The Zoo is for the Birds!

I meant that in the kindest possible way, of course!

I took these photographs at the Milwaukee County Zoo yesterday. Out of all the bird exhibits, I enjoy watching the flamingos the most. I like the way they perch on one stilt-like leg with their heads tucked under a wing. Their necks remind me of hoses! Did you know that the pink coloration of their feathers is dependent upon their diet – particularly a type of shrimp that they eat?

Obligatory peacock picture. These guys think they own the thoroughfare.
This is a peahen. She is much less ostentatious than her mate. Collectively, peacocks and peahens are known as “peafowl.”
Crested Screamer. They’re from South America and their call sounds like a scream. Hence the name.
Ostrich. The original Big Bird.
Rhinoceros hornbills. They are known to feed one another fruit during courtship!
Inca tern. Females and males look alike…no sexual dimorphism here!
And last but not least…the laughing kookaburra, native to New Guinea, Ara Islands, Philippines to Sulawesi. It most certainly did not laugh at me, nor did it eat any gumdrops.

Shadows and Tall Trees

I “exercised” my freedom to take a walk on a State Trail with my family today…and also risked being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
Glacial Drumlin State Trail, about 1.5 miles from the trailhead.

I always enjoy traversing the Glacial Drumlin State Trail and taking pictures with my phone. It’s the scenic way to get exercise! Redwing black birds were serenading us in their harshly metallic fashion and the green frogs even decided to add a little banjo-string action to the mix. All told, the walk this morning with my boys was worth getting sweaty for and risking bug bites. Not that the mosquitoes bit us very much; we knew the blood-thirsty swarms would be voracious and came prepared with extra-potent bug dope!

Beware, for here there be faeries…I mean, MOSQUITOES!
Approaching the height of summer… natural beauty.
Algae-tastic. I wouldn’t recommend taking a dip, but it sure is nice to look at.
The sentinel trees have eyes and they are watching you!
Eight thirty in the morning and I am sodden with perspiration.
It was a beautiful walk. Thank you, God, for Deep Forest OFF!

I hope that you enjoyed my photos. Feel free to share about your own favorite natural and scenic places. I’d love to hear your comments!

Happy Independence Day, everyone!