Archive | October, 2013

In Toronto, Zombies Walk

October 26, 2013


The living dead infect downtown Toronto for the city’s 11th annual Zombie Walk, in support of The Heart and Stroke Foundation.  A big thank you to the volunteers, organizers and all the walkers for making it a successful event! I enjoyed taking these photos.

Gallery, click on any photo below.


Photographed by: John Zeus

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Rent The Chicken – An Urban Farming Trend

October 25, 2013


Rent The Chicken - Urban Farming Trends
Rent the Chicken is the innovative brainchild of Phillip and Jenn Tompkins of Freeport, Pennsylvania. Catering to the urban farming trend, the Tompkins let customers rent two egg-laying hens and all of their supplies, and provide an in-person lesson on urban chicken farming and maintenance.
The Tompkins say their business takes the commitment out of raising egg-laying hens from the time that they’re chicks, and helps cut down on the number of chickens that get abandoned in shelters. They deliver and pick up the hens and all supplies within a 50-miles of their hometown and will replace chickens that get eaten by predators, but they’ll take away your chicken rental rights and charge you a fee if the chicken dies because of neglect.

Source: Rent the Chicken

Why “Rent The Chicken”?  We provide all of the supplies you need with the rental:  portable chicken coop, two egg laying hens, enough food for the length of your rental, food & water dishes as well as instructions on how to keep your chickens happy! Within two days of the arrival, your chickens will lay eggs ready to use!  These eggs have 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fats, and 2 times more omega 3 fatty acids than store bought eggs.  Your Rent The Chickens should lay 8-14 eggs per week.  You will know exactly what your chickens eat!

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Origins And The Modern Cup Of Coffee (Infographic)

October 25, 2013


Since it’s African origins (circa A.D. 800) coffee has established itself as a commodity crop throughout the globe. Today it is one of the world’s most profitable export crops.

It’s origins began with Kaldi, a legendary Ethiopian goat herder who noticed his herd dancing from one coffee shrub to another, grazing on the cherry-red coffee berries. He ate a few himself and was soon dancing with his herd.  Witnessing Kaldi’s goatly gambol, a monk plucked berries for his brothers. That night they were uncannily alert to divine inspiration.

The following infographic outlines both historical facts on coffee and how the crop exists today, and is evolving.

Infographic design by: Unknown


Original Image published by: Foody Direct

Story by: John Zeus

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Power Your Future Green Photo by John Zeus – National Geographic

October 12, 2013


Link to view a larger image of my photo with description on National Geographic Your Shot: Power Your Future Green Photo by John Zeus — National Geographic Your Shot.

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Photo – Clouds Reflected In The Lake

October 10, 2013



My shot of a gorgeous blue sky and reflection of it and the clouds in a pristine and clear Ontario lake. Fall in Ontario is breathtaking. – There are 250,000 lakes in the province, 1/3 of all the world’s fresh water.
View this amazing shot on National Geographic’s Your Shot.


Date Taken: Oct 8, 2013
Date Uploaded: Oct 9, 2013
Location: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Focal Length: 3.7 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/2160 sec
Aperture: f/2.6
ISO: 80
Copyright: © John Zeus
Categories: PlacesNatureLandscapes
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Photo – Jellyfish Attack

October 9, 2013



I was invited on a site tour of Vancouver Aquarium, where I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes. This photo is of Jellyfish being studied, some of them new to the British Columbia coast. Recent studies suggest jellyfish are increasing in most coastal ecosystems. This has impact on pretty much everything that has to do with drawing in water including nuclear plants and fishing. Overfishing and global warming are probably the most important drivers of increased jellyfish.
View on National Geographic Your Shot.


Date Taken: Sep 15, 2010
Date Uploaded: Oct 9, 2013
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Camera: Canon PowerShot A540
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/4 sec
Aperture: f/2.6
Copyright: © John Zeus
Categories: UnderwaterNature
Assignments: Explore Our Changing World
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Photo – Avalon Forest Trail

October 1, 2013


Trail hiking through a Newfoundland forest in the Avalon Peninsula, the most easterly point in North America. Avalon forests are dominated by balsam fir. Growth rarely exceeds 12 m in height.

Date Taken: Nov 24, 2010
Date Uploaded: Oct 1, 2013
Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Camera: Panasonic DMC-TZ4
Focal Length: 5 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/20 sec
Aperture: f/3.4
ISO: 400
Copyright: © John Zeus
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