Bird Weekly: Long Legs

Lisa Coleman of Our Eyes Open‘s Bird Weekly photo challenge this week asks us to post long-legged birds.

Heron, Arlington Heights, IL, USA
White heron, Aswan, Egypt
Blacksmith plover, Arusha NP, Tanzania
Congregation of egrets, Tarangire NP, Tanzania
Marabou stork with carcass & vultures, Ndutu-Serengeti, Tanzania
A pair of ostriches, Serengeti NP, Tanzania
Flamingos at Amsterdam Zoo, the Netherlands

One Word Sunday: Overlap

Travel with Intent has a photo challenge, One Word Sunday, and this week the topic is overlap.

Overlapping turtles – at this nature preserve, the main visitor center is undergoing renovation, so the small animals are now confined to a much smaller space until the work is complete.
Overlapping bricks – Tacoma, WA Chinese Reconciliation Park

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Overlapping coral – Brookfield Zoo

CFFC: Yellow

The topic of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is yellow.

Yellow building – Regensburg, GermanyDSC01662
Yellow rose – Chicago, IL
1st Presbyterian Church light fixture – Evanston, IL
Sunset at an outdoor concert – Elk Grove Village, IL
Brookfield Zoo entrance – Brookfield/Chicago, IL
Fish – Brookfield Zoo
Autumn color reflected in a pond with ducks – Des Plaines, IL
Flower – Arlington Heights, IL
Buildings – Luxor, Egypt
Yellow-breasted weaver – TanzaniaSONY DSC
Aspens turning yellow – Denali National Park, Alaska
Leaf – northern Wisconsin


CFFC: Blue

The theme of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this month is colors; this week is Blue.


Ruin of a castle, Wachau Valley, on the Danube in Austria


Amsterdam, de Pijp neighborhood


Across the street from our Airbnb, Amsterdam


Bench, Poulsbo, WA


Our niece’s wedding – blue flowers on her dress, blue walls of the church, bridesmaid’s dark blue dress


Chihuly glass sculpture, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

Three fire hydrants painted blue, Arlington Heights, IL


Sea life exhibit, Brookfield Zoo, IL

BOTD: Peacocks

Granny Shot It has a daily photo challenge, Bird of the Day (BOTD). I am contributing with photos of a very bold peacock and his companions at the Brookfield Zoo. This guy kept walking toward me as I was snapping his photo with my cellphone! He appeared to have no fear of humans whatsoever – he is probably used to zoo patrons throwing him crumbs.
I saw another peacock when we first arrived. His leg is banded so zoo researchers can track his movements.
Peacocks and peahens pecking for food in the grass

Fun and Flowers at Balboa Park!

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, this week the theme is Fun and/or Flowers.  In April, after our Panama Canal Cruise, we spent two extra days in San Diego.  Visiting the Zoo was a must (I had to see the koalas and pandas!) and Balboa Park also has lovely flower gardens. Here are some highlights of both FUN and FLOWERS in Balboa Park!





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I love this orangutan granddaddy’s expression!

These two trees were at the botanic gardens in Balboa Park. I am including them under “Fun” because they are unusual and interesting!



Topiary elephants!



Most of the flowers we saw were at the rose gardens.

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KODAK Digital Still Camera

KODAK Digital Still Camera

KODAK Digital Still Camera

I don’t know that lovely woman whose head appears among the flowers, but I think she fits quite nicely into the picture, don’t you?

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Here are some other species of flowers we saw:

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