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June at the San Francisco Zoo June 24, 2018

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Last week’s trip to the west coast was filled with great weather, family fun and a few adventures. A west coast visit would not be complete without a stop at the San Francisco Zoo. There were lots of new animals to see (wolves, bears, sifakas) and improvements to many habitats. A shout out to Dominick, who always makes our visit better and more memorable.

Georgia O’keeffe at the New York Botanical Garden June 16, 2018

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We spent a delightful day at the NYBG where 17 rarely seen Hawaiian paintings by Georgia O’keeffe are on display. The Conservatory is adorned with flowers and plants from Hawaii that influenced these works. The show is on thru October 28th and I encourage you to visit. Don’t miss the short video and of course the paintings (in the Mertz Library) which explains why she went and how she was inspired by the islands.

Brooklyn’s Best – Prospect Park Zoo December 10, 2017

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Had another chance to spend the day working at the Prospect Park Zoo this week. The zoo looks beautiful and the collection animals active. I probably spent too much time watching the baby red panda Ban Li and and his mom, Willow. Go visit if you can.

Albuquerque Zoo December 3, 2017

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Our recent visit to New Mexico included a visit to the wonderful 64 acre Albuquerque Zoo. A shout out to Karen and Keith for making our visit so very special. The zoo is beautiful and filled with a varied collection of amazing animals. They are in the midst of building a new penguin habitat that promises to be terrific. I will be back to see that when it is open next year.
 
My good friend and zoocation buddy Mary Schwalm has created another sensational 2018 Calendar. They are $10 each and are great for the office party and gift exchanges. CD sized calendar are perfect for a desk. Send an email at maryschwalm@gmail.com and get your order shipping by Monday. I have already sent her my check. (See sample below today’s photo montage).

Bosque del Apache November 19, 2017

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We spent five fun-filled days with a great friend in Albuquerque NM last week. She had been inviting me for many years to come visit the Bosque del Apache refuge to see the wintering grounds of the sandhill crane, snow geese and more. We delighted at both sunset and sunrise to see the birds flock by the thousands. The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is located in southern New Mexico. It was founded in 1939 and is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  An eight mile loop allows us to view these amazing animals without disturbing them.

Legos at the Royal Botanical Gardens August 20, 2017

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Last week’s fun vacation to the Toronto area was filled with luscious gardens and fabulous art. One of our stops was the Royal Botanical Gardens where they were featuring 14 themed Legos sculptures amidst the surrounding gardens. 

The Oakland Zoo July 30, 2017

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It has been four years since we visited the Oakland Zoo. I have always liked that zoo but now there are some even bigger improvements. They have added a whole lot of acreage and built a cable car that goes up the mountain to an event center with a delicious new cafe and extraordinary views of San Francisco. If you are in the area – go visit.

Indianapolis Zoo – Mini-Zoocation Continues June 4, 2017

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It was a beautiful day with a sensational host. EVP Paul Grayson could not have been more hospitable, entertaining and gracious when we visited the Indianapolis Zoo on our Mini-Zoocation in early May. It is a big zoo with something for everyone. Meeting walrus’, rhinos, orangutans and dolphins up-close and personal were unforgettable experiences. Seeing their scarlet macaws free fly overhead throughout the day was also amazing. Thanks to Paul and an outstanding crew for this visit.

End of the Year Photos – 2016 January 1, 2017

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hnyjIt has been a good year for new faces, places and spaces.  Thank you for coming along for the ride. I celebrate the end of my 13th year of Sunday montages, and following tradition, I leave you with with no ‘ifs,’ – just ends and butts. Below is a list of some of those new places that we have visited. Looking forward to more zoo-cations in 2017 and wishing you all a very Happy Zoo Year!

Charles Schulz Museum,   One World Observatory,  The Audubon Zoo , Philadelphia Zoo,
Toledo Zoo, Potawatomi Zoo, Detroit Zoo, Pinola Aviary , Cheyenne Mountain Zoo,
Pueblo Zoo, Denver Zoo, Tracy Aviary, Hogle Zoo, National Zoo, Detroit’s Penguin Conservation Center. yearend2016

Expressive Faces December 11, 2016

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6389Week four of replay Sunday photo montages as my knee continues to heal. Here is a fun one from 2010.expressions