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Got to do a camping trip up in Minnesota with my boys over the weekend. Partially to get a good view on the Norther Lights. We got some good views with the ol naked eyes early Friday night. It was cold though, and we under-prepared for that, unfortunately, so boys didn't want to get out of their sleeping bags and go do more viewing when it got more active again later in the night.

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The stories these rocks could tell... if only they could. For me it's very much like imagining fanciful figures in clouds.

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site in south-central New Mexico.


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The Old Power Plant near the edge of Niagara Falls in the Autumn. Standing here, this close to the edge of the great Niagara Falls at the point of no return. The depths of which the water's hard to imagine wanting to go over to see how it would go.....just crazy. The Fall colors on the river's edge were beautiful.

The Art:

#Niagarafalls #Canada #Photography #waterfall #ayearforart #Art #Mastoart #Travel #History #Fediart #Prints #Nikon #Photographer

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Sleeping birds.

These little sleeping birds are dunlins (Calidris alpina). Notice how all of the birds on the outer fringes on the group have their beak tucked under the wing facing away from center. I read about this behavior with another bird species. It's a defensive measure. Many bird species can keep part of their brain awake and keep on

"Shorebird hybrids are very rare, but careful observation by birders have turned up hybrids between Dunlin and at least two other arctic-nesting species: White-rumped Sandpiper and Purple Sandpiper." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #bird #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #dunlin

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Good morning. 🍂🌿🍃

1 November 2023

I just said good morning and look, it's almost noon. I haven't been myself for the past week plus. I may have mentioned that I had a cold, well it hasn't completely gone away yet, though it's abated quite a bit. Sometimes, like now, I wonder if the symptoms are more expectation that than real. Sleep is what's need and sleep is what I've been doing. I've missed my early morning sessions in the backyard with my cameras.

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #cold #November

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Cooper's Hawk

Another photo of a cooper's hawk.

"The oldest recorded Cooper's Hawk was a male and at least 20 years, 4 months old. He was banded in California in 1986, and found in Washington in 2006." -

#photo #photography #photographer #birds #CoopersHawk

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Good morning. 🍂🍂🍂

25 September 2023

Yesterday the sky was dark, and I was sure it would rain, but other than a few isolated drops, nada. Today, I hope will be different, my lawn could use some rain. I haven't been keeping up with watering this year. Interestingly, in Louisiana, you can find ground water about a foot below the surface.

My personality used to include a taste of OCD. When I say "used to" I mean relatively recent past, not my long-ago younger days. When something needed to get done, I would obsess until it happened. But now-a-days, in retirement, I'm as mellow as a pillow.

It's weird how our personalities change over the years. We're more like machines than we'd like to believe. A slight chemical imbalance changes the ballgame.

“Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” - David G. Allen

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #foliage #weather #patience

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#ThrowbackThursday to a few years ago, pre-pandemic, when I was commuting 52 miles (84Km) roundtrip every day from our then home near downtown down to the Johnson Space Center (glad I don’t have to do that any more). I took this photo while heading home on a #summer evening when the otherwise mundane drive in Houston freeway traffic was transformed by this a dying #thunderstorm over the city, spectacularly lit up by the setting sun.

#photography #driving

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Where is she?

This is a male pileated woodpecker. I took the photo a few months ago, there was a mated pair hanging out in nearby trees. In this photo he stopped what he was doing to look around.

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #PileatedWoodpecker

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Wait, #throwbackthursday is still a thing?! Don't mind if I do. See: cherry blossoms from our first trip to Japan in 2014. (Coincidentally about the last time I trucked with social media.)

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