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Stephen Ingraham
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Christian, birder, photographer, blogger...
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Along the shoulder of the Tucson Mountains looking west toward Kit Peak, Saguaro National Park West, Tucson AZ. Sony RX10iv in-camera HDR at 24mm. Processed in Polarr.
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Hedgehog Cactus Flowers
There were only a few cacti in bloom in the Sonora Desert among the tall Saguaro when I visited last week, but the tiny Hedgehog Cactus was among them, and it has wonderful clusters of flowers. The Hedgehogs tend to grow best in the shade of another cactus...a big cholla or a young saguaro, so they are often tucked in tight to the base of one or the other, where the shade is deepest. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/800th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.
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August 15
The Broad-billed Hummingbird is aptly named...
it does indeed maintain an exceptionally broad
bill at the base...and bright red as it is, it is hard
to ignore. Still, the bird in its iridescent hues,
smoldering blue-green fire, deserves a more
brilliant name...something more exotic and more
rare...perhaps parti sapphire...or fire opal...some
precious stone that catches the light so, and
refracts it back the way the hummingbird does,
dazzling the eye, delighting the mind, a wonder
on wings (and okay, a broad-billed wonder).
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Mature Saguaro cactus against the backdrop of the Tucson Mountains at Saguaro National Park West. Sony RX10iv in-camera HDR at 280mm. Processed in Polarr.
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Coati!
I mentioned in a Day Poem that I saw my first Coati in the wild in North America (more or less) under the feeders at the Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon, south of Tucson, Arizona. My only other Coati was in a similar setting...under the feeders at Selva Verde Lodge in Costa Rica. I am beginning to see a pattern here. This particular Coati has learned to drink from the hummingbird feeders at the lodge. It can just barely reach, but it is evidently worth the effort. Sweets for the sweet. And a good show for the watching birders. The hummingbirds were, on the other hand, not too pleased. :) Sony RX10iv at 600mm and 156mm equivalents. Program mode. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 500 and 320. Processed in Polarr. Assembled in FrameMagic.
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August 14
My birthday! 71 years old, or young, as I might
say, being optimistic. A day of jet lag from the
Tucson trip, applying for a visa for Kenya, ordering
back-up batteries and another set of Crocs
(rumor has it Crocs might be going out of business
so I had better stock up). And I got out for a
short eBike ride, despite the lag, and then the
Jewel of India for a birthday dinner, and peach
pie and vanilla ice cream with two candles stuck
on top by way of celebration. (Not sure why two,
but I am not asking.) We did see two rainbows, or
the same rainbow twice, bright and close as the
storm passed east of us. Laid on just for me and
my 71st, of course...special order and delivery.
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And rainbows. From the balcony of my hotel in Tucson Arizona. Sony RX10iv in-camera HDR at 24mm. Processed in Polarr.
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American Rubyspot...
I have searched the streams of York County Maine for several years now looking for an American Rubyspot Damselfly, to no avail. I know they are here. I just can’t find one. This one is from a morning at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson Arizona, where it was fairly common. I am almost sure this is an American Rubyspot, but in Tucson, along the rapid little stream where I found it, it might be a Canyon Rubyspot. Perhaps someone who knows better than I can advise. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. 1/400th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.
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August 13
You can probably see it other places,
but I think of it as particularly Tucson...
cars with all the paint burned off the
roof by the unrelenting sun...
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Santa Rita Mountains at the head of Madera Canyon, south of Tucson Arizona Sony RX10iv in-camera HDR at 24mm. Processed in Polarr.
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