Saturday, September 29, 2012

TODAY'S FLOWERS # 214

I was visiting with friends yesterday and we met over at Anne's home.  She had these beautiful mums outside and I asked if I could take photos for today's post.  She very kindly said yes.  Thanks Anne!










Anne's Zinnias were still blooming.


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Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.


You can find beautiful flowers from around the world if you click here.

TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise

For those of you who enjoy participating in a meme, I hope you will join us.  I also wonder if you would consider being a guest on our home page. If interested please send me one or two of your favorite flower photos to luvinwildlife@hotmail.com, with TODAY'S FLOWERS in the subject line. Your photos would be added to the list in the order that they are received, and I will let you know the date they are to be shown.  Thank you very much for considering this.

This address can also be used for any concerns or problems you may run into.  Occasionally there are hiccups in running any meme and we would like to be made aware of this.  Also if you have any suggestions you would like to share, we would be very happy to hear them.  Thank you!

Denise
Team Member at Today's Flower

Anni's Bird D'Pot

I am linking to Anni's BIRD D'pot meme which you can find here


I am also sharing more photos of the Gray-crowned Crane.  You can find the other one I posted here.

Mama is still taking care of her chicks....

and they follow closely behind her.

They were very enjoyable to watch.  

even from this aerial view.

CAMERA CRITTERS




How can we not know that by just looking at that marvelously expressive and human-like face, we are all connected?  He looks like he has an old and beautiful soul.  

This is a White-Cheeked Gibbon.  You can read more about him here.  


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Thank you Misty for hosting Camera Critters.  I always look forward to it each Saturday.  
To see other fun critters please click here.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

SKYWATCH FRIDAY

When I looked up at the sky the other day I saw a small circular rainbow in the sky.  You can barely see it but it is on the right just below center.  It would probably be easier to see if you enlarged the photos.




Please visit SkyWatch Friday to see wonderful sky pictures from around the world.
You can click on their badge to get there.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Poetry in Motion

The title came to me when I saw these birds walk, in total sync with each other, mother and child, poetry in motion. 
Please enlarge the photo to get more detail.  You will be able to see the chick's feathers starting to grow in.  And thank you Deb from What's In My Attic for reminding me to do that.  I often forget.
Gray-crowned Cranes

Bald Eagle at Virginia Zoo in Norfolk

Today I am connecting to Wordless Wednesday.  You can find other entries here.


I am a little late but I am also linking to Anni's BIRD D'pot which you can find here.





There are two rescued birds at the Virginia National Zoo, Abe and Jefferson.  I am not sure which one this is.  They were injured in the wild and brought to the zoo for treatment.  Unfortunately their injuries made them permanent residents and they will never be released back into the wild.  But they are getting lots of love and care from the zoo staff and after recovering from their initial injuries, are thriving.  You can read more about them here if you scroll down the page a bit.


According to what I read, the Bald Eagle was chosen as the the US national symbol in 1782 because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks.  At one time the turkey was considered but with all due respect to the turkey, I am glad they decided on the Bald Eagle.


You can read more about this magnificent bird here.



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The elephant sculpture....

I found this beautiful sculpture at the entrance of the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.  You can go here to take a look at their website.  I have several photos from my visit a couple of weekends ago and will share them all eventually.

"I meant what I said and I said what I meant, an elephant's faithful, one hundred percent."
~Dr. Seuss~

and my personal favorite

"I have a memory like an elephant, in fact elephants often consult me."
~Noel Coward~

Monday, September 24, 2012

2012 Book Festival, Washington DC

Last Saturday Gregg and I drove into Washington DC so that we could walk around the book fair.  We have First Lady Laura Bush to thank for this as she hosted the first one in 2001 and continued through to 2008.  Previously when she was the First Lady of Texas, she helped to establish the Texas Book Festival.  She was employed as a librarian in her younger days.  While her husband was in office she was a big proponent of education and literacy.  


We had another reason to visit as under this tent was our son who was volunteering that day by selling books to the masses.  

Those are pretty fancy tents and each one had several air-conditioning units going at full blast.  


