72 Degrees + Gentle Breeze = Trip to Zoo

Yesterday was such a beautiful day that youngest and I decided to take a trip out to the Gulf Breeze Zoo.  We renewed our yearly membership, which is not cheap BTW, then took our leisurely walk around the complex.  Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment.

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Another Trip to Our Zoo

This past Wednesday, youngest and I went out to our local zoo. We spent about 2 hours wandering around, looking at the exhibits and such. I ran into a former co-worker out there too. She was with her niece and nephews. It was a lovely day, warm, but not too hot with a gentle breeze blowing just enough to keep it from feeling humid.

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Walking Around the Montgomery Zoo

Yesterday, we took a day trip to the Montgomery Zoo. It took us about 2.5 hours to get there and a little over 3 hours to walk around the zoo. This is where youngest son wanted to go for his birthday, which was Sunday, by the way.

Both sons brought their iPhones to take pictures. I brought my camera (Lumix). I can’t seem to convince them that a good camera is the better option than a phone when taking photos. Well, that is beside the point. We had a good time there.

We ambled along, stopping to take pictures at each exhibit. When we got hungry, we ate at the café in the zoo. I have to say the staff at the zoo are very nice and friendly.

Anyway, here are some photos for you to enjoy today.

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Take a Hike!

Yes, take a hike. You want to get fit and a gym is not your thing. Well there are other things you can do and you don’t literally have to take a “climb Mt. Everest” type hike to get there.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Visit a local museum. Walk around and enjoy the exhibits. Take pictures and document your trip.

2. Go to your local zoo. Feed the animals and enjoy the day.

3. Visit a public garden in your area. Take pictures of the flora and fauna. Enjoy being outside.

4. Go to a state or federal park. Walk the nature trails. Look for things you wouldn’t normally see in your neighborhood.

5. Go to yard sales, especially neighborhood yard sales. Park your car and walk from house to house.

6. If your area has a yearly Parade of Homes (a builder’s way of showing off), visit each house in the new neighborhood.

7. Visit your downtown area. You may see something you haven’t seen before.

8. Visit historic sites. Learn about your town or state.

These are just a few ideas to get you up and moving.

See you on the good side of healthy.

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BTW, this photo was taken yesterday at Bellingrath Gardens in Alabama. It is a lovely place and takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours to walk thru. That does not include a tour of the house, which I recommend at least once if you visit there.

Budgies At The Zoo

This past Sunday, my youngest son and I decided to go to our local zoo. We especially wanted to visit the budgie exhibit.

We got in the car and drove the 45 minutes to the zoo. Paid our entry fees and bought some budgie sticks…little sticks with bird seed on them.

We made our way around the park with our cameras taking pictures along the way. Eventually we made it to the budgie exhibit. We opened the door and went through the sheets of heavy plastic that hang at the entrance and exit to keep the budgies from escaping. Several of the birds immediately landed on us looking for food. When we brought out the budgie sticks, we were MOBBED! I couldn’t stop laughing. They are such colorful and entertaining little birds.

Here’s some pics of these little critters.

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My Own Backyard

Yesterday, we went to the Montgomery Zoo. I was hoping to get some fantastic shots, but as luck would have it, that did not happen. Nothing extraordinary in the subject matter…the animals. Usually there is at least one good shot at a zoo, but this just was not my lucky day.

BUT, today, in my own backyard, I spotted a butterfly. A rather large butterfly. I did some research and learned that this critter is a Papilio Thaos or Kings Swallowtail. He graciously remained still while I took several photos. I am thankful for that. Most of the time they just flit around and I find myself chasing them all over the place trying to get a decent shot.

So here it is for your enjoyment:

Gulf Breeze Zoo 2012

Yesterday we went to the Gulf Breeze Zoo. We had not been there since last year. So a few things have changed since our last visit.

They now have a budgie aviary filled with those colorful little birds. My son and I entered the aviary with cameras ready and we were not disappointed as the photos will show at the end of this post.

Also it must be the “love” season for birds, because a lot of them, especially the males, were strutting their stuff in front of the all the females. We got photos of some of them parading in front of the females. Must be a male thing.

Anyway here are a few photos for your enjoyment.