280: Play

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

~ Heraclitus

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279:  Karma’s June Photo Hunt

Sorry about that!  For your trouble, you get a bonus photo of the colorful bird I picked for the photo hunt.  Thrilling, eh?  😉

279: Karma’s June Photo Hunt

A colorful bird of my choice

First off, my apologies to Karma for being late to the June Photo Hunt.  And my thanks for extending the deadline and giving me a little more time to participate.  Some of the photos will be new.  Some are from the archives.  I had to do a mix of both to come up with almost everything on the list.

One of the pond flamingos in the winter

The colorful bird is a Pink Flamingo from the Akron Zoo.  I have a history with pink flamingos and could have taken some photos of the pink flamingos that stand guard by the pond, but lucked into this zoo visit just in the nick of time.

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278: Making faces

Time is the substance from which I am made.  Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger than devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.

~ Jorge Luis Borges

I’ve mentioned in at least one previous post that I have mixed feelings about visiting the zoo, any zoo.  I realize that without zoos I would not be able to see most of the animals I’ve had the thrill of seeing in a zoo.  However, sometimes it seems to me the animals themselves are not entirely happy to have ended up in a zoo.

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277: Jellyfish

The Akron Zoo  has a jellyfish exhibit titled Jellies: A Rhythm in Blue.  It was one of my favorite exhibits, perhaps because it’s not easy (but not impossible) for me to anthropomorphize when it comes to some aquatic creatures.  It’s particularly difficult with jellyfish since they don’t have any recognizably facial-like features (easily explained by the fact that they don’t have faces). Read the rest of this entry »

276: Fantabulous Family Fun

Sunday Signage. Taken at the Akron Zoo.

I had a wonderful weekend.  There is nothing like spending time with my family.  Having the whole crew here (both sons, both daughters-in-law, and both granddaughters) was fantabulous.  I am grateful to all of them for taking time out of their busy lives to get together with us here at Breezy Acres.  I am mega grateful for the gift of having them all in my life.

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275: Family

Blades of grass of all ages mingling together by the pond.

The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo. borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.

~ Erma Bombeck

A family of day lilies blooming together on a summer day

This is the promised scheduled post to help me meet part of my commitment.  The outdoor part will be easy.  There is a zoo outing planned as well as some fun around the pond (fishing, swimming, and barbecuing).  I stocked up on chalk for driveway drawing and bubbles for making magic appear with one little breath.  There are balls (including the Big Red Ball that the wind brought to us one stormy day) and rubber duckies to throw into the pond.  And there are all sorts of magical worlds to explore in the garden, the meadows, and the woods.

Wishing you a Saturday filled with magic and childlike fun.