Animal Stories

Llamas Larkspur, Colorado

Llamas are a staple in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and other high Andes South American countries.  Llama wool keeps locals warm and you can buy llama sweaters, caps and blankets in open markets in Otavalo, Ecuador as well as other marketplaces in the southern hemisphere....

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Bird Bath Old Town, Albuquerque, 2018

This fountain stands in a plaza in Old Town and this morning local birds play and preen in the droplets. Birds enjoy the water but they don't have soap dishes or towels. Water runs off their backs but their melodies sound better than my shower singing. From their...

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Sunflower Isleta Eagle Golf Course, New Mexico

  This morning, in the rough, I look only a moment for an errant drive. One of our foursome's little dog, Winston, was bit by a rattler and died on another course a few weeks ago. A golf ball,even a new one, is not worth coming face to face with a poisonous viper....

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Rocking Horse For the Grandkids

In the front entry, project materials are carefully spread on the floor. There are drills and hammers, paint brushes, screwdrivers, scissors and a set of instructions, if needed. Charlie is building a Rocking Horse for his newest grand-daughter. In Charlie's newest...

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Fish Eye View At the Aquarium

  When fish look up, they see the bottoms of leaves, insects touching the river's back, white ripples where water hits obstacles that splits its flow.  In this underground observation area, us desert rats gawk at sharks, rays and groupers, the " stars " of this...

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Flamingos A long way from home

Flamingos are often seen in front yards as plastic yard ornaments, or double as stir sticks in fancy lounge drinks. They appear on women's T shirts, art posters, golf shirts and pendants. They are cute water floats in baby swimming pools This evening, the Albuquerque...

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Sunday School Naming Animals

  Genesis is the first book of the Holy Bible. The Creator made the universe, fashioned Earth, came up with a perfect garden, filled the Earth with plants, animals, Adam and Eve. One of Adam's directives was to take care of the garden. Another was to stay away from...

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No Pets At the Marble Street Brewery

  Pets, in America, are more than pets. They are service dogs, companions, security.  At the Marble Brewery, the limits to their influence is written on step risers leading to the second floor of the downtown drinking establishment. It is only a matter of time before...

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Snake Country Santa Ana Golf Course, Albuquerque

Golf is not a dangerous sport except to your ego. It is not leaping out of an airplane with a small chute to land you safely. It is not driving a race car around curves over two hundred miles an hour. It is not getting tackled by a three hundred and fifty pound...

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Three Jelly fish Albuquerque Biopark

Fish live in water. They are streamlined with fins for rudders and propulsion, have bodies that create little friction between them and the water that supports them. Light filters down from the water's surface where we can see them take graceful turns at the tank's...

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Mountain Goats On the way to Creede, Colorado

  By the roadside, off a two lane highway to Creed, Colorado, this group of mountain goats stop grazing and watch us closely as we come closer to them. We are moving at sixty plus miles per hour carrying a load of household items to Richard's shipping...

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Big City Nature Walk Thrive Walk

Nature doesn't vanish in a city. This nature walk is on Kaisar Permanente Hospital grounds, complete with fountains, paths,shade trees, shrubs, colorful flowers, wild grasses, birds, butterflies, and a solo coyote crossing a parking lot with a house cat in its jaws....

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