278: Making facesPosted: June 28, 2011
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.
Some of them nap in the sun, looking fairly comfortable and at home. (I can’t explain why — because I have no idea — but this lion reminds me of the late Jerry Garcia.)
Others lay there looking sad.
Put a few small children in front of the tiger’s window, and after pacing a bit, he comes up to the window to have a good look.
I adore penguins. If I had to pick a favorite animal, it would be a penguin. Yet the penguins at the Akron Zoo don’t look very happy to me.
I could be wrong. I’ve never seen penguins of any kind in their natural habitat. I’ve seen them in movies where they usually add some happy-sounding music as they frolic on the ice or in the water. Perhaps it’s the addition of the music that has given me the impression penguins are happy creatures when they’re in their element and all is well.
The alpacas, on the other hand, seem content enough (even if this guy does look like he’s going to take a bite out of someone).
The condor looks a little like a stern general to me, getting ready to lead a battle. See what I mean about anthropomorphizing?
The capybara remind me of hamsters. Very large hamsters. A typical capybara is 3-4 feet long and weighs between 59 and 174 pounds. I have to wonder who came up with those weight numbers. Why so specific? Did they have something against rounding up or down?
Zoos are instrumental in helping to protect wildlife through education, conservation, restoration, and reintroduction programs. Without them, many of us would never see and learn about the animals that need protection. That’s where the “like” part of my mixed feelings about zoos comes in. And let’s face it. I didn’t think jellyfish were nearly as cool when the Man ‘o Wars were washing up on the beach during our vacation in Florida. (Yes, yes, I know. They are not true jellyfish. There were moon jellyfish washing up at that time, too.) Seeing them in the zoo allowed me to get a glimpse at how beautiful they can be.
Today’s Outdoor Adventures
I’ve been outside for a few hours today. I took a walk around the pond to see what’s happening and blooming. Then I spent a lot of time in the garden doing some weeding and other chores. I have to tell you, I am becoming a big fan of square foot gardening. It makes the weeding so much easier.
We’ve had a little problem in the garden recently. One that required stealth and strawberries to resolve. Something was eating our vegetables. Two beautiful heads of romaine lettuce were devoured right down to the nub about a week or so before they were ready to pick. Most of the leaves on the cucumber plants have been eaten (but the flowers were left behind). And a couple of tops of tomato plants have gone missing (once again, the flowers were left behind).
We put out the Havaheart (or Have-a-Heart) trap, loaded with strawberries and cabbage leaves on Sunday morning. I know it sounds like an odd combination, but you never know what might be appealing to whatever it is you’re trying to catch. The trap, by the way, was one of our better investments. We have relocated many nuisance animals through the use of the trap, usually to more scenic areas. It’s a win-win for all. Well, maybe not for the poor animal that has to build or dig a new home, something that could have been avoided if they had only stayed out of the garden or the dam.
By late afternoon we caught a groundhog. A good sized groundhog. He has been moved to a new (undisclosed) location, a place with a reputation for welcoming everyone (and a great big field behind it).
Hopefully he or she is living the good life in his or her new location. For those inquiring minds who might want to know, the groundhog ate the strawberries AND the cabbage leaves. It was well fed before it was moved.
Aside from the plants that were attacked by the veggie eating groundhog, the garden looks good. The Swiss chard should be ready to pick soon. The corn will be more than knee-high by the 4th of July. The tomatoes and peppers are setting up nicely. I’m not sure what will happen with the cukes. I’m hoping they will be okay since the flowers were left behind, but wonder if the leaves don’t protect the flowers and cucumbers somehow. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Weather-wise, it’s not a bad day. It started out hot and sticky (humid). A dry (no rain) cold front moved through this afternoon. I have a pretty good idea of when that occurred as it went from being hot and sticky when I started working in the garden to being rather pleasant with a refreshing, dry, cooler breeze.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with another edition of my great outdoor adventures (heh). Thanks for dropping by!