(A)WW: Sleeping Cats, Snakes… and a Train!

I decided to change things up just a little, and take a short(ish) break from posting photos of the family vacation at Walt Disney World from last December. This past weekend gave us some gorgeous weather, which I put to good use by making a jaunt to the Houston Zoo.

Without further ado… The Images!

Asian Elephants

Asian Elephants at the Houston Zoo

The first set of pictures were taken at the Elephant exhibit, because ELEPHANTS.

Next up: in the “Let sleeping cats lie” category, a couple of mid-size kittehs doing the only logical thing to do in the afternoon heat.

Caracal and Leopard

Leopard and Caracal, taking an afternoon nap

Then, I went to the Reptile House, where lives the dreaded Black Mamba. Thank goodness for glass!

Black Mamba

Black Mamba wants to bite you now

And last, but not least: a mash-up of some White Rhinos, Flamingos, a Shoebill Stork, and Houston’s own “Toy Train”. For realz.

Rhinos, Birds, and Train

Rhinos, Birds, and a Train… Oh Myyyyyy!

What is your favorite critter at the zoo?

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(A)WW: A Great Old One in a Magical Place

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” (“In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”) – H.P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu”

I’ll admit, I have had a fondness for this monstrous, hideous winged, clawed man-octopus for some years, even before reading the story in Lovecraft introduced him (it?) to the world. Hey, I even featured Cthulhu in a recent WW post! I was a bit surprised, though, to find two statues depicting what appears to be the Great Old One in the midst of one of the Happiest Places on Earth.

Without further ado… The Images!

Cthulhu statue at Animal Kingdom (Discovery Island)!

Cthulhu statue at Animal Kingdom (Discovery Island)!

I found the first while wheeling across the bridge from Africa to Discovery Island, in a smallish “ravine”. I did a double triple-take, as I wasn’t sure if the eyes were playing tricks on me or not.

Later, while wandering through Asia, I spotted this statue, at an easier viewing height:

And another Cthulhu statue at Animal Kingdom (Asia)!

And another Cthulhu statue at Animal Kingdom (Asia)!

Have you ever seen something unexpected like this while on vacation?

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(A)WW: Christmas in a Magical Place

Last December was quite stressful. I went into the doctor’s office for a routine cleaning out of my wound, and ended up in the hospital. With an IV pumping antibiotics into me, in an attempt to knock out an infection in my leg that was being very stubborn. After a week in the hospital, there was another week at home, complete with IV lines and more antibiotics. Fortunately, on a Friday, the IV was removed, and the doctor cleared me. Which was a good thing, since otherwise I would have missed our first family vacation in like 10 years, and wouldn’t have been able to get the following pictures.

Without further ado… The Images!

The Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom

Yes. We spent last Christmas at Disney World. And I saw this.

It was my first visit to Animal Kingdom, and alas the camera did hiccup a bit, but I got photos of at least some of the animals…

LIZARDS!

Lizards at Animal Kingdom. Because, you know, the place has to have animals.

Sleepy Tiger at Animal Kingdom

Someone needed an afternoon nap. And I, for one, wasn’t about to disturb him.

GIANT FREAKING BAT at Animal Kingdom

These things were scary large. And hanging upside-down.

… including some that are no longer with us:

Scary T-Rex at Animal Kingdom!

Oh, look, it’s Sue the T-Rex. Guess she escaped from the Museum.

There was also some gorgeous scenery to take in, one mountain in particular caught my eye.

Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom

A view of the mountain at Expedition Everest.

Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom

Another view of the mountain at Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom, with river in the foreground

Yet another view of the mountains at Expedition Everest. Can you guess where I want to visit the next time I am there?

So, do you also take lots of photos of places you visit, then wait for months before processing them?

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May the Fourth Be With You

That is all.

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Eight…

…months until Santa comes to pay us a visit.

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