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Blue, Green and Everything in Between

From where I sit, it's the best part of the spectrum. Blues and greens are naturally calming colours, which is one of the reasons why nature is visually therapeutic. Apart from the ocean, the sky and the trees, there are a number of species of birds that sport these colours. Generally tricky to render correctly on "film", these birds can look completely different under different lighting conditions. Birds' colours are a result of the interaction between incident light and the molecular structure of their feathers - what we see is the light that's reflected and refracted from the plumage itself....

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Validation in Rule-breaking

Last year I headed up to the forests of Brasso Seco in Trinidad's Northern Range for an overnight with the TTFNC. The combination of having lunch at home, the subsequent digestion period, taking my time on the road, getting distracted along the Arima-Blanchicheusse Road, plus taking the wrong turn at the village of Brasso Seco itself ensured that I got there just as the light was fading. The only reasonable sight was that of a Piratic Flycatcher (not complaining!) still trying to grab a last meal as the darkness swallowed all. To underscore how dark it was for the photographers out there, this...

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Little Dabs of Colour and a Furry Friend

Photographing wildlife and nature in general is extremely rewarding, of course in terms of the sheer beauty of it all. However, occasionally one can become disenchanted with the effort to reward ratio. Far often it's too large! For those of you not mathematically inclined, this just means too much effort for too little reward, which further translates to "I've spent all this time and effort in waking so bloody early and all I've gotten is a picture of a mockingbird laughing at me, which I'm probably going to delete later anyway." Anyway, the tried, tested and trusted remedy for this condition...

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The End of Radio Silence

This morning I rolled over onto my stomach for a fresh new look on the night's slumber. Within ten seconds my cat was poking me for me to return to my previous position. Grumbling, I rolled back over as he climbed over my chest. As adorable as it sounds, 17 extra pounds can stir you from some of the farthest reaches of the kingdom of sleep. And my first thought as my mind flickered awake was "The End of Radio Silence". What does this have to do with anything? Well for the last few years I've been battling with numerous and varied issues that have threatened to derail me from my purpose. From...

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