Fly Me To The Moon

moon 2

F/6.3, 1/2500, ISO 500, Photoshop CS6.

Day 266 / 365

When is the moon not hungry?

When it is full!

Interesting Fact: When a month has two full moons, the second full moon is called a blue moon. Another definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in any season (quarter of year) containing 4 total full moons. ( http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_facts.phtml )

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Going Down Down Down

American Kestrel 2

F/6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, Photoshop CS6.

American Kestrel

Day 260 / 365

Teacher: “What is the difference between a bird and fly?”
Student:  “Well…a bird can fly…..but a fly can’t bird.”

Interesting Fact: Unlike humans, birds can see ultraviolet light. This enables kestrels to make out the trails of urine that voles, a common prey mammal, leave as they run along the ground. Like neon diner signs, these bright paths may highlight the way to a meal—as has been observed in the Eurasian Kestrel, a close relative. ( http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Kestrel/lifehistory )

 

Photography Can Blow Your Mind

photography blow your mind

F/4.0, 1/60, ISO 560, Photoshop CS6.

Day 200 / 365

A photographer took a self portrait in a park.
Due to lighting conditions he used the built in flash on the camera.
He quickly got arrested for flashing and exposing himself in the park.

Interesting Fact: The first ever color photograph was shot in 1861 by a Scott physicist by the name of James Clark Maxwell. He used yellow, blue and red filters separately to photograph a tartan ribbon and then combined the three images to create the final color photograph. [National Geographic] ( http://factslegend.org/30-interesting-photography-facts/2/ )

Light Me Up!

candle

F/5.6, 1/60, ISO 720.

Day 199 / 365

How many Catholics does it take to change a light bulb?

None. They use candles.

Interesting Fact: The oldest candle manufacturers still in existence are Rathbornes Candles, founded in Dublin in 1488. ( http://www.supplycandle.com/Candle-Facts/ )

 

Happy Birthday America!

statue of liberty 4th july

F/6.3, 1/640, ISO 200, Photoshop CS6.

Day 185 / 365

Why does the Statue of Liberty stand in New York and New Jersey Harbor?

Because she can’t sit down.

Interesting Fact: Congress declared July 4th as an official holiday in 1870 as part of a bill to officially recognize other holidays, Christmas being one of them. ( http://list25.com/25-fun-facts-about-4th-of-july-that-will-make-you-want-to-celebrate/2/ )

Travel If You Have A Taste For The World

world for dinner

F/ 3.8, 1/60, ISO 160, Photoshop CS6.

Day 181 / 365

I’d tell you a joke about space, but… its too out of this world!

Interesting Fact: The Earth moves through space at a speed of 66,700 miles/hour. ( http://www.mapsofworld.com/world-facts-trivia.html )

Finally Got it!

idea

F/ 5.6, 1/320, ISO 640, Photoshop CS6.

Day 175 / 365

A man rides in on Friday, stays two nights three days and then leaves on Friday.

How is that possible?

His horse was named Friday.

 

Interesting Fact: In 1850 an English physicist named Joseph Wilson Swan created a “light bulb” by enclosing carbonized paper filaments in an evacuated glass bulb. And by 1860 he had a working prototype, but the lack of a good vacuum and an adequate supply of electricity resulted in a bulb whose lifetime was much too short to be considered an effective prodcer of light. However, in the 1870’s better vacuum pumps became available and Swan continued experiments on light bulbs. In 1878, Swan developed a longer lasting light bulb using a treated cotton thread that also removed the problem of early bulb blackening. ( http://www.bulbs.com/learning/history.aspx )

I Will Grant You Three Wishes… Maybe!?

genie in a bottle

F/ 18.0 , 1/60, ISO 250, Photoshop CS6.

Day 173 / 365

An older couple were walking on a beach when the husband tripped over a bottle and a genie came out. “You can each have one wish,” said the genie. The wife made her wish first “I would like to travel around the world, with my husband,”. Suddenly there appeared in her hand two tickets for travel around the world. Now it was the husbands turn, “Well” said the husband, with a naughty look on his face “I wish I can have a younger companion,” . The words were barely out of his mouth when poof, he aged 20 years!

Interesting Fact: Recorded from the mid 17th century (denoting a guardian or protective spirit), the word comes via French from Latin base of genius. Génie was adopted in the current sense by the 18th-century French translators of The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, because of its resemblance in form and sense to Arabic jinnī jinn.
let the genie out of the bottle let loose or lose control of an unpredictable force, start an uncontrollable chain of events. Sometimes in the form, you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. ( http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/genie.aspx )

Rise Above!

Water Lily

F/5.6, 1/40, ISO 320, Photoshop CS6.

Water Lilies

Day 168 / 365

What do you call a girl with a frog on her head?
Lily!

Interesting Fact:  The water lily is a big balanced plant that floats above the water. Usually the lily has white female flowers and also pink male flowers. The flowers are the size of soccer balls.  The plants come from seeds that come from water that rises 10 cm. a day. Soon it will produce 5-10 leaves a month. The large  lilies provide food for fish and wildlife.  ( http://interestingfacts.blog.com/2010/07/14/beautiful-water-lily/ )

Some Days You Just Have To Get Creative

factory

F/5.6, 1/500, ISO 280, Photoshop CS6.

Day 167 / 365

Two factory workers are talking.
The woman says, “I can make the boss give me the day off.”
The man replies, “And how would you do that?”
The woman says, “Just wait and see.” She then hangs upside-down from the ceiling.
The boss comes in and says, “What are you doing?”
The woman replies, “I’m a light bulb.”
The boss then says, “You’ve been working so much that you’ve gone crazy. I think you need to take the day off.”
The man starts to follow her and the boss says, “Where are you going?”
The man says, “I’m going home, too. I can’t work in the dark.”

Interesting Fact: One of the earliest factories was John Lombe‘s water-powered silk mill at Derby, operational by 1721. By 1746, an integrated brass mill was working at Warmley near Bristol. Raw material went in at one end, was smelted into brass and was turned into pans, pins, wire, and other goods. Housing was provided for workers on site. Josiah Wedgwood in Staffordshire and Matthew Boulton at his Soho Manufactory were other prominent early industrialists, who employed the factory system. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factory#History )