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Gorgeous Bald Eagle
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The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a bird of prey found in North America. It is the national bird and symbol of the United States of America. This sea eagle has two known sub-species and forms a species pair with the White-tailed Eagle. Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting. In the late 20th century the Bald Eagle was on the brink of extirpation in the continental United States, while flourishing in much of Alaska and Canada. Populations recovered and stabilized, so the species was removed from the U.S. federal government's list of endangered species and transferred to the list of threatened species on July 12, 1995, and it was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States on June 28, 2007. Bald Eagles are not actually bald. The name derives from the older meaning of the word, white headed. Description The plumage of an adult Bald Eagle is evenly brown with a white head and tail. The tail is moderately long and slightly wedge-shaped. Males and females are identical in plumage coloration, but sexual dimorphism is evident in the species in that females are 25 percent larger than males. The beak, feet, and irises are bright yellow. The legs are feather-free, and the toes are short and powerful with large talons. The highly developed talon of the hind toe is used to pierce the vital areas of prey while it is held immobile by the front toes. The beak is large and hooked, with a yellow cere. The plumage of the immature is brown, speckled with white until the fifth (rarely fourth, very rarely third) year, when it reaches sexual maturity. Immature Bald Eagles are distinguishable from the Golden Eagle in that the former has a more protruding head with a larger beak, straighter edged wings which are held flat (not slightly raised) and with a stiffer wing beat, and feathers which do not completely cover the legs. The Bald Eagle is a large bird, with a body length of 70–102 centimeters (28–40 in), a wingspan of between 1.68 m (66 in) and 2.44 m (96 in), and a mass of 2.5–7 kilograms (5.5–15 lb); females are about 25 percent larger than males, adult females averaging 5.8 kilograms (13 lb) and males averaging 4.1 kilograms (9.0 lb). The size of the bird varies by location; the smallest specimens are those from Florida, where an adult male may barely exceed 2.3 kilograms (5.1 lb) and a wingspan of 1.8 m (5.9 ft). The largest are Alaskan birds, where large females may exceed 7.5 kilograms (17 lb) and have a wingspan of over 2.4 m (7.9 ft). Its diet consists mainly of fish, but it is an opportunistic feeder. It hunts fish by swooping down and snatching the fish out of the water with its talons. It is sexually mature at four years or five years of age. In the wild, Bald Eagles can live up to thirty years, and often survive longer in captivity. The Bald Eagle builds the largest nest of any North American bird, up to 4 meters (13 ft) deep, 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) wide, and one metric ton (1.1 tons) in weight. The call consists of weak chirping whistles, harsher and more shrill from young birds than adults. The average lifespan of Bald Eagles in the wild is around 20 years, with the oldest living to be about 30. In captivity, they often live somewhat longer. In one instance, a captive individual in New York lived for nearly 50 years. As with size, the average lifespan of an eagle population appears to be influenced by its location. Taxonomy A species placed in the genus Haliaeetus (sea eagles) which gets both its common and scientific names from the distinctive appearance of the adult's head. Bald in the English name is derived from the word piebald, and refers to the white head and tail feathers and their contrast with the darker body. The scientific name is derived from Haliaeetus, New Latin for sea eagle (from the Ancient Greek haliaetos), and leucocephalus, Latinized Ancient Greek for white head, from λευκος leukos (white) and κεφαλη kephale (head). The Bald Eagle was one of the many species originally described by Linnaeus in his 18th century work Systema Naturae, under the name Falco leucocephalus. There are two recognized subspecies of Bald Eagle: H. l. leucocephalus (Linnaeus, 1766) is the nominate subspecies. It is separated from H. l. alascanus at approximately latitude 38° N, or roughly the latitude of San Francisco. It is found in the southern United States and Baja California. H. l. washingtoniensis (Audubon, 1827), synonym H. l. alascanus Townsend, 1897, the northern subspecies, is larger than southern nominate leucocephalus. It is found in the northern United States, Canada and Alaska. This subspecies reaches