Posts from the ‘Crafts’ Category

Bald Eagle

20110513_359, originally uploaded by otterblossom.

Bald Eagle at the National Aviary. Last Thursday, I spent the day there, from several hours before they opened to a bit after closing.

Merlin the Great Horned Owl

Merlin 20110430_82, originally uploaded by otterblossom.

one of the photos I took at the photography workshop at the Pittsburgh Zoo this past Saturday

Polar Bear 20110401_14

Polar Bear 20110401_14, originally uploaded by otterblossom.

Playful polar bear at the Toledo Zoo. He carried the ball up to the top of the waterfall and then threw it down. He went splashing down after it and leaped into the pool to catch it again. I must have spent an hour watching him. Many more photos of him at the flickr site.

Brookfield Zoo: African Painted Puppies

At the end of March, DrQuuxum and I headed out on our annual road trip. This year, we set out for Chicago with their plethora of zoos. There are FOUR AZA zoos in Chicago: Lincoln Park, Brookfield, Shedd Aquarium, and Cosley. And there’s the Field Museum with Sue. Sadly, a bout with food poisoning limited us to just Brookfield and Shedd. On the way home, we stopped at the Toledo Zoo; so we did at least make three zoos on this trip. And we were left with an excuse to return to Chicago at some point.

Brookfield Zoo’s African Painted Dogs gave birth to 10 puppies last November. They, with Mom and Dad and Uncle, are out on exhibit. I probably spent an hour there, taking pictures.
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Entrance to the Desert Room

Entrance to the Desert Room, originally uploaded by otterblossom.

Surprisingly, one of my favorite rooms in Phipps Conservatory.
Taken during the 2011 Orchid Show last weekend.

Post Holiday Knitting Update

I did manage to make a second hat for Dad in time for Christmas. I added three inches to the length, which seems to have done the trick. Mom emailed me to say that he wears it to the barn every morning.
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First Hat

I asked Dad what I could knit him for Christmas. He doesn’t do scarves. If he wears gloves, they’re heavy leather work gloves. He’s very brand loyal to his socks (gold toe fluffies). He doesn’t normally wear hats either, but he will around the farm, down at the barn or out in the woods splitting logs. So he requested one in hunter orange. Read more…