Saturday, May 31, 2014

The common marmoset/Valgetups-marmosett (Callithrix jacchus)


The common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) is a New World monkey. It originally lived on the Northeastern coast of Brazil, in the states of Piaui, Paraiba, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco, Alagoas and Bahia. Through release (both intentional and unintentional) of captive individuals, it has expanded its range since the 1920s to Southeast Brazil and became there an invasive species, raising concerns about genetic pollution of similar species, such as the buffy-tufted marmoset (Callithrix aurita), and predation upon bird nestlings and eggs.

Read more from Wikipedia.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Tavaskoja


Haven't posted a shot of Estonian nature in a while, so here is a still-life from Taevaskoja.  Taevaskoja, on the banks of the ancient valley of the Ahja River, is one of the most frequently visited sites in southern Estonia. The sandstone outcrops and ancient river here form the most beautiful part of the Ahja River Landscape Reserve. Legends talk of caves and secret passageways and of demons and mermaids. A walk from Saesaare dam to the outcrop at Little Taevaskoja, Emaläte brook, Neitsikoobas cave and the outcrop at Big Taevaskoja, which rises 22.5 metres above the river, is a good idea whatever the time of year. The beautiful and exciting natural setting attracts hikers in every season - it is a place that every Estonian visits at least once in their life!

More HERE!


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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Boys impersonal vol. 2




Here is another colourful series of boys impersonal.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

City light Wednesdays vol. 36


Now when it is finally summer, at least in Canada, why not to look back to "winter" in Estonia.

Christmas tree in the town hall square last December in Tartu.


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Philadephia's Yellow Cab


I have kept this fine shot stored for a long time, today is the time when it is ready to be presented. Great, uh?

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Kadri



Here is another fine portrait of Kadri from our old session.


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Sunday, May 25, 2014

X


Once I found an X on my bed.


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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Tufted Titmouse



I found this photo taken in Pennsylvania almost 5  years ago of this lovely Tufted Titmouse. How cute is looks behind all those leaves.

Wikipedia is sharing lots of interesting stuff about this amazing tiny bird:
The Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) is a small songbird from North America, a species in the tit and chickadee family (Paridae). The habitat is deciduous and mixed woods as well as gardens, parks and shrubland in the eastern United States; they barely range into southeastern Canada in the Great Lakes region. They are all-year residents in the area effectively circumscribed by the Great Plains, the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. 

They forage actively on branches, sometimes on the ground, mainly eating insects, especially caterpillars, but also seeds, nuts and berries. They will store food for later use. They tend to be curious about their human neighbors and can sometimes be spotted on window ledges peering into the windows to watch what's going on inside. They are more shy when seen at bird feeders; their normal pattern there is to scout the feeder from the cover of trees or bushes, fly to the feeder, take a seed, and fly back to cover to eat it.

Tufted Titmice nest in a hole in a tree, either a natural cavity, a man-made nest box, or sometimes an old woodpecker nest. They line the nest with soft materials, sometimes plucking hair from a live animal such as a dog. If they find shed snake skin, they will try to incorporate pieces of it in their nest. Their eggs are under an inch long and are white or cream-colored with brownish or purplish spots. Sometimes, a bird born the year before remains to help its parents raise the next year's young. The pair may remain together and defend their territory year-round. These birds are permanent residents and often join small mixed flocks in winter. In rare cases, many birds may flock together to rest in a log or tree; some may even suffocate because so many birds are crowded inside of one cavity.


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Friday, May 23, 2014

Just before the spring


This is how trees looks like before spring paints it in bloom.
Woodpecker is a great addition of course :)


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Boys personal vol. 1




Here is the other version of the portraits of boys I have taken in Toronto and Ontario.
This time it is personal and black and white.
Enjoy.

P.s. Who is the gentleman on the first photo? If you went to high-school in Estonia, you should know.


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

City light Wednesdays vol. 35


Can you guess where this shot is taken in NYC?

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

CN Tower still


Another view on the Toronto skyline. You can see many cranes. The city keeps on growing.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Strip-show vol. 1


Have this series unpublished from 2011 March. It is kind of soft core, if you know what I mean. I never think they'd present stuff like that in the night clubs, but I guess they do then. More to come from this series. Perhaps next Monday already.





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Sunday, May 18, 2014

SPAM


This is a screen-shot of one of the  longest spam comments I have seen and it even didn't quite fit to the screen. Where the world has come to?

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Black-capped Chickadee


Isn't that cute?

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Out of focus sunset



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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Urban life in Toronto

I realized that I really haven't posted a nice series about the life in the urban environment, in this case in Toronto. Of course it consist of many different things, places and events, but here is a short list through photos.

There are always numerous events indoor and outdoor, winter and summer, free and ticketed, what is there to enjoy.




Lots of people everywhere - on the streets, subways, malls, events etc. Be sure not to get lost and feel lonely.  


Quite a number of homeless people and people with mental health issues. They beg, they loiter, they open you the door of Tim Hortons and expect you to tip them. Nothing new, homeless as in any other place.



Every once in a while community takes over and fights back, so you can see support marches, propaganda and other events taking place, as few years ago when Occupy movement took place in most of the cities all around the world, including Toronto. 


The nicer option for you are probably parades, which take place through the year: Santa Clause parade, St. Patrick's Day parade, 420 parade, Pride parade, Caribana etc. Good chance to see things which are specific to Canadian culture and customs  


Traffic. Busy. Crazy. Dirty. Loud.


What you think?


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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

City light Wednesdays vol. 34


CN Tower seen from Harbourfront.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Man-made land


This time it is not again about your average sense of architecture, but from a bit different angle. You see how the land has been constructed by human and how it all looks like from a toy movie. Artificial. But it doesn't matter, life goes on and business is blooming. We take from nature and we add to it, constant change and constant consumption.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Pink blouse


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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Don't try this a thome


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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Immature Common Grackle


This is an Immature Common Grackle.
Heavy pointed bill, brown iris, long, rounded tail and dark brown overall.
You do not see them very often. Here is a nice one for you ;)


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Friday, May 09, 2014

Black and white beauty


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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Boys impersonal vol 1.




I found I have quite few shots of boys, rather men though, but I like the word boys better. Decided to put them together into series: personal and impersonal. Hope to offer variety of interesting lighting on the photos. Will see.




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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

City light Wednesdays vol. 33


As seen from a balcony in Winnipeg on a rainy Wednesday spring evening.


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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Montreal Biosphère



There is quite an interesting story with The Biosphère museum in Montreal, which is dedicated to the environment. It is located at Parc Jean-Drapeau, on Île Sainte-Hélène in the former pavilion of the United States for the 1967 World Fair Expo 67.

The architect of the geodesic dome was Buckminster Fuller. The building originally formed an enclosed structure of steel and acrylic cells, 76 metres (250 ft) in diameter and 62 metres (200 ft) high. The dome is a Class 1, Frequency 16 Icosahedron. A complex system of shades was used to control its internal temperature.

Architects from Golden Metak Productions designed the interior exhibition space. Visitors had access to four themed platforms divided into seven levels. The building included a 37-metre-long escalator, the longest ever built at the time. The Minirail monorail ran through the pavilion

In the afternoon of 20 May 1976, during structural renovations, a fire burned away the building's transparent acrylic bubble, but the hard steel truss structure remained. The site remained closed until 1990, when it was once again opened to public as The Biosphère museum.


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Monday, May 05, 2014

R2 aastahitt


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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Artificial E.T.


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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Squirrel


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Friday, May 02, 2014

Four birds


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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Club essentials







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