Friday, October 28, 2016

We interrupt the Zoo photos for Bleubeard's special day

Today is my big boy's birthday.  He is 16 and wouldn't hold still for a photo op.

Bleubeard's needs are simple.  He wants a clean sandbox, lots of water and food, and a great place to sleep at night.  He wants me to make sure I keep him safe from harm, like getting chased by a dog.  He wants to be loved and love in return.  He needs recognition for being the face of this blog and co-hosting T Tuesday each week.  And finally he needs to let others know how much they are loved, too, like Karla at Poetic Postcards, whose birthday he shares with her.

Thank you for allowing me to honor the birthday boy today.  I am grateful.  BTW, this was created in my Coll-AH-ge Too altered book.  I began with a page I scraped paint on using a faux credit card, then cut and added an image from a magazine.  Bleubeard thanks you, too!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Take me to the zoo (part 4)

Part 1 of the zoo photos is here, part 2 is here, and part 3 is here.

We're back outside again, and headed to the area of the grisly bear, another area we've never seen before, either walking or on the tram.

The grisly looks really ferocious, at least in the picture.

Sally was sure we would never see a grisly, but I kept looking, regardless.  Not here, though.

Whoever was responsible for this set of sculptures

was a fantastic artist.  Apparently a LOT of people contributed to this one.

Shooting through glass was a bad idea, especially since it was so dirty.

I immediately spotted the bear

which I had to point our to Sally.

I felt sorry for him because he looked so lonely

and hot.

We walked on and ran into this fenced in area where

upon closer inspection,

we found the wild turkey, which is apparently an American icon.

Next we stopped to take photos of this poor (I THINK) hedgehog. 

Again, a lone animal with no mate and confined behind dirty glass.

Somehow I don't understand how this rattler got mixed in with this display, but there it was in a glassed in area all by itself.

This was our newest "exhibit" at the zoo.

I had to point it out to Sally.

In case you can't tell, it's our national bird, the American Bald Eagle.

Again, only one.

Although quite beautiful, I can't understand why zoos don't get pairs of animals.  After all, Noah did!

I apologize, but I have no idea what these animals are.

I tried to get a closer look, but they were behind glass.

One really nice thing was

there were three of them.

Next we crossed a bridge and saw koi and ducks

all fighting for 

the fish food

we bought

and threw to them.

Even though the sign for food read "for fish only," the ducks were far quicker than the fish.

Next we walked over a large bridge.

It was quite long and near a beautiful stretch of water.

Again, I have no idea what this animal is, but it was under the bridge.

Apparently, that is where it lived.

Now I know why the high (and long) bridge was there.

Apparently buffalo need a large area in which to roam.

They certainly weren't afraid of me, as they came very near where I stood on the high bridge overhead.

That's it for today.  Today I went grocery shopping again (seems like I've done that a lot lately), but I have friends coming this weekend, so grocery shopping is the easy part.  The hard part is cleaning and sorting and recycling.  I don't see much art in my future, but I do see the last of the zoo photos showing up on my blog tomorrow!

Thanks for joining me today.  I apologize if I haven't been around, but I still have so much to catch up on, and putting my veggie garden to bed will have to wait, especially since it rained and rained and rained last night and today.  Again, your visits mean the world to me.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Take me to the zoo (part 3) and an update on my flower bed

This has been a very long and busy day.

I took my camera out back in hopes my lawn mower would start.

I finally diagnosed the problem.  It seems a piece of wood chip had gotten under the cowl (that's the black piece on top that houses the motor and the rope that turns the motor.    It made the rope unable to turn correctly.  Once I got it out using a bamboo skewer, it started with ease.

This is the photo I showed yesterday during T.

This is what my front flower bed looks like now.

I still have some areas I must trim back that I can't get with the lawn mower because of the rocks I laid out when I first designed the yard, but I'm happy that I've gotten this far.

Of course, by the time I got around to taking a photo of the front, leaves were dropping right and left.  It's also obvious I need to sweep the drive and sidewalk, but I can do that after I'm finished with the yard.

As I was taking a few photos, I noticed another rose had bloomed on my rose bush.  I've never had so many roses, and this may not be the last.

When I took a close-up, I was surprised how it was set against the backdrop of the house across the street.

You can see I left the hostas, including the ones near the house.  I also mowed around the monkey grass, that border of green stems with the purple flowers.   According to several web sites, it should not be cut until late winter, or early spring.

I decided to cool down by starting a fire in my chiminea.

I also found a great place for my chiminea cover when the chiminea was in use.

Some of you might remember I said I was going to try an inexpensive way to divert water from the sunken concrete patio out back.  You can see I've done that.  Total cost was less than $8.00 (USD).  And it works beautifully, too.  The only problem is, I have to watch when I hang clothes on the line.  That won't be a problem once it gets cold, though, because I'll be using my clothes dryer to dry them.

You can see the street lights have been turned on.  It was definitely a long day, but I didn't start till nearly noon.  And of course, the leaves in the back yard are starting to turn, too.

Of course, the plumes on this bamboo are now in full bloom, another definite sign of autumn.

By this time, the fire was beginning to glow, so I knew it was time to sit and enjoy the evening breeze before heading to the shower.

But now let's head back to the zoo.  To see part 1, click here.  To view part 2, click here

It was time to head to the steamy tropics where summer is in full bloom.

I'm a huge fan of palms, and was surprised  at how large these were.

You can see the size of this schefflera, from the size of the person.  I used to have two (sometimes called umbrella plants) until I put them out too early one April and we had a late frost that killed ALL my indoor plants, including my date palm.

This hot, steamy enclosed house was good for my curly hair, but not so good for my lungs.  It's like breathing water.  At least it wasn't moldy water!

Up top, I heard something in the brush.

I kept chasing an image

but it eluded my camera.

Finally, it stepped out from the brush and I grabbed one quick photo.  That little bugger was quicker than quick.  But it was worth it, because it was beautiful.

As I was heading out, I noticed two more birds, not as pretty, but much slower, in among these rubber plant leaves, another tropical plant I lost that same year.

I apologize if this is a short entry, but I'm wiped out, as I'm sure you can tell.  More tomorrow after I have time to recuperate and have patience with my slow internet.  Thanks for visiting today, and thanks to those of you who had faith in my ability to fix my lawn mower.