Photo of the day

From In Focus photos of the week:

A group of Indian Runner ducks march past farm buildings at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, on May 11, 2016. Each day, a quack squad of killer ducks are released for the first of two sorties at South Africa’s Vergenoegd wine farm in Stellenbosch. Their mission – seek and destroy thousands of pests out to ruin the season’s harvest. Fanning out across the vineyards, some 1,000 Indian Runner ducks hone in on their hidden targets with uncanny precision, locating the tiny white dune snails feasting on budding vines.

Mike Hutchings / Reuters

Photo of the day

Loved this article about what it takes to be a great sports photographer (lots and lots of hard work) and really loved this image:

ELMONT, NY – JUNE 02: (EDITORS NOTE: An infrared camera was used to create this image.) A horse and exercise rider train at sunrise on the main track at Belmont Park on June2, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Photo of the day

From the Telegraph’s animal photos of the week.  Somebody got a hell of a surprise when heading to the bathroom.  And notice the British toilet humor in the caption:

A resident of San Diego, California, was bowled over when she found this bedraggled baby opossum in her lavatory. The little creature was taken to the San Diego Humane Society's Project Wildlife for a check up and will be let loo-se when it can fend for itself.

Photo of the day

I chose this photo from an Atlantic gallery of 1986 photos to tell a funny anecdote:

The independent filmmaker Spike Lee, right, with actress Tracy Camilla Johns at a release party for his film, “She’s Gotta Have It,” in August of 1986 in New York. Lee said he wants to make honest films about black people and didn’t believe there were any films by and for black people.

Mario Suriani / AP
I saw our local TV movie reviewer (remember those!) Arch Campbell give a great review to this movie.  Somehow, during the review I did not pick up  on the fact that the “it” was sex and the “she” was a nymphomaniac.  I just remember that he thought it was funny.  When the movie came out on video (I would have been 14 or 15), I picked it up from the video store to watch at home, with my mom, as I often did with movies back then (I probably said to her something like “Arch Campbell loved it!”).  My mom was pretty liberal on sexual matters, but damn, can we say awkward!

Photo of the day

From the Telegraph’s animal photos of the week:

A horse gets a bath after a morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Photo of the day

From a recent In Focus photos of the week gallery:

A woman practices yoga on the summit of Mt. Eden as the sun struggles to shine through a blanket of fog over Auckland City on May 4, 2016, in Auckland, New Zealand.

Phil Walter / Getty

Photo of the day

Sam B. suggested this interesting gallery of Houston’s new underground cistern for photo of the day.  Just so you know, I love to take photo suggestions from my regulars.

From 2012: Landscape architect Kevin Shanley (president and CEO of the SWA Group) was one of the consultants stunned by the underground reservoir's beauty. He was the one who dubbed it "the Cistern." It reminded him of the ancient Roman cisterns under Istanbul. Photo: Mayra Beltran / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

Photo: Mayra Beltran

From 2012: Landscape architect Kevin Shanley (president and CEO of the SWA Group) was one of the consultants stunned by the underground reservoir’s beauty. He was the one who dubbed it “the Cistern.” It reminded him of the ancient Roman cisterns under Istanbul.

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