Kya Near Labor

We were all surprised to see “Auntie” Kya outside of her pregnancy accommodations.  The time is very near now and the cubs could be born very soon. The first three cubs, born between Zawadi & Neka, were born on September 7th, 2013. Wouldn’t that be a coincidence if the second set born of Zawadi & Kya were to born on the same day? It’s not far from the realm of possibility. Kya looked a little weak and out of it today. Even the cubs gave her a break as she lay there all by herself. She looked over her shoulder as if to ask for sympathy. This is her first litter.

Kya In Labor 1


Flowers Of The Day: Aug 31, 2014

These are leftover from my zoo visits this week. Leftover does not suggest lesser photos just extra photos I took on my exercise walks around the Oregon Zoo,

Flower 5001

Flower 5599

Flower 7024

Flowers 0999

Dreaming About My New Chair

I’ve been to IKEA since moving into my new house. I’ve sat in the chair they sell for $59 and find it perfect. Now all I need is that $59. I’ll have to wait until my social security check is deposited on Sept 10. I’ll need to drive there in my SmartCar to save on gas because I’m sure the box the chair comes in is too big to carry on a MAX train. Too bad, the MAX would only cost me $2.


A Good Day For Stellar Jay Photos

The stellar jay family lives along a pathway at the Oregon Zoo. Today a very large male flew right in front of the path I was walking and proceeded to hop up on a fencepost as if to invite me to photograph him. I managed 5-6 shots after tracking him down and getting him to look my way. Here are the best two shots of the bunch.

Stellar Jay 08

Stellar Jay 09

Kia On Her Upper Perch

I was at the zoo years ago when groundskeepers built the wooden perches for the leopards. They are animals that instinctively hunt from the trees or higher ground so you’ll often find them on one of the 3-4 perches they built that day. I bent down to shoot between the branches to get this shot of Kia today. She was watching me go through my gyrations to bend this old body to accomplish this. She kept her eyes on me the entire time, probably getting a chuckle out of it all. 🙂

Kia 09


The Cubs: Posing For Their Portraits

As our first batch of cubs approach their first birthday on September 7th, “Auntie” Kya is in seclusion waiting for her first litter to be born. I can’t wait to see the newborns join the pride and see how everybody gets along. It’s a small outside environment so it could prove difficult to squeeze in everybody. We anxiously await the new arrivals. The baby watch has begun.

Kamali & Her Sister

Two Cubs On A Tree