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I Know 'Tis But A Dream -- Tacoma, Washington
















For #FungusFriday / +Fungus Friday, curated by +Chris Sullivan and +Dan Bowden, and +ShroomshotSaturday / #ShroomshotSaturday , curated by +Patti dizzy blond Colston, +Michael Albrecht, and +Gary Crawford, and #QuirkyNature  / +Quirky Nature, curated by +Carissa Braun, and #AllThingsGreen  / +All Things Green, curated by +Cicely Robin Laing, ...
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"Playful Kitties"
Juvenile Cheetahs
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kalahari desert, South Africa

Here's a special submission for Caturday for all my friends with serious Kalahari withdrawal symptoms...this includes +Grobler du Preez, +Dick Whitlock, +Jim Robertson, +Jim Dehnert, +Anette Mossbacher, +Wayne Marinovich, +Marlon du Toit, +Rudi van den Heever  and a whole lot more.

This was taken in the middle of the rainy season earlier this year, in a VERY green Kalahari! A cheetah mother and her 3 cubs were sauntering up the Auob river towards the Batulama waterhole, when the youngsters broke into a minute or 3 of playful interaction. They were super-quick and it was over in a jiffy, but I did get some interesting shots despite my stupidity of attaching a teleconverter right before they started running towards the SUV and eventually came too close.

I am off to do a talk on Wildlife Photography with +Nikon South Africa in my hometown, I hope you all have a good weekend! Remember that I posted my top 10 tips for improving your Wildlife Photography on DPS (The Digital Photography School) here: 
http://digital-photography-school.com/10-tips-for-improving-your-wildlife-photography

Shot with: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 500mm f4 VR-II, 1.4x teleconverter

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Submission for:
1. #caturday  (+CATURDAY!) by +Lee Daniels (I hope this perks you up some!) and +Christophe Friedli (currently curated by +Cicely Robin Laing +Jules Falk Hunter & +Shantha Marie Fountain)
2. #plusphotoextract  by +Jarek Klimek 
3. #wholewildlifeweek  
4. #quirkynature  (+Quirky Nature) by +Carissa Braun 
5. #hqsppromotion  (+HQSPPromotion) by +Rinus Bakker +J. Rae Chipera +Tammy Boldt +Mukundh B +Marina Versaci & +Syuzanna Avetisyan 
6. #speedysaturday  (+Speedy Saturday) by +Patricia dos Santos Paton
7. #nikonshooters  (+Nikon Shooters) by +Bob Harbison 
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This had to be your work +Morkel Erasmus  Kinda getting the eye to spot a morkel now! Thx for the share. Great.
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A Question For All

I know I have not been on top of it lately with re-sharing photos (and sometimes being a punctual curator). While I'd fallen off the radar during the holidays, I've been thinking of a suggestion I was given earlier. Especially the contributors, here's my question to you:

What do you think of using the community feature?

Should it be added? I don't want anyone's photos to be missed. As busy as this year is already shaping up to be, I wonder if this might help. I'd still want to re-share contributions, but do let me know your thoughts!
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Snowflake-a-Day #22

Wow, that was quite the storm last night. I spent a few hours out in the frigid and windy weather, finding the idea of snowflake photography quite frustrating. We had wind speeds gusting up to 75km/h, which is less than ideal. With wind blowing that fast, the snowflakes did not stay still; Even when caught in the fibers of my mitten, they would vibrate back and forth, changing their angle slightly and making focus stacking a grueling nightmare.

On this snowflake you can see tiny bits and pieces of other crystals, and view large to see the full details and colours. 26 images were focus stacked with much difficulty, but the results are always worth it. :)

The snowflakes were small and most often shattered or otherwise broken by the time I could find them. Persistence pays off, and I did manage to grab more than a few good shots. The world may not have ended, but for a while yesterday it certainly felt imminent! :)

#SnowySaturday by +John Fujimagari, and #QuirkyNature by +Carissa Braun!
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A tiny jumping spider (maybe Eris militaris) waiting for prey on a trail bollard for #SpiderSunday  curated by +Kimberly Hosey and +Shane Williams and for #HQSPMacro  curated by +Vinod Krishnamoorthy and +Vishal Kumar and for #DailyDepthofField  curated by +Nuraini Ghaifullah and +Vince Ong and for #QuirkyNature curated by +Carissa Braun 
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Keepin' Cool In the Kalahari!

Ground Squirrels @ Nossob Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

These are the first animals to "greet" you when you pull into your camping spot...it can be 35+C during the day so they cover themselves up with sand in the shade to keep cool!

#QuirkyNature +Quirky Nature curated by +Carissa Braun
#SquirrelSaturday +Squirrel Saturday curated by +Beth Blackwell and +Skippy Sheeskin
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals curated by +Joe Urbz , +Marina Versaci , +Nicole Best
#10000photographersaroundtheworld +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS around the World curated by +Robert SKREINER
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Skin Deep -- Bingham, Illinois
















For #EarthPatternSaturday  / +Earth Pattern Saturday, curated by +Annette Gretler and +Beat Gretler, and #QuirkyNature / +Quirky Nature, curated by +Carissa Braun, and #RuralSaturday / +#RuralSaturday, curated by +Mario Cerroni and +linda stokes...
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Snowflake-a-Day #15

It's been a busy day, setting up the Christmas tree, getting some shopping out of the way, and a thousand little things that make the day disappear. Thankfully, I had been saving a snowflake for just such a day, one that required no focus-stacking.

This is just a single image from my camera, cropped for composition and editing in Lightroom and Photoshop, but nothing too fancy... colour correction, sharpening, contrast. View large to see better sharpness and detail!

Anyone else out there getting some snowflake shots? We've got snow in the forecast for this evening, but a temperature of -1C is not ideal for the biggest and most beautiful snowflakes. I'll certainly try to make the best of it though. :)

#QuirkyNature curated by +Carissa Braun!
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#QuirkyNature: Weekend oddities of nature. Curated by Carissa Braun.
Introduction
Quirky Nature is a weekly weekend photography theme featuring nature photos that are odd, interesting, random, peculiar, or puzzling.

Curated by +Carissa Braun

As a weekend theme, that'll leave five days to sort through photos while you have two days to find your favorites.

Definition: characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits: "quirky charm".

Whether it's an unexpected shot, a odd sight off the trail, peculiar growth, or something else then share it. If it has a story behind it, add it!

Be sure to check out G+ Photo Pages Directory for other themes, or add +Daily Photography Themes and G+ Photo Pages Directory to your circle!