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On Mulberry Street December 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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Seuss Landing is a whimsical place.

Every animal we saw had a funny face.

As they traveled around while staying in place.

Even the fish got into the act.

Smiling and grinning with grace and with tact.

But my favorite was this guy . . . whose hair hadn’t been hacked!

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Hello L. Marie! December 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Blogging, Humor, Joke.
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Just a quick shout out to L. Marie . . .

I’ve made it!  I’ve made it!  It’s all about ME!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Peacocks November 24, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Joke.
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Why did the peacocks cross the road?

I don’t know.  You tell me!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Selective Thoughts & Hearing November 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Joke.
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Regaining control of the remote is a powerful habit which requires practice to master:

In contrast, getting the cat to “COME!” is a practice seldom mastered:


Aah . . . that’s better!

Mote Aquarium October 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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We finally had a chance to visit the “new” river otter exhibit at Mote Aquarium on City Island in Sarasota.  We adored watching the antics of Pippi, Huck, and Jane from the 2nd floor mezzanine:

Here they are enjoying some non-stop action:

As we walked through the shark exhibit, this brave lad in the Hurricane Simulator blew us away:

We loved the decor in the 50’s diner ~ everything back then was so black & white, no shades of gray:

And check out these giant “Egyptian” Seahorses standing guard:

Perhaps they’re there to protect the flowers in the adjoining lily pad pond:

Our enjoyable, educational, and entertaining afternoon featured a surprising highlight:  a small aquarium of mesmerizing jellyfish:

Gorgeous and graceful, they were gliding up and down with gentle and perpetual undulations ~ it was rather like watching a live-action lava lamp!

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Return of the Panther? September 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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This video captures some amazing footage of the Florida Panther, including an unexpected encounter with a volunteer on the boardwalk in Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary:

It also highlights the benefits of preserving the panther and its habitat for future generations.

To learn more:  The Florida Panther

Aah . . . that’s better!

I’m Not Kidding Around August 4, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Home & Garden, Humor.
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A Boise Idaho neighborhood woke up to an unusual sight this week ~> a herd of 100+ goats providing “free lawn service” (while eating everything in sight).

The herd owned by “We Rent Goats” escaped from their nearby grazing station and decided to give the neighborhood’s nice green lawns a trim.

I’m NOT kidding around.  

A roving band of rent-a-goats did invade a Boise Idaho suburb this week.  

Once they finished breakfast, the lawns probably looked like this . . .  

Shortly after breakfast, “We Rent Goats” came by to reclaim the goats.

BAA-h . . . that’s better!  

“Cross In The Cross Walk” May 26, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Nature.
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The other day, we were delighted to see this mother teaching her offspring the safest way to cross a busy (or not so busy) intersection:

Aah . . . that’s better!

It’s Love Bug Season! May 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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It was the BEST of times ~> tomato picking season!

It was the WORST of times ~> love bug season!

Ugh!

These bugs are nasty.

And sticky.

And plentiful.

And corrosive.

Wash them off in double quick time or they will strip your paint job.

At least we didn’t make the mistake of driving out to Hunsader Farms to pick tomatoes in a convertible!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Pelicans Paddling & Ibis in Flight April 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Nature.
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We often have nature scenes flying or floating past our back door.

I do not always have my camera “at the ready.”

But some days I do . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!