“Are You My Dinner” ?

Red-tailed Hawks

F/6.3, 1/125, ISO 200.

Red-tailed Hawks

Day 242 / 365

Did you know my fiancé does a great bird impression.

She watches me like a hawk.

Interesting Fact: In flight, this hawk travels at speeds from 20 to 40 mph (64 km/h); however, when diving to catch prey, their speed may exceed 120 mph (190 km/h). ( http://beautyofbirds.com/redtailedhawks.html )

Vroom Vroom!!!

audi 2

F/5.0, 1/60, ISO 800.

Day 241 / 365

Five Guys in an Audi Quattro arrive at the border.  The Customs agent stops them and says, “It’s illegal to put 5 people in a Quattro.”  “What do you mean it’s illegal?” ask the driver.  “Quattro means four,” replies the Customs agent.  “Quattro is just the name of the automobile,” the driver retort disbelievingly. “Look at the papers: this car is designed to carry 5 persons.” “You can’t pull that one on me,” replies the Customs agent. “Quattro means four. You have five people in your car and you are therefore breaking the law.”  The driver replies angrily, “You idiot! Call your supervisor over,  I want to speak to someone with more intelligence!”  “Sorry,” responds the Customs agent, “he can’t come. He’s busy with 2 guys in a Fiat Uno.”

 

Interesting Fact:  August Horch founded his first car company, A. Horch & Cie. in 1899. But just 10 years later, Horch wasn’t seeing eye-to-eye with his Chief Financial officer and left his own company to start August Horch Automobilwerke GmbH. Unfortunately, Horch soon learned the Horch name belonged to his former company when he was notified of a copyright infringement. In response, Horch changed the new company’s name to the latin translation of his last name. In German “horch” means “hear,” which in Latin is “audi”. ( http://www.carcrushing.com/12-things-didnt-know-audi/)

Out Of The Shadows Into The Light.

Orange Truck

F/5.6, 1/30, ISO 800.

Day 240 / 365

A police officer sees a man driving around with a pickup truck full of penguins. He pulls the guy over and says: “You can’t drive around with penguins in this town! Take them to the zoo immediately.” The guy says OK, and drives away.  The next day, the officer sees the guy still driving around with the truck full of penguins, and they’re all wearing sun glasses.  He pulls the guy over and demands: “I thought I told you to take these penguins to the zoo yesterday?”

The guy replies: “I did… today I’m taking them to the beach!”

Interesting Fact: In the early days of automobile manufacturing, vehicles were sold as a chassis only, and third parties added bodies on top.[5] In 1913 the Galion Allsteel Body Company, an early developer of the pickup and dump truck, built and installed hauling boxes on slightly modified Ford Model T chassis,[6] and from 1917 on the Model TT. Seeking part of this market share, Dodge introduced a 3/4-ton pickup with cab and body constructed entirely of wood in 1924.[7] In 1925 Ford followed up with a Model T-based steel-bodied, half-ton with an adjustable tailgate and heavy-duty rear springs.[8] Billed it as the “Ford Model T Runabout with Pickup Body,” it sold for US$281. 34,000 were built. In 1928 it was replaced by the Model A which had a closed-cab, safety glass windshield, roll-up side windows and three-speed transmission. In 1931 Chevrolet produced its first factory-assembled pickup.[9] Ford Australia produced the first Australian “ute” in 1932.[10] During the second world war, the United States government halted the product of privately-owned pickup trucks. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickup_truck )

I’m Cute And Cuddly. But I Will Steal Your Stuff When You Are Not Looking!

Chinchilla

F/5.6, 1/60, ISO 800.

Chinchilla

Day 239 / 365

A man went to visit a friend and was amazed to find him playing chess with his Chinchilla. He watched the game in astonishment for a while. “I can hardly believe my eyes!” he exclaimed. “That’s the smartest chinchilla I’ve ever seen.”

“Nah, he’s not so smart,” the friend replied. “I’ve beaten him three games out of five.”

Interesting Fact: Chinchillas see with their whiskers. Even though they have big eyes, the eyes are under developed, making the Chinchilla not see well with it. They have long whiskers which can grow half the length of their body to help them ‘see’ or rather feel things around them. ( http://chinchilla.co/chinchilla-facts/ )

Let’s Kick It Old School!

vinyl records

F/ 4.5, 1/60, ISO 100.

Day 238 / 365

I hate listening to techno on vinyl, I never know whether its skipping or whether its just part of the song.

Interesting Fact: Vinyl recordings have been around longer than you think- they have been traced back to the early 19th century in France, as well as to a man named Emile Berliner * (D.O.B. May, 20, 1851). Emile invented the flat disc record in 1888, produced from vulcanized rubber between 12.5cm-18cm thick.  As time progressed, the format was improved- going through transformations in both recording methods as well as materials used (shellac/slate, adding/removing a horn, thickness, etc).   Perhaps we can all celebrate Emile this year by playing our favorite album on May 20th. ( http://recordcollectorsguild.org/vinyl-5-awesome-interesting-facts/ )

 

 

 

Tea Is Ready!

tea time

F/16.0, 1/50, ISO 100.

Day 237 / 365

What Starts With “T” What Ends With “T” & It Is Full Of “T”?

Teapot.

Interesting Fact: From the end of the 17th century tea was shipped from China to Europe as part of the export of exotic spices and luxury goods. The ships that brought the tea also carried porcelain teapots. The majority of these teapots were painted in blue and white underglaze. Porcelain being completely vitrified will withstand sea water without damage, so the teapots were packed below deck whilst the tea stayed on top in the dry. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot )

I Choose To Shine!

Sunflowers

F/6.0, 1/60, ISO 250.

Sunflowers

Day 236 / 365

Roses are red, violets are blue. sunflowers are yellow, i bet you were expecting something romantic but no this is just gardening facts.

Interesting Fact: The sunflower is native to the America’s and was used extensively by Native American Indians for food, as oil, in bread, medical ointments, dyes and body paints. ( http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/plants/sunflowers.html )