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Animals

Aug 092016
 

I wonder if it’s enjoying the peace and beauty of the setting sun.  Is it full from a busy day?  Has it had its evening meal?  Is it in its home bush or still on its way?  Such questions to be contemplated.  I think I’ll just enjoy the scene for a bit.

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Feb 162016
 

I was happily sitting in a chair soaking in some of the suns warmth and following my daughters American bulldogs antics out of the corner of my eye.  Then, I noticed her stand up against the neighbors deck ledge and curiously keep looking as the neighbor dog lifted its leg and did his thing.  No barking or sound of any kind.  Just using what she could to act out her peeping tom tendency.  Funny what some dogs will do to get a peek at the neighbors package.

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Jun 132015
 

So, how could I get a photo of a wild hippo this close with it’s mouth open?  It’s Jessica the hippo and she is somewhat of a celebrity.  Washed up along a river bank as a new born in South Africa after an epic flood, she was taken in by a couple who’s land she washed up on.  They decided to feed her and nurse her to health.  Now, although living wild among other hippos on the river, she continues to live close by her adopted home and wanders up the path many times daily to feed on her preferred treat of cut up sweet potatoes.  We petted her, fed her, and just ogled at her beauty and kind nature.  Maybe it’s Jessica who’s adopted us humans for her own pets.

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May 132015
 

I don’t often think of spying a great blue heron in the middle of a city, but when the city is covered with crisscrossing canals as Amsterdam is then it’s more understandable.  This big boy was perched in a full but small green leafed tree near one of those beautiful canals.  Maybe he had just had his meal and was digesting.  Whatever his story, it was quite a sight.  I’ve seen my share of herons, but never before sitting in a tree.

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Mar 292015
 

It’s spring.  The wild flowers and fruit trees are coming alive.  So are the bees who pollinate them.  My wife loves to tend bees and we have a couple of captured swarm hives.  A swarm happens when a hive gets too big for its hive and half the hive leaves with another queen to form a hive of its own.  They will often congregate on a low branch or house eve near their former hive and a good bee keeper can capture the whole of it and transfer it to a new hive space at home.  We have two!

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Apr 292014
 

I noticed this hawk sitting on our recycling bin at the end of the driveway.  We looked at it for a while then went back in the house.  A week later it was back.  This time it was sitting on our gatepost.  We realized it must be tame or sick since it didn’t seem afraid.  A week later a neighbor said she called the humane society or some such organization and they came out and said it was sick, captured it, and took it to their clinic.  Hopefully they nursed it back to health.  Haven’t seen it since.  He/she is a beautiful bird.

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Apr 122014
 

It’s spring and love is in the air.  Those interested in coupling come out of their winter hiding, lock eyes, and the pheromones take over.  I guess it doesn’t matter what specie you are, human with our own version of shell or reptile with theirs.

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Dec 162013
 

What?  Jellyfish?  Magical?  Remotely interesting?  Jellyfish are mundane, boring, weak.  To be a jellyfish means you’re a wimp with no backbone.  But, maybe, just maybe, I wouldn’t mind being associated with this incredible creature.  It seems to come with some depth and color and complexity; all wonderful traits.  It looks capable of intelligence.  I could sure use some of that.  Magic?  Maybe so.

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Jul 262013
 

There’s a story to this giraffe…  Eight of us traveling in an open-air jeep had reached the main road after leaving Camp Unicorn.  We were discussing what we’d like to see this day and the mighty giraffe was mentioned by most.  As we were set to turn left, we spotted a giraffe on the right, not more than a hundred yards away.  So, we asked our driver to head in its direction and proceeded slowly toward her.  She just kept on eating what leaves she could find in the trees at first.  Then, she started wandering.  We just sat in the jeep in silence and joyfully watched, trying to connect as best we could.  We weren’t more than 20 yards away.  Then, as it seemed she was walking away, she turned and walked toward us.  She stopped in a small clearing, looked right at us, and bowed.  She stayed that way for a few seconds, clearly not eating, got up and walked away.  We were stunned and awe struck.  What an honor.  A true connection with the natural world.  We turned around and drove away feeling blissed and blessed.

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