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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes Or Fives

IN A NEW POST PUBLISHED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE “THREE” PHOTOS TO TELL A STORY

The Saint Louis Zoo actually has a herd of ten Indian elephants. And last summer I set out to photograph the entire herd. While they do have spacious exhibit enclosures the herd has to be split up when on public display.RAJA

RAJA, the only male in the herd and the father of four daughters has his own private stomping grounds with pools and water falls.

Here are two of the females with their daughters born in 2012 and 2013. MOM BABIES

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And here are the AUNTIES … the other females in the herd who share in raising the young ones.

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THE AUNTIESDid I manage to capture the entire herd on my (five) photos?  No, I missed one. In addition to the public viewing areas seen in these photos, the herd also has a private ELEPHANT WOODS that simulates the jungle areas where the elephants once lived in the wild.

Sorry, I couldn’t tell my story in just three photos.

SO, WHAT’S NEW FOR TUESDAY?

DSC09013  All things considered, not much change from Monday. Although we did reach Monday’s promised low of 6F overnight. Tomorrow we’re supposed to be basking in the 30s.  That’s almost a heat wave these days.

MY MUG OF THE DAY:  Mug3

Yesterday, I used the Art Museum Mug.  Today, I went super-sized with the Saint Louis Zoo mug. My beverage filling the mug was an Early Morning Breakfast Blend (Decaf).

BUT WHAT ABOUT YESTERDAY’S SLOW-COOKED PORK?DSC09019Here it is in a Pulled Pork Sandwich on toasted wheat bread with a handful of kettle fried chips.  That was my lunch today. After lunch I decided to do a little work on my origami.  Very little …

MIMATURE DRAGONFLY

MINIATURE DRAGONFLY

And it was very little. Which means my short stubby fingers got a real workout. If that wasn’t enough, I went into the somewhat coolish basement and did the laundry. No, I didn’t run out of sock of underwear, I ran out of pajamas.  Tonight I get the sleep in the warm and toasty navy blue fleece set.

TODAY’S WHAT’S HANGING ON THE WALL:

KITCHEN WALL ART

KITCHEN WALL ART

Today’s art is a bit of stitchery that my sister-in-law did for my mother about 30-years ago. I don’t know a lot about needlepoint, but I would suppose that this was embroidery on linen. Wait to you see what kitchen wall art I show next time I do this.

Do you think I’m starting to get cabin fever from being shut in because of the cold weather?

 

WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS: HEY, MOM!

Hey, Mom, give me a ride!

Hey, Mom, give me a ride!

MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 256 – SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 – Part Two

THE RIVER’S EDGE:DSCF1079

The River’s Edge is like taking a safari through all the jungles and homes of the animals of the world.

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Time out for every one to get a bite to eat!

And watch the strolling peacocks …DSCF1095

And as the sun sets and the moon rises … it’s time for the entire family to take one last ride around the zoo grounds on the train.DSCF1097

And this was the end of the Zoo Parents Picnic for 2013!DSCF1098

MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 256 – SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 – Part One

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, DAY 256 OF 2013: As usual, there were no origami challenges over the weekend, which was just as well, because I spend most of the day going through about 150 photos I took on Friday afternoon and evening. It was the annual ZOO PARENTS’ PICNIC at the Zoo. This is a special after-hours get-together for everyone who has adopted one of the many animals at the St. Louis Zoo.  I am the adoptive parent of a meerkat … DSCF1056I don’t know what his other parents call him, but I call him Merlin. He’s always the most photo friendly of all the animals at the zoo. He strikes a pose as soon as he sees a camara pointed at him.

Most of my family are also adoptive parents of some animal or other,  and every year we get together at the annual picnic. Arrival time is usually around four in the afternoon, and each year we try to do an in depth visit to one or two of the many animal areas.  This year, because we have two kiddies in the family between one and a year and a half, we started with the CHILDREN’S ZOO and the RIVER’S EDGE.

THE CHILDREN’S ZOO -  For kids. the first stop is always the little goats petting area. …DSCF1043

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Little Luke, my great nephew meets his first goat.

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And then a giant frog …

.DSCF1054And a tiny fox in a fox hole …DSCF1061

Then he discovered the fish swimming in the aquarium …DSCF1062About that time his older cousin Nichole showed up and had to ride the fishies for a while.DSCF1068

All the while, Merlin was watching every move they made.DSCF1067

And then everyone had to get otterly ridiculous …DSCF1072

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After that we move on to our next stop … THE RIVERS EDGE!

(To be continued inPart Two)

ANIMAL OBSERVATIONS … AT THE ZOO

 

MERLIN THE MEERKAT SAYS…DSCF1066

Now look what the crazy humans are doing.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO THAT SAYS INSIDE.

This photo taken at the Saint Louis Zoo takes you inside the world of a jelly-fish.Jellyfish

WHAT’S NOT NEW AT THE ZOO!

If you’ve ever visited the Saint Louis Zoo, you’ve probably seen this gigantic weathered steel sculpture as you’ve pull off of I-64 (aka. Highway Forty) and into Forest Park.DSCF0378

The other week I captured close-ups of some of my favorite members of the entourage sculpture piece.

DSCF0379RHANDY RHINO - I did remove the many aviary comments that were on his back.

DSCF0380Gerard Giraffe - almost always doomed to being a partial close-up because of his height.

DSCF0381Charlie Cheeta - who usually moves faster than the round-about in front of him.

DSCF0382RAJA - the first elephant born at the zoo and father of four members of the elephant herd.

DSCF0383UMGAWA the Gorilla - what would I do without Johnny Weissmuller?

DSCF0384GREEN-EYED CANINE - probably the Werewolf Of Government Drive.

And if you click on the top photo, you’ll get an enlarged version where you’ll discover tons of other animals ranging from alligators to zebras. What’s your favorite?

I belatedly realized I forgot to credit the sculptor of this colossal work. The sculptor is Albert Paley and the title of his 100-ton sculpture is ANIMAL’S ALWAYS which is also the motto of the zoo. It is the world’s largest public zoo sculpture and it contains more that 60 animals. It was unveiled on May 25, 2006.

PICK PIC OF THE WEEK … THE STRETCH!

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THE S…T…R…E…T…C…H!

Sometimes, a little girl’s short arms and a giraffe’s long neck and tongue  are just not meant to meet. This photo is begging you to click on it for an enlarged view. Note, the girl in the foreground is not holding the leaf for the giraffe who has already cleaned off all the lower branches on the trees.

30 DAYS OF CREATIVITY – DAY 20 / BEAR

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30 DAYS OF CREATIVITY – JUNE 20,2013

DAY 20 – BEAR

Well, the Rainbow Bear who was supposed to guest in today’s

Creativity Challenge about BEARS!

Sammy Sun Bear has agreed to fill in.

Unfortunately, he’s having a nervous tizzy!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Humans? Humans? You didn’t tell me I had to face humans.”

“Do they have sticks? Or … GUNS?”

“I’ll bet the have guns!”

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