Animal Stories

Cooped Up Stan's Chicken House

Stan has had chickens for a few years. They weren't something he wanted but his adopted kids wanted egg laying chickens so he built them a first rate chicken coop, feeds them, keeps their cage clean, and can't kill the chickens because his daughter would cry. " Do...

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Horned Toad Starbucks Parking Lot

Starbucks coffee is ubiquitous. Their wi-fi gets us connected free to the global web. For a couple of bucks I mingle almost daily with tech savvy people who lean towards globalism, free healthcare for all, living wage checks from Uncle Sam, electric cars. The...

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Llamas Larkspur, Colorado

Llamas are a staple animal 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...

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Bird Bath Old Town, Albuquerque, 2018

This fountain stands in a plaza in Old Town and this morning, while Alan and I walk the square, 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...

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Sunflowers and Winston Requiem for Winston

  This morning, in the rough, I don't look for my 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 viper. Winston never...

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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...

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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 make cute water floats in baby swimming pools This evening, the Albuquerque...

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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...

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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 are streamlined for propulsion. Their bodies create little friction between them and the water that supports them. Light filters down from the water's surface where we aquarium visitors watch the fish take graceful turns around the tank's curves. In...

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Critters Watch your Dashboard

  Crazy glued to the dashboard, these critters listen to talk radio, Top Fifty tunes, political lies, opinions, advertisements, trivia, propaganda, " Fake News" and World News. Some of them look like animals we should have as friends, others look like aliens come...

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