Do We Have A Problem Here!

American Black Duck

F/6.3, 1/640, ISO800.

This American Black Duck was looking to start a fight with me. ( Ha Ha)  The truth is I took this photo as the duck was flopping its wings, it created a cool effect of one tough duck.  Photos like these always makes me smile.

Interesting Fact: If a mother is killed or separated from her brood, another Black Duck with ducklings of her own, regardless of their age, will quickly adopt the orphans. ( http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/392/_/American_Black_Duck.aspx )

Let’s Get Soaking Wet!

American Robin

F/5.6, 1/500, ISO320.

Are you ready for the summer fun? Pools and beaches are OPEN! Everyone is taking advantage, even this American Robin is splashing around in his bird pool.  SO EVERYONE  LET’S GET SOAKING WET!

Interesting Fact: Drunk Robins!? Yes, American Robins sometimes will flock to fermented berries. By ingesting large quantities, they appear to be drunk and exhibit behaviors such as falling over while walking. ( http://www.birdfeeders.com/resources/wild-bird-articles/american-robin-top-10-most-interesting-facts )

She Said YES!

“It’s a beautiful night, I am looking for something crazy to do. Hey Joanna, I think I wanna marry you.” ( 8:00 PM June 21, 2014 )

 Engagement

F/5.6, 1/125, ISO125

Interesting Fact: Countries such as England, United states, France, and Canada traditionally wear the engagement ring on the left hand. Where as Germany, Russia and India wear the ring on the right hand. ( http://www.jewellerymonthly.com/facts_engagement_rings/ )

Don’t Be Crabby…

I would like to introduce to you guys a “Atlantic Ghost Crab” also known as “Sand Crab” or “White Crab”.  I came across him at the beach in Dominican Republic.  This little guy was so brave, that even though I kept coming closer he stood his ground and didn’t budge. So, that made him a perfect model for a photo shoot.

crab

F/5.6, 1/500, ISO 250.

Interesting Fact: Atlantic Ghost Crabs can hold oxygen in their air sacs for about six weeks. The crab has club-shaped eyestalks and it boasts of a 360° vision. This helps it see and catch insects that are even in mid-air.  ( http://www.animalspot.net/ghost-crab-sand-crab.html )

To My Hero – Happy Father’s Day! ( Dla Mojego Najwiekszego Bohatera Wszystkiego Najlepszego Z Okazji Dnia Taty. )

Dad

F/4.8, 1/250, ISO 180.

Today is a very special day, and I would like to dedicate this post to the most important role model in my life.  Without him, none of this would be possible.  He dedicated his life working day and night so everyone in my family would have a bright future.  So, on this amazing day, DAD-I would like to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for us and wish you all the best.  I hope every day brings you happiness and health.  Happy Father’s Day My Hero-Wlodzimierz Kondraciuk.

Polish: W ten specjalny dzien Tato brakuje me slow, zeby Ci podziekowac za cierpliwosc, dobroc, za rozumialosc, ciezka prace, i ojcowska odwage.  Ale tak bardo chcialbym wyrazic wdziecznosc wlasnie tobie. Dziekuje Ci Kochany Tato.

Dad 1

F/4.5, 1/60, ISO400.

 

Dad and Me

F/4.0, 1/60, ISO 800.

Interesting Fact: The first Father’s Day happened on June 17, 1910.

Red Tail Goalie

red tailed hawk

F/7.1, 1/800, ISO 200.

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup coming, every one is getting excited, even the Red Tail Hawk came down to take a closer look at a little league soccer game. The hawk liked the soccer game so much, he stayed around to play as a goalie. But since he wasn’t playing fair and the kids were scared of him, the referee gave him a red card and tossed him out of the game.

red tailed hawk1

F/5.6, 1/500, ISO 200.

Interesting Fact: These birds of prey are also known as buzzard hawks and red hawks. By any name, they are keen-eyed and efficient hunters. Red-tails prefer open areas, such as fields or deserts, with high perching places nearby from which they can watch for prey. But these birds are adaptable and also dwell in mountains and tropical rain forests. Hawks have even embraced human habitats. They often perch on telephone poles and take advantage of the open spaces along the roadside to spot and seize mice, ground squirrels, rabbits, reptiles, or other prey. ( http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/red-tailed-hawk/ )

Wreck or History ?

Binghamton

F/9.0, 30.0, ISO 100.

Seeing this boat in Edgewater, New Jersey, always made me wonder, what is it and what’s the story behind it?

Binghamton 1

F/8.0, 1/1000, ISO 200.

Interesting Fact: The Binghamton is a retired ferryboat that operated from 1905 to 1967 transporting passengers across the Hudson River between Manhattan and Hoboken. She was built for the Hoboken Ferry Company of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad and was designed to carry 986 passengers plus vehicles.[4] Binghamton has been permanently moored at Edgewater, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, since 1971. The US Department of the Interior added her to the National Register of Historic Places on July 9, 1982. Operated as a floating restaurant from 1975 to 2007, the vessel is now closed and awaiting reuse. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binghamton_(ferryboat)  )