Northern Harriers! These are a type of hawk closely related to kites. They have a curly beak that is used for violently attacking things. The distinctive thing in harriers is the white band on the tail. They fly extremely close to the ground, especially in marshy, lakey areas.
Kestrels are so very special. They are the smallest falcon. They are the prettiest. I want to own one as a pet. And learn how to falcon with it! That would be super fun. Hopefully I can get one in June.
So I went to the Beatle's Love show in Vegas. And believe it or not I had never really listened to the Beatle's cause I was one of those "I only like hip music and stuff" people. Anyways, I went not expecting much and saw the best show of my life. It was amazing. I can't even describe it. The dances were amazingly choreographed to the music. The story plot of theme was unbelievable. It made me shed tears (not really, but close enough). I had my camera but I really don't like to have expensive things out and about in crowded casinos in Vegas because...then something is bound to happen. So I took them really fast and without aiming and stuff. So not good images, but good memories!
Also, I feel it necessary to share my favorite Beatle's Songs so you should too!
1) Eleanor Rigby (Duh, isn't that everyone's favorite?)
2) I, Me, Mine
3) Let it Be
4) Across The Universe
5) All You Need is Love
And now I've decided that this isn't a very good list cause there are like 200 better songs than these, but at the same time; not better. Its more of a confusing type of thing. Basically take quantum physics and apply it to the Beatle's, blink 3 times, clap your hand and maybe you'll understand my crazy head.
So basically I was doing some homework when I looked outsider and saw a bunch of birds at my homemade bird feeder. So I run, grab my new camera, put on the super spectacular lens and sneak outside to snap some photos. I was so concentrated on getting the pictures before the birds ran away, I didn't mess / adjust any of the settings. There were just typical birds: Dark Eyed Junco's especially, and a couple of Mourning Doves, oh, and maybe a Western Scrub Jay. Anyways, I just imported them and this.
GRRRRRR. How dare you super nice camera that I have not fully learned how to use! Darn you to the awful abyss of evil stuff that irritates me ! They weren't that cool but just birds. I saw a Tonwsend's Solitaire and a Cassin's Finch yesterday. Those are unusual. I saw a Sharp-Shinned Hawk too!
This is one cool animal. I caught one once off the shores of Coronado Island in California. It was really funny. We weren't catching anything and then my little brother had jams from IHOP and he asked if he could dip a sardine in the jelly. We all laughed and said whatever. We caught three fish, all with jelly. Moral of the story--fish with IHOP jelly.
It was really cool. It looked like a mini-sting ray. But it actually is in its own family.
These are bison. They are HUGE. I'm not sure if other states really have bison, I believe they are imported to Utah because they are only on one island in the Great Salt Lake. Antelope Island. On the island there are a lot of little buffalo grills. Buffalo is pretty good. It takes like beef but a little more tender, meatier, and healthier. I really like the snow on the ground; it makes them stand out. I wanted to pet one!
Ruddy Ducks are so pretty. Here's the link to their wikipedia page! Their bill is huge and blue. Its almost like a Northern Shoveler and its sky blue. GORGEOUS! The colors on the feathers are magnificent too. Also, the tail is so pointy. Amazing bird. Once again this was at Salt Lake so its kinda rare to see them in this cold, cold frozen weather.
This is a baby / young Western Grebe. Who look identical to Clark's Grebe! They're very hard to tell the difference but the Western usually has the black cap go upon and over the red eye when clark's black cap stops above the eye.
This is at Salt Lake. Half - 5/6's the pond is forzen so its kinda cool to see water and waterfowl!
I used flash to capture this octopus. He's gross!!! I took this picture and looked at it in the camera and nearly through up. He just looks disgusting! It was really dark so photos and subjects were really hard to get lighting on.
This is fun. I love these fish. He is blurred and it makes him look even cooler.
The Komodo Dragon decided to pose for me! He's as lazy as ever. And drooling. Also gross.
A white alligator. My friend has two alligators as pets. They're pretty cool. This looks like a crocodile now that I look at it closer. I don't really know but, a white reptile with sharp teeth that hangs out in water and can kill things!!!
So these are fireworks using a long exposure. Its really cool to try to capture the entire shape of a firework. These two images were my favorite. Its almost like abstract light photos only these are random and you're not moving the camera, the light from the firework is changing!
I want to wish everyone a great 2011! I know I'm going to try to make the best of it.
GOALS OF 2011 FOR ME:
1) BLOG. BLOG. BLOG. I've been awful the last year of consistently blogging. I'm ending that in 2011
2) Focus on school still. Keep grades up and such.
3) Make better more controlled photos. Or even just more photos. I want to shot everything.