Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bursting Sunset

The sunset was still bursting through the clouds. In this picture, you can see the sun streaks even better. This time I was able to cut most of the building out and still have the palm trees. This picture of the sunset was more developed than the last picture and you can see more orange and darker sunset pictures. Wait one more day and find out the final stage of this beachside sunset.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Seaside Sunset

This might be the end of the San Diego Zoo, but this is the beginning of a fabulous sunset on the third level of a restaurant. The sun is shining through the thick clouds and you can even see the sun streaks. The sun then bursts through the clouds and reflects right off of the Pacific Ocean. The building could go, but the palm trees just add to the picture.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Little Power

This is a drawf animal. He is the same as his big relatives, but he is just in a smaller package. I don't remember what animal this is, but he sure is cute. I was looking for him and couldn't find him then I moved to the other viewing window and found him. Here he is, all 6 inches of him.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Looking Back

This is a meerkat. He is scared of many things, including airplanes. They are found in Africa. They use their long, sharp claws to dig burrows in the ground to escape the African heat. Since I live in Texas, we escape the heat by venturing into placing with air conditioning.  Meerkats are very smart and rotate protecting the pups from rival meerkat tribes. They rotate and even have special people that spend their whole life protecting the young. I wonder how much they get paid.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hungry Mammal

This multi-ton beast is the largest land animal on Earth. The largest weighed 24,000 pounds, the heart alone weighed about 27 to 46 pounds. The heart of an elephant beats at only 27 beats per minute while the Canary's beats at 1000. The elephant weighs so much that it can't jump. At birth, the elephant weighs 230 pounds. An elephants trunk has more than 40,000 muscles in it. While an elephant doesn't look like a cat but it purrs like it. The large ears of an elephant are to regulate the blood flow, if it is hot the ears cool them down.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Goosing Around

While this might not be a goose, I can still tell you about the goose. There are different names for the goose in the air and in the land and water. In the land or water they are called a gaggle in the air they are called a skein. If a goose is kept well, it can live for 20 years. Goose are highly social and can get along with just about any animal. The first golf ball was filled with goose feathers they were highly valued and very expensive.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Santa's Reindeer

While these fuzzy horns and reindeer face might look like Santa's reindeer, they don't fly. Early mail in Alaska was delivered by reindeer. Reindeer herding covers a staggering 1/4 of the Earth. While Alaska has temperatures reaching 35 degrees below zero, reindeer eat moss to keep warm. Like the snowflakes, all of the reindeer's horns are different no two are the same. Especially in Alaska, when snow piles up reindeer need to find food. They have a 2-foot sensing system built into them. They can feel food up to two feet below the snow.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Looking at You

Going along with the panda picture theme, I think I will tell you about the polar bear and other animals coming soon. Polar bears live on ice normally found in the 88 north latitude, in the Northern Arctic Sea. Polar bears can travel up to 19 miles a day and can keep that up for several days. This means the average bear travels 695 miles a year. The 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears are growing smaller every day as sea ice is lost.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sleepy Head

Some people wake up tired, this panda is sleeping and he is still looked tired. Finding a panda is rare in everywhere besides China where they are naturally found. A panda is actually a bear, just a smaller nicer bear. Each panda lives for about 40 years, this panda was born in 1991 in China. While pandas are only about 175 pounds, they spend 55% of their life with Bambo. Selling panda fur is illegal in America but if you do (which you should not), they fur is worth between $60,000 and $100,000.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Reaching Out

This Monkey or Ape like creature was in the zoo and looking good for a picture. He had his hair spiked out and he posed facing 90 degrees away from me. His half face is looking good. I like his white side burn. I wonder what that is for, is it like the cheetah where her black stripes are to improve vision? Or is it just to look cool and show off.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Black Bear Black Bear

This is the closest that I have ever been to a bear and the closest I hope to ever be. I thought of the kid's book, Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do You See? This black bear saw the bone he is gnawing on and the rock wall in front of him. He seems very interested in the bone. His keeper hid it and he then found it and gnawed on it until pushed it in the water and gnawed on it in the water.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Peeking Out

This otter stuck his head out after a slumber. You might be thinking why are some of the animals a sleep? It is because I went early in the morning and they probably just woke up from sleeping overnight. I like this picture because I can see only the head poking out from the rock.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Unexpected Visitor

