Even past its prime, this brace of lily of the valley bells is still lovely. Taken June 8, 2014, Eagan, Minnesota.
A true sign of summer.
There were big two extras in this photo: the size of the cinnamon roll and Aunt Betty’s delighted expression at seeing the giant pastry (and the gentle teasing from everyone else at the table.)
And an earlier extra. Was trying to photo the ducks and found the accidental bald eagle in the image. The white tail feathers and head are backlight to the left side of the image in the trees.
A cast of extras with starring roles:
- Hummingbird: http://sarazancotti.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/weekly-photo-challenge-extra-extra-1/
- Morning: http://whymatters.me/2014/06/13/weekly-photo-challenge-extra-extra/
- Please don’t feed the bears (your children): http://bumblepuppies.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/feeding-the-bears-insults-my-intelligence/
- A swan, with extras: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/weekly-photo-challenge-extra-extra/
- Surprise on the lobstah pots: http://myencorelifeinfocus.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/weekly-photo-challenge-extra-extra/
Better late than never!
And a repost from 2010’s visit to St. Paul’s Como Park Zoo.
And others to check out from this week’s challenge:
And more …
Aunt Betty’s garden was still as beautiful two years after our first visit. The variation and variegation in her shade garden glowed in the filtered light.
What to do on a hot, bright June day in the Land of 10,000 Lakes? Go to the Minnesota Zoo! What better idea than to see exotic animals in a natural setting while enjoying a beautiful day away from the blue glow of the computer screen and the hubbub of the office. It was vacation, after all.
The zoo was all excitement. Dozens of school buses and minvans were wedged into the parking lot. Families with strollers and adults with “chaperone” tags were clamoring for tickets. Once inside, one could
hear see the boundless energy of thousands of elementary school children in their last week of school unleashed in the zoo’s broad walkways.
Weaving our way through the maze of youthful zoologists, we were privileged to hear some of their observations, including: “It smells like poop here” and, after glancing at the tortoises, “Are those real?”
This brought back youthful memories of school visits to the Bronx Zoo and watching many and sundry creatures doing what came naturally: grazing, grooming, walking, swinging, flitting, et cetera.
Well, on a hot, bright June day, what we saw at the Minnesota Zoo was a lot of ZZZzzzzzzzz-ing.
Despite being home for a week, our thoughts are still on the road somewhere along the vast flatness that is the prairie land of the Dakotas, the vibrance of “The Cities,” and the cornfields of Iowa.
Half of the population of the Twin Cities was at St. Paul’s Como Park Zoo the day we visited. Gorgeous late summer day that was bright, clear and dry with a high only in the 80s. (in contrast to our triple-digit temps in Arkansas.)
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul’s Como Park is a a feast for the eyes, whether you’re a gardener or not.