“Cedar Waxwings” in a feeding frenzy, are seen thru the glass of our kitchen window today. Their colorful wing tips are remarkable, and they love berries… in this case from our Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus Virginian.)
From the rainy New Jersey Shore – thanks for viewing, click-on or finger-stretch for a closer look and comments are always welcome. M 🙂
Its time to fly. Mom and Dad conceive, raise the young and teach!
Above, Mom (left) sternly begins coaxing the kid to leave the nest, and fly. It happens every year. The mother will fly around the nest, carrying a fish in its claws, sometimes for days at a time, until the young one finally gets the idea – to eat, you must fly! The wordless lesson is priority one.
Meanwhile, Dad waits patiently a few hundred yards way.
As Usual, click on images for higher resolution, and comments are always welcome. M 🙂
In Homdel, New Jersey, less than a mile (~one km) from the often ear splitting outdoor concerts of the Garden State (PNC) Arts Center, sits this odd looking contraption designed and built by Bell Labs, the historic and prestigious research arm of AT&T. Jeanne and I visited this recently.
…Known as a “horn” antenna, here facing down for storage, this large (for its day) 15 meter (50 ft.) sheet metal radio telescope was specifically built to bounce and receive radio signals off early satellite experiments using the 100 ft. diameter Echo I Satellite Balloon, launched August 12, 1960.
(On March 14, 1963, I took this 25 minute guided photo showing the Echo I satellite, as a wavering-bright “star trail” due to it’s slight deflation, passing overhead from the then dark skies of Bayville New Jersey.)
But what really ensured the telescope’s place in history was the work of Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, who in 1964 could not explain a mysterious background “noise” being picked up by the ultra sensitive cryogenic microwave receiver.
They systematically tried to eliminate any terrrestrial sources. No difference was detected when pointed generally toward New York City for example. Bird droppings, thought to be creating some sort of electrostatic interference, were cleaned from the horn, to no avail. Perhaps if the Arts Center were already there, with its 10,000 patrons and concerts, it too would have been suspected. (Although Jeanne and I would see Glen Cambell perform there four years later, Engene Ormandy (music of “Star Wars”) was also one of the early classical performers!)
But, after conferring with Robert Dicke, a particle physicist at nearby Princeton University – and familiar with the theoretical, but never before detected “background radiation” components of the Big Bang Theory of cosmological evolution, the source of the mysterious “static” was eventually verified and now the keystone for the theory’s acceptance.
The telescope is located in a semi-wooded area on Telegraph Hill in Homdel, NJ, on the private property of Alcatel-Lucent Technologys, and not readily accessible without special permission.
As usual, thanks for viewing, and comments are always welcome. M:-)
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Numerous photos of last night’s photographically awesome storm, rainbow and sunset were posted locally, recording a spectacle which left jaws dropping. Many captures of the boiling storm clouds, intense and full rainbow, and incredibly striking sunset – many far better than these, show how good, and prolific everyday photography has become in recent years.
…As usual, thanks for viewing, and comments are always welcome. M 🙂
Thanks to eagle-eyed “Disperser Tracks” for pointing outthis find in my post of yesterday. The “little gray bird” he referred to in his comments (to which I initially called him “imaginative”) is easily visible as an artifact of the leaf above. Of note, the original image was takes from a distance of about 30 feet, a testament to the reach of the telephoto lens.
Thanks for viewing, and (clearly) comments are always welcomed. M 🙂