Jots about the bird…
- It’s not a bird, it’s a dragonfly, although you might think you saw or heard a hummingbird whizzing by.
- I believe it is an Autumn Meadowlark and I love the graceful way it is perched on that stem.
- Dragonflies can live five years but spend most of that time as larva.
- The largest fossilized dragonfly found had a 2 1/2 feet wingspan.
- They have two sets of wings just like biplanes!
Jots about the plane…
- It’s a biplane, an airplane with 2 sets of wings.
- Have 2 sets of wings allows them to be lighter and stronger although with modern materials these advantages are now obsolete and infact cause unwanted drag.
- The Wright brothers who created and successfully flew the first airplane in 1903 used a biplane design.
- Their father brought them home a rubber-band powered helicopter when they were kids which started their interest in flight.
- Looking for an adventurous way to see the sights on Cape Cod? How about a biplane ride!
With this photo I am participating in Maui Shop Girl’s Just Another Photo Challenge link up. The theme for this week is “Peaceful”. In her photo she is gazing up to a palm tree from Hawaiian sand and 5 thousand miles away I am gazing down at my son’s hand in Cape Cod sand! I love sand. This sand is so fine and pure it feels good in your hand and when you walk in it you sink down and the sand quickly fills the holes but leaves behind perfect peaks and valleys. It is especially nice when it’s warm on your skin but this photo was taken in the winter with mittens off for a moment. Can you see his cold red knuckles? He had cheeks to match!
Least Sandpipers on Cape Cod Beach
Where are you going?
…on the beach!
These are rose hips from the Rosa Rugosa bush which is native to eastern Asia but loves it here on Cape Cod! I posted a picture of the fuschia roses that bloom earlier in the summer here. It is sometimes confused with the Beach Plum which is native to Cape Cod and is sweet enough to be eaten whole.
Rose hips are high in vitamin C and antioxidants and can be used to make teas and jams. If you are lucky enough to have access to some you can find a list of recipes here!
I was getting a little close and this bird was looking at me!
Notice his yellow eyes are in the front like us? This gives him depth perception which is important for predators. I also noticed he has a partially eaten meal in his grasp!
What do you use your depth perception for?
P.S. Thanks, Mr. Doodles and Jots for this clever post title!
On this perfect day the sun rested above a thin hazy sheet as if the entire beach was beneath a very light umbrella. Once in a while the sun got a little too excited, and so the graceful, level headed breeze, almost as if on cue, passed through to calm him down (all the while being careful not to excite the sand). The water too was offering good clean fun with cool waves just the right size to amuse. Continue reading
Big F, little f, words start with f…
Welcome to the third installment of my letter themed photo posts! As with the last 2 letter posts for B and R, I am featuring a font. I must say, F posed a font selection challenge. See for yourself! F is not the most attractive letter in most fonts!
I was so happy to find Eras Demi ITC which, I think, really shows off F’s best assets! It is a demi or semi bold font that would be great for poster titles. It is part of a full font family and it comes from the International Typeface Corporation, designed by a French designers, Albert Boton and Albert Hollenstein. Imagine that, there are real people, talented designers, behind the fonts we love!
One last thing before the pictures. I don’t always start with the letter! I sift through my photos in Windows Photo Gallery and pick ones I like and then look for the letter in the picture. Try this with kids! Have them come up with a word starting with a letter you pick for a photo. This is great for reinforcing letter sounds and building problem solving skills.
Now for the photos…
Big R, little r, words start with r…
A while back I shared a photo essay with some words that begin with B. That post has actually been pretty popular. So I decided to try and make it through the whole alphabet over time.
I am also going to share a different font each time. Today it’s Candara. When you enlarge fonts you can really see all the detail that goes into them. I think the subtle thickness variation of this one give it a fun personality.
Now on to the R words…