Gaia’s Split (poem)

GAIA’S SPLIT© I glided Over puddles Bubbling with saliva and grit From fissures of Gaia’s split When swirly ocean tides drooled From crashing waves’ hit And washed themselves ashore As foam’s effervescence hissed And bathed me with mist As Phoenix, I returned  To rampant voyage From which I could not desist… ©M. Firpi

Decaying Glamour (poem)

DECAYING GLAMOUR© I buried the alchemist and resurrected Synthetic armour, To hold me in place, And withstand Decaying glamour To lean on crutches Resistant to decay From industry clamour… But currents swept The remaining comatose  Which on the floor slept A dream of resurrection From a harvest bet And monsoon rains lashing At bell buoys and tidal swells…

Agreeable Buoyancy (poem)

AGREEABLE BUOYANCY I had an agreeable buoyancy To float on the stream of counciousness And burst my chest open with antique coins And have you recall this nonsense… Of seemingly existing treasures And all of its components Yet only seen in the transparency of a moment… ©M. Firpi

Blissful Doom

BLISSFUL DOOM I encountered Blissful doom In delirium of finding you too soon I was the low tide Under moonrise, drawing you in Amongst shells of concealed lives Than then began… Washing you ashore By lunar perigee… As you rose to the surface With no armor to foster To fuse in moonlight’s glimmering luster… ©M.…

Mute and Black Swans in the Tropics

Swans in captivity are not viewed in a favorable manner by some environmentalists. They have been “pinioned” which means they will never fly again. To have a bird ‘pinioned’ means that one wing will be severed by cutting the terminal section of the bird’s wing including the carpus, metacarpus, and phalanges to restrain it. It…

What a Tongue!

This is a quick video I shot of the Green Heron. At the end, the Green Heron sticks its spiky tongue out.  This was shot with the Canon 70D. Hopefully I’ll be trying the new AF feature it has. Up to no now, the AF in live view is quicker than with the previous Canon…

The Puerto Rican Tody (Todus portoricencis) and a Taxonomic Error

The Puerto Rican Tody (Todus portoricencis) Photo used with permission by Ernesto Burgos © All Rights Reserved.  The Puerto Rican Tody is a Tody endemic to Puerto Rico. Despite is scientific name, “Todus mexicanus”, it is not endemic to Mexico. It is commonly known locally as “San Pedrito”. The Puerto Rican Tody is green with deep yellow flanks, a tinge of blue on the border…

The Great Blue Heron with Foreground Bokeh

The Great Blue Heron with Foreground Bokeh 1/400, f/11, ISO 400, @115mm When I was in Florida, I experimented using “foreground bokeh”, this means I included foreground elements of the image such as flower bushes or rocks  that were out of focus in the foreground scene.  According to Wikipedia, bokeh is: “In photography, bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic…

A Step Closer to the Least Grebe

The Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus dominicus) ISO 400, 1/260, f/8, @400mm  I am beginning to worry about this particular Least Grebe. It has been frequenting this pond, and I’ve seen it alone for almost 6 months. I have a very uneasy feeling that this Grebe is a vagrant in this urban area of San Juan where I…

The National Bird of Puerto Rico (Spindalis portoricensis)

    Male Reina Mora (Spindalis portoricensis) ISO 200, 1/649, f/4, @300mm The National bird from Puerto Rico is La Reina Mora (Spindalis portoricensis). This bird is extremely elusive and is endemic to Puerto Rico only. It is more difficult to photograph than the Bananaquit because it prefers shaded forests, and its population is much smaller. It is not…

A Step Closer to the White-winged Dove

The White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) ISO 500, 1/100, f.5.6, @300mm .  It has several postures to choose from, but I decided to use the poses where it’s stretching its neck up, and not bending it while perching. This gives the viewer a greater idea of its size. The colors here were not boosted, so this dove is…

The Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita)

The Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita) ISO 640, 1/200, f/8, @210 The Zenaida Dove breeds throughout the Caribbean and the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. It is accidental in Southern Florida. This bird is found in a variety of open and semi-open habitats. Its mournful “cooOOoo-coo-coo-coo” call is similar to the call of a Mourning Dove, but faster in pace. The Zenaida…

Least Grebe in "Foot Waggling" positioning

Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) in “Foot Waggling” position. The Tachybaptus dominicus dominicus is a subspecies of the Least Grebe only found in the Northern Caribbean, Texas, The Bahamas, and Virgin Islands. ISO 250, 1/400, f/8, @400mm Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) in “Foot Waggling” position. The Least Grebe does not have webbed feet. Instead of having a webbing connecting all the toes, each toe has lobes extending out on the sides. ISO 250,…

A Step Closer to the Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nicticorax). A few intimate moments with the Black-crowned Night Heron this morning reminded me of its reason to be so still during the daytime. It’s “statuesque” posture during the day responds to its biological clock, being a nocturnal heron, it’s active by night, but slow and dormant during daylight. I am…

Least Grebe Sunbathing

Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) As soon as I suspected this Least Grebe was sunbathing, I immediately lowered the camera’s ISO, because I knew it was not going to try to move much. It was just “floating away”, “sunbathing” very peacefully in the water, so shooting at ISO 320 allowed me to get grain-free images with a…

The Caribbean Brown Pelican with Sardine

The Caribbean Brown Pelican with Sardine (Pelecanus occidentalis occidentalis) When the tide is low, sardines gather in the shores of some beaches in Puerto Rico. It’s a treat for the Caribbean Brown Pelican. They begin to fly in circles and with their prodigious eyesight they are able to plunge into the ocean to catch as…