Speke’s Gazelle Feeding

Gazelle’s are some of the most beautiful and graceful of God’s creations. I love their coloring and diminutive stature. I captured this lovely example of a male Speke’s Gazelle feeding on fresh shoots from a small bush. The lighting was perfect and I nailed the focus. I really like this photograph.

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 29

Have you ever been in a submarine?  If you haven’t, would you want to?

As a matter of fact I saw the H. L. Hunley in Charleston, SC. I took a guided tour of the civil war sub that was the first sub to sink a battleship while underwater..

Are you a listener or talker?

I’d like to think both but I’m sure if you ask people who know me they would assure you I’m a talker.

Do you prefer crunchy peanut butter or smooth peanut butter?   Anything with your peanut butter?

I love crunchy peanut butter on white sandwich bread with raspberry preserves put on with a spoon. :)

Have you ever been drunk?

I’m a recovering alcoholic. I had my last drink February 13th, 1979, the day I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord & Savior.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for a peaceful, quiet, non-stressful week where I could relax. I’m so looking forward to my moving to my new home in less than 10 days. This 3 bedroom, one story ranch house is located on a golf course in a perfect location. It’s quiet, without a lot of kids screaming their head off or young adults partying all hours of the night. No more apartments or condos for me. :)

Just Another Pretty Face

We’re getting to the heart of our Summer here in Portland, Oregon. We’ve made it through our yearly hot spell in the 90s and have settled down into pleasant weather. We’re already praying for some rain to help out with the wildfires that cover out hillsides. NOAA gives us a 50-60% chance tonight through tomorrow of getting some rain, rare for the month of July here.

Meanwhile our abundant plants are holding their own with mankind providing the water they need to look so lush and vibrant. The flowers pictured below is showing off in dramatic fashion. I’m glad the patrons at the Oregon Zoo aren’t plucking them so that we can all enjoy their beauty.

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The Girls

It’s not easy these days getting our lion cubs with their mother, Neka, in the same frame. They’ve grown to over 100 pounds each since their birth on September 07, 2013. I can hardly wait to see what the zoo staff has planned for their first birthday party.

The Girls

Caracal: Finally Standing Still

Usually this is one nervous kitty, rarely taking the time to stand still. I suppose that in the wild it’s not the biggest predator so it has to keep moving to avoid becoming prey itself. I was happy to be there when it finally stopped. I only managed one shot where it was facing me with its eyes open. I’ll take it!

Caracal On Display

 

Always Vigilant

In this scene a dominant male goose stands watch as his brood casually grazes the field below them, confident that he will alert them to any perceived danger.

The Leader Of The Flock

Flowers Of The Day: A Mixture

This little corner of the zoo seemed ablaze with color the day I took this picture. The leaves from a calla lily can be seen in the background, all intricate and colorful. The main subject, however, is the large yellow flower in the scene. As usual I have no idea of the species just that it is beautiful. The whole scene made for a nice composition.

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A Walk Through The Park

I love trees! There, I said it and I mean it. They are Nature’s air fresheners. I love the sound of the wind whistling through the trees. It’s one reason I’m glad I live in the Pacific Northwest where a lot of the trees have leaves. I lived in South Carolina prior to moving to Oregon and hated the sand, clay and pine trees. We didn’t have what I consider dirt.

In my visit to Trojan Park this morning I walked down the familiar pathways lined by big, leafy trees. I can actually close my eyes and just listen to the breeze rustling the leaves. You should see this treasure in the Fall when all these trees light up with wonderful color.

We’ve gotten out of our heat wave for the time being so it was overcast and the temperatures only climbed into the 60s while I was there. I’m an early morning person so it was before 8:00 a.m. when I took these photographs. In the picture below I love the feeling I got that the trees formed a roof over my head, that I was being embraced by their life.

A Summer's Day