Joe Connors
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After spending some time overseas and witnessing so many interesting & new visuals, I decided to engage in Photography to capture those still moments. I chose to document Medical and Environmental issues, which also provided more people and places to see, as in SE Asia, East Africa, Morocco, India, Nepal, Costa Rica, etc. To me, Photography of any type seems best accomplished by practicing each type(portrait, night, landscape, etc.) until excellence is achieved in each; then apply the same rules to all other types(exposure, depth of field, composition, etc. ). Also, to me, the same "eye" that sees the world in all aspects will find a great shot via the Camera, like the right ingredients that will make a great meal. What bothers me the most is "overexposure." What I like the most is obvious intense "effort", whether for a quick shot or a long studied work. For all of us who collectively benefit from this engaging site, I am sure we can all join up in thanking the geniuses from Google in providing Panoramio free to us, & the link-ups it creates with each other through Photography; as well as especially appreciating those who actually implement it currently and previously. The elaborating aspects of Panoramio illustrates a creatively organized concept.... As to "my" little Panoramio Gallery here, many more photos will follow and your comments are welcomed. All images here are a result of that great invention we all owe so much to and those who came before us, that created it: The "Camera." - Joe

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Somewhere off the coast of the Philippines, a night dive found two allies that have the freedom of no rent, no expenses and a free swimming pool. BUT, at any moment, they could eaten...and even by: The Photographer!

Joe, The Photgrapher

Just South of Washington DC is Huntley Meadows, an area wisely preserved amidst a sprawling lack of Nature. I think it may be a yellow-neck night Heron, because it is "night" and I asked someone else who knew what they were talking about.

That same humility allows me to speculate that whoever saw the wisdom of preserving Nature(but killing Mosquitoes is great-no fanatics please)we thank, and try to do the same in measured balance. So, do your part, but remember, there are too many Crocodiles, bad microbes and parasites. Go back to Nature with a big stick.

Joe. The Photographer

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A Dragon Fly lands on a flower and waits for a mosquito to pass by for lunch.

They have six legs, but cannot walk! What? God, get back here and re-do this; I know Hare Krishnas who can hop around on their rumps, never mind one leg.

Another problem: in Europe, they have been considered "sinister," and in Romania, it was/is believed that they were horses possessed by the Devil!

So, the purpose of this photograph is to show that despite this sweet little flower it rests upon, it is a devil with too many legs. I ask you all what is the sinister reason for all those legs????????

Joe, The Photographer

I can't remember if this sunrise or sunset. These days, I like to watch the late night comedy shows, so you early Rabbits, who want to be "seen" will have to adjust your schedule....

Joe, The Photographer

120 miles by road from San Jose, going N.W., is the Cano Negro river and refuge. With no tourists in sight, we took a small boat up the river, well stocked with birds, monkeys and Caymans. This Cayman came down to the edge to inspect me. Like the larger Crocs and Gators, the close you get the more amazing and intimidating they become. Costa Rica has some parks not so abundant with wildlife, but not this one. Cano Negro gets a thumbs up!

Joe, The Photographer

Trying to get this giraffe to pose against this appealing background required strange sounds and arm waving. Perplexed, he stop and started, and finally gave me the spot and the pose one late afternoon in Northern Tanzania.

Surrounded by muted colors and low sunlight, this bright butterfly easily captures enough rays to standout for shot without a flash.

A pair of giraffes walk elegantly beneath an umbrella of tropical birds, each on their way to get ready for nightfall. With not a man-made object in sight(provided I don't turn around and look at my jeep), one looks out to a picture that could harken back the image of primeval days, when the intense beauty rivaled the fierce predators, as it does now.

With window open and a bird feeder nearby, I am ready with a pre-set underexposed flash to catch only the bird in the early evening who came down for a last meal before bed.

A slow stream with forest green reflection hosts a passing contrasting red leaf--with a drop of water on the leaf and a shaft of narrow sunlight. A hint of gold appears to complete the trilogy of colors.

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