Challenged to make a pizza in an iron skillet...I happily pulled it off.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Ran some errands on Saturday and returned with some new embellishments. The one that I intended to upgrade was my American Flag. I went to my local Ace Hardware and while there also saw the little pride flag hanging on a wall surrounded by emblems and flags of Gay Pride. I did not find another one like it in a package, however. So, I asked the sales person about it. He said, "It's not for sale." I gave him a look, and asked, "Why?" "Because it's part of the display," he replied. I gave him another look. "Lot's of stuff are parts of displays, but their just examples of the merchandize. Why is this one special?" He gave me a look. "Let me ask my manager," he said. Wise man, I thought. Because my next move was to ask for the manager. Bottomline: there was no record of this product in their computer inventory. He sold it to me for the nearest product like it price minus a 10% discount. I never asked for a discount. I just wanted to buy the damned banner. Lesson: don't take "not for sale" for an answer.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
But the real purpose of the visit was to see the new African Penguin, Spheniscus demersus, exhibit: Penguin Coast. This addition to the zoo enables it to double it's colony from 50 to 100 birds. It also establishes it as the premiere conservation institution for this endangered species. And it's just wonderful from every possible angle. Enjoy!
The visit also provided the opportunity to visit the newly opened Maryland aviary. To get there you enter into a raised wooden walkway that leads you past the open bog. This is another excellent place to be patient and observant.
, Bubulcus ibis.
, Bubulcus ibis.
Another inhabitant was this Black-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax.
Another favorite place to observe at the zoo for me is the African Aviary. Here the Von der Decken's Hornbill, Tockus deckeni, plays the photo hog! Perhaps he thought I was carrying a grape for him?