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Sticking close to home…

I surprised myself by being up early enough to catch the sunrise. Early enough to just go around the block to see it though. I oftentimes forget that I can see the sunrise so close to home.

A mama duck didn’t seem to be bothered by my car pulled onto the grass, or by me clicking away with my camera.
I had occasion to rearrange my car the other day and ‘found’ the lens ball, so decided to look at the scene through from another point of view.
I loved how pretty the color got against the blue of the sky.
I love when the birds fly through the sunrise color.

I’m afraid I’m guilty of thinking that if I lived a little further south then the sunrises and sunsets would be perfect every day. But really they are perfect enough just where I am…

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Making do…

All day the plan was to go to Dunedin for dinner, plus take in the sunset of course. But as the day went on the clouds got heavier and it started to rain. Much too late to go anywhere we saw that the clouds were breaking up a bit, so we went out in the drizzle and got some shots.

I see the raindrops in this picture when I look at it on my huge computer screen.
This turtle is enormous, we decided that he thought we might have a goodie for him. We didn’t.
This duck was probably thinking the same thing. She also was out of luck.

Later I saw pictures of the sunset from Dunedin and it was very nice. We missed a chance, but maybe it will work out next time.

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Spending time, not money…

I narrowed my choices for the day into cleaning out the inside of the car, or go to the zoo. I told myself that going to the zoo was my ‘saintlier’ choice since I’d be taking advantage of my pay-for-a day and visit for a year pass. It’s only a deal if you use it.

This little one was all by himself on the little waterway between the monkey enclosures. I loved the ripple he made as he frantically swam upstream, and had just wondered where his mother was when a posse of ducklings came into view.
This looked like a scene from a movie to me.
Something big must have been going on since there were all these guys in tuxes standing around.
Meet and greet with the Galapagos tortoises.
A possible bad hair day.
If you walked down to the viewing area you can get a picture of a rhino’s eye. From up above you can see just how close you can be to them. Judging by size this is the ‘baby’ white rhino.
I love how well they have landscaped around the primate/monkey sections.
I guess it’s that time of year since the planting areas had lots of new plants set in place, waiting to be planted. It will be pretty.
You can wear your heart on your sleeve but this guy wears his on his nose.
This house sparrow hangs out with elephants.

Another day gotten through. There is no goal in mind exactly, just to get through this whole, strange, time we find ourselves in. I’ve been wondering if we’ll know when it’s over, or will it just fade into a new way of living…

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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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That morning light…

All the dark clouds were discouraging, but my destination was the little pond a few minutes from my house so I didn’t let that stop me. And pulling over into the tall weeds at the side of the road gave me pause also. I had a tick on me after being there one morning, but I had chalked that up to a hike the day before, and the houses with their lights on looked pretty, so I got out and took a photo (or five). You wouldn’t know it by the feature photo, but it was dark as I took that first picture, and I heard rustling, but since I figured that ticks don’t make noises while stalking you I wasn’t too worried. And I was surprised when I saw the picture. After that those ducks seemed to follow me as I repositioned myself three different times while I tried to figure out just exactly where the sun was going to come up. I had to park on the opposite side of the pond as it turned out, and the homeowners on that side had apparently mowed the grass at the edge of the pond. A nice surprise. And a pretty sunrise.

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Get your ducks in a row…

One thing is for sure, I have plenty of old pictures to play with while I keep my distance.  I had totally forgotten about these ducklings on the lake until I scrolled past them in the computer.  And since I talk about all the wildlife out there, and a variety of ducks out there to boot, it now stands out to me that I only saw these two families of ducks out there.  Ever.

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I had to include this picture of Ozzie out there even if the ducklings blend into the weeds in the water.  As I was sitting there taking pictures of the ducklings I realized that Ozzie was laying in the grass not 15 feet from the edge of the water and the momma duck was letting her babies play along the shore without a care in the world.  I had already figured out that the wildlife out there paid no attention to Oz, there simply was no hunting gene in his make-up.  When Zoe was around she loved to run through a flock of birds on the ground, not to catch one, just to make them fly.  It was the labradoodle in her.  I once saw Ozzie snuffle a frog on the patio and then walk away.  He was a live-and-let-live kind of guy.  So I wanted to get a picture of Ozzie with the ducklings so close at the edge of the water, but I had to reposition myself to do it which caused momma to swim a few feet from the edge.  You’ll have to use your imagination to fill in the gaps.

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And I came across this picture too, of the pied-grebe face to face with his lunch.  There was a frond of grass that had blown right across the action, leaving a hazy green smudge.  Try as I might with all the new tricks I’ve learned in Lightroom I couldn’t do any better than this to clean that up.  Poor froggie, it just wasn’t his day…