Birds II

More shots from the Colombian National Bird Sanctuary; in the order seen.

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Duckbgone

 

For the Birds

The Colombian National Bird Sanctuary (https://www.aviarionacional.co – click on EN to view the site in English) is the largest bird sanctuary in the Americas. Colombia is home to more bird species than any other country in the world. The 2-hour walk through the aviary is filled with awesome sights and sounds. I will be doing two large posts -mostly without captions . . . because I don’t know the names of all the birds. The photos will be in the order I saw the birds.

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Notabird

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Beaches, Palms & Cartagena

Joanne and I had an opportunity to visit Columbia and stay in the beautiful city of Cartagena. Our host was, Carmen, an exchange student from Joanne’s high school days. Carmen is now a trial attorney and her husband, Mauricio, is a retired admiral from the Colombian navy. They graciously provided an apartment for us right on the Caribbean Sea.

Cartagena is a mix of the old walled city and a very modern downtown. There will be more to follow from our visit, but here is a start.

Jo and Carmen

Joanne and Carmen

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The Old City (background) and the New from La Popa

Old and New

Old and New

earthenwork fortress

Earthenwork Fortress

the old city

Old City Entrance

street

Street

Balcony

Many balconies in the Old City. They reminded me of New Orleans

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Old Boomer (like me)

window

Window

railing

Railing

pitcher

Pitcher

fishermen

Fishermen at Rest

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Fishermen at Work

fishing

Also Fishing

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Window 2

dinner companion

Dinner Companion

windsurfers

Windsurfers at Sunset

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Palm Reflections in the Pool

Lakeshore & Lighthouses

On Saturday, Joanne and I took a trip to three Lakeshore sights to view the remaining ice buildup along the western shores of Lake Michigan. We stopped at South Haven, Douglas, and Holland. It was a delightful day. Here is some of what we saw:

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Flutterbys

Flutterbys are what I told my grandkids I called butterflies. It seems a better word to describe them to me.

Last week my spouse and I joined three of our grandkids, their parents, and one of our daughter-in-laws at the Frederick Meijer Gardens to see the coming out party of the butterflies (or flutterbys). These pictures are from that visit. They had butterflies in all stages of their metamorphosis from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.

Many transgender people relate to the butterfly  image due to their own metamorphosis from who people thought they were through the transition to who they are. Whether transgender or not, I hope you enjoy these images.

catapiller

caterpillar

chrysilis

chrysalis

wounded wing

wounded wing

orangered

orange

procreation

procreation

lunch break

lunch break for cucumber

in sunlight

in sunlight

Mum’s the Word

The mums are showing off their Fall plumage right outside the entrance to our condo. So is it Mums, Mum’s, or Mums’ the word? This photo image makes a nice Fall background for computers. Feel free,

 

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The Hobbit House

My sister may be part Hobbit. Her house has a Hobbit look to it and her gardens (both floral and edible) occupy over 400 square feet. Due to a stroke when she was 50, my sister is unable to use power tools or even standing tools. She created and maintains her gardens with a spade on her hands and knees. She even turned over sod this way to add new garden space for fruits and vegetables. Typically she works in her gardens from 6 AM to noon, weather permitting. I am very proud of my sister.portalhobbit houseyardpotsblossomflower2lilyflower3bench

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