Porte Photos: April 26, 2022

Rhinoceros. The safest place to see these huge creatures is in the train at Busch Gardens. Huge animals with horns that are actually made of hair, roaming through the enclosure.

My Florida time is quickly coming to an end. Friday we head back to Canada and vacation time is over. Is Vacation time really over when your retired? Well, I’ll be back to my daily walks with my sister, seeing my grandkids, Monday suppers with Emily, Thursday nights out with Spencer, I’ll be available to book photo sessions again, and looking forward to using my provincial park pass to kayak. Yes, it truly is a blessed life.

Porte Photos: April 21, 2022

Cheetahs, the world’s fastest land mammal, able to reach speeds up to 80 miles per hour; with their long sleek bodies, with their long legs and looking even longer due to their long wiry tail. Cheetahs belong to the Cat family, but are not true cats because they don’t have retractable claws and the lack a floating Hyoid bone in its neck means it can not roar, but they can purr both while inhaling and exhaling.

The safest way to view these magnificent creatures is at Busch Gardens, where they have a large enclosure and are able to exercise. They watch the crowd at a safe distance and pose for cameras.

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Porte Photos: April 20, 2022

Todays photo is a Roseate Spoonbill. Birds at Busch Gardens are all safely stored away as the wild birds migrate to prevent the spread of bird flu. This one was seen through the screens of the bird house. I’m not certain if it’s daring us to come in or trying to look pretty. Roseate Spoonbills are native to Florida. Maybe this one just wants out to fly free again.

Speaking of flying free, today is 420 Day. A day supporting the use of marijuana. Maybe if more of the world leaders would take a daily puff they would also want peace not war.

Did someone want to send some to Russia? The continued bombing of Ukraine and pictures of civilians left homeless or tortured and dead flood the news.

Porte Photos: April 19, 2022

I’ve been publishing a Daily Quote for a couple of years now, where I match a quote from someone famous born on the day to one of my photos. Today I couldn’t find any quotes that I wanted to use and I’m not getting any additional business by posting the Daily Quote. I’ve managed to attract 160 faithful followers on my website. l’ve decided I need to re-evaluate why I’m doing a website and get back to my core business of capturing moments in time, turning moments into memories.

Today I’m going to start publishing one of my favorite photos to display my art. My pictures without someone else’s quote. Perhaps my gamble will promote my business, or at least inspire controversy every day. Copies of my photos are available for sale by contacting me at my e-mail or phone number as published on the About Tab.

Today’s photo was taken at Busch Gardens. The Orangutans are one of my favorite primates. They look so intelligent and always come close to the plexiglass to welcome and observe the guests. Today’s photo shows an orangutan and the human guests, each on their own side of the window observing the other. Which one is observing/interacting with the other?

Daily Quote: April 16, 2022

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.

~ Anatole France
French – Novelist / April 16, 1844 – October 12, 1924

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Penguins are one of my favorite animals at Busch Gardens. They love to pose for the camera, play and hug each other. Viewed through the glass they were one of the few birds permitted to be outside during migration times and to keep avian flu from spreading. The tropical vegetation surrounding the Penguin display reflects in the glass and makes the penguins seem to have exotic patterns.

Today is Holy Saturday for Christians, a time between the death of their Savior and the resurrection. The body had been placed in the tomb, but because it was the Sabbath they were not permitted to preserve the body. Fasting and prayers continue for Muslims on the 15th Day of Ramadan; while Jews celebrate the 2nd Day of Passover.

Today is also World Semicolon Day; an important day for suicide prevention; pause and carry on living; write the rest of your life story. 😉

If you haven’t had breakfast yet, try some Eggs Benedict on National Eggs Benedict Day. If you’ve already had breakfast; why not have Eggs Benedict for lunch? 😉

Daily Quote: April 15, 2022

Learning never exhausts the mind.

~ Leonardo da Vinci
Italian – Artist / April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519

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Today is probably one of the Holiest Days as Christians celebrate Good Friday, Jews celebrate the 1st day of Passover and Muslims celebrate the 14th day of Ramadan.

Good Friday.

World Art Day falls on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday. So admire works of art today or make some of your own. Or just learn something new, like a wallaby is a marsupial that looks like a small kangaroo.

It’s kind of ironic that National Glazed Spiral Ham Day falls on Good Friday this year. Meat isn’t to be consumed by Christians and neither Muslims nor Jews eat pork. So you may want to put off celebrating with a glazed spiral ham until tomorrow. 😉