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SNIPPETS (5-24-14)

Snippets

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snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts

SNIPPET 1

I hope everyone had a happy World Turtle Day yesterday! Let’s have one final turtle picture in honor of turtles throughout the world.

Galapagos Tortoise

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SNIPPET #2

Sometimes when I’m doing a home inspection, a child follows me around, often asking, “What are you doing?” My answer never satisfies them because they following up that first question with a second one: “Why?”

Sometimes a cat or dog will follow me around, such as this little cutie:

Cat checking out my home inspection bag

I’m pretty sure she had no interest in becoming a home inspector. Another few minutes and my bag would have been her new home!

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SNIPPET #3

Sometimes I get followed around by non-children, non-cats, and non-dogs:

Birds wanting food

Those birds were used to being fed right there. How do I know? Because the property was vacant except for a big jar of bird seed to feed the little ones. How sweet.

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SNIPPET #4

Ever wonder what a butterfly convention looks like?

Butterfly convention

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SNIPPET #5

I ordered a printer from Staples on May 15. A couple of minutes after placing the order, I got an email message that it would be here May 23. The email included tracking information so I could follow its journey to San Diego. The tracking information link never worked.

No notification arrived yesterday, either by phone or email, so I chatted with a Staples rep online. The printer had been here since May 16! No phone call or email notification from Staples telling me that, though. Ack!

Where is our customer service today? Oh, wait. Staples is a company that Mitt Romney set up. Nevermind. (That was a political comment…)

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SNIPPET #6

Who was the bright individual who decided that power buttons should be on the back of big, tall, wide printers? In fact, who decided that power buttons, possibly the most used and most critical part, should be on the back of anything? Ack! 

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SNIPPET #7

Zoey the Cool Cat did not like the box the printer came in. It was way too big. However, she did like all the papers that came with it.

Zoey the Cool Cat

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SNIPPET #8

The jacarandas are looking particularly stunning this season, possibly because rainfall was lower than normal. They just really don’t like to be all wet.

Here is Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos of my favorite
jacaranda so far this purple season:

Jacaranda in San Diego, California

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SNIPPET #9

I realize that all life dies, but I still feel sorry when it happens, as with this poor duck which died at Union Station in Los Angeles.

Dead duck

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SNIPPET #10

Ever find a really neat-looking building and wish you had enough money to buy it just to say that it was yours?

When I went to the Cat House on the Kings fundraiser on May 3, this building was next to the hotel where I stayed:

Cool building

It used to be a restaurant, King’s Buffet, but it is vacant and shuttered now, wanting someone to buy it and bring it to life again.

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Identifying butterflies

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I was trying to identify two butterflies earlier today using the butterfly books in my nature library. What a chore! To the rescue comes the Internet and a simple Google search.

I found an awesome site that is straightford, easy to use, and accurate:

Gardens With Wings

Give it a shot next time you’re trying to identify a butterfly.

In fact, try it right now with the following five butterflies:

 

 

 

 

 

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After all, this is Russel Ray Photos.

 

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Common Morpho

Does size matter?

Out & About San Diego

 

A few days ago when I was doing a home inspection, I noticed that the wall in the living room was full of pictures, probably about fifty or sixty of them. I believe each picture was a different size. I liked its effect.

I’ve always tried to take the picture that came out of my camera and use it as it was. If I cropped it, I tried to crop it proportionally so that I effectively had the same size picture to put in my blog. That size was always 575 pixels on its longest side.

Remembering my own advice that what comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with, today I present a selection of ten butterflies from Butterly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, cropped and sized as the mood struck me for each individual picture.

There were more butterflies than there were names so some of these are unnamed. If you know what they are, please leave a comment identifying them. Thanks.

Monarch

Monarch


 

Monarch

Monarch


 

Monarch

Monarch


 

Tailed Jay

Tailed Jay


 

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary


 

Common Morpho

Common Morpho


 

Common Morpho

Common Morpho


 

Unknown #1

Unknown #1


 

Unknown #2

Unknown #2


 

Unknown #3

Unknown #3


 

The San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park is located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, about 45 miles northeast of downtown San Diego and east of Escondido on Highway 78:

San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

 

Although the Safari Park is open every day of the year, hours vary. Through April 15, which happens to be the last day for Butterfly Jungle, hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Based on experience, if you want to get in to see Butterfly Jungle, go at 9:00 a.m. They only allow a certain number of people in at a time so that