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    Presently in an Eskimo village about 500 miles due west of Anchorage, AK
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    Wildlife, photography, my environment. I love taking photos of birds. And when I can afford to travel (less frequently the past many years) I love taking photos of what I am seeing as I travel. I love the four corners area of the US, and also the area along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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  1. waltonksm

    Spectacular Reynisfjara beach at sunrise

    Another stellar image
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    Fairy tale Podere Belvedere at sunrise

    It is almost as if you just "happened onto" this scene? I have only seen two of your images here and they are both spectacular. I would love to have a few like these. Very nice. Walt
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    Tundra Blossoms

    Thank you, Hugh. I have been looking at past posts and responses, looking for a recommendation you made (I think it was you) for trying the Olympus 60mm macro lens. I believe you recommended trying it before deciding on the "best" macro lens? And I cannot resist, since you are mentioning the south island: (1982?)
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    Tundra Blossoms

    Attached are some more tundra photos. Things change rapidly here, and the Coltsfoot is now at the seed phase. And a few wild raspberry blossoms: Cranberry Blossoms: Labrador Tea Labrador Tea on the left, Cloudberry on the right. A tfew OOF cranberry blossoms are in this image, too. Cloudberry: These are really amazing. They are so white, and reflect so much light, that these were taken at minus 1 F. And they are STILL too light and bright.
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    Rainbow at St. Mary's, AK

    Hugh: I was going to respond that I am not as pessimistic about the future as you, BUT..... In the past many years that I have lived here, there has been fairly dramatic change. Many of the prime berry-picking areas adjacent to the village are now gone. I do not mean to say that berry picking no longer occurs or is in danger. It is not, for now. But some hillsides that used to be tundra grasses and vegetation are now covered with really dense "forests" of tundra willow. These willows seldom exceed 6 feet in height, but they are really "thickets," and are almost impossible to walk through. Perhaps this is just "normal" change.n But winters are very different than even 10 years ago. Last winter I never even used my heavy winter coat. We had only a handful of days below minus 20 F. My coat is good for minus 20 to colder than minus 40 with a stiff wind. I used to need it frequently in the winter. But someone better want these photos soon. I am too old to wait for much more change. Thanks for your complements. If you are interested, I have many images of plants of various types on my flickr pages.
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    Rainbow at St. Mary's, AK

    That "black angled thingie" is my porch roof overhang. I have a couple of reasons that it is still there: 1. I had no idea the photo woud get this sort of response. I posted it more as a "lark" So It was not the most serious job of editing. 2. I might can use some sort of "touch-up" or "healing" brush. But I had trouble keeping the whole second rainbow in the image if I cropped it out. I will put this on my list of things to do sometime in the near future, or when i have winter nights of 18 hours, rather than summer sun of 20 hours! I just checked. On June 21 our sunrise is at 4:59 AM, and sunset the 'next day" at 12:52 AM. But thank you for the complement. I was using an almost new lens on the sunset. I have nothing quite as good as this one the past two summers. But something about our topography seems to make rainbows form at that same spot fairly often. Just nothing quite as spectacular as this one.
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    The humble dandelion

    The dandelion population seems to be at least twice as populous as it usual. So I decided to spend some time taking a few photos of them.
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    Spring in Deer Creek Canyon

    Merlin: A nice assortment. I find that I can imagine taking these same images. BUT, the hand prints in #20, are they contemporary? Or something old? And how did they get onto the rock? I assume this is some sort of sandstone. Thanks, Walton
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    And a little more Tundra

    I am continuing to photograph the tundra, and record the changes that occur so rapidly. I have a few more images below with the intent of further illustrating the unbelievable diversity that grows on the tundra. I do not feel I ever really realized this until I started taking closeups last fall. This first image is a bit of everything. There are a few cranberries from last fall (and yes, I have eaten quite a few of them, and they taste great!) The cranberries are not so tart as they were last fall. Labrador tea, cap head moss, new cranberry plants, and more. I am still spending a lot of time learning plant identification of tundra vegetation. The pixie cups, below, are adorned with British Solders (another form of lichen found growing on many other types of lichen.) There are quite a few pixie cups that appear to be dead, and perhaps some reindeer lichen, There are a few small sporophytes sticking up at the right center third of the image. Below is a "forest" of sporophytes growing on a variety of sphagnum moss. The sun has provided very bright backlighting. And here are some more sporophytes growing on moss. And these plants have an absolutely fabulous name: They are Woolly Louseworts! With a name like that they have to be a really cool plant! Below is a group of four of them. And for a decent closeup that helps one to better understand the "woolly" part of the name, examine the image below: I have alternated using the 60mm Sigma macro, the 12-50 Olympus macro, and now the 30mm Olympus macro. It allows me to get closer to the object than the 60mm lens does. I find it a very easy lens to use. I have left the exif information visible in the flickr links, if anyone is interested..I am leaning toward using the 30mm f3.5 for more of my closeups. The 12-50 is a solid second, and for now, the 60mm Sigma is coming in third.
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    moon with a leica/panasonic 100-400mm

