Friday, September 30, 2005

Zoo Photo Friday


This was the funniest thing to watch. The Ostrich was just hanging out, minding his own business, while the 2 crested herons were drinking from the "river".

UNTIL...

You see it don't you?

That naughty little bird decided to have some fun---
he snuck up behind the ostrich and yanked his tail !

The ostrich jumped up and moved on, which was lucky for the heron, because that ostrich could have stomped him into the ground... Rude little bird!!! LOL!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Critter Showcase Tuesday


That is a biiiiiiiiiiig bug! I don't remember if this tarantula was listed as a bird eating spider or not, but even so, he was a big old thing!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

No Zoo Photo Friday

I'm picking my mother up at the airport, and then will be busy with her, of course, among the other zillion things going on this weekend.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and that Rita doesn't cause as many problems as her sister Katrina did... Our thoughts are with those in her path...

Monday, September 19, 2005

Critter Showcase Tuesday


These guys are Rainbow Lorikeets. They have their own aviary at the zoo, where you can go in and feed them from cups of fruit nectar. This is one of our favorite sections of the zoo. They're sassy beasts, and if they can grab hold of the little cup & steal it away, they will. And of course they land all over you, and they'll play with or gnaw on hair accessories, jewelry, etc., so it 's a good idea to pay attention to what you have on before you go in there! We really enjoy them, though. Go visit them if you're ever at the Jacksonville Zoo!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Zoo Photo Friday


Meerkats!! These little guys are cool, and they're fun to watch, too. For a little bit of information about them, see this site. Guess that guy on the left thought we were fairly interesting, too! ;-)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Wow. Just Wow.

Travel over to Random Ramblings, to this post, to see what Mike had to say about the aftermath of Katrina. Here's part of it:

Remember back a couple of weeks ago, when New Orleans wasn't just an extension of Lake Pontchartrain but the hurricane closing in on the city was making a lot of folks real nervous? Remember the photos and the videos of six or eight lanes of traffic all but sitting still on the freeways....people trying to get to higher ground? Remember seeing all those hundreds and thousands of cars and how concerned the commentators were for the people inside them?

So, do you remember what we didn't see? The buses full of people who didn't have or couldn't afford cars. Where were the buses taking them to higher ground?

Nowhere.

We wouldn't see them until there were corpses bobbing in the streets.

It's really not all that surprising....we don't often see poor people.

Oh, not literally of course. We see poor people every day....running the cash registers, cleaning up the messes, taking care of our kids and looking after our parents when our parents can no longer look after themselves. They're with us every day. We chat with them, know their names, but see them....not really.

Man, oh man. The part that really sucks is that he's right...

But I think there's more to it, too. Seems to me the whole thing was a stream of mistakes of one sort or another, but also that it was the sort of storm you just can't really be prepared for, anyway. Yes, you can set up your "hurricane box", you can make an evacuation plan, if you're lucky, and not so poor that there's just nothing you can do but pray, and you can board up your windows. But it's just like when the 4 hurricanes messed up Florida last year.

Of course
FPL wasn't prepared--how could they be? Nobody could have expected or planned for that many places to have power outages at once. Nobody could have really expected or planned for so fierce a storm to wreck New Orleans, either. Yes, there were plenty of things that maybe could have been done better, and this is an absolutely dreadful way for the country to learn a lesson, but maybe if we ever have to face something like this again, we'll do it better.

And in the meantime maybe, just maybe, we'll learn to really see each other.



Critter Showcase Tuesday


This handsome guy is a tree frog. White's Tree Frog, I think.
They actually make pretty cool pets, too. Cute, quiet and portable!

Friday, September 09, 2005

Zoo Photo Friday


I have hundreds of pictures from the Zoo near where I live, so I've decided to post one of them each Friday. And maybe one each Tuesday, since I'm not posting much these days (been caught up in playing Guild Wars). I may post some photos of the animals in my own zoo, as well. I have quite a few pets, and I think they're pretty cool critters. :-)
This guy (above) is an anteater. I wonder if they eat fire ants?

Monday, September 05, 2005

Nice.

Got my first SPAM comment. Does that mean I'm a real blogger now? LOL!

Friday, September 02, 2005

Link For Checking In After Katrina

CNN.com is keeping a list of people who were in the path of Katrina and have since been reported safe. If you have family or friends out there, this is one place you can check on them.

In Katrina’s path: Reported safe

So far the list is 17 pages long. May it continue to grow.