Oh My Deer…

Deer

Sneaked up on this deer as he was eating, it almost looks like the deer is saying “what”.

Interesting Fact: Deer have a great sense of hearing and can even move their ears in any direction, without moving the head. Deer have an excellent sense of smell and can detect predators from a long distance away.

F/5.6, 1/250, ISO 400.

Turkey Vulture, Eagle-sized blackish bird

Turkey Vulture

Spotted this guy on the side of the road on my way home, naturally had to pull over and take this picture.

Interesting Fact:  They can travel up to 200 miles in a day.  Turkey vultures have an extraordinary sense of smell. They have been known to be able to smell carrion from over a mile away which is very unique in the bird world.

 

F/5.6, 1/500, ISO 280

The Empire State Building

Empire State

Night photography is a lot of fun if you find the right object.

Interesting Fact: The Empire State Building was designed so that the top of the building could be used to dock zeppelins. Zeppelins were airships that never became as popular as had been predicted.

F/16.0,  30.0, ISO 100.

 

 

 

Happiness is contagious

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Be so happy that when others look at You they become happy too!

Interesting Fact: The most powerful way to increase your short-term feelings of happiness is to perform random acts of kindness to others. Five such acts in a week will increase your happiness for up to three months.

1st Photo F/5.6, 1/60, ISO 500

2nd Photo f/5.3, 1/60, ISO 320

3rd Photo F/6.3, 1/250, ISO100

4th Photo F/5.6, 1/125, ISO400

If the groundhog didn’t see his shadow, we would be enjoying nice weather on the east coast.

Groundhog

 

This little guy was very curious of what I was doing in his park. He would follow my movements and pop his head out in few different holes.  Secaucus, NJ

Interesting Fact: Their burrows are more than just holes in the ground. They can consist of nearly 50 feet of tunnels, buried five feet underground, with multiple exits in case the animals need to escape from predators. Groundhogs will sleep in their burrows, raise their young there, and hibernate through the winter.

 

F/5.6, 1/160, ISO 125.

Monk Parakeets in Edgewater, NJ

Monk Parakeets

Monk Parakeets

I wasn’t sure if it was true but its, Edgewater, NJ  is the home of a free-flying colony of Monk Parakeets.

Interesting Fact: These small, green parrots have lived in Edgewater since at least 1980. How the birds came to Edgewater is unknown, though a widely accepted story traces their origin to an escape from a damaged crate at John F. Kennedy Airport in the 1960s.

First Photo: F/5.6, 1/100, ISO 400

Second Photo: F/8.0, 1/250, ISO 250

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Came across this little guy in Paterson, NJ.

Interesting Fact: The red-bellied woodpecker often creates “caches” of  food by drumming rows upon rows of small holes and wedging a single nut or seed  into each one.

300mm lens, F/8.0, 1/1000, with ISO 800