Bird is the word

27 03 2013

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I had been inspired and motivate into Nature and Birds from my neighbor Melissa! Melissa is huge into birds and takes awesome photos of them! See for your self at her facebook page!  https://www.facebook.com/mydigitalmindphotography

This passed Saturday I had the chance to go with Melissa on a Nature hike at Binghamton University Nature Preserve! It was a great time despite the cold snowy weather and icy trails! Saw a few birds and heard many birds singing. The Canadian Gesse were the only ones i could get good shots of from my camera!  Its a pretty nice relaxful atmosphere out there in the woods! Its also a good workout hiking out there too! I need to get out there more often!

 

Heres what we saw & heard out there!

This is what we saw:
Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, Black-capped Chickadee (singing too), Red-winged Blackbirds (singing), Song Sparrows (singing), Fox Sparrows (the one we tried very hard to get good looks of because they are only around for a couple of weeks), Turkey Vultures flying, American Crows, American Robins, Northern Cardinals

This is what we heard only:
Tufted Titmouse, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay

 

Im just getting started into this new hobby! There is so many birds to learn about! I always loved the big guys like the Eagles & Hawks as a matter of fact you can watch a live wed cam of the Red-Tailed Hawks from Cornell College here http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/16/Red-tailed_Hawks/  My favorite small bird is the Baltimore Oriole! I cant wait till they come around and get some good shots of them! They come around here in mid Spring i believe in May! 

My mom has a nice birdfeeder setup she had for years but i never payed any attention or cared for it but that has now changed thanks to Melissa! I gonna start paying more attention to wildlife down at the creek!

Heres a few shots i took at BU Saturday

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There are Mallard Ducks

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These are Canada Geese

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My favorite shot! A Canada Geese in flight





SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES

11 03 2013

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Do you have a smoke alarm? Does your smoke alarm work? If you answered No then WHY THE HELL NOT??  SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES PERIOD!! IF you dont have one PLEASE get one especially if you have Children!! Smoke alarms CAN & WILL SAVE  you and your family!!  IF you have Children PLEASE teach them and practice fire drills so they know what to do in case of a fire. Fires take no holidays or time outs! They CAN happen at ANY time, Day, Night, Year! You NEVER know!

IF you need a smoke alarm you can pretty much get them at any store if you cant get one at the store PLEASE call your local Fire Dept NON-EMERGENCY and ask for one. Most Fire Depts give them out and will install them for you. WE WANT YOU and your FAMILY SAFE!!

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Heres some proof that WORKING Smoke alarms WORK! This is a melted smoke alarm. This Alarm SAVED ME and also SAVED my friend’s house!  This alarm was on the 2nd floor of the home as i was down on the first floor, It went off I saw the fire got out called the fire dept and they got there fast enough to SAVE my friend’s home! Had this alarm had NOT been working i may not be here telling you this right now! Trust me on this as a Firefighter i have been on both sides of the fence!

Here is a tragic fire that happened Saturday in Kentucky. These tragic fires happen way to often  although we cant stop fires from happening WE CAN STOP the tragedies by getting WORKING SMOKE ALARMS and teaching our children fire safety!!  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/09/17251104-pregnant-woman-boyfriend-five-kids-killed-in-kentucky-fire?lite

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GOT MINE! GOT YOURS??





Floral Still Life

9 03 2013

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Spring is in the air and www.rocktheshotforum.com is hosting Floral Still Life for their March Photo Challenge. I took this awesome shot of flowers from my mom’s garden back in the fall.

 

 





February is Red & Heart month

8 02 2013

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February is red & heart month, and www.rocktheshotforum.com is hosting a Red Photo Contest!
I Took this photo at Boldt Castle last Aug and its perfect for February!

 





Stairway to Heaven

23 01 2013

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                                           STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

The tones went off for a house fire I rushed out the door to the station like I always do.

I jumped on the truck rushed to the scene like always. I got the to fire and the family was outside safe. 

I ran inside the burning house trying to save what i could for the family. As I walked through the front door the floor gave out on me and I fell into the basement and everything fell on top of me. I tryed to find my way out and i found a stairway that lead me to to a new place called Heaven.

Dont worry my children, wife, brothers and sisters i am fine now and watching over you up here at the top the stairway of Heaven with all my other family brothers and sisters.

Dave Hitt January 23, 2013

Rest in Peace Owego Fire Capt. Matthew Porcari You job is done here and we’ll take it from here





A HERO

11 11 2012

He is a veteran of WWII, where he drove a tank in the Third Armored Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer from the Army Reserves after 44 years of service. He was a past commander of the VFW Post 8808, and a member of the Military Officers of America! Im proud i got to know him before he left us! RIP Mr O

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Thankful to all the veterans who have served our country and are still serving today!! Happy veterans day!!





AWESOME time at 1000 Islands 8-2-12

4 08 2012

WOW!!! Couldnt ask for more perfect weather! Had a steady nice cool breeze, was more so on Heart Island where Bolt Castle is!

The boat cruse was just AWESOME!! Had a nice big lunch buffee, My favorite part being on the Canada side!! LOTS of boats of all types and sizes on the river! Even NAVY and huge cargo ships on it, A NAVY ship passed by while i was inside the castle sucks i missed that LOL, St Lawance rive is HUGE! and OMG the water was like CRISTLE CLEAR BLUE!! I have NEVER seen water that clear and blue!!

The sights were just breath taking and awesome! Islands of all sizes and houses on the Islands were all sizes, You GOT to see my picts to know what im taking about LOL There are houses that look like little barbie houses no joke!

Bolt Castle was awesome too! Not very much inside the main Castle tho, For the passed few years they been redoing it and still are so alot of rooms blocked off, Was very nice tho, My favorie from the inside was the stain glass on the top! The basement was neat too, Its a huge tunnel, had a few rooms and it was DARK in there but of couse there was light, Would love to be in there in the middle of the night LOL, The pool was down there too

I wanna go back again soon!! Haha! If i wasnt going to Martinsville i would go back up there in Oct, Wouldnt that be awesome to see the fall colors there!!

EVERYONE on the bus, Boat, at the Castle and all the staff was nice and friendly! I was sittin out there on Heart Island just taking in the nice view, had a few folks ask if i was ok LOL

We got there 1130 so had a hour to kill before we had to get on the boat so i went shopping LOL had alots of shops and bars on the street! NO I didnt go into a bar up there LOL I saw a few firefighter shirts, I got a shirt with a firefighter on front that says “What you call hell we call home” and on the back i got 1000 Islands! I even found SALT WATER TAFFY!! Had to get a cupple boxes LOL, Got 3 magnets for the fredge! One says A Bay, 2 with Bolt Castle! Spent all my $$$ there LOL

We left at 6 and stoped at a mall in Watertown for dinner, It gota be very close to FT Drum cause there was lots of soilders walking around in uniform, I went up to a cupple of them shoke their hands told them thanks and 1 ask if i like a pict with him LOL

Got home at 1030, I was wiped out had been up 36 hours so i slept 12 hours today and worked on picts, I took 200 picts after going thu them i still ended up like like 185 LOL All my picts are on FB and they are here also

https://picasaweb.google.com/110039673056115659698/1000Islands








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