That's our boy.....

waving to the next customer to come on down the line.

He was far too busy and so we stayed only for a very quick hello and see you later.  We found this police motorcycle outside and Gregg asked me to take a photo of him standing behind it.  Even though we don't own one we are always drawn to them.


and of course I am always drawn to.....
 Isn't he a beauty?


I thought I had made a note of this gentleman who was giving a reading, but I apparently forgot.  I loved how the bird on the canvas behind him seemed to be looking over his shoulder at his book.  Maybe some of you out there will recognize him and let me know who he is because what he was reading peaked my interest, but then after walking around in the heat for a couple of hours, oh boy, the old brain box was fizzled.


I was surprised to see this brightly painted stagecoach under another tent....

and the benches were really neat too.

The author of Jack, A Well's Fargo Legend, was going to give a reading.  If you want to know who Jack was there is an interesting history of him here.

We were attracted to the musical band under this tent.

These I did make a note of and you can read about them here.  Justin Roberts and The Not Ready For Naptime Players.  They were very good and parents and kids were enjoying their music, as were we.

Here's a video I took.  Apologies for the poor quality as it's blurry in the beginning and then gets a bit better as it goes on, but I wanted you to hear the music.


We finally found a nice shady spot under the trees....

and you can see the turret of The Castle not too far behind them.

There were no seats so I took a careful look around and plonked myself on the grass for a read of the pamphlets we had picked up.

You will have to enlarge the photo below to get the full gist of things.

Gregg's motto is 'never give up' and here he is standing next to a temporary column with all the information and maps pertaining to the festival.


Gregg took many of the photos in this post.


Do you see this neat bike?  In front is a 'carriage' big enough for a small person or child, or as in this case goodies from the festival, I'm presuming.

I daresay we will be watching programs about the festival on C-Span for quite a while.

And so we moved on.  Our next stop was at the Natural History Museum.  This is one of my favorites among the Smithsonian Museums.   Whenever we go into the city we take turns on whose favorite we would like to visit.  By this time we were ready for a bit of lunch and stopped off at the cafe inside first, and then browsed around for an hour.  It wasn't that crowded really, not like the last time we tried to get in there a couple of months back and gave up.  That will be in another post.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

TODAY'S FLOWERS

The link is now open for this meme.

This week's entry from me was taken in the gardens outside the National Museum for the American Indian in Washington DC last week.


Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.

You can find beautiful flowers from around the world if you click here.

TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise

    Below is a message I will be repeating over the next several weeks.

Luiz is taking a well-deserved break from running this meme, and I would like to thank you Luiz for giving us a place to share all the marvelous blooms that we see in our everyday lives.


                                                                    
"Dear Friends,

There has been a change at Today's Flowers.  Owing to work commitments our good friend Luiz is no longer able to devote the time he once had to the wonderful meme he created. Rather than close it down I volunteered to take a more active role and, along with Sandy and Pupo, will be keeping the meme going.

To me it will always be Luiz' meme.  We have not said goodbye to him by any means as he will send us his flower photos when time permits.  He is also helping me with advice on how best to continue, for which I am very grateful.

All that being said, I am hoping that you, our TF Friends, will continue to give us the wonderful support that you have in the past. We also welcome any new friends into our Today's Flower's family, and we will do our best to make it as much fun as it always was and is.

For those of you who enjoy participating in a meme, I am also wondering if you would occasionally be willing to share your flowers on our home page, and I am busy collecting names for this purpose. If you are agreeable would you please send me one or two of your favorite flower photos to luvinwildlife@hotmail.com?   I have opened an e-mail account solely for Today's Flowers to prevent any confusion.  Your photos would be added to the list in the order that they are received, and I will let you know the date they are to be shown.  Thank you very much for considering this.

This address can also be used for any concerns or problems you may run into.  Occasionally there are hiccups in running any meme and we would like to be made aware of this.  Also if you have any suggestions you would like to share, we would be very happy to hear them.  Thank you!

Denise
Team Member at Today's Flower"

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A few more photos taken in the garden near the American Indian museum in DC.