further south than latitude 38° N on the Atlantic Coast, where they occur in the Cape Hatteras area. The Bald Eagle forms a species pair with the Eurasian White-tailed Eagle. This species pair consists of a white-headed and a tan-headed species of roughly equal size; the White-tailed Eagle also has overall somewhat paler brown body plumage. The pair diverged from other Sea Eagles at the beginning of the Early Miocene (c. 10 Ma BP) at the latest, but possibly as early as the Early/Middle Oligocene, 28 Ma BP, if the most ancient fossil record is correctly assigned to this genus. The two species probably diverged in the North Pacific, as the White-tailed Eagle spread westwards into Eurasia and the Bald Eagle spread eastwards into North America.[17 HABITAT AND RANGE The Bald Eagle prefers habitats near seacoasts, rivers, large lakes, oceans, and other large bodies of open water with an abundance of fish. Studies have shown a preference for bodies of water with a circumference greater than 11 km (7 mi), and lakes with an area greater than 10 square kilometers (4 sq mi) are optimal for breeding Bald Eagles. The Bald Eagle requires old-growth and mature stands of coniferous or hardwood trees for perching, roosting, and nesting. Selected trees must have good visibility, an open structure, and proximity to prey, but the height or species of tree is not as important as an abundance of comparatively large trees surrounding the body of water. Forests used for nesting should have a canopy cover of no more than 60 percent, and no less than 20 percent, and be in close proximity to water. The Bald Eagle is extremely sensitive to human activity, and is found most commonly in areas free of human disturbance. It chooses sites more than 1.2 km (0.75 mi) from low-density human disturbance and more than 1.8 km (1.1 mi) from medium- to high-density human disturbance. Occasionally Bald Eagles will venture into large estuaries or secluded groves within major cities, such as Hardtack Island on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. Despite this sensitivity, a family of Bald Eagles recently moved to the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. The Bald Eagle's natural range covers most of North America, including most of Canada, all of the continental United States, and northern Mexico. It is the only sea eagle endemic to North America. Occupying varied habitats from the bayous of Louisiana to the Sonoran Desert and the eastern deciduous forests of Quebec and New England, northern birds are migratory, while southern birds are resident, remaining on their breeding territory all year. At minimum population, in the 1950s, it was largely restricted to Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, northern and eastern Canada, and Florida. It has occurred as a vagrant twice in Ireland; a juvenile was shot illegally in Fermanagh on January 11, 1973 (misidentified at first as a White-tailed Eagle), and an exhausted juvenile was captured in Kerry on November 15, 1987. Bald Eagles will also congregate in certain locations in winter. From November until February, one to two thousand birds winter in Squamish, British Columbia, about halfway between Vancouver and Whistler. The birds primarily gather along the Squamish and Cheakamus Rivers, attracted by the salmon spawning in the area. Behavior Bald Eagle at Eagle Mountain Sanctuary in Dollywood theme park The Bald Eagle is a powerful flier, and soars on thermal convection currents. It reaches speeds of 56–70 kilometers per hour (35–43 mph) when gliding and flapping, and about 48 kilometers per hour (30 mph) while carrying fish. Its dive speed is between 120–160 kilometers per hour (75–99 mph), though it seldom dives vertically. It is partially migratory, depending on location. If its territory has access to open water, it remains there year-round, but if the body of water freezes during the winter, making it impossible to obtain food, it migrates to the south or to the coast. The Bald Eagle selects migration routes which take advantage of thermals, updrafts, and food resources. During migration, it may ascend in a thermal and then glide down, or may ascend in updrafts created by the wind against a cliff or other terrain. Migration generally takes place during the daytime, when thermals are produced by the sun. Diet The Bald Eagle's diet is opportunistic and varied, but most feed mainly on fish. In the Pacific Northwest, spawning trout and salmon provide most of the Bald Eagles' diet. Locally, eagles may rely largely on carrion, especially in winter, and they will scavenge carcasses up to the size of whales, though it seems that carcasses of ungulates and large fish are preferred. They also may sometimes feed on subsistence scavenged or stolen from campsites and picnics, as