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.
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Overlapping bricks – Tacoma, WA Chinese Reconciliation Park

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Overlapping coral – Brookfield Zoo
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CFFC: Yellow

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

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

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

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

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Amsterdam, de Pijp neighborhood

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Across the street from our Airbnb, Amsterdam

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Bench, Poulsbo, WA

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

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Chihuly glass sculpture, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

Three fire hydrants painted blue, Arlington Heights, IL

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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.
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I saw another peacock when we first arrived. His leg is banded so zoo researchers can track his movements.
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Peacocks and peahens pecking for food in the grass
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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!

 

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Topiary elephants!

 

FLOWERS

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

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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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