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The new bed!

The cats have a new bed. They adapted it themselves. Very resourceful considering it is a bowl. Charkie models their newest acquisition.

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Outside again!

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graybee garlicchives lightcosmo mikeymaisie hydrangeawaterfar mikey

hydrangeawater closecosmopollen gardeningangel

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Thanks for the lens Bro!

My wonderful brother and sister-in law are allowing me to borrow their macro lens.  Fun!!!!  I still am trying to get the hang of the thing and need to find my tripod but I have taken a bunch of pics.  There are quite a few that are far from great but I like them anyway!!! I really do need to try to take pictures somewhere other than my backyard!! Okay, bear with me, I know they are not great but heck, practice makes better!

beeflying

beeinballoonflower beeonchive

butterflybushbutterfly butterflybushbutterflyclose

smallspider spider

hydrangea pinkflower

pinkflowertall pinkflowermiddleclose pinkflowersidebud

rosebud flowermiddle metalbirds

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maisiecute mikeybydoor lilypaws

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I found a couple of new gardening friends.  The caterpillar will become a black swallow-tail butterfly.

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butterfly spider pinkfloweranddill

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Here we go again!

Some new pictures from the garden:

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hydrangeaclose orangenasturtium rose

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And since Lily was jealous that only Charkie was in the last post:

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Daughter, dog, cat

Okay, this may not seem like much to anyone else, but my beautiful daughter allowed me to take a few pictures of her.  Mind you, I snapped fast before she could change her mind.  These are rare!!

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Charky, on the other hand, does not mind the camera.

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charkygrassprofile charkyeatinggrass charkyprofileclose

noses And then there is my boy!  mikeyclose

Zoo Day

A local business sponsored a free admission day to our wonderful zoo.  Henry Doorly Zoo is ranked in top five (#4 from TripAdvisor) and deserves this high number.  I have mixed feelings about zoos.  I appreciate the work they do in conservation, breeding and education but I wish there was not a need.

big-bama red monkey in tree polar bear

monkey baby bunny hippo

jess and pig monkey close parrot

eating carrots white crocodile sea lion baby

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