well as garbage dumps. Mammalian prey includes rabbits, hares, raccoons, muskrats, beavers, and deer fawns. Preferred avian prey includes grebes, alcids, ducks, gulls, coots, egrets, and geese. Most live prey are quite a bit smaller than the eagle, but predatory attacks on larger birds such as swans have been recorded. Reptiles, amphibians and crustaceans (especially crabs) are preyed on when available. With a freshly caught fish. To hunt fish, easily their most important live prey, the eagle swoops down over the water and snatches the fish out of the water with its talons. They eat by holding the fish in one claw and tearing the flesh with the other. Eagles have structures on their toes called spiricules that allow them to grasp fish. Osprey also have this adaptation. Bald Eagles have powerful talons and have been recorded flying with a 15-pound Mule Deer fawn. It has been estimated that the gripping power (pounds by square inch) of the bald eagle is ten times greater than that of a human. Sometimes, if the fish is too heavy to lift, the eagle will be dragged into the water. It may swim to safety, but some eagles drown or succumb to hypothermia. When competing for food, eagles will usually dominate other fish-eaters and scavengers, aggressively displacing mammals such as coyotes and foxes, and birds such as corvids, gulls, vultures and other raptors. Bald Eagles may be displaced by themselves or by Golden Eagles. Neither species is known to be dominant, and the outcome depends on the individual animal. Occasionally, Bald Eagles will steal fish and other prey away from smaller raptors, such as Ospreys, a practice known as kleptoparasitism. Healthy adult Bald Eagles are not preyed on in the wild and are thus considered apex predators. In one case, an adult eagle investigating a Peregrine Falcon nest for prey items sustained a concussion from a swooping parent Peregrine, and ultimately died days later from it. Reproduction Bald Eagles mating Bald Eagles are sexually mature at four or five years of age. When they are old enough to breed, they often return to the area where they were born. It is thought that Bald Eagles mate for life. However, if one member of a pair dies or disappears, the other will choose a new mate. A pair which has repeatedly failed in breeding attempts may split and look for new mates. Bald Eagle courtship involves elaborate calls and flight displays. The flight includes swoops, chases, and cartwheels, in which they fly high, lock talons, and free fall, separating just before hitting the ground. The nest is the largest of any bird in North America; it is used repeatedly over many years and with new material added each year may eventually be as large as 4 meters (13 ft) deep, 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) across and weigh 1 metric ton (1.1 short tons); one nest in Florida was found to be 6.1 meters (20 ft) deep, 2.9 meters (9.5 ft) across, and to weigh 3 short tons (2.7 t). This nest is on record as the largest tree nest ever known. The nest is built out of branches, usually in large trees near water. When breeding where there are no trees, the Bald Eagle will nest on the ground. Eagles produce between one and three eggs per year, but it is rare for all three chicks to successfully fly. Both the male and female take turns incubating the eggs. The other parent will hunt for food or look for nesting material. The eggs average about 73 millimeters (2.9 in) long and have a breadth of 55 millimeters (2.2 in). Newly fledged juvenile. Relationship with humans Population decline and recovery Once a common sight in much of the continent, the Bald Eagle was severely affected in the mid-20th century by a variety of factors, among them the thinning of egg shells attributed to use of the pesticide DDT. Bald Eagles, like many birds of prey, were especially affected by DDT due to biomagnification. DDT itself was not lethal to the adult bird, but it interfered with the bird's calcium metabolism, making the bird either sterile or unable to lay healthy eggs. Female eagles laid eggs that were too brittle to withstand the weight of a brooding adult, making it nearly impossible for the eggs to hatch. It is estimated that in the early 18th century, the Bald Eagle population was 300,000–500,000, but by the 1950s there were only 412 nesting pairs in the 48 contiguous states of the US. Other factors in Bald Eagle population reductions were a widespread loss of suitable habitat, as well as illegal shooting, which was described as the leading cause of direct mortality in both adult and immature bald eagles, according to a 1978 report in the Endangered Species Technical Bulletin. In 1984, the National Wildlife Federation listed hunting, power-line electrocution, and collisions in flight as the