January, 2011

Anti-Government Egypt Protests

The “Arab Spring” continues. Was walking up to Dundas and Yonge, and saw that there was a protest in Dundas Square, this time by those seeking the end of the decrepit regime lead by Mubarak.

Best of luck to them!

Here are a couple of shots I managed to take from across the street:

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Crescent Moon and Jupiter

I read that there was going to be a near conjunction of the moon with Jupiter, so I dutifully set up my tripod on the back deck to shoot the following picture:

Crescent Moon and Jupiter

Crescent Moon and Jupiter

While it is hard to tell at thumbnail size, the “bump” that appears at 5 o’clock to Jupiter isn’t a lens echo, but one of that giant planet’s many moons. Am pleased with how this pic came out.

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American Kestrel Near Livingstone Park, Markham

Went for a walk over lunchtime with my camera and telephoto lens to Livingstone Park near where I work in Markham. On my way back I saw something perched on top of a street light pole, and realized it was a bird of prey. I took plenty of photos as a got closer, fearing he would fly away at any moment. As I got nearer though, it was clear that he wasn’t planning to budge from his perch on account of me way down below. So I snapped what I think are some good pics of him:

American Kestrel #1 (aka: What you lookin' at?)

American Kestrel #1 (aka: What you lookin' at?)

American Kestrel #2

American Kestrel #2

I had thought the bird was some sort of falcon, but when I looked him up the bird turned out to be an American Kestrel. Cool! 😉

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