New images from the zoo!
Such sadness fell over my house a week ago last Friday as my best friend, Bear departed the world for a life of no pain, fields of flowers and rainbows. Bear and I shared a fabulous life together for 15 years. He was a sweet soul who loved everyone and every dog and even every cat. The afternoon before he went on his journey a beautiful storm came through complete with gorgeous colors and a rainbow. How appropriate for my sweet friend. I will miss you Mr. Bear and you will forever be in my heart. With love, Mom.
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The first time I noticed yellow finches flitting around was two years ago. They were feasting on sunflower seeds from the tall stalks of once beautiful sunshine flowers that now were just pin cushions of seeds providing nourishment to the birds. By the time I noticed them they flew away, yellow streaks to across the field to find the protection of an old tree. These are elusive little birds.
I have been on a mission to photograph these guys. Today when I arrived to check my garden’s harvest I saw them fly over to the fence with their not so showy finch cousins. No sudden moves. I walked v…..e……..r………y……..s…….l…..o……..w…….l……y through the garden and stood very still, sometimes squatting out of site waiting for a yellow finch, also known as a gold finch, to present himself to my camera. Finally one began streaking around the garden looking for food as his little body caught the late afternoon sun.
Last Saturday was the Backstage Pass for the giraffe barn. The Nashville Zoo offers these backstage passes for people to see where some of the animals spend their nights and to see how much work the zookeepers do to keep these guys in healthy environments. We were able to feed Congo, the resident male giraffe, carrots and sweet potatoes. This was fun. Congo, being hand raised is very comfortable with humans. The girl giraffes are much more aloof. After the tour I stayed at the zoo all day and witnessed some really cool things!
The Nashville Zoo has a cool program called Back Stage Pass that allows a small group of people to visit various barns and back scenes of some of the animals on exhibit. Yesterday, a rainy and dreary Saturday, a group of us animal lovers and zoo supporters headed up to the Elephant barn to visit. When we arrived the two longest residents of the zoo, Sukari and Hadari were eating in their runs. Such majestic and jaw dropping beautiful, graceful animals. I think I had a smile on my face the whole time. The zoo is in the process of introducing two new elephants, Juno and Rosie who came form the Jackson zoo last year. It takes a while for the pairs to get used to each other. Juno and Rosie were outside in the yard playing in the rain. Elephants need to be with other elephants…. the more the merrier. Also all four are females.