WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “threes”. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

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I’m not sure how many ring-tailed lemurs are actually piled up together for a nap in this time, but I can count three full-length ring tails (and a very small part of a fourth one on the left).

Wordpress Weekly Photo Challenge: Three ring tailed lemurs sleeping together
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Three ring tailed lemurs sleeping together

I photographed this wood duck swimming on a pond because I liked the wavy reflections in the water, in this case the reflections of the trunks of three palm trees.

Wood duck swimming on pond with the reflections of three palm trees
Wood duck swimming on pond with the reflections of three palm trees

How about these three wood ducks, who seemed very hungry for bird seeds?

Three wood ducks
Three wood ducks

Finally these two baby lions (brother and sister) were cuddling with a stuffed blue monkey at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on the weekend morning we visited.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Threes - Two baby lions and one stuffed monkey
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Threes – Two baby lions and one stuffed monkey

Wordless Wednesday: bat-eared fox

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Wordless Wednesday: bat-eared fox
Wordless Wednesday: bat-eared fox

A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom

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Today I’m participating in the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “zoom”. I thought I’d take this opportunity to feature a few animals I took photos of recently. I used the zoom for each snapshot since I wasn’t close enough.

Remember you can click on each photo below for a larger view.

I took the first photo at the San Diego Zoo a few weeks ago. These are two brother grizzly bears enjoying  a sweet moment with one another. The white on the photo is some snow the zoo made for them that day.

A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom - brotherly love at the San Diego Zoo
A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom – brotherly love at the San Diego Zoo

One of the bears then smelled some popcorn someone was eating in front of the exhibit, so he came closer and started charming us with cute faces and poses, hoping we’d throw some of that delicious food to him. Poor guy…

A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom - grizzly bear at the San Diego Zoo
A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom – grizzly bear at the San Diego Zoo

During that visit at the San Diego Zoo, we decided to visit the new baby panda and her mom. Here’s mama panda bear, snacking on bamboo shoots.

A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom - Mama panda bear t the San Diego Zoo
A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom – Mama panda bear t the San Diego Zoo

And here’s six-month old baby panda waking up from her nap.

A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom - Baby panda bear t the San Diego Zoo
A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom – Baby panda bear t the San Diego Zoo

I took the next photo on a warm, sunny day. This little lizard was trying to get my attention by doing cute lizard push-ups. I wasn’t too impressed.

A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom - Lizard basking in the sun
A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom – Lizard basking in the sun

I took the last picture for this zoom challenge at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This cheetah was laying down quietly, waiting for lunch to be served. When it heard the zookeeper behind the scenes, it started meowing, just like a cat (OK, a big cat). It was a great moment to witness, but today all I can share with you is the visual part. 🙂

A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom - Cheetah at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
A Word A Week Challenge – Zoom – Cheetah at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Sunday Post: Peaceful

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Today I’m participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post photo challenge. This week’s theme is Peaceful. As always, you can click on each image below for a larger view.

I find many aspects of nature very peaceful: the landscapes, the components (water always has a calming effect on me), the smells, the colors and the living creatures (except the predator type!).

For this particular post, I have chosen to feature animals that tend to display a peaceful behavior. Mourning doves are my first pick. I see many of them every day and I hear them cooing to each other, especially during the mating season. There’s something very peaceful about the sounds of doves cooing, don’t you think?

Sunday Post: Peaceful mourning doves
Sunday Post: Peaceful mourning doves

I took my next photo at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. These beautiful gerenuk antelopes were laying down in the tall grass. Their long necks and heads make them look like telescopes, don’t they? I love how they’re enjoying a peaceful sunbathing moment at the park.

Sunday Post: Peaceful generuk antelopes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Sunday Post: Peaceful generuk antelopes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I took the last photo featured below during the same trip, just down the path from the gerenuk antelopes. That’s where I spotted a couple of West African cranes. They too had decided to give a rest to their long legs and lay down on the ground for a little nap. West African cranes have the best hairdo, don’t they?

Sunday Post: Peaceful West African cranes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Sunday Post: Peaceful West African cranes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I hope these photos brought you a little peace today. What do you find most peaceful in your life?