So Sunday was the appointed day to trek to the zoo to replace the T-shirt that The Boyo borrowed and then
ruined mixing concrete. And we decided to drag Best Gal Pal (hereafter known as BGP) along with us. You may remember that she is having a rough time right now, although things have settled down some, and a generous donor has offered a computer for her. Thank you, Compu-Diva.
Along with the T-shirt Quest, BGP and I were set on seeing the flamingos, a new exhibit that we hadn’t seen before. So after a picnic lunch we brought (we are all too cheap and too broke for zoo food) we set off for the flamingos. (Even Friday got to eat al fresco.) I loves me some flamingos. And I found out they have pink knees! They’re not as brightly colored as the plastic ones on the lawn however. Darn. Meanwhile, we eagerly await the new penguin exhibit that will open next year. (More flamingos over at Photofilia.)
After that, we went to the seasonal exhibit, Butterflies
and Blooms. I love butterflies, I always wanted to be one, and I got the chance here. I was also glad I had used my Flonase so that I wasn’t sneezing in there. The biggest thrill was when a butterfly landed on Epona. No, I don’t know what kind it is, but it’s not for lack of trying to find out. *sigh* The
closest I can come is it might be a mourning cloak. I guess I should have asked while I was there. I posted a picture of a monarch on yarrow over at Photofilia.
Anyway, here’s a picture of The Boyo and BGP being caterpillars. Not that they crawl around and eat leaves (although they do occasionally eat lettuce leaves) and I haven’t seen them pupate, but I think they are cute little caterpillars. Although maybe The Boyo was pupating when he spent two days being sick and snoring in my bed last week.You folks do know that if you click on the thumbnails, they will grow to full size, don’t you? I don’t cut my photos down to nothing like some folks .
Next, like all good Pagans, we had to visit the Komodo dragons. Sorry, they are behind glass, and notoriously difficult to photograph. But I thought you might like this picture for a substitute. I love dragons, even if they are just big lizards, and don’t breathe fire.
Then it was on to the elephants. Where the biggest thrill of the day was watching a bull elephant take a piss. He was right near a pond, and I was afraid he was going to cause it to flood. I guess the biggest land mammal also has the biggest
Time for a snacky. So we broke down and bought ourselves some Hagen Das bars at a ridiculous price, and just told ourselves that the profits went to maintain the zoo. And it would have been pretty hard to haul ice cream bars from home.
One of the other thrills we had was seeing the tiger come out of his lair. Of course, he was pacing back and forth, in and out, and so most of my pictures were of his tail end somehow. Oh, well, when you are on safari, you have to expect that the animals will be shy. Except for Friday. Yes, because she is a service dog, she gets to go to the zoo, too. She loves it. She has bunches of kids petting her. and she likes riding on the scooter.
Then it was off to the Zoo Store to procure The T-shirt. Of course, they didn’t have the same one anymore, (not that I particulary wanted a duplicate.) So, I had to look around and find what I wanted. Unfortunately, some that I would have loved to have apparently were not available in size huge. But I did eventually find one that was awesome. How awesome? Well, you’ll just have to wait until T-shirt Friday to find out, won’t you.
Even more pictures here in my Facebook Album. Yes, everybody can look at it, even if you aren’t on Facebook. And if you are, and are so inclined, friend me.