Best Way To Escape!

fire escape

F/5.6, 1/500, ISO 320.

Day 31 / 365

Old fire escape wheel looks very interesting…

Interesting Fact: One of the first fire escapes of any type was invented in 18th-century England. In 1784, Daniel Maseres, of England, invented a machine called a fire escape, which, being fastened to the window, would enable him or anyone for that matter, to descend to the street without injury.[citation needed] Abraham Wivell created an improved design, including an escape chute, after becoming superintendent of the “Royal Society for the Protection of Life from Fire.”[2] Henry Vieregg patented the first US fire escape in Grand Island, NE in November 8, 1898 U.S. Patent 614,043, serial number 681,672, which was designed for traveling businessmen. ( )

Frame This!


F/20.0, 1/60, ISO 320, Photoshop CS6.

Day 30 / 365

What if pictures could come alive…

Interesting Fact: One of the earliest frames was a discovery made in an Egyptian tomb dating back to 2nd century A.D. in which a fayum mummy portrait was discovered at Hawara still within its wooden frame. This finding suggests the mummy portraits may have been hung in the owners’ homes prior to inclusion within the funerary equipment.[8] The portrait and its frame were most likely preserved by the desert climate, according to frame historian and installation expert Marilyn Murdoch explained in a historical talk to museum docents. ( )

I Think I’m Loosing My Marbles!


F/18.0, 1/60, ISO 160.

Day 29 / 365

You may not have lost all your marbles, but there’s definitely a hole in the bag.   🙂

Interesting Fact: The glass maker Elias Greiner Vetters Sohn worked for Farbglashuette Lauscha, a German glass company founded in the 1500s. In 1846 he invented the marbelschere, or marble scissors, with which a glassmaker could cut a rope of glass and forms balls with the soft pieces. Greiner received a patent in 1849 for the invention of “artificial semi-precious and precious stone balls”, or as we call them, glass marbles. To produce enough of these hand-made marbles, the company gave Greiner his own factory.  ( )

Just Did It!

nike sneakers1

F/13.0, 1/60, ISO 100.

Day 28 / 365

Sneaker so light, I had to nail it down or it would fly away.  🙂

Interesting Fact: The Nike swoosh was designed by Portland State University student Carolyn Davidson, for just $35 (just over $200 in today’s currency). At a later stage she was given stock that is now worth more than $640,000. ( )

Do You Want To Build A Snow Man?


F/8.0, 1/250, ISO 100.

Day 27 /365

I like warm hugs!

Interesting Fact: The first snowman ever documented was from 1380. There is a marginal illustration from a work titled Book of Hours found in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, in The Hague.That’s one old snowman. ( )

52 Pickup!

52 pickup

F/14.0, 1/60, ISO 100, Photoshop CS6.

Day 26 / 365

This game never gets old.    🙂

Interesting Fact: Playing cards were also used for much more than playing games. For a long time, only the faces of cards were printed, leaving the backs blank. These blank backs were one of the most convenient sources of paper, so they were often written on and used as coupons, love letters, invitations, and even currency. (  )

This Duck Baffled My Head!

Bufflehead Duck

F/6.3, 1/1000, ISO 400.

Bufflehead Duck

Day 25 / 365

Freezing my bum off for an hour in one spot today paid off.    🙂

Interesting Fact: Buffleheads are highly active and will undertake dives almost continuously. One duck will serve as a sentry, watching for predators as the others in the group dive in search of food. ( )


American Kestrel

F/6.3, 1/125, ISO 400.

Day 24 /365

“I have very nice feathers and I like to show them off, so stop bothering me”.

Interesting Fact: American kestrels do not need to drink free-standing water. They get all the water they need from the moisture of their prey. ( )

Let There Be Light In Your Martini!

martini light

F/1.8, 1/20, ISO 250.

Day 23 /365

This is one of those Martini’s you should not try at home.    🙂

Interesting Fact: You can actually enjoy a $10,000 Martini at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City – the garnish? A beautiful, REAL radiant cut Diamond. ( )

This One Is Mine!


F/5.6, 1/60, ISO 100.

Day 22 /365

Why did the orange stop Rolling down the hill?
Because it ran out of juice!  🙂

Interesting Fact: It is believed that Christopher Columbus was the first to bring orange seeds to America during his second voyage to the region in 1493. ( )