This hummingbird was not part of the zoo. The flowers that are scattered around the zoo help to bring them in. I had seen several of them earlier but I never had enough time a take a picture. Just after we passed the giraffe exhibit there was a flower patch and a hummingbird swooped in and took a seat on the branch. Then seconds after I took the picture it flew away just like that.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hungry Bear

Koala bears sleep over 22 hours a day. The reason why is because the bears have a special chemical that helps them digest foods not digestible by humans and mammals. They have to sleep to recharge and have enough energy to digest that chemical. I was lucky enough to see both of the male koalas awake and eating. Something that happens only 2 hours of the day.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cheetah Stripes

Cheetahs are the fastest land animals in the world, they can run up to 61 miles per hour. The main reason why cheetahs can run so fast is that they have a hyper flexible spine. Unlike ours, a Cheetahs spine can bend and flex in almost any direction. Another helpful feature is the black markings on their face. Just like we wear eye black, cheetahs have there's built always on. This helps to improve their vision and reduce the glare from the sun.

Monday, August 14, 2017


This six foot tall, 135-pound giraffe might seem old to us but she is only 3 weeks old. Another way you can tell that she is young is by looking at the other giraffes in the habitat. The other giraffes are significantly taller and older looking. She might be tall to us humans but to the other giraffes, she is tiny.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Scouting the Area

Meerkats scout the area every place that they go, whether they are in the wild or the zoo. This meerkat was on guard when a plane flew by. The meerkat stared at the plane until it flew away and there was no more danger. The meerkats have a special system for recognizing dangers. There are different sounds for dangers from the air, land, and even from water.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sleepy Eyed

This elephant was sleeping standing up when we walked by its exhibit. This is a younger and you can tell by the size of the tusks, this elephant doesn't have any, and the size of the ears. The smaller that the tusks and ears are, the younger that the elephant is. I wonder how they sleep in daylight, does the light not interfere with their sleeping?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lion Fight

These two sea lions were fighting over something. It could be over food, territory, or a mate. They were fighting for at least 20 minutes and were still fighting when I left. It was a very intense fight, but I would guess that the sea lion on the right would win because he looks very fierce.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Earth's Gifts

The best thing about the sun is that it provides light, heat, and amazing sunsets for us. I have captured sunsets on streets, through trees, and through windows but never have I taken a picture of a sunset on a beach. The bright sun made some clouds orange and others a dark gray. To cap off the picture, there is a boat cruising by.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Land and Sea

During a fabulous sunset, this seagull flew down to rest on this rock in front of me. There was a fence making sure I didn't fall off of the end of the cliff but with my new stronger and more powerful lens, I was able to capture a close up. The seagull with one eye on the sea and one on the land.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Oceanside Pier

Going out from the land is this pier. The pier has multiple cranes and other buildings on it. Upon internet research, I found out that this pier is used to study the ocean and coast. The cranes might be used to pull things off of boats or out of the ocean. The buildings might be used to hold and examine the things found on the boat or in the ocean.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Fish Finder

I have traveled to California, the last three pictures have also been from California, and went to the beach to swim and take pictures. While walking toward the north, I spotted several birds in the water trying to find food. I stopped and took a picture then walked to find even more things to photograph.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Rolling Waves

The beach has many different objects and things to photograph. I chose to take pictures of many of these objects and decided to show the wave picture today. I held down the shutter and took pictures of the whole wave. I thought this was the best wave picture. The wave was about to break and the top was already rolling.

Thursday, August 03, 2017


Seagulls wade in the water waiting for their meal to come. I was able to walk within ten feet of the bird before he moved farther away. As I approached the seagull, a wave rolled over and flooded the land. The water now makes it seem like the seagull is floating on the water. 

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Littered Beach

Though some beaches have trash littered all over them, this beach had seaweed, rocks, and sea shells. The sand might not be the whitest but it provided for a clean background for these colorful littered beach objects.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Quack Quack

On this cloudy and once rainy day, I visited a park and spotted a family of ducks sitting around. This young duck had something wrong with his left leg and couldn't walk normally. He must have been calling to his parents to help him as I moved in closer to take pictures of him.