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Sea Lion Feeding Time Central Park Zoo

Sunday Central Park Zoo  - Sea Lion Pool at Feeding Time

The photographs can’t really capture the exuberance and energy of these lovely sea lions who were waiting for the keepers to come with their lunch.

“These are not tricks. They are behaviors” one of the zoo workers said.

The sea lions certainly knew it was time to eat.

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The whole time we were there, I was wishing my grandchildren could see the sea lions jump.

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The light changed frequently.

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You can see the sun went behind a cloud.  The one sea lion was talking to the man who was sweeping.
And then the sun came out again as we walked towards Fifth Avenue

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What My Client Lent Me at the Photo Shoot

Remember the Spring-like November Day I posted Tuesday with the thirty degree drop in temps predicted?

Well, it’s more like a forty degree drop two days later-

in the park, late afternoon.

Cashmere fingerless gloves.

Thank you SB for the loan of the luxurious gloves.   I’m still warming up the rest of me.

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My hand looks a bit like “The Claw” in a horror flick but the cozy gloves were so welcome on my chilly hands during the photo shoot in the park.


Before they fell

Schenley Park tree.

Just a couple of weeks ago.  The setting sun coming through the leaves.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

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Minimalist.  


Raindrops on Fall Leaves

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When I came home from school on Friday, I found the unraked leaves with raindrops on the undersides of some of them. I saw the orange tree leaves glowing like embers, with the water drops at their tips.

My driveway needs to be raked.

But if it were raked, I would have missed these jewels.

The heart shaped leaves are from the Eastern Redbud tree. 

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the fronts of the leaves are wet all  over.  The backs of the leaves,  the water beads up.

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Below, a single leaf on the Eastern Redbud that Ginny planted as a memorial to my parents.  A lone water drip at the tip.

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Lone Golden Tree

Autumn afternoon.

One more hour of Wednesday so squeaking in as a Wordless Wednesday. Well, almost wordless.

Don’t seem to be disciplined enough to stick with the Wordless Wednesday, Throwback Thursday on a regular basis.

Friday’s Weekly Photo Challenge is one I enjoy responding to each week, though.

I was reading about how one’s blog is kind of a self-imposed assignment- one doesn’t have to do it at all.

But you get something going and you stick with it. Put it out there.

There’s always something new to be seen in the world, photographed and shared.

Thanks for looking today.

Golden Leaf Tree


Wordless Wednesday a Day Late

Crestline Ohio Barn

Crestline Ohio Barn


A City Hornet Returns to Nest at S. Evaline and Friendship Avenue

 

After dinner Steve said he wanted to go to Bloomfield/ Friendship neighborhood and show me an incredible nest, alive with hornets coming in and out.  Perhaps an expert will be able to identify what type of hornet they are by the nest structure but after researching them when we got home tonight, I wish I had the telephoto lens and didn’t get quite as close with my 50mm fixed lens.  I read about how they can sting multiple times and can be very dangerous to animals and humans.  Hope no one decides to disturb this nest but it is so low to the sidewalk, hanging right over the middle, near a PAT bus stop.

People walk under it all day long and it ‘s fairly well camouflaged by the tree leaves.  It seems the color of the church stones. Hornet Returns to Nest

 

Hornet Returns to Nest

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from the other side you can see the nest entrance

 

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Unsuspecting woman approaching the sidewalk where the hornet nest hangs. 

 

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On My Way Home

 

 

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Steve was driving in quite a few of these and the others I pulled over. Can you tell which are shot with the Canon 5D and which are shot with the iPhone?

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Ohio Katydid and the Kids Via My Son Mark

A fun series to receive on the phone from my son Mark.

Looks like a depth of field exercise, too.

This is a “leaf bug” or katydid.  A relative of the grasshopper and also called a bush-cricket in some parts of the world.   Looks like such an interesting creature and is the perfection of camouflage.

Thanks Mark for sharing your Katydid and Kids study.  love you. Mom

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Can you see him/her?

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Can you see him/her? Probably snacking on the foliage.

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