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…is not like the others! ūüôā

“Hugh Hefner” (Male Northern Cardinal with Bunny Statues) Nikon D300, 390mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/7.1, 1/160s, ISO 640

Seeing a Cardinal¬†sitting still is not a common occurrence, so I found it remarkably strange, then, when¬†I spotted a¬†male¬†just leisurely ‘hanging out’ amongst the two¬†small rabbit statues under one of our garden benches. Perhaps he thought he had made some new friends??¬†¬†

The bird stayed in this exact spot for quite a long time (well, for a Cardinal, mind you, as they are typically very skittish birds), even shutting his eyes to rest! I actually began to get concerned he was injured or sick, but, just as I was about to investigate further, I accidentally startled him and he flew off.

Most likely he was a young male, simply getting his bearings. I’ve been seeing many juveniles lately, from squirrels to chipmunks to birds to rabbits, sporting atypical animal behavior and it has been humorous to watch them try to make sense of their surroundings without the aid of the parents. Kids! ūüėČ

Oh, well. Just another day in Milkay’s Animal Kingdom, where the critters never cease to amaze! ūüôā

The Falconer

"The Falconer" (Statue at Lynch Park) Nikon D300, 48mm, F/8, 1/640s, ISO 400

When the sun came out (hallelujah!) for a few moments¬†this afternoon, I was able to get a better shot of “The Falconer” statue at Lynch Park.

Commissioned by the Evans family in the 1920’s, it is a replica of the original “Falconer” in New York’s Central Park,¬†which was in sight of Mr. Evans’ window as he lay sick in a New York hospital.¬†

The statue, depicting a young boy dressed in Elizabethan-style clothing releasing a falcon from his left hand, stands guard over the sunken Italian rose garden.

Now, don’t we all feel smarter?

“John Parker” (Lexington Militiaman Statue, Lexington, Massachusetts) Nikon D300, 48mm, F/14, -0.3EV, ISO 200

In Lexington today for the Chamber of Commerce’s Autumn Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, how could I not photograph the famous Lexington Minuteman??

I took all different angles, ultimately choosing this shot in silhouette, with the sun creating a really cool halo effect.

Once home, I did some research and was shocked to learn that, although the statue¬†is locally¬†referred to as “The Lexington Minuteman”, Captain John Parker was¬†actually a¬†militaman.¬†Who knew?

The statue was sculpted by Massachusetts artist Henry Hudson Kitson and was errected in 1900. It is located on the edge of Lexington Battle Green, which is the site of the first battle in the Revolutionary War.

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