January 15, 2014

We went to the zoo today.   We spent about 45 minutes in the Kenton C. Lint hummingbird aviary.  The photos labeled the birds as tanagers.  Confusion here; gorgeous birds there!  This is quite a delight.  The colors, speed, and delicacy are amazing.  I could have spent much more time there but we went at the end of the day and they close early.  The fading light gave the birds an other-worldly glow.

Then we went to see the giraffes, including the new baby only three weeks old.  She was 6’1″ and 157 pounds when she was born.  Giraffes have impossible legs, necks, and eyelashes.  That is why they are so wonderful.  I love looking at them.  They seem like a miracle of ungainly grace.  Are there giraffe chiropractors?!  The new baby was the mother’s tenth child.   What would she say if she could?  Yes, the baby.  Yes, the mother.

Walking in the zoo was another kind of wonderful, but it’s walking at the ocean every day that soothes me.  Tomorrow!

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