leading causes of eagle deaths. Bald Eagle populations have also been negatively affected by oil, lead, and mercury pollution, and by human and predator intrusion. The species was first protected in the U.S. and Canada by the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty, later extended to all of North America. The 1940 Bald Eagle Protection Act in the U.S., which protected the Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle, prohibited commercial trapping and killing of the birds. The Bald Eagle was declared an endangered species in the U.S. in 1967, and amendments to the 1940 act between 1962 and 1972 further restricted commercial uses and increased penalties for violators. Also in 1972, DDT was banned in the United States. DDT was completely banned in Canada in 1989, though its use had been highly restricted since the late 1970s. First-year With regulations in place and DDT banned, the eagle population rebounded. The Bald Eagle can be found in growing concentrations throughout the United States and Canada, particularly near large bodies of water. In the early 1980s, the estimated total population was 100,000 individuals, with 110,000–115,000 by 1992; the U.S. state with the largest resident population is Alaska, with about 40,000–50,000, with the next highest population the Canadian province of British Columbia with 20,000–30,000 in 1992. It was officially removed from the U.S. federal government's list of endangered species on July 12, 1995, by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, when it was reclassified from Endangered to Threatened. On July 6, 1999, a proposal was initiated To Remove the Bald Eagle in the Lower 48 States From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. It was de-listed on June 28, 2007. It has also been assigned a risk level of Least Concern category on the IUCN Red List. In captivity Head details of a Bald Eagle. Permits are required to keep Bald Eagles in captivity in the United States. Permits are primarily issued to public educational institutions, and the eagles which they show are permanently injured individuals which cannot be released to the wild. The facilities where eagles are kept must be equipped with adequate caging and facilities, as well as workers experienced in the handling and care of eagles. Bald Eagles cannot legally be kept for falconry in the United States. As a rule, the Bald Eagle is a poor choice for public shows, being timid, prone to becoming highly stressed, and unpredictable in nature. Native American Tribes can obtain a Native American Religious Use permit to keep non-releasable eagles as well. They use their naturally molted feathers for religious and cultural ceremonies. The Bald Eagle can be long-lived in captivity if well cared for, but does not breed well even under the best conditions. In Canada, a license is required to keep Bald Eagles for falconry. The national bird of the United States The Bald Eagle is the national bird of the United States of America. It appears on most of its official seals, including the Seal of the President of the United States. The Continental Congress adopted the current design for the Great Seal of the United States including a Bald Eagle grasping 13 arrows and a 13-leaf olive branch with its talons on June 20, 1782. The founders of the United States were fond of comparing their new republic with the Roman Republic, in which eagle imagery was prominent. Seal of the President of the United States. The Bald Eagle can be found on both national seals and on the back of several coins (including the quarter dollar coin until 1999), with its head oriented towards the olive branch. Between 1916 and 1945, the Presidential Flag showed an eagle facing to its left (the viewer's right), which gave rise to the urban legend that the seal is changed to have the eagle face towards the olive branch in peace, and towards the arrows in wartime. Contrary to popular legend, there is no evidence that Benjamin Franklin ever supported the Wild Turkey as a symbol of the United States over the Bald Eagle. The origin of this claim is a letter Franklin wrote to his daughter in 1784 from Paris. However, this letter was a criticism of the Society of the Cincinnati, and never mentions the choice of the Bald Eagle for the Great Seal of the United States. Franklin opposed the creation of the Society because he viewed it, with its hereditary membership, as a noble order which was unwelcome in the newly independent Republic. The reference to the two birds is a satirical comparison between the Society of the Cincinnati and Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, for whom the Society was named. Franklin viewed the creation of the Society as being contrary to the ideals of Cincinnatus. Role in Native American