How did Founding Fathers celebrate 4th of July? How many 4th of July fireworks explode each year? The trues and myths of the Independence Day.
Cookouts, fireworks, and, of course, a chance to wish Uncle Sam a big "happy birthday"—the 4th of July means summer in full swing across the United States and beyond. Such 4th of July festivities are as old as the United States itself.
Today is Friday the 13th and many people are being nervous around black cats; afraid of walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, spilling salt, opening umbrella indoors, and anxiously watching the skies for sudden lightning strikes!
Where did our superstitions surrounding this day, known as paraskevidekatriaphobia, came from? Along with why is there such apprehension surrounding the number 13?
Christmas wasn't an official holiday in America until 1870. The holiday might seem like an ancient tradition steeped in history, but it's much younger than you might think. Christmas didn't became an official federal holidayuntil June 26, 1870. The holiday mostly got its start in Pagan roots as an excuse for drunken revelry, which wasn't appealing to the strict Christian Puritans. Early in America's birth, some states started recognizing Christmas and a lobby started for a national holiday for Thanksgiving and Christmas to strengthen the nation's unity.
I am not going to tell you a big story this time. Instead, I would like to show you the wild life you can find outside after spending only two hours. The amazingly different behavior of animals and birds. You will see a lot, if you just stop and look around and notice something naturally beautiful each day. I am certain you would have a lot different life.
My lovely little Berry. I simply adore her. The reason I gave her that name is that she is cute, sweet, friendly, naïve, and younger than other our-backyard-living chipmunks. She is one tiny chipmunk who sneaked into my kitchen one day and stole few nuts while I was taking pictures of Nutsee. At that time, I was not sure, if it is boy or girl, or if this little creature lives on our property. In the beginning of the spring, my oldest son found Berry’s’ burrow right by our front door. After observing this new chipmunk for a few days, I have realized that it was the tiny thief that I saw last autumn, a bit grown up; and it is a girl. Well, you know… she has no balls!
The idea to shoot in the natural habitat came to me when I saw how quickly Nutsee adjusted to photoshoots. I pushed my photography experience further by laying on the grass to blend into the surroundings. When I was waiting for Nutsee to come to my photoshoot spot, I had to hide under the blanked, which made me feel like a fool. However, it wasn't Nutsee who came out first, but Matilda. Just a while ago, I have misjudged Matilda of being too suspicions and timid. And I’ve been proved wrong, because soon I’ve realized that I don’t need to hide under the blanket for Matilda to come out. As long as I seat quiet and calm and as long as I had nuts and seeds, she would come close enough to me. She is brave, fast and cute as a button. She will look at you, analyze you and after seeing that you mean no harm, she will jump straight into the seed-hunt.
The next day, I had an idea to shoot the chipmunk next to the toy fire truck. The relatively small size of a truck made an intriguing contrast when placed next to a tiny chipmunk. I did not expect that in a middle of shoot the little chipmunk would try to jump on the truck.