    The moon tonight (this AM) was red, and had some neat clouds across it. I was trying to hand hold it at 400mm.... it is not THAT good. But the photo I am attaching was taken at 400mm, ISO 2000, F6.3, 1/60th on a tripod. I was too lazy to find my cable release, so was pushing the shutter release with my finger. This is the best photo I have ever taken of the moon.
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    Rainbow at St. Mary's, AK

    And Dallas, I do want to thank you too, for answering many of my questions, as well as commenting on my photos. I still have a ways to go to learn the menu structure of the Olympus EM-1 cameras. But I have to say I am really pleased with close-up/macro photos with the EM-1. I am having a lot of fun getting these closeups. Frankly, I look at them and wonder.... they are better than I thought that I had done......taken by someone else, not me. Ultimately, I hope to get some of these used (or even sold.) There are not too many of these tundra photos around. But then I suspect there is not much demand for them, either.
  12. waltonksm

    Rainbow at St. Mary's, AK

    Thank you, Armando..... and a few others, too. But I am a bit surprised by the complements. I am the just the guy who snapped the shutter. The rainbow was there, all on its own. I just figured I was lucky to see it, and then luckier to have just the right lens to get it all into my frame (my 7.5mm manual lens.) I took about 6 shots before I was satisfied with the exposure.
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    Rainbow at St. Mary's, AK

    I have a few more of those photos now. Even the name is sort of special. This is a "Woolly Lousewort." How in the world do they com up with some of these names? Also unrelated to the photos, I was living in Anchorage for about 12 years before coming back out here. This town was my home from 1992 until 2004. I was in a coffee shop not far from Anchorage, and I got to overhear a conversation that some tourists were having with a sort of local (she lived "off the grid" in a cabin with no electric or plumbing.) She was telling them about how the inconvenience was minor compared to the rewards. After the local left, the family group (seemed to be five of them) was discussing what they had heard. One of them said something like, "I have never been anywhere before where all of the residents are so positive about where they live, and how they would not change locations for anything." And were so willing to stop and talk with them about how great it is to live here. I moved here (Alaska) in 1985, and really would NOT want to move anywhere else. That includes returning to the high desert area of Arizona. Maybe if I was guaranteed a decent location like the 4 corners area I would have to give it some thought. But I honestly have dreamed, more than once, that I was back in Arizona, had made a mistake in leaving, but had no money to move back. I have recently reconnected with some old friends from 30 years ago. I now sometimes explain to them where I am and what I am doing. And I really wonder how on earth did I manage to get here? I am really fortunate. It is past my bedtime, and I am looking out over the Andreafsky River with a full moon rising. There are moose, black and brown bears, and other wildlife just a few minutes from here (actually, a brown bear has been spotted on our village roads already this spring.) From the local cemetery on a hill, we watched three bull moose feeding across the river one day last week. The cemetery is where I get a lot of tundra photos. It is maybe 1.5 miles from here. OK. Enough sales pitch.
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    Rainbow at St. Mary's, AK

    And one more (almost) unrelated comment. I knew (from reading) that the tundra is very diverse, and a very interesting "system." But I had never really "looked" at it that closely until I started taking all of these photos that I have been doing the past two years. In spite of having lived in this region of Alaska for much of the past 30 years, this diversity has been a real surprise to me. So my photos are really a surprise to me, too.
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    Rainbow at St. Mary's, AK

    I need to do a few direct comparisons between the two. My impression is that I get more magnification from the 12-50, because I can get much closer to the subject than with the 60mm. I also just corrected a few terrible editing mistakes I made in my last post. I bought a cheap extension ring set a few months ago. So far I have not tried it. I always intend to do these tests, then go out and use what I am familiar with. I guess I will have to spend a couple of hour with some comparisons.

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