culture An adult eagle landing on its nest The Bald Eagle is a sacred bird in some North American cultures, and its feathers, like those of the Golden Eagle, are central to many religious and spiritual customs among Native Americans. Eagles are considered spiritual messengers between gods and humans by some cultures. Many pow wow dancers use the eagle claw as part of their regalia as well. Eagle feathers are often used in traditional ceremonies, particularly in the construction of regalia worn and as a part of fans, bustles and head dresses. The Lakota, for instance, give an eagle feather as a symbol of honor to person who achieves a task. In modern times, it may be given on an event such as a graduation from college. The Pawnee considered eagles as symbols of fertility because their nests are built high off the ground and because they fiercely protect their young. The Kwakwaka'wakw scattered eagle down to welcome important guests. The Choctaw explained that the Bald Eagle, who has direct contact with the upper world of the sun, is a symbol of peace. During the Sun Dance, which is practiced by many Plains Indian tribes, the eagle is represented in several ways. The eagle nest is represented by the fork of the lodge where the dance is held. A whistle made from the wing bone of an eagle is used during the course of the dance. Also during the dance, a medicine man may direct his fan, which is made of eagle feathers, to people who seek to be healed. The medicine man touches the fan to the center pole and then to the patient, in order to transmit power from the pole to the patient. The fan is then held up toward the sky, so that the eagle may carry the prayers for the sick to the Creator. Current eagle feather law stipulates that only individuals of certifiable Native American ancestry enrolled in a federally recognized tribe are legally authorized to obtain Bald or Golden Eagle feathers for religious or spiritual use. The constitutionality of these laws has been questioned by Native American groups on the basis that it violates the First Amendment by affecting ability to practice their religion freely. Source-Wikipedia.
tympanum - Philadelphia Museum of Art
Made by ken m photography
Echoing the design of a Greek temple but of more massive Roman proportions, the Museum building is considered one of the crowning achievements of the city beautiful movement in architecture in the early part of the twentieth century. It is constructed of pure Minnesota dolomite, with glazed blue roof tiles embellished with polychrome finials and pediments. Covering ten acres of ground, it contains over 200 galleries. Of special interest on the exterior of the building is the group of polychrome terracotta sculptures in the tympanum of the pediment on the North Wing, which was designed by sculptor C. Paul Jennewein and installed in 1933. This marked the Museum as the first major building in over 2,000 years to adapt polychromy in this manner. In ancient Greek architecture, however, the architectural ornament and sculpture in terracotta and stone were painted with perishable pigments, while those of the Museum are of ceramic glazes. The completed tympanum encompasses ten free-standing figures, mythological Greek gods and goddesses signifying sacred and profane love. Executed in brilliant colors and gold glazes, the tympanum is seventy-feet wide at its base above the supporting columns, rising to twelve feet in height at the center. It is an outstanding example of ceramic art in color. Jennewein also modeled the bronze doors of the elevators inside the Museum, while the octagonal bronze basin for the great fountain on the East Terrace, with bas-reliefs depicting Courtship, was designed by the Philadelphia sculptor Henry Mitchell (1915–1980) and installed in 1958. The acroteria of the roof are adorned with bronze griffins, seated with one paw outstretched or standing watchfully. This mythological creature, traditionally a guardian of treasure, has served as the symbol of the Museum since the 1970s. - www.philamuseum.org/information/45-229-25.html
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By Carl Milles, along Kelly Drive on the east bank of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Owned by the Fairmount Park Art Assn. Three slim angels concentrate raptly on their music as they hover above the grass along Kelly Drive. The work of Swedish-born artist Carl Milles, they are casts from a group of five originals from the Millesgarden in Stockholm, where they overlook that city's harbor. Milles' style combined conservative, pictorial elements with a poetic and popular spirit. His characteristically slender figures often have a childlike innocence and vulnerability that make them immediately appealing to the public. Originally all five casts of the Playing Angels were intended for a private site in Philadelphia. When the plans dissolved, one angel went to Kansas City and a second to Falls Church, Virginia; the remaining three were purchased by the Fairmount Park Art Association in 1968 and installed at their present site in 1972. Their placement on tall pedestals, similar to those at the Millesgarden, was planned by the architectural firm of Bower and Fradley—a design awarded a silver medal by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Each angel is bronze, and 7 foot in height. The bases upon which the angels stand are concrete and are 20 to 23 foot tall. www.fpaa.org/child/map_48_mil_pla.html
