Ehh, What’s Up Duck?


Mallard Duck

F/5.6, 1/500, ISO 200.

I was really hoping for this duck to make a duckface. :)

Interesting Fact:  Ducks have webbed feet, which they use for paddling beneath the water. Their feet have no nerves or blood vessels, which mean that they won’t feel chill from swimming in icy water. ( https://americanexpedition.us/mallard-duck-information-facts-photos-and-artwork )

Never Forget


9/11

F/11.0, 30, ISO 100.

This is a photo that I took last year while visiting a memorial for 9/11 downtown Jersey City. Words do not do it justice. Today lets all stand together and pay tribute to the ones we lost. You will not be forgotten- instead you will live in our hearts forever.

Interesting Fact:   The Tribute in Light is an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. It is produced annually by The Municipal Art Society of New York. ( http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribute_in_Light )

And We Dance All Day To The Best Song Ever !


Dancing

F/19.0, 1/10, ISO100.

Central park in NYC is an amazing place and you can always find something going on. This time we stumbled upon senior dancers who seemed to have so much fun and so much energy.  Hats off to them!  They can easily out dance me in a battle dancing competition.

Interesting Fact: First archeological proof of dance comes from the 9 thousand year old cave paintings in India.  ( http://www.dancefacts.net/ )

The Sun Don’t Shine Forever, But As Long As It’s Here Then We Might As Well Shine Together


sunflower sunset

F/9.0, 1/320, ISO 100, Flash.

Maybe this sunflower lost all its pedals, but the sun in this photo made it in to the real sun flower.

Interesting Fact: A well-known sunflower characteristic is that the flowering heads track the sun’s movement, a phenomenon known as heliotropism. ( http://www.amazingandweird.com/facts/26-interesting-facts-sunflower-never-knew/ )

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 )