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Vesper Sparrow

F/7.1, 1/200, ISO 320.

Vesper Sparrow

Couples first day at a resort decided to hit the beach.
When the guy went back to there room to get something to drink, one of the hotel maids was making the bed.
He grabbed his cooler and was on my way out when he paused and asked, “Can we drink beer on the beach?”
“Sure,” she said, “but I have to finish the rest of the rooms beforehand.”

Interesting Fact: The Vesper Sparrow responds quickly to changes in habitat; it is often the first species to occupy reclaimed mine sites and abandon old farm fields as they return to forest.  ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Vesper_Sparrow/lifehistory )

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Reflection On This

Great Blue Heron 4

F/6.3, 1/100, ISO 320.

Great Blue Heron

How do you prevent a Summer cold?

Catch it in the Winter!

Interesting Fact: The white form of the Great Blue Heron, known as the “great white heron,” is found nearly exclusively in shallow marine waters along the coast of very southern Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula, and in the Caribbean. Where the dark and white forms overlap in Florida, intermediate birds known as “Wurdemann’s herons” can be found. They have the body of a Great Blue Heron, but the white head and neck of the great white heron. (  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Blue_Heron/lifehistory )

Where Are We?

House Finches

F/10.0, 1/400, ISO 200.

House Finch

What did the bra say to the hat?

You go on ahead while I give these two a lift!

Interesting Fact: The total House Finch population across North America is staggering. Scientists estimate between 267 million and 1.4 billion individuals. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Finch/lifehistory )

 

 

 

Day And Night

Moth

F/8.0, 1/200, ISO 100.

Skipper Butterfly

Why did the boy throw butter out the window?

To see butter fly. 

Interesting Fact: A skipper or skipper butterfly is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. They are named after their quick, darting flight habits. More than 3500 species of skippers are recognized, and they occur worldwide, but with the greatest diversity in the Neotropical regions of Central and South America. ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skipper_(butterfly)

Now That Is Fresh Sushi

Great Egret

F/6.3, 1/640, ISO 200.

Great Egret

What kind of music should you listen to while fishing?

Something catchy!

Interesting Fact: The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America. Audubon was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers.  ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/great_egret/lifehistory )

 

Got You!

Bumblebee

F/8.0, 1/125, ISO 320.

Bumblebee

Why do bees hum?

Because they’ve forgotten the words!

Interesting Fact: Bumblebees eat pollen and nectar collected from various flowers. They produce minimal amount of honey that is used as food for the young bumblebees. ( http://www.softschools.com/facts/animals/bumblebee_facts/582/ )

Building Castles In The Sky!

The San Remo

F/9.0, 1/320, ISO 100.

The San Remo

This arrogant young guy has recently started work at a construction site and ever since he started he’s been bragging that he could outdo anyone based on his superior strength. He’s been making fun of one of the older workmen in particular.

Eventually, the older worker has had enough and says, “Tell you what – why don’t you put your money where your mouth is? I’ll bet you a week’s wages that I can take something over to that other building in this wheelbarrow and you won’t be able to wheel it back.”

The young guy laughs confidently, “You’re on, old man. Let’s see what you’ve got.”

So the old guy grabs the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then, he nods to the young man as he says with a smile, “Alright. Get in.”

Interesting Fact: The building’s architect, Emery Roth, took advantage of new zoning regulations to build the first of New York’s twin towered apartment blocks.[8] Each of San Remo’s ten-story towers is topped with an English Baroque mansion in the manner of John Vanbrugh and capped with an homage to the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. The Athenian monument was known to Roth from the reproduction that had featured in the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893. Roth also designed The Beresford and other landmark apartment houses and office blocks in New York. Construction began in 1929, weeks before the market crash initiated the Great Depression. The San Remo’s construction process took approximately two years. In 1940 both buildings were sold, for $25,000 over the existing mortgages. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_San_Remo#History )

 

“Peace Is Not Merely A Distant Goal That We Seek, But A Means By Which We Arrive At That Goal.”

Mourning Dove 1

F/10.0, 1/400, ISO 160.

Mourning Dove

Why did the rubber chicken cross the road?

She wanted to stretch her legs.

Interesting Fact: Mourning Doves eat roughly 12 to 20 percent of their body weight per day, or 71 calories on average. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mourning_Dove/lifehistory )

AHHHH! You Scared Me!

White-Tailed Deer 3

F/ 7.1, 1/200, ISO 200.

Why do male deer need braces?

Because they have buck teeth!

Interesting Fact: Adult white-tails have reddish-brown coats in summer which fade to a duller grayish-brown in winter. Male deer, called bucks, are easily recognizable in the summer and fall by their prominent set of antlers, which are grown annually and fall off in the winter. Only the bucks grow antlers, which bear a number of tines, or sharp points. During the mating season, also called the rut, bucks fight over territory by using their antlers in sparring matches. ( http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/white-tailed-deer/ )

 

 

 

I Am Not Crazy… Well, Maybe I Am But You Got To Love Me.

Eastern Towhee 1

F/8.0, 1/250, ISO 250.

Eastern Towhee

Why was the math textbook so sad?

He had a lot of problems!

Interesting Fact: The Eastern Towhee and the very similar Spotted Towhee of western North America used to be considered the same species, the Rufous-sided Towhee. The two forms still occur together in the Great Plains, where they sometimes interbreed. This is a common evolutionary pattern in North American birds – a holdover from when the great ice sheets split the continent down the middle, isolating birds into eastern and western populations that eventually became new species. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Towhee/lifehistory )