Naturalised from Europe. Viola arvensis, a Wild Field Pansy on the Schuylkill Riverbank, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Made by Rana Pipiens
In Philadelphia I revisited of course that Wonderful Temple of Culture, the Museum of Art set on a bluff above the Schuylkill River, with the central city at its feet. Head full of pictures after a morning's viewing, I walked as well in the sunshine on the banks of the River. Though chilly, 't was a glorious afternoon, and little wildflowers were already in evidence. Among them this pretty Small Wild Field Pansy. Described fully first by Johan Anders Murray (1740-1791), a student of Linnaeus, in 1770, it had already become naturalised in North America. It seems early settlers brought it here as a medicinal plant to cure impetigo, 'Baby Rash', and other skin ailments. The Schuylkill River - apparently from the Dutch 'schuyl' or 'schuil' (hidden) and 'ki[l]l' (a small river) - was named by one Arendt Corssen, commissary of Fort Nassau (near Gloucester), Delaware Valley, connected to the Dutch West Indies Company. Corssen had negotiated an agreement in 1634 ceding these lands on the east side of the river - called by the native Americans: Armaenveruis - to the Dutch company (much in the way of Manhattan some years earlier). There's a document extant with the names of the chiefs who signed with Corssen: Amattehoonen, Alekbackinne and Sinquees. Schuylkill eventually became 'real American' - in a different sense of course than 'native American' - as did our pretty little Pansy, too.
Returning to Neverland...
Made by darth_bayne
As mentioned in the last previous photo, I wanted to take more infrared shots this spring/summer. It feels like it was ages since I dusted off the IR filter. Well actually it has been. So last week I decided get some shots around the Art Museum area here in Philly. After having another year of Photoshop under my belt I wanted to add the things I learned and apply them to Infrared Photography. Some of the photos are vertoramas and others are panoramic and some are just single shots. I'm hoping if time permits to put up a number of shots from this walk. I'll be visiting your photostream soon and I hope all is well! About the Photo: An Infrared shot taken behind the Art Museum. This shot is a vertorama composed of three shots for the bottom segment and three for the top. The photos were digitally blended, then stitched together with the use of Photoshop. After stitching, I used a method called channel swapping to adjusted the colors. I have to admit that this and other photos in this series was quite a challenge to process. It took a lot of tweaking in Photoshop to get the finished product. Details: Camera: Canon 350D Lens: 18-50mm sigma Av: f 5.6 Tv: 5 sec Iso: 400 Filter: Hoya R72 ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***
Made by darth_bayne
Thank you everyone for helping me make the frontpage!! My deepest thanks go out to you all! Highest Position in Explore today #5! Another reworked IR photo that I posted sometime ago. I decided on naming it something different instead of going with the previous name. Reason being is because of how different it looks. It almost looks like a different photo altogether. It can be really tough going through old photos and seeing what they looked like back when you first started. This is part of the reason why I haven’t deleted any of my photos or removed any of the old ones that have been remastered. I am quite impressed by some of the photostreams that I see on Flickr. Looking at an individual’s first picture uploaded and then going to their last one is usually a stark contrast in quality. This for me in the beginning really inspired me, because it reminded me that growth is possible if you work at it. Btw, sorry for my lack of presence here on Flickr, things got really busy over the last week. So today I’m taking some time to catch my breath and get grounded again. I’ll be by to check out your streams shortly. Have a great weekend everyone! ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***
A Silent Night...
