Thousands of Bats at Dusk- University of Florida

My hosts drove us to the University of Florida Bat Houses to wait for the bats to fly out at dusk.  WOW!  They were something to see. Hard to focus as it was getting dark and they were flitting and flying.

And then as we stood there, a strong aroma filled the air. P- ewwww!

We watched the murmuration of bats in the sky.  Thousands and thousands of bats.  Creating dark clouds of undulating patterns.  Off to eat insects until dawn.

img_0187People waiting to see the bats emerge at dusk.

img_0243The Bat Houses at the University of Florida

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img_0238Bats from the Bathouses at the University of Florida.

Joanne filmed the bats on my phone

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A nice lady took our photo in front of the Bat Houses.

We talked about expressions with BAT(not baseball) in them

Like a Bat out of Hell

Blind as a Bat

Gone Batty

Batsh*t Crazy

Don’t Bat an Eye

Bats in the Belfry

 from the Free Dictionary- “have bats in the belfry  (old-fashioned)

to be crazy Don’t tell anyone else I said that or they’ll think I’ve got bats in the belfry.”
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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.

 

Photographing People Photographing People Can Be Boring

but I like this picture.  A lot.  It makes me happy.

A man capturing his family group on the benches at Central Park Zoo. I’d just come out of the Penguins.

To me, he looks like a conductor of an orchestra, feeling joy as he views the image of those whom he loves.

Central Park Zoo

Many Dog People Favor Certain Breeds and Others Like a Mix

This is Brooke, a Dachshund Rescue.   I saw her in a basket in the Waterworkds Shopping Center at the PetCo a few years back and I knew my friend’s daughter wanted a dachshund. It was a lucky day.

She belongs to Molly now.  You can see how Brooke loves “her person”.

I know some of my cousins favor dachshunds and Mary in New Jersey loves them.

Molly’s family always has liked this breed. I saw a crazy video of dachshunds on a Sausage Dogs Central Post on FB just last week.

Now my DIL and her family love Airedales.  Jaclyn has her St. Bernards.   One type of dog I don’t see around here is an Irish Setter.  Be it Border Collies or Italian Greyhounds, German Shepherds or a Pug or you name it.  People who are dog people may have a strong preference.  ( Rob, I know what your preference is!  NO DOG)

Some families like to get a mixed breed rescue (we used to call them mutts but maybe that isn’t the term now) from an animal shelter.

I usually keep the blog in “real time” but the rose colored couch is highlighted again this week.

BTW there are “339 listed breeds in 10 groups” and if you want to check out that info it is here

brooke the daschund (1)

It looks like she is smiling to me

brooke the daschund and MOlly

Love.

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.

 

 

 

 

zebra stripes in light

Looked brown to me

 

 

Zebra

Thinking about petting the zebra

reach to pet the zebra

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…..

 

 

The Wilds, Cumberland Ohio

Mark and Erika called Saturday night and suggested we meet up at The Wilds.   Cumberland Ohio.  I took the New Concord Exit on I-70.

I said, sure I’ll meet you there! I was excited cause it was unexpected.  And who knew this place was so interesting?

It was about 130 miles for me to drive there and they drove about 90.  We took a 2 1/2 hour bus ride tour throughout the 10,000 acres and saw lots of wonderful animals.  Most are endangered in the wild and this conservation facility(non-profit) gives them the protected place to reproduce.  It was a beautiful day.

Bactrian Camel

Bactrian Camels- Mother and Child     (Yes, this was photographed in Ohio)

Przewalski Wild Horse

Przewalksi Wild Horse- a female

Sichuan Takin

Sichuan Takin

Zebras

Zebras- Buck and bray a bit while the one looks on

Bison

Bison running away from our bus

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25 cents in a machine and you can get food for the catfish.  They act like they have never eaten before or will they ever eat again. I know these were Jack’s favorite.

catfish close up

The catfish are not particularly attractive to me.

Rhino

Rhinoceros family time.   Our guide says there skin is really soft. A group of rhino is called a CRASH.

All photos taken with a Canon 70-200 mm L series lens on a Canon 5D

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Our knowledgeable guide Rob.

Ordinary Rabbit

And an ordinary rabbit.  Not endangered.

 

 

 

And if you want to travel with us on the bus, Anna captured a two minute segment of the tour!  Thanks Anna for the videoing,

This Little Piggy- Wait, It’s THIRTEEN Piggies- Guest Blog by Marlene and Donald

Down on the farm in Virginia.  Mar said it was dark in the barn. Thanks for a fun guest blog. We don’t see this in the city!

Lots of new life appearing at your neighbor’s farm.

Springtime action in corrals and pens and barn.

See proud future Dad.      His “wife” is sitting on 17 eggs.        (Not sure if Turkeys mate for life like other species you hear about. hmmmm)

Future Thanksgiving Dinner?

Future Dad Turkey

 

Future Dad Turkey

 

Future Mom sitting on 17 eggs!

 

 

 

 

Turkey sitting on 17 eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watcha Looking At?

 

Waiting for baby horses- another blog, another day

 

 

 

 

a litter of piglets eating lunch

 Click on Video below -A little dark in the barn.  That is if you want to see 13 new piglets scramble at feeding time.