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Animals in the City

Goose Jam

Freeport Road in Aspinwall.  All traffic stopped.  No young geese splatted on this busy road today.  Goose is such a funny word.

And to make today’s post slightly more interesting check out TheFreeDictionary

goose

1. n. a silly oaf; an oaf. Oh, I’m such a silly goose!
2. tv. to (attempt to) poke something, such as a finger, in someone’s anus. Freddy tried to goose me!
3. n. an attempt to goose someone. (As in sense 2) He tried to give me a goose.
4. tv. to rev up an engine; to press down hard on the accelerator of a car. Why don’t you goose the thing and see how fast it’ll go?
5. n. an act of suddenly pressing down the accelerator of a car. Give it a good goose and see what happens.

 


One Love -Weekly Photo Challenge

One love- Weekly photo challenge

Anne McCarthy prompts bloggers – “The universe is telling me to focus on love. What is it saying to you?”

  

Canada Geese love- is she playing hard to get? 


Central Park Autumn Light Gallery

Hansom Cab

 

Photographed with iPhone 6, Monday November 23, 2015

Bridge in Central Park

 

Man and Dogs Central Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting ready for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade


Dog Parking at King Cross

Laura is the one who spotted this parking spot.  We were waiting for a taxi.

She asked, “Did you photograph the Dog Parking? and I said, “HUH?” but there it was. Thanks,  La. Good find.

Seems everyone took their dog right inside the shopping area. Dog ParkingPark your dog at King Cross


Jeffrey Brunner’s Artwork a Hit at the Shower- Photo by Guest Blogger Toni K

The minute I saw this painting, I knew it would be perfect in the nursery.

My friend and blog follower Toni K. took this photograph Saturday 5-30-15 at the shower.  Thanks for sending it.

Here’s Laura with the Night Forest Elephant and Bird piece I bought at the PERSAD Art for Change 2015 Auction.

Jeffrey Brunner of Hey Beast Studio in Pittsburgh is the artist! He’ll have a booth at the Three Rivers Art Festival next week.

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Photograph taken by Toni K at the shower

Laura is sporting the gift of Chewbeads that double as a necklace and a teething ring for baby…..Thanks Marlene!

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You can see Maura and my SIL James in the reflection 

(Note to self: photograph art without glass)

And here it the book I bought with the stunning illustrations by Mr. Brunner.

Available at ETSY

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One more fun illustration by Jeffrey Brunner

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Life-Size Chipmunk Sighting on Herron Hill

Friday afternoon I drove a colleague to the Strip District to pick up her car. It was raining. She’d gotten new tires.

At the red light, down Herron Hill, I saw a Life Size Chipmunk making her way to the intersection to cross Liberty Avenue. (The same spot I saw the groundhog scurrying under the cars.)

Oh that’s right, it was Halloween.

Office Party? Chip or Dale? Alvin? A leftover from the Furries
Convention.

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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. 

 

honet6PAT  bus stop 


Groundhog in City Traffic

Below Polish Hill, turning onto Liberty Ave into the Strip District.  Here is what I saw.

He got out from under the cars as we were all stopped at the red light.

 Instead of crossing the road, he kept walking back under the cars.

Good thing I had my camera on the front seat. 

Good thing he didn’t get squished.  I felt sorry for the groundhog.

Too much concrete to burrow in.  

(And my car windows need a wash)

 

 

Can you see the groundhog

Just a snippet.  I saw movement.  

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Coming under the cars.  Oh no. 

 

 

 

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Go the other way.  He did eventually.

Groundhog in the City

I felt badly for the groundhog but at least he finally made it to the side before the light turned green. But what then? 

 


Silvery-Cheeked Hornbills, Cheetah and Camel Rides at the Columbus Zoo

The new Heart of Africa  region (43 Acres) is open at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

I have mixed feelings about zoos but know that they do important animal conservation work and support programs around the world that assist in this effort. The weather was cool for a July day so we kept taking our jackets and sweaters on and off.

I can tell you that  the grandkids LOVE going to the zoo to see the animals.

There is always something interesting to learn and experience.  A first for the kids was the camel ride.
Six camels are rotated to give the rides.

Aunt Lala was remembering a lengthy camel ride she had in Egypt that she didn’t really enjoy but everyone had fun on Monday.

Yes, it was a bumpy ride.

 

 

 

 


The Stripes Looked Brown to Me

I never saw a zebra this close before. A relative to the horse and donkey. Love that mane!

These photos were taken last Friday at the Food Revolution Day, Pittsburgh.

Zebra foals are supposed to be brown and cream at birth according to what I could google. Depends on the breed.

The hair might be brown but the skin is black underneath?

This one didn’t look that young to me.

But I was so surprised to see the brown color in the light.

 

goat and zebra The petting zoo goat tries the grass on the zebra’s side of the fence.

 

 

 

 

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Looked brown to me

 

 

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Thinking about petting the zebra

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Reaching to pet the zebra

pet the zebra

Almost

 

 

 

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There!  Petting the zebra.

 

 

lines and zebra

Lots of lines and patterns with zebra stripes and chain link fence.  On my way home…..

 

 


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