My Christmas Gift Arrived

I ordered my gift to friends just a few days ago. It’s an 8″x12″ high gloss photograph printed on a sheet of aluminum with a wall mounting plate attached. The work was done by Mpix at: http://www.mpix.com. It cost me around $41 including the shipping. They do such a great job of protecting the work that I’m using the flat cardboard box and wrapping it came in and just adding fancy Christmas gift paper. Voila! I’ve got a special gift for a pair of special friends. Of course I signed the print in case I get famous of something. LOL With my luck that will have to wait until I croak!. 😦

Anyway I promised I’d write a post on how it all came out and I can report Mpix did an incredible job! They’ll be getting more of my print work in the future. Now I need to save up for 6 months for a really big one for my wall version.

Tasul

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2014 #22

I spent a bit of time roaming through my photo archives looking for this set pf photos representing different approaches to aspects of Cee’s challenge. I used to ride motorcycles a lot and travelled my local scenic roads. These are but a few of my most memorable rides, remarkably close to the area where Cee lives.  The Longview bridge shot was taken along highway 30 heading toward Astoria, OR while the other two photos were taken on the Washington side of the Columbia River along Highway 14. http://ceenphotography.com

Columbia River At Sunrise

Road 1

Tunnels

Remembrances In Front Of The Fireplace

My hosts had a fire going as we settled back in our comfortable chairs, just trying to breathe. We had saved room for dessert, sort of. There was homemade pumpkin & apple pie with french vanilla ice cream and real whipped cream topping. “Just a small wedge of each please, we all declared”.

Now there was no doubt we had once again overdone the eating phase of the visit. It was time to kick our shoes off in front of the fire. We finished the evening with rousing conversation about tecky things before packing up our doggie bags carefully prepared for both of us. We would not starve for days. 🙂

Fireplace

Happy Birth Celebration: Conrad & Tasul

Polar ExpressOn Monday, Dec. 1, the popular brother-and-sister pair turn 30 — quite old for polar bears — and keepers will throw a birthday party at 10 a.m. that day with treats and enrichment items that encourage the bears to exercise and think critically.

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Kya’s Cubs Sighted

Kya’s cubs begin to explore the zoo’s outdoor lion habitat, but no viewing hours are set

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The playful trio enjoyed some outside family time yesterday as keepers took advantage of the dry weather to get the cubs acquainted with their new space. The cubs might be out from time to time now, weather permitting, but keepers say their official public debut may have to wait for spring, when they’re a little bigger and temperatures have started to rise.

“Visitors might catch glimpses of the cubs in the coming weeks, but all the conditions need to be just right,” said Laura Weiner, senior keeper of the zoo’s Africa area. “The animals’ welfare is the guiding principle. Right now, we’re only considering days when it’s dry outside and close to 50 degrees. Whenever possible, we’ll post updates on Facebook and the zoo website to let people know.”

Before letting the cubs into the outdoor space, keepers spent a little time “baby-proofing” it — draining the pool and lining the bottom of the moat with straw bedding.

The three cubs — named Hasani, Mashavu and Niara — have been living in a private maternity den and spending some time in a behind-the-scenes outdoor space since their birth Sept. 8 to Kya, a first-time mom.The zoo’s three adult lions — Kya, Zawadi and Neka — came to the Oregon Zoo in 2009 based on a breeding recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan for African lions. The AZA has established Species Survival Plans for many threatened or endangered species — cooperative breeding programs that help create genetically diverse, self-sustaining populations to guarantee the long-term future of animals. These SSPs also support relevant field projects, research and public education to help prevent animal endangerment and extinction.

“Just two decades ago, lions were plentiful in much of Africa,” Weiner said. “But today they are vanishing at alarming rates. The wild lion population is estimated to have dropped by 75 percent since 1990. Hopefully, we can start a new chapter in lion conservation.”

Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing African lions as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, noting that they are in danger of extinction due to habitat loss, loss of prey base and increased conflict with humans. The Oregon Zoo supports Living with Lions, a conservation research group working to protect Africa’s dwindling lion populations by employing Maasai warriors to monitor and help reduce human conflict with predators.

Christmas Shopping

I’ve never said I was sane or did thing the traditional way. I just placed an order for a special gift to a special pair of friends. I like to taylor my gifts to the individual rather than buy a gift certificate or give cash. Understand I give gift certificate and cash when the circumstance warrants it but I still like that personal touch. Signed prints of some of my favorite photographs are hanging on many walls throughout the world. Some are family portraits I used to take professionally. Some are wedding albums cherished for decades. Some are children’s portraits taken in my church nursery years ago. I’ve been at this photography thing a long time.

Today’s modern technology allows for special print processing. I just ordered a favorite animal photograph printed on metal for dear friends. I ordered it early enough so that if I’m not satisfied with the resuling job I still have time to correct it.

A few years ago I had no money for Christmas gifts. I was recently laid off and living on unemployment checks. I dug through my photograph collection and came up with enough finished prints to give my senior friends their choice of several large animal prints. I’ll always remember how much fun they had taking turns making their selections. I’m still not rich but I have saved for this year’s gifts and have enough to fill my small list. It’s the best that I can do.

Below is a copy of the metal print I’m having made.

Tasul