazing for elephants. Sony RX10iv in Program mode. Various focal lengths. Processed in Polarr and assembled in ImgPlay.
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October 16
A few months ago I noticed a callus on my
right thumb, on the outside, just above the
knuckle. It was getting large enough to
bother a bit while riding my bike, and I
could not help but see it putting on my
cycling gloves. I was mystified. Over several
weeks I ran an inventory of contact points
on the bike, thinking for sure it must be bike
related, but I could find no consistent pressure
point that might have caused it. It was not
until I was in Kenya, using my camera 6 hours
a day, that I realized that it is from the grip
on my Sony RX10iv. Now there’s a thing
to wonder at. Evidently I use my camera
enough to cause a callus. I am not sure
exactly what that says about me, or about
a man and his tools, but I don’t think it is
anything I should be ashamed of...
or I would not, surely, be sharing it here.
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For the love of landscape. Bascom River at Emmon’s Preserve. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iv at 24mm. Processed in Polarr.
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African bird of the day: Little Bee Eater. I am pretty sure I shared a single shot of this Little Bee Eater before, sitting on the ground in front of its nest, but it deserves a more extensive presentation. A pair were busy building and guarding a tunnel nest right by our “lunch” tree our last full day in Masai Mara. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. Processed in Polarr and assembled in ImgPlay.
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