Hey Go Nuts Today!


Squirrel

F?6.3, 1/640, ISO 200.

This hipper little guy had so much energy running from tree to tree that I couldn’t believe  my eyes.  It almost looked like he was going nuts, but after a few minutes he stopped and noticed me watching him.  He stood up, put his pose together and said ” I am ready for my closeup Mr. Demille. ” :)

 

Interesting Fact: Squirrels are extremely intelligent creatures. They are known to put on elaborate bogus food burying displays to deceive onlookers. The fake burials are to trick potential thieves, such as other squirrels or birds, into thinking that they have stored their food stock there. Any observers planning on taking the stash will then focus on the bogus burial site, allowing the squirrel to bury the real stash elsewhere safely ( http://www.onekind.org/be_inspired/animals_a_z/squirrel/ )

Nooo, Go Away You Are Bothering Me!


Tree Swallow

F/5,6, 1/400, ISO 125.

 

Walking around Secaucus, NJ I came across a domestic argument between two Tree Swallows. They were chirping so loud at each other, that I thought feathers were going to fly. But in this case, argument came to an end and the tree Swallows went back in to their respected homes. ( My guess the argument was about the color of the house. :) haha )

Interesting Fact: The Tree Swallow—which is most often seen in open, treeless areas—gets its name from its habit of nesting in tree cavities. They also take readily to nest boxes.  ( http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/tree_swallow/lifehistory )

I Said A Hip Hop, Hippie To The Hippie, The hip, hip a hop, and you don’t stop, a rock it.


green grasshopper

F/5.6, 1/250, ISO 640.

For this photo I would like to use quotes from famous Kung Fu (TV Series) (1972)  ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068823/quotes )

Master Po: [after easily defeating the boy in combat] Ha, ha, never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. Close your eyes. What do you hear?

Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.

Master Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?

Young Caine: No.

Master Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet?

Young Caine: [looking down and seeing the insect] Old man, how is it that you hear these things?

Master Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?

 

On my journey of exploring new places, I didn’t hear a grasshopper at my feet, but I did manage to snap a photo of it. I think Master Po would be proud of me.

Interesting Fact: They make their sound (music) by rubbing their
wings or legs together. They can jump 20 times the length of their body. That would be like a 6′ man jumping 120 feet. There are over 18,000 different species worldwide. ( http://www.bugfacts.net/grasshopper.php )

Keep On Knocking But You Can’t Come In.


Downy Woodpecker

F/5.6, 1/160, ISO 100

Away on vacation strange knock I hear,

I open the door and what do I see

a Downy Woodpecker up In a tree.

I rush for my camera and run out the door

I snap a few photos and that’s about all.

 

Interesting Fact: Woodpeckers don’t sing songs, but they drum loudly against pieces of wood or metal to achieve the same effect. People sometimes think this drumming is part of the birds’ feeding habits, but it isn’t. In fact, feeding birds make surprisingly little noise even when they’re digging vigorously into wood. ( http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/downy_woodpecker/lifehistory )

 

 

 

 

 

Relax, It’s The Weekend!


Red Panda

F/5.6, 1/40, ISO 1600.

I have to say this Red Panda has the right idea, lay down and enjoy yourself after a hard week of work.  Although, I don’t think you should use the tree, it might be a little bit uncomfortable.  But after all, weekend is here, go grab yourself a beer! I almost forgot, this is a Red Panda from Central Park Zoo, it’s so cute I would like to take it home. Enjoy the weekend and the photo.

 

Interesting Fact:  Although the red panda is sometimes called the lesser panda, it is actually the original panda. Westerners discovered it in 1825, nearly 50 years before the giant panda.  ( http://www.centralparkzoo.com/animals-and-exhibits/animals/mammals/red-panda.aspx )

This Tree Is Livin’ On The Edge! The Leaves Can’t Help Themselves From Fallin’ !


Livin On The Edge

F/11.0, 1/125, ISO 140.

Visiting Upstate New York our friends showed us around the area, and when we came across this tree was screaming for a photo.  When I saw this unique opportunity, I could not help myself to sing in my head Aerosmith song “Livin’ On The Edge”.
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Interesting Fact: A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four! ( http://www.savatree.com/tree-facts.html )

I always have been so busy drinking the nectar, that I’ve never taken the time to smell the flowers.


butterfly

F/5.6, 1/125, ISO 800.

While enjoying my refreshing beverage at a local coffee shop, and observing the nature around, a butterfly came along for his own drink of nectar. He tasted different kinds of nectars as he jumped from flower to flower flopping his colorful wings. It’s a good life for him, since I had to pay for my coffee.

Interesting Fact: Butterflies can taste with their feet. They have six lets and they each have sensors on them that can tell just by landing on a flower what it taste like. ( http://www.whatdobutterflieseat.info )