Archive for August, 2010

Three Woody’s!

Goodness! Look at this!  Three Wood Storks and an Egret all in the same corner of the pond!  This is the first time more than one Wood Stork came by at a time…

of course I had to get a close up of the one closest to me..

I don’t think I’ve told anyone yet but one of the Ibis now eats out of my hand… in fact he’s even aggressive!  I can play with him now… I can pretend to want to hold his very long beak closed and he doesn’t run away.  I can also now hold bread up high while standing up (vs crouching to feed the moorhens) and he will “fly up and grab it from my hand”…then come back for more.  It’s all very cute  …BUT…(big but!) the Ibis are “hollow”!  they can eat and eat and eat.. I am sure I could feed them a whole loaf of bread and they would want more!  So, I am glad only ONE Ibis has decided to be aggressive and eat from my hand.  Sometimes it’s funny… he might get a large piece of bread and then all the other Ibis chase HIM like they do the Moorhens!   There are times I feel he’s getting what he gives lol.

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Last night I went from my bedroom to the kitchen for something to drink..

On my way back I noticed something on my wall that didn’t belong there..

..I took a closer look.  Yup, it was a large dragonfly!  I have no idea how he/she got into the house, but I did know If I didn’t do anything he/she would become a snack for BooBoo Kitty!   So after taking a picture of it, I got a plastic glass and a piece of paper.  He/she obliged me by not flying away while I put the plastic cup over it, then slid a paper under it.  I went and opened my door and set it free!  It flew right to the hall wall and hung there like he was on my wall… I wondered if it knew it was no longer a snack for a cat!

The next morning was quiet also…  although daylight the moon seemed to just hang in the sky…

At first I saw no activity around the pond.. even DeadEye was not fishing…

…and the fountain was not working (again) and so the turtles were on it getting a little air…

The whole day has been rather quiet at the pond.

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I Am Bummed !!!

All week long ads have been on television saying that Avatar was going to come to movie screens again with more scenes that were cut from the movie.  It did say it would be in 3D and in Imax theaters …

.. I searched to see if it was ONLY Imax or any other theaters that had 3D… it seems it’s no where near Vero Beach!… arrrgghhhhhhhhhh!!!!

I want to see the extra footage!  I love this movie.. they could add another hour and I’d be ecstatic! (sore butt..but ecstatic all the same!)

I hope they release this copy to dvd FAST…because I can’t wait to see what I missed!  But dang it… I’d love to see it on the big screen again!

(I can’t wait to hear that they have begun a second Avatar movie!)

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Bad Froggy!

Look what I spotted out by my mailbox.. a Froggy! (toad?)

It was then I knew that some of what I saw on the cement was Froggy droppings! (ewww and I was barefooted!)

…He knew he was a bad froggy and so he punished himself  by sitting in the corner!

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Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey

Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Del Rey;(July 27, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0345491165

From Booklist

Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen dragon Talenth, has just returned from three years at the abandoned Weyr (or dragon domicile) Ingen, to which injured dragons and riders had gone to heal. The place is 10 Turns in the past, yet only days have passed at Fort Weyr when they return. The Weyr (dragons, riders, and support) are still fighting Thread shorthanded because the plague is still killing dragons, and dragons and riders are going down in battle. Suddenly all Telgar dragons and riders are lost Between. Since Talenth is the oldest queen who isn’t leading a Weyr, Fiona becomes Weyrwoman of Telgar, where she galvanizes the people and attracts dragon riders and healers to join. The constant Thread falls cause rapid attrition of dragons and riders, and the search for a cure for the plague and the fight for survival become ever more desperate. Adding fascination is the book’s exploration of the possibilities of dragons going Between from one time to another just as they go almost instantly from place to place on the planet.

In the case of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books, I just never give up!  The first few books her son Todd wrote were not up to Anne’s but I keep getting them and reading them because (much like Pandora) I just don’t want to leave!

In other books I know part of the problem is ME.  You see, Todd is “keeping the planet and dragons and weyrs” but letting go of Anne’s fabulous characters from Benden like Lessa and F’Lar and many others like Masterharper Robinton, and Jaxom and Ruth… well…what can I say ?  It’s damn hard!

So..  I got Todd McCaffrey’s latest book, and I guess some of the characters are finally sinking in and becoming characters I like. (but it’s taken a few books to do this)  Anyway.. by page 140 I was thinking, “wow! I think he’s finally getting it right!”, and I was really enjoying the book!

But, (and I know you knew the “but” was coming)..as it went on I found myself thinking things I’ve never thought while reading a book before!  Not that it was awful (it wasn’t!) but it distracted me I guess.  I would read that Fiona was in love with Harper Kindan but “mated” to another… and her mate was in love with another. (huh? male dream? one man two women sharing him??)  Then I noticed it was pushed in my face many times over the rest of the book.  Men sharing two women, a woman sharing two men… it brought down my feelings of the people of Pern.  I think it was meant to bring love to everyone and that everyone can love each other, but it was too much in my face.

Then he had the dragons letting others ride them without the one who impressed them.  Again, under circumstances it was ok … but it was being done over and over with too many dragons.  He was changing too many things in one book.

Needless to say the book that began so good and had so much potential still wound up disappointing me.  Everything that he “changed” he repeatedly said it over and over and pushed it in my face… it was overkill.

However, things ended on a high note for me… it seems the next book due out next year will be a collaboration with his mother Anne McCaffrey!  I hope she can put him back on the right track!  Changes are needed when someone else takes over, but then again some things really need to stay the same.

If you are a Pern fan you should read this book… if for no other reason than to be able to know what’s going on when next years book gets released.

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The Odd Couple

I keep saying I’m not going to take more pictures of the same birds all the time… and then I do it anyway…today when I looked outside, there was the big Blue Heron right in front of my apartment..

Later when I went out to feed the Moorhens I saw the Heron again.. but he was tired and resting his legs …and..  umm… he had a guest with him..     (Woody!)  Now THIS is and Odd Couple!

…here’s a closer shot of them individually. (He has  his knees bent)

I think they were so hot they didn’t even care that I was sneaking up on them to get the photo’s, no one moved a feather!

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I will apologize up front for so many pictures… I doubted they would come out as I tried to snap pictures with one hand and feed the Moorhens at the same time.  But since yesterday when Papa Moorhen proved to me that he really REALLY trusts me I had to try to capture it!

Here’s what I got… Papa climbs on my knee to get his bread!

the other “red nose” is Mama (below)

Two teenagers waiting. (each photo was a different time Papa came on my leg) I only have to coax him a little the first time.

Those are some big feet!

I love this next one: that’s Mama in the back squawking at Papa to hurry up with the food! lol

Papa sure put a smile on my face by constantly climbing on my leg!

I’m sorry no pictures have the smaller babies in the background.. just the teenagers, mom and a few Ibis… oh, and before I went in the apartment the Loch Ness Monster swam by… otherwise known as the Anhinga !

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