Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Two Toms

Two toms have come to join us for Thanksgiving!

The tom turkey on the left is by Safari.
He is colorful, and has a youthful shine.
His eyes are reasonably realistic and his feet are individually formed.
He just arrived yesterday.

The tom on the right is by Schleich.
He has lived here for several years.
He is more matte in appearance, and less colorful.
His feet are formed on one base.

Both toms are very happy to be enjoying Thanksgiving
at our house.

We are opting for another Pilgrim dietary staple for our Thanksgiving dinner...
fish and corn!

Baked fish tacos on corn tortillas

Sunday, November 24, 2013


The snow that has been waiting in low, frozen clouds
hanging over the mountains
has finally arrived in the city!

7:45 am
Snow is actively falling and accumulating!

Frozen City

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Waiting for Snow

Friday, November 22nd
In the early morning darkness, there were some sprinkles of rain
that left puddles of freezing water
and skies heavy with low clouds.

 The temperatures stayed at freezing
while the wind blew and trees prepared
for winter by losing more of their fall leaves. 

Saturday, November 23rd
The weather forecast reported snow.
There was a light frost on cars and a few patches on the grass.
The mountains to the east were still under frozen clouds
hanging low.

I put on my sweater, hoping that I'd be able to get my photo
taken in real snow today.
I am still waiting for snow under the moody darkness
of an impending storm.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

November Leaves

After my trip to San Diego at the end of October,
I returned to my regularly scheduled New Mexico fall,
already in progress!

After some thought, 
I have come up with a word to describe mid-November:

The cottonwood trees that were removed in July
are no longer leaving their bounty of fall leaves on the grass!
Another cottonwood tree across the parking lot remained,
so I still was able to play in the wet and leafy cottonwood leaves!

The cherry blossom tree was turning a honey gold.

One of the most interesting trees where I live
has long leaves turning a cinnamon red.

Before heading to the craft store,
I went to visit a local open space.

The sky was shifting from an early morning sun
to the moody blues of rain.

 The field was the empty blond of a harvested crop
while the trees along the bosque have passed the golds 
of October and are turning into the ocher brown
of trees ready to lose their leaves.

As I looked around, though,
there were still plenty of colorful signs
of a leafy November! 

 The gray clouds grew thicker,
and it started to drizzle rain in the cold.

Today turned into a great day to join my Hitty friends
 and make a fall wreath!
My next stop was the craft store....

...and an afternoon of fall crafts!

Happy Leaf Season!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

San Diego Zoo

Today was my lucky day!
It is my last day in San Diego,
but I got to visit the
World Famous San Diego Zoo!
The San Diego Zoo is on the same larger property as Balboa Park.
It was established in 1916,
the second year of the Panama-California Exposition.
Since then, they have made a lot of changes and improvements
to continually bring the zoo into a modern era
that cares for the needs of both animals and visitors.
The Tasmanian Devil was out and about in Australia.

The koalas were napping.

The Meer cats scampered around.
The elephants were my favorite!



I really got into the new exhibit about
the La Brea Tar Pits and animal skeletons!


San Diego has a large polar bear exhibit.
The polar bear seemed happy and relaxed.



When I saw the Siberian Reindeer,
I thought of my online friend in Finland,
where Siberian Reindeer live in the wild.

I saw Dromedary camels..


and Bactrian camels.
There were lots of copper animal sculptures for children to climb on.
They present great photo opportunities all around the zoo!
Finally, I found one that was just my size!
Many of the newer paths wind around like a river bed,
surrounded by the most full and green tropical plants!
My heart skipped a beat when I found a tree
that remembered that it is fall!
The hippos huddled together in the corner.
Everyone wanted to get their picture taken with them!

The Tiger Trail looked like a jungle!


San Diego is a remarkably beautiful place!

At the end of my visit,
I saw different types of monkeys.
I thought their homes looked like a lot of fun!


I have enjoyed sharing my visit with you.
I hope you have enjoyed joining me
on this virtual trip to San Diego, too!