Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Today's Penguin Facts: The only penguin found north of the equator these guys are rare even for the Galapagos Islands. Found only on two islands ( Isabella and Fernandina ) they breed on the equator and are an endangered species due to the effects of "El Nino" currents. This fellow was very camera friendly and allowed us to approach rather closely. The Galapagos Penguin is the smallest of all the world's penguins.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Time to give thanks, count blessings and recall the joy of sharing past Thanksgivings with those who have left us. "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it" Wm Arthur Ward
AND...I see an apple pie with my name on it!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Peregrine Falcon facts: Peregrines have the widest distribution of all the raptors and are found on every continent except Antarctica. Purportedly the fastest fliers in nature, Peregrines have been clocked in dives at over 200 mph. Fortunately for me this guy stayed put long enough for me to remember my camera settings. :-)
Monday, November 22, 2010
There is something about the potential for romance and adventure in a large sailing vessel. While the reality of long distance sailing may be quite different, the fantasy conjures up many a high seas scene from the big screen. Hey, you never know... :-)
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I am always amazed by the bipolar nature of the Atlantic. Serene and romantic one moment, displays of awesome raw thundering power the next. The explosive energy in these waves had to be witnessed in person to truly appreciate the force of nature. The coast of Sagres...(best in large view)
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Why is it that the Autumn seems to pass more quickly than the other seasons? Here on Long Island, the "pulling" of boats is a marker indicating that old man winter can be seen just above the horizon. There is always something melancholy about my last boat ride of the season, off to the marina to be hauled, wrapped and stored until spring. Oh well, let the "count down" until the April "splash" begin!
Friday, November 19, 2010
In my experience, all sunsets are special though some are just simply magical! The magical ones tend to sear the memory into my awareness creating that much discussed "mental picture". Of course having the digital file on hand helps refresh the moment. :-)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
So very many images in my archival files that have never been processed! Nothing like a rainy/windy November afternoon to look through old files. This pair of Blue Footed Boobies just struck a pose that said to me.."I'll watch your back, you watch mine". Something about the positive energy of friendship here... Life is Good. :-) (best in Large view!)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
A South Shore fog can happen in a hurry. When the afternoon sunshine began to highlight spectacular November golds and reds, I grabbed the camera and headed to the park. Within minutes a large and silent wave of heavy fog obscured bay views and cast a blanket over the entire shoreline. Still, it had it's own serene moment and mood. AND...I've often been accused of "being in a fog". :-)
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Rough Legged Hawk summers in the Northern tundra and winters in upper Wisconsin and Michigan. A rare sight on Long Island, this guy was "rescued" and is currently in a wildlife refuge center. Raptor fact of the day: birds with feathers on their legs ("rough legged") spend winters in northern/cold climates. Always a good idea to have boots in the snow I suppose. :-)
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Mid-November and my life rhythms tend to turn more indoors. The days continue to grow shorter making afternoons feel like evenings, the snap in the air grows sharp and cold and the sky seems to be gray more than blue. Could that be December looming on my calendar's radar?
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
World War II veterans are dying at a rate of 800 a day. Of the 16,112,566 individuals who served in the Armed Forces during WW II, approximately 2 million are still living. The time to thank a veteran from that most dangerous era would be now.
Pictured here is my favorite veteran prior to his field commission to 2nd Lieutenant. Dad served with the 8th Air Force in Bungay, England. And, Yes..I did get to thank him while he was still with us.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Much to the chagrin of Benjamin Franklin, the Eagle has been the official symbol of the United States since 1782. Franklin complained that the eagle was of "poor moral fiber" as eagles frequently steal their prey from other raptors. The turkey was Franklin's choice. Makes you wonder what we might be having for Thanksgiving if the Turkey was the "protected" national symbol. Left over Eagle salad, anyone?? :-)
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Monday, November 08, 2010
Long haul jumbo jets are, to me, an amazing feat of engineering. While I understand the concept of powered flight I still find it hard to believe that anything so large can leave the ground. Looking at this Boeing 777 from this angle was impressive, it certainly seems to use all of the taxiway!