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A note about the masthead: the image was taken on the Brooklyn Bridge at dusk using a slow shutter speed to illustrate the movement of the vehicles and the streaming of their headlights.
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- Inspired by Paul Klee
- Abstract Lines
- City Colors
- Astrolabe M
- Astrolabe Quad
- Central Park in Autumn
- Celestial Circle
- Carib Cottage
- Abstract Squares
- Cabin in the Snow
- Blue House
- AI Image Generation
- Cornell Birds of the World
- Black-Necked Stilt
- Scarlet Rose Mallow
- Jelly Fish
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Cabin in the Snow
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AI Image Generation
AI text to image generation refers to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and techniques to generate images from text descriptions automatically. This process involves training a machine learning model on a large dataset of text-image pairs, which allows the model to learn the mapping between text and images. The model can then generate new images based on a given text description by using this learned mapping.
The image below was created using a text to image generation software program (Stable Diffusion) running on a web-based interface.
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Cornell Birds of the World
I use the Cornell Birds of the World Website often to identify and find out information about the birds that I “shoot” (with a camera). It is an easy to use site with lots of good photos and general information. According to their site, they are “dedicated to advancing the understanding and protection of the natural world, the Cornell Lab joins with people from all walks of life to make new scientific discoveries, share insights, and galvanize conservation action.”
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I took this image of a black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) at the Green Cay Wetlands.
“Black-necked Stilts are among the most stately of the shorebirds, with long rose-pink legs, a long thin black bill, and elegant black-and-white plumage that make them unmistakable at a glance. They move deliberately when foraging, walking slowly through wetlands in search of tiny aquatic prey. When disturbed, stilts are vociferous, to put it mildly, and their high, yapping calls carry for some distance.” Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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This Ivory-billed woodpecker was officially declared extinct, along with 22 other species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s move underscores what scientists say is an accelerating rate of extinction worldwide, given climate change and habitat loss, according to the Washington Post.
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Scarlet Rose Mallow
This photo of a scarlet rose mallow was taken at the Green Cay Wetlands in Boyton Beach, Florida. “Hibiscus coccineus is a hardy Hibiscus species is also known as Texas star, brilliant hibiscus, and scarlet hibiscus. The plant is found in swamps and marshes on the coastal plain of the Southeastern United States.” Wikipedia
I used the Olympus 75-300 mm telephoto lens at 300mm (600mm equivalent) to separate the flower from the background to produce this nice creamy bokeh, (1/1000 sec, f6.7, ISO 640, handheld).
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I am a member of iNaturalist. Sponsored in part by National Geographic and the California Academy of Sciences, the website collects images of nature taken by photographers around the world. Each is graded by curators according to their value to researchers. The site is free and open to anyone who loves nature and has a camera (or smartphone).
According to their website, “Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. We share your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe.”
Go directly to my observation page. Or type in my user name: photo-karl at the main iNaturalist page.
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