I wasn’t 100% happy with the wall calendar so I did a second version. Which one do you like?
With only three weeks left in 2017, I finally finished my 2018 wall calendar, “Birds of Florida.” I also completed a desk version as well as a one-page wall poster. If you are interested in purchasing one, I am selling the wall calendar for $15; the desk version for $10; and, the wall poster for $5 with shipping included. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
One more post from our trip to the Memphis Zoo. The first animals we saw right after my camera battery died were the flamingos. They are a wading bird known for standing on one leg while the other is tucked beneath their body. The reason why they do this is still not fully understood. I had never seen one up close before. They were quite beautiful. Luckily, the battery on my phone still had a little power left so I snapped a number of shots. Here are some of my favorites.
Our first view of the flamboyance (cool word for a flock of flamingos).
The color of a flamingo’s feathers is caused by pigments in their food.
Flamingos are born gray or white and take up to three years to reach mature plumage.
I think this one is a teenager.
I enjoyed my trip to the zoo immensely – especially the giraffes and the flamingos!
For my great-nephew’s second birthday his parents threw him a party at the Memphis Zoo. I could not remember the last time I had gone to a zoo. I think it was a couple of decades ago and I’m pretty sure it was the Bronx Zoo. I didn’t get to see everything that day – ’cause I got tired! I’m sure we’ll go back. I took a lot of pictures until the battery for my camera died and my phone ran out of juice. Here are some of my favorite photos:
This is the main entrance.
The first animals we saw, on our way to the party room, were the big cats.
The scenery and decor were top notch.
The bald eagle always looks so majestic.
Educational information was plentiful.
Giraffes are big – the tongue alone is 20″ long. According to Wikipedia, ‘It is purplish-black in color, perhaps to protect against sunburn, and is useful for grasping foliage, as well as for grooming and cleaning the animal’s nose.’
Baby giraffes are just too cute!
Elephants are quite impressive when you see them in person.
This gorilla looks like he’s planning his escape.
What a great day!
This September, right around the time hurricane Irma came calling, I went on a road trip with my dad. We started from his house in Franklin, TN and traveled to New England. The first stop was Kings Point, NY – home of the USMMA (United States Merchant Marine Academy) – where my brother-in-law was being inducted into their athletic hall of fame. It was a lovely weekend, especially seeing old friends and family. I took the first picture when we were walking around the ground of the academy and the second one from the patio at Melville Hall on campus.
After the festivities were over we continued on our road trip to my hometown in Connecticut for a couple of days. Here are some shots I took with my phone. The first was in response to my sister texting me asking where we were. The second is a shot of the town hall. The next one was taken in Stony Creek, which is part of Branford. The last one is one of the old homes along the shore that have a widow’s walk.
From there we continued on our road trip to Massachusetts. We were going to visit the brother of my dad’s wife who passed away earlier this year. They have a cottage on Plum Island, which is on the coast. Hurricane Jose had parked itself offshore and stirred up plenty of bad weather. The first photo is a plower flying out of the bog at low tide. The next one is a landscape shot of the houses on the island. I love all the different colors! The last picture was taken while we watched the remnants of Jose nearing the beach.