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Hooters…

I’ve been meaning to go back to Hooters. For wings yes, but really for the sunset. Another photographer’s photo had clued me in to the view from the deck at the Hooters in my neighborhood, and on my last trip there my shenanigans with the camera didn’t seem to bother anybody. I must have mentioned it to my friend because last night he suggested we go there, so off we went. I was a little disappointed to see that the string of lights that had hung at the dock weren’t there this time. They went a long way to making me like the shots I had gotten there before. And as I stepped out onto the dock I remembered that last time there was a kitty out there and I thought it was a shame that she wasn’t there this time. I had taken a lot of pictures of her, which had amused me no end. I opened my mouth to mention the kitty to my friend and there she was…

She was strolling among the customers.
She decided to investigate my phone, and when I scratched her ears I think I made a friend for life.
I saw the lights coming on as the evening grew darker, and I hoped for a colorful sunset.
There was some color, but I hoped for more from the sunset. This was as good as it got.
When we drove in I was pleased to see that this little bait shop was still in operation, and I said that on the way home I wanted to stop for a photo when it was dark and the lights were on.

The feature photo is a panorama taken with my iPhone. Even if it wasn’t the prettiest sunset ever, it was a pretty enough night to make me happy. And there is always next time to look forward to…

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Zootampa residents…

Watching this tiger pacing and yowling has distressed me in past trips to the zoo.. Until yesterday that’s all that I’ve ever seen him do. So seeing him relaxed on that platform was nice, even if he did yowl a bit.

I do force myself to walk the rest of the zoo, instead of spending all my time at the orangutan enclosure. And in doing that I sometimes notice an animal, or in this case a bird, that I hadn’t noticed before. It’s a Black Spur-winged goose, called such because of a spur on it’s wing that can actually be poisonous. Who would have thought that?

Just ducks I know, but I liked the color here.
This elephant is taking a dust bath, doesn’t that sound like fun?
The whole giraffe, not the easiest shot to get. Plus a zebra.
This is a Schmidt’s red-tailed guenon. I love his little heart shaped nose.
This family was enjoying an encounter with an Alhabra Giant tortoise. I was frustrated with out limited view. I wonder how that photographer’s photos turned out.
This is a yellow-billed stork.
I thought this orangutan was hiding it’s face completely, until I got the photo into the computer. She was keeping an eye on us.
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Daybreak…

Aripeka again.  I approach from the south these days, which means that the first bridge I get to is the one I failed to realize was there for quite a long time.  Even on a day that didn’t turn out to be so pretty, as the sun comes up it lights up the faces of the houses even when the sky isn’t as dramatic.

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This little bait shop always catches my eye when I arrive at what’s now the second bridge.  It isn’t always as well lit as it was today, and that lighting is what drew me over to take a picture as soon as I got there.  I didn’t see the kitty until I was getting the camera ready and I was sure he’d move before I got the shot.  How nice of him to stay put.01-28-20aripekakitty.jpg

And a little color in the sky before I left.  The sun was rising too far to the right of my view for the best color.  I found better color on the way home with no way to stop for a photo, but that’s okay.  Tomorrow is another day…01-28-20throughthefronds.jpg

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Also at the zoo…

After I tore myself away from the orangutans I went in search of the Sumatran tigers, and the clouded leopard (above).  At the Lowrey Park Zoo of course.1-13-20Sumatrantiger

And the koalas were also high on my list.  I know these are not great pictures, but their enclosure was dimly lit and had reflections on the plexiglass so I’m surprised to have images at all.  The koalas escaped my view on every trip I made to the San Diego Zoo years ago.  Imagine standing under their tree with lots of people exclaiming over how cute they were, and despite having them pointed out by lots of helpful people I never once managed to see them.  And I tried for four years.1-13-20koala11-13-20koala2

I spotted the Lorikeet enclosure and remembered that I enjoyed it last time and headed in.  This time one of the keepers gave this family a little cup of water to hold and the birds descended on them en masse.  It was fun to watch.01-13-20Lorikeets101-13-20Lorikeets2

Even though I knew what to expect from the Macaw flyover I still failed to get a photo of them in flight. 01-13-20macawfour

I was ready to leave when I got a heads up from another photographer that the Florida leopard kittens were going to be displayed in their enclosure soon.  I pictured tiny kittens and of course I headed for their area.  But no, these brothers were born last June, but it was still fun to see them. 01-13-20floridapantherkittensAnd yes, there were other monkeys at the zoo.  But in looking over my pictures I also discovered more orangutan photos I missed yesterday.  Is it any wonder?  I probably had 100 of them or so to choose from.01-13-20monkey1-13-20orangutan1-13-20orangutan2

I love the zoo.  And this one offers you a deal.  Buy a one day pass and get admitted for free for the rest of the year.  That was what I planned to do but another photographer I chatted with is a member of the zoo, and a member can bring a guest in with them, so when he offered to have me be his guest I graciously accepted.  Thanks for that Frank, it was very nice of you.

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I’ve gone to the… cats!

We always had pets when my kids were growing up.  The most at one time was three cats and two dogs.  (I think my mother thought we were nuts.)  I can’t remember where the parakeet and/or the Siberian hamster fit into the animal timeline.  So it shouldn’t surprise me that my daughter’s household is teeming with pets.

Like Scooter, shown above.  He keeps a low profile and you would hardly know he is there.  But very lovable.  He and Lucy, are a bit of a matched set, wouldn’t you say?  She it a mini-Labradoodle, and very lovable.  She even slept with me last night.  Maybe she was just being a good watchdog and keeping an eye on me.9-23lovelyLucyAnd then there is Georgie, who, despite the fact that he only has his two lower fangs, and he was de-clawed (except for one claw) when they rescued him, is quite the hunter.  He loves to toy with his catches also, which he brings home regularly.  I’d  hate to think what he’d bring home if he had all of his equipment.9-23Georgie

But I had forgotten how much fun it can be to try to get work done on the computer with a cat like Henry around.  I had my laptop, my iPad, my old, damaged phone, and my new iPhone out on the little table while the two phones transferred data with no help from me whatsoever.  Henry tried to be helpful, or possibly not so helpful, but he didn’t seem to cause any issues either.  He is the kitty you can count on to be right in the thick of things, when he isn’t playing hide and seek in the cupboards and drawers, and needing to be extricated.  I don’t see pets in my future, especially not while I’m wandering the county, but I can visit my kids if I feel the need to pet something.  9-23helpfulHenry9-23Henryinthecabinet29-23Henryinthecabinet

My son’s menagerie includes two dogs, and two bearded dragons.  I drew the line on pets when he was little.  All pets in my house had to be furry, and even though it may have qualified I said no to the ferret also.  He’s making up for that now.