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Puwakpitiya, Knuckles Mountain Range, Sri Lanka.

After capturing the moody fog and view looking east over Stansbury Creek (See Below in the Comments), I arrived down at my dad's house and we looked out over the river discussing how colorful the sunset could be. I also noticed that the low fog band was out over this part of Middle River. So I headed out to the end of the neighbor's long pier placing me out farther in the river. From here I focused in looking westward towards the glowing sunlight sneaking in to the cloudy scene. This band of light is what held the potential for the colorful sunset once the sun reached the horizon. At this time this was about 30 minutes before sunset.


Used the 9 Stop ND filter here to get the 30 second exposure smoothing out the reflection. The river was close to a mirror, but the slightest breeze was causing small ripples across its surface.


After this capture, I then added a 4 Stop ND filter that I just got for Christmas (ICE Brand). The filter cost around $20. Was skeptical at that low price, but I told Ms. Krach to buy it for me if she wanted to ... and she did. I needed to replace one of my Hoya 4 Stops that was around 2 years old and had some scratches. That filter had been through a lot of use. When I researched the Hoya 4 Stop must have been in high demand as the cost was over $100.


I will post that capture soon and my thoughts on the ICE Brand filters for those that are interested. That capture was for several minutes with the clouds and fog streaming along in the scene.

banded orange heliconia

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We were treated to a beautiful banded sunrise , when the clouds parted just enough to light the tops of the peaks at Moraine Lake, Banff, Alberta.


Thanks, as always, for stopping by and for all of your kind comments -- I appreciate them all.


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We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be never so vile. This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day. William Shakespeare


Have a lovely weekend, friends.

Another shot from Belum Rainforest Resort's jetty. No HDR this time.


Explored on 11/6/08, highest at #404.

Band of brothers.


Three of my young neighbours, returning from their madrasa classes in the evening.

Hillview H/S, Chittagong.

A female banded dotterel sits on her nest.


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Butterfly World, Coconut Creek, Florida.

Banded orange butterfly (Dryadula phaetus) on a flower at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland

Slid down the riverbank on my backside, sat on thistles, left arm in stingers, one foot in river. The things you do to get a photograph sometimes!

Band-e-Amir, Afghanistan

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Brighton's beautiful Victorian Band Stand

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens, Weidebeekjuffer)

Nikon D800 + Sigma 180mm 1:2.8 APO macro DG HSM.






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The Blue-banded bee (Amegilla cingulata) is one of my favourite bees. Seen here on Salvia in our garden.


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I am not positive on the species of this butterfly but I believe it is a Banded Orange. If I am wrong hopefully someone will correct me.


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Tomorrow I wiil post the female. First time I could capture these so close :-)

Thanks "Feva", one of my favourite artists here for her inspiration for this perspective and motive!

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A pristine Banded Orange (Dryadula phaetusa) balances on the edge of a leaf. Below is a glimpse of the underwing of this beautiful butterfly.

Seen at the "Wings of Paradise" butterfly conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario.

Bands of color and light in this vertical comp taken in South Dakota at sunset just after a wild thunderstorm had rolled through.


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Band Stand, Clapham Common, Early Morning

The first time I could take some shots of this one. From some distance, but I'm happy with it.

Blue-banded Bee ( Amegilla cingulata ) on a drumstick allium in our garden.


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This little fella was so inquisitive. When the shutter clicked he would flutter off and land on my lens hood. This was his pose for me...

Taken this morning between showers! River Itchen - Hampshire

Practice before the contest (in heavy rain).

Scottish Pipe Band Championship 2014


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The Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It is often found along slow-flowing streams and rivers. It is a Eurasian species occurring from the Atlantic coast eastwards to Lake Baikal and northwestern China. This is a male photographed in the water meadows in Laan Valley Nature Reserve, Vlaams Brabant, Belgium

A new species for me. This female was very cooperative. I wish I knew what type of plant that is upon which she is perched. Any help on that would be appreciated. Not a very common species as their larva do not compete very well with other dragonflies. This one had such a nice bright yellow body and beautiful amber wing bands. This is the only one I have ever come across in the Twin Cities. A rather small species, about 1 inch long.

These Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) are two out of a band of three brothers which have been thriving in Kwara for many years. They were already past their prime when we saw them in March 2013. It seems that one of the three has already been lost.

Back then, we would hang around and hang around and the most they would do for us was to walk around and mark their territory


Sighted at -19.05269,23.36853 (19°03'09.7"S 023°22'06.7"E)

31 Mar 2013 6:11pm


Nikkor 400/2.8 VR


Little Kwara, Okavango Delta, Botswana

-19.10519,23.26619 (19°06'18.7"S 023°15'58.3"E)

Female Band-winged dragonlet (Erythrodiplax umbrata) - Taylor Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida


Not bad for hand-held, though in this case I set the focus to MF and changed the camera to subject distance at the MFD to light up the center spot.

A serviceable technique when you've got enough light to work at reasonable shutter speeds.

A collection of Banded Snail Shells collected from Kentish Hedgerows near Faversham. I find the variations in size, shape, colour and form so fascinating. The next posts will include some of the beautiful Banded Snail shells found in the hedgerows.

The legs of this Canada goose were banded and branded! We often see this on the geese, my guess it is some kind of count to keep track on the numbers. They are not allowed to be killed but are fast becoming a bit of a nuisance.

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