Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
There's something about seeing bluish - purple flowers that make them seem so spectacular. I guess its the general lack of it in most of nature apart from the sky.
With a partially opened bud.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Jake's favorite (he took the picture)
Erik's favorite: A rather unusual half male-half female butterfly
My favorite: anything with cats in it. It was a toss up between these, the tiger and the snow leopard.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
It doesn't have a huge variety of animals and the enclosures are on the small side, but that means the animals are closer for viewing!
Being warm to hot through much of the year, there is always the need to cool off. Jake loved the 'spitting mask' in "Kenya Get Wet."
And of course, snakes top the billing in the great reptile show.
The aviary was really nice. Many birds seemed almost at home in the large enclosure. Perhaps too many doves, but the kids didn't mind that at all.
Pyrrhuloxia or 'grey cardinal' were all over the place. I saw a cardinal in there also, but it was deep in a bush and I couldn't get a shot of it.
We didn't realize this place opened at 7:30 a.m. or we would have been there about that early. Jake is our early riser and by the time we got there at around 10 a.m. it was already getting warm. Even so, we managed almost 3 hours and didn't get to see nearly everything.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Catching a bee in flight isn't so difficult. I just thought there was an interesting look to the reflections on the left wing. Almost as though the wing was spinning to some degree.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Corporate or business sponsors have their own race with big turtles. As the turtles float by, they are announced for the crowd several times throughout the race and are listed in the program for the evening's festivities. These turtles are available for $100 each. And, as promised, those who sponsor the big turtles will also have their businesses mentioned and linked to if you wish right here on our WORLD-reknowned blog. That's a lot of free advertising!! We will need to know by mid-April, so get in on the action SOON!!
Obviously this is a fundraiser for the school. There are prizes to be won - $2000 travel voucher is the grand-prize!! For the other prizes you may need to visit to collect, or you could donate your prize(s) to a worthy family (hint, hint).
Almost forgot to mention; the name 'brittlebush' is due to the brittle nature of the branches which snap off easily.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Tiny, yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers appear toward the top of the spiral which continues to unfurl as the plant grows. Hairy nettles appear on the stems, the leaves and the base of the flower (and eventually the seed casing). They help protect the plant from most predators - at least the larger ones.
I did my best to follow this tiny mite. Spider mite? The bright red made it easy to spot, even though it would barely cover the period at the end of this sentance, but would also fit inside the hole in the number8.
Here is a good example of why lacewings and lady bugs are so helpful. One aphid isn't going to damage a healthy plant too terribly much. Take a large family of hungry aphids and allow them to raise their young and the plant isn't going to survive without some intervention. I thought these were flowers at first glance.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Here is my hand after one tap from the branch above. I've walked in washes and come out with yellow pollen streaks on my pant legs.