Saturday, April 29, 2017

Greater Roadrunner

I was walking to my favorite Costa’s Hummingbird location in Palm Springs, California when I saw a Greater Roadrunner across the road on a stone wall. I had to work fast because a woman was walking through with her dogs.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, April 28, 2017

Forgotten Photo Friday, August Afternoon Sail on Gloucester Harbor

It has been quite a while since we moved out to Ipswich. I still remember my old front yard in Gloucester. Alsa, the apartment was getting too small and it was time to get some streatching room.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Queen

This butterfly was shot outside of Palm Springs, CA. It is simply know as Queen.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

I found a few Black-tailed Gnatcatchers on a walk in the outskirts of Palm Springs. The first image is of one of the adults. The rest are juveniles. There were about five in the family.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

I try to shoot the under-tails of the gnatcatchers out west. Here you see the characteristic field mark of the underside of the tail feathers.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

 

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Monday, April 24, 2017

Off to Palm Springs, CA

I arrived in Palm Springs, CA at 9:00pm on April 15th. The next morning, since my body was working on a clock set to three hours earlier, I was up and out of the house before the sun was over the mountains to the east.
This is the first frame of the trip. A male Costa’s Hummingbird. To the left of the frame, the sun is starting to splash on the mountains to the west.
©2017 Steve Borichevsky
©2017 Steve Borichevsky
Keep checking in. I will have more posts in the near future. There will be butterflies, nesting Costa’s Hummingbirds, Nighthawks and Verdins.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day

I have a cell phone app that gives me a life feed from the International Space Station. It allows me to capture images from the feed. I suppose that makes me a far out photographer. It’s is one of the doodle-daddle things I might do in the middle of the night if I cannot sleep.
©2017 Steve Borichevsky
I got lucky one day and caught the full moon rising as the sun was setting on the ISS.
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Below is a series of shots of a sunrise on the ISS
The Earth’s radius is 6375 km.©2017 Steve Borichevsky
That is 3961 miles.
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The sunlight is starting to refract to the right of the image.
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The sun starts to appear over the horizon.
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Notice how thin the atmosphere is. If the earth were the size of an apple, the atmosphere would be much thinner than the skin.
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It is not infinately thick.©2017 Steve BorichevskyDid you know that the optimum amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is 3 parts in ten thousand?©2017 Steve Borichevsky
Less than that and the atmosphere would tend towards an ice age.
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More than 6 CO2 molecules in 10,000 and we may not be able to stop the heating trend. 
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We were at about 2.7 CO2 molecules in 1700.
Today we are at 4.75 and climbing.
Good Science and Engineering can fix this trend.
As long as they are not mouth pieces for the fossil fuel companies.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eastern Phoebes

Late afternoon photos a Eastern Phoebes. It is great to have them back in the yard after a New England winter.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Which way should I go?

Which way should I go? Sometimes when I’m out on the trails, I oftern wonder. It is good to have a local guide from time to time.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

White-breasted Nuthatch

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fox Sparrow

This is a fun sparrow that we do not get in our area too often. They do like the dark woody undergrowth, so getting a picture is rather special.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Northern Cardinal Photo Study

We normally think of male Northern Cardinals as a pure red bird. That may not be true at this time of the year. As the season goes on and he gets into his breading plumage, he will become more like the picture in our mind’s eye.


These are images of the same specimen.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Common Loons

We still have Common Loons in the area. Soon they will go inland and go into breeding plumage.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Okay, it is just a Herring Gull

It is just a Herring Gull, but it was Sunday Morning, the sky was blue for the frist time since dirt was born and I was just happy to get out.©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Monday, April 3, 2017

Morning Doves

A pair of morning doves enjoying the sun on Sunday morning after the big storm. Notice in the second photo that the flower buds on the Red Maples are starting to swell.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

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