Unless You Spread Your Wings, You’ll Never Know How High You Can Fly!

Mallard wings

F/6.3, 1/640, ISO 200.

Mallard

What says “Quick, Quick”?

A duck with the hiccups.

Interesting Fact: The standard duck’s quack is the sound of a female Mallard. Males don’t quack; they make a quieter, rasping sound. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mallard/lifehistory )

I’m Blue Da Ba Dee Da Ba Die…

Blue Jay 1

F/6.3, 1/125, ISO 800.

Blue Jay

How do blue jays stay fit?

Wormups.

Interesting Fact: Thousands of Blue Jays migrate in flocks along the Great Lakes and Atlantic coasts, but much about their migration remains a mystery. Some are present throughout winter in all parts of their range. Young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults, but many adults also migrate. Some individual jays migrate south one year, stay north the next winter, and then migrate south again the next year. No one has worked out why they migrate when they do. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Blue_Jay/lifehistory )

I Want To Twirl!

Canvasback duck

F/6.3, 1/500, ISO 200.

Canvasback

Chickens rise when the rooster crows, but when do ducks get up?

At the quack of dawn!

Interesting Fact: The Canvasback is a very good flier and can reach speeds of up to 70 mph. ( http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/100/overview/Canvasback.aspx )

 

Simon Says Look Up!!

American Robin

F/6.0, 1/500, ISO 220.

American Robin

What happened when Batman and Robin got run over by a steamroller?

They became Flatman and Ribbon!

 

Interesting Fact: Robin roosts can be huge, sometimes including a quarter-million birds during winter. In summer, females sleep at their nests and males gather at roosts. As young robins become independent, they join the males. Female adults go to the roosts only after they have finished nesting. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Robin/lifehistory )

Wanna Play?!

dogs

F/4.0, 1/1000, ISO 450.

German Shepherd – ( Zbój )

Pit Bull & Akita ( Mix ) – ( Rex )

What did the dog say to the tree?

Bark

Interesting Fact: The origin of the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris or Canis familiaris) is not clear. Whole genome sequencing indicates that the dog, the gray wolf and the extinct Taymyr wolf diverged at around the same time 27,000–40,000 years ago.[7] These dates imply that the earliest dogs arose in the time of human hunter-gatherers and not agriculturists.[31] Modern dogs are more closely related to ancient wolf fossils that have been found in Europe than they are to modern gray wolves.[32] Nearly all dog breeds’ genetic closeness to the gray wolf are due to admixture,[31] except several Arctic dog breeds are close to the Taimyr wolf of North Asia due to admixture. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog )

Double Vision

Swans

F/5.6, 1/500, ISO 200.

Mute Swans

How do you keep a chicken in suspense?

I’ll tell you later.

Interesting Fact: Give plenty of space to nesting Mute Swans. They can be extremely aggressive and frequently attack canoeists, kayakers, and pedestrians who wander too close to a nest or chicks. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mute_Swan/lifehistory )

Look Over Here!

White-Tailed Deer

F/6.3, 1/200, ISO 720.

White-Tailed Deer

What do you get when you cross Bambi with a ghost?

Bamboo.

Interesting Fact: Female deer, called does, give birth to one to three young at a time, usually in May or June and after a gestation period of seven months. Young deer, called fawns, wear a reddish-brown coat with white spots that helps them blend in with the forest. ( http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/white-tailed-deer/ )

Do I Look Like I Have An Eye Of The Tiger?!

Killdeer

F/9.0, 1/320, ISO 320.

Killdeer

What did the right eye say to the left eye?

Between you and me, there’s something that smells…

Interesting Fact: A well-known denizen of dry habitats, the Killdeer is actually a proficient swimmer. Adults swim well in swift-flowing water, and chicks can swim across small streams. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Killdeer/lifehistory )

Best Thing About Sunsets Is Watching Them With You

marina sunset

F/ 14.0, 1/800, ISO 500.

Living on Earth might be expensive but at least you get a free trip around the Sun every year.

 

Interesting Fact:  The time of sunset varies throughout the year, and is determined by the viewer’s position on Earth, specified by longitude and latitude, and elevation. Small daily changes and noticeable semi-annual changes in the timing of sunsets are driven by the axial tilt of Earth, daily rotation of the Earth, the planet’s movement in its annual elliptical orbit around the Sun, and the Earth and Moon’s paired revolutions around each other. During winter and spring, the days get longer and sunsets occur later every day until the day of the latest sunset, which occurs after the summer solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, the latest sunset occurs late in June or in early July, but not on the summer solstice of June 21. This date depends on the viewer’s latitude (connected with the Earth’s slower movement around the aphelion around July 4). Likewise, the earliest sunset does not occur on the winter solstice, but rather about two weeks earlier, again depending on the viewer’s latitude. In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs in early December or late November (influenced by the Earth’s faster movement near its perihelion, which occurs around January 3). ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset )

Happy International Women’s Day! All Women Deserve Flowers On This Day!

flowers

Happy International Women’s Day

F/3.5, 1/60, ISO 250.

Why couldn’t the flower ride its bike?

It lost its petals.

Interesting Fact:  The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York; it was organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.[4] There was no specific strike happening on March 8, despite later claims. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women%27s_Day )