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really get into virtual reality. At a Chucky Cheese I stood nearby with my camera as my grandson played a video game. He was into it!

Landscape photography is the slowest kind I do, and for that reason it's calming. I find diagonal lines in landscapes almost essential to lead the eye inward and give energy to the composition. I like people in my landscapes (when passers by luckily appear). They provide scale and they anchor a composition, like garden sculptures do. Light and color are always important, especially good light which is hard to define, but I know it when I see it.

Ring Billed Gulls' memories of winter. . . .

I belong to an organization called Delaware Pacem in Terris. "Pacem" has been working on and projects since the Vietnam War. Last year they organized a traveling exhibit of art by first grade through high school age students. Here are some examples of that art.

Killed by a sniper's bullet in WW1 poet Joyce Kilmer remembered trees beyond the trenches:


I think that I shall never see
a poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
against the sweet earth’s flowing breast; a tree that looks at God all day, and lifts her leafy arms to pray; a tree that may in summer wear a nest of robins in her hair; upon whose bosom snow has lain; who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.

I'm fond of small cameras. A favorite of mine is,the Olympus XA. No camera is perfect, and this one has its quirks, but it's a honey of a travel camera. See some of places I've visited with it. The XA has a leaf shutter and fixed 35mm lens. You turn on the meter by opening the clam shell dust cover. It has aperture priority and a split image manual focus. I like to load mine with Kodak Gold 200.

Just received a roll of Fuji Provia 100 slide back from my local lab. Example from that roll here. Love the colors, and Provia scans very easily.

What I've learned by experimentation: tips for : Dress in drab clothing & remove jewelry. Hide behind cover whenever available. Keep sun at your back and in bird's eyes. Move slowly and freeze stock still if seen. Hide your eyes with hat bill. (Birds see better than we do and they notice being noticed. They read our eyes). Approach when bird is preoccupied. Steady camera on rock or tree trunk or limb if available.

Took a walk this morning into Brandywine Park of Wilmington, . We've had lots of rain lately, so a sunny morning was a relief. Spring is finally on a roll, with cherry trees and magnolias and Bradford Pear trees blooming. Shown are some scenes near the Japanese cherry tree garden.

I'm still trying to understand what makes a good street photo. Most street photography doesn't impress me. "Why did he/she shoot that?" I often wonder. Some street photogs seem to get a thrill from getting in stangers' faces without getting punched. If my street photos don't have a feature of beauty or whit, or some clear social intent I ask myself: Why did I shoot that?

Purple Iris: from the humble to the extravagant.

taken by a Vietnamese photog friend, Phan Tuan Khanh, in the sharing group at Flickr which I mentioned in my previous toot.

I live next to the steep and rapid Brandywine River. It once powered hundreds of water wheels, making my area the heart of the industrial revolution in the American colonies. After hard rains, silt washed from Pennsylvania farms turns the river copper brown. Calmer, she runs clear and dark. In all seasons I love to the ever changing .

And still a few more vocalizers. . .

I've tried to learn bird calls by recordings. Didn't work. But I discovered that when I photograph a bird vocalizing the song stays with me. Henceforth when I hear the call it's easier for me to locate the bird in the bush, which makes trying for another photo much easier.

North American are very active now in . As I hike, calls issue from right and left of the trail as rivals stake out their territory. My son used to call them "Satan birds" because he likes to sleep late and they would start their cheery calls before sunrise. Male and female often travel together. The less showy female is slightly calmer. Males stay in on
e place barely a few seconds, so they're very hard to photograph by stalking, which is my preference.

# photography. In Brandywine Park, Wilmington, Delaware, there's a grove of Japanese cherry trees, pink and white, which make every spring a delight. The trees are in their glory only about a week, so you have to anticipate the bloom and drop everything else to record the splendor. I think my timing this year was perfect. The magnolias are also in bloom.

The temperature was way up in today and there was a lovely golden hour. I went out to capture some cherry tree shots. Will post those soon. First though, a couple sepia shots and a black and white with lens flare. That one ended up very interesting.

A nice sunny day in . I used my Olympus TG-5 to do closeup work on a magnolia tree. It does very well in macro. A couple of in-camera art shots are posted here, one labled "pin hole" in the menu, the other labled "gentle sepia."