Photo Phriday – Sea Koalas~

Okay, who doesn’t like sea otters. They don’t look it but they are quite fierce animals.

Wild California Sea Otters,

remind me,

of floating koala bears.

Like koalas they have a laid back approach to life,

and don’t sweat the small stuff!

This pup is clearly embracing the parental philosophy.

Cheers to you from Moro Bay California’s wild sea otters~

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Photo Phriday – Real World Special Effects

These photos are amazing. Thanks for sharing, Mitch!

Mitch Teemley

The natural world is far more mysterious, frightening and beautiful than any big-budget effects movie will ever be. These un-altered images offer just a small smattering of proof. 

Click on any image to enlarge it, read the caption, or begin slide show.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” ~Alice Walker

“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” ~Jules Renard

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.” ~Theodore Roethke

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” ~Frederick Douglass

     “The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”      ~Rabindranath Tagore

“Sunset is…

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Photo Phriday – Spring

I know it’s spring when the calves show up on my way to town. Their coats a so clean and shiny. I have never seen one being born, but hopefully one of these springs. They don’t like strangers, so when I got close to the fence, this one hid behind his mother. Then he decided he (or she) was hungry.

The group shot was from a different day. They’ve gotten a bit bigger.

 

Photo Phriday – El Salvador

I was recently on a relief trip to El Salvador, so I thought I’d share a few pictures. We were there to represent about 100 people who sponsor children to help them stay in school.

We were also there representing our church that does fundraising to help with projects in some of the rural communities. This year we helped pay for a greenhouse and reservoir for the greenhouse, along with some help with the construction.

Picture one is the reservoir before, than two is after the liner is added. The poles in the background are what will hold up the fabric cover for the large greenhouse. The third image is us helping sew the cover of the greenhouse together.

Our last day was at a lovely open-air airbnb house on the coast.

 

Photo Phriday: Eat, Play, Swim & Sleep~

As fuzzy and lovely as these critters are, they are wild, as that dead seal can no longer tell you!

This is what we saw polar bears doing, as they wait for the ice to freeze, so they can go hunt seals on Hudson Bay. Works for me. I love doing all of these things!

The cub is eating the spine with ribs attached of a mammal the bears killed and you can see the dark colored blood on the rocks from their kill site. There was also another critter here that mama and baby bear continuously growled at. Most likely another bear, but we never saw it hiding in the rocks.

Scientists disagree about whether Hudson Bay polar bears eat or hunt while they wait for the ice to freeze, but this cub has the blood on his paw to prove he does both!

We nearly missed this big bear swimming near our zodiac.

Here he is leaving the water.

And of course the play. We saw mamas and…

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