Made by darth_bayne
Hey peeps, I decided to make another Silent night photo this year as well. But instead of going with another IR, this is just a normal picture. Well not exactly normal. I added the stars and north star in the photo using the same technique I used in the last picture. All done in photoshop. I felt like I really got lucky with this shot. there was a group of people leaving the Art Museum when I was taking this photo. Then one person decided to just sit and look up at the building. Just long enough for me to capture them in the picture :-) So I want to wish those of you who celebrate Christmas a merry one, and those of you who do not Happy holidays. May this time with your family be a special one. Take care everyone! And I'll be visiting your photostream very very soon! To see in Large Which I recommend: About the Photo: A Panoramic photo that was taken at the Art museum. This Panoramic shot is composed of three photos. The photos were then stitched together in Photoshop and then processed. Stars were later added in photoshop as well. ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***
Art institute comes alive (1/2)
Made by Thiophene_Guy
View On Black A museum is only alive when people visit. This idea seemed best represented by colored ghosts of the live crowd in the black & white museum. Digital Harris shutter effect made by combining different RGB color layers from three sequentially shot frames. For the curious, this is the Philadelphia, museum of art.
All That We Perceive..
Made by darth_bayne
All that we Perceive. We all see things differently, may it be a photo, words or time. Each of us sees and draws different conclusions about the things around us. At the moment my perception of time has been highly distorted. And it’s been ages since I’ve been on Flickr and posted or taken a look at your nice photostreams. :-( Hopefully I’ll get some more time between my classes to post more and visit more. The photo is one I had taken back in the spring that I had seemed to over look. It’s an Infrared HDR taken here in philly. The weather wasn’t the greatest this day and on the way to the shoot I thought about turning back. But Some how when I arrive at the place I wanted to shoot, the weather managed to clear up a bit. Anyhow , here’s what the camera saw which has a slightly different perception than what I actually saw in Visible light. To View in Large: ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***
Boathouse Row at night
Made by ken m photography
My first night photos. Philadelphia, PA Boathouse Row is a historic site located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the east bank of the Schuylkill River, just North of the Fairmount Water Works and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It consists of a row of 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells. Each of the boathouses has its own history, and all have addresses on both Boathouse Row and Kelly Drive (named after famous Philadelphia oarsman John B. Kelly, Jr.). Boathouses #2 through #14 are part of a group known as the Schuylkill Navy, which encompasses several other boathouses along the river. Boathouse #1 is Lloyd Hall and is the only public boathouse facility on the Row. Boathouse #15 houses the Sedgeley Club, which operates the Turtle Rock Lighthouse. The boathouses are all at least a century old, and some were built over 150 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boathouse_Row
Get On Your Bike & Ride!
Made by jomak14
The Schuylkill River Trail parallels Kelly Drive along the east side of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia and is one of the region's most popular running and jogging trails. Each morning and evening the trail is lined with residents and visitors alike. Particularly popular is the 8-mile Loop that crosses the Falls Bridge in East Falls. You can begin your trip at a number of places along Kelly Drive or Martin Luther King Drive, but most folks prefer to start at Lloyd Hall or East Falls. Martin Luther King Drive is closed to vehicular traffic on Saturdays and Sundays 6 AM to 5 PM from April to October. The lower portion from Eakins Oval to Sweetbriar Drive re-opens at 12 noon. EF 135mm f/2 L on a 1Ds [ 0.001 sec (1/2000) | f/2.0 | FLength 135 mm | ISO 100 | Manual exposure ] jomak14.blogspot.com/
philadelphia skyline 5d winter 2008 9619 [no invites/icons please]
Made by blypix
-philly glow- i was still getting used to the 5d when i shot this and mistakenly set it to iso 200 (i've been spoiled by the 1Ds because the iso on that is shown in the viewfinder all the time so i never had to worry about it). when i got home, i was worried and loaded the images up immediately only to find out that there was nothing to worry at all - the 5d really rocks and indeed does deliver very clean files at high isos (provided you get the exposure right of course). the only regret i have about this perfectly lit shot was that i wish this was a mountain scene. :) view large
The Strawberry Mansion bridge over the Schuylkill River
Made by ken m photography
The Strawberry Mansion Bridge is a steel arch truss bridge across the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It was built in 1896–1897 by the Phoenix Bridge Company, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, under private ownership by the Fairmount Park Transportation Company, which operated trolleys over the bridge, with pedestrian and carriage lanes on the north side. From 1991 to 1995, the bridge was closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, as it was restored to its historical appearance. As of 2010, the bridge is still in use, carrying vehicular and pedestrian traffic, but trolley service stopped in 1946.
Made by darth_bayne
THANK YOU All and HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!! :-) Frontpage Explore: Highest position on Explore #12 :-) This shot was taken a little bit after the last post. It was a bit difficult to shoot because of the intense sunlight that was shining through, the flare was killer! Anyhow, here's the result. Sorry for being so slack responding to emails, I'm hoping to get around to that today ;-) About the Photo: An Infrared HDR taken in the evening. ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***
Ivory-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus azara)
Made by ucumari
Wish I knew what kind of birdie this guy is, any help would be appreciated! The brand new McNeil Avian Center opened this spring and it is beautiful! The outside looks a bit out of place for the States oldest zoo but inside it is wonderful. It appears they have used the original facade but the rest of the architecture is very modern. (Have a GREAT weekend!) Update, Thank you very much for the ID. I did a quick search and found this: www.emeraldforestbirds.com/ivorybilla2.htm Looks like him to me!
Philadelphia's Golden Hour
Made by Michael Pancier Photography
This is another shot of the Philadelphia Skyline taken earlier during the golden hour from the Spring Garden Street Bridge. Senora Shutterbug and I were scouting the Museum area and couldn't quite find the angle until I spotted the bridge and figured out the best spot to shoot the city was in front of our faces the whole time. We managed to get in a few shots while the sun still lit the skyline. The light was gone rather quickly but I did manage about 4 shots. Have a great weekend folks and keep shooting.
Cheetah Focused in on Something at the Philadelphia Zoo
Made by D200-Paul
Best viewed It was close to closing time late in the afternoon and this Cheetah was pacing back and forth. On this leg of the circuit, it always fixed its sight on the same spot as if looking for an approaching keeper who would bring food and/or take it inside for the night. Cheetah Focused in on Something at the Philadelphia Zoo
Polar Bear (Largest Land Carnivore in the World) at the Philadelphia Zoo
Made by D200-Paul
Best viewed Contrary to almost universal belief (see the early comments), this He Polar Bear is actually a She. She was one of two older females in the same Philadelphia Zoo enclosure. My guess is that she was snarling at the flies that were pestering her. Polar Bear (Largest Land Carnivore in the World) at the Philadelphia Zoo
A Summertime Daydream
Made by darth_bayne
Well I have to be honest I can’t wait until summer arrives. Haha I know I have a while to go yet, but it’s always nice to dream right? In the spirit of continuing my lazy weekend, I don’t have much to write about this photo, except that it was taken right before the last one and no textures were used. Hope you all had a great weekend! ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***
Made by darth_bayne
Another moody shot that I took on a walk around Philadelphia. I decided to play a bit with this photo and added a texture to it. I also manually digitally cross processed it in photoshop as well. Btw the texture was provided by Hope you all have been having a great week thus far, not far until the weekend is here! Much Better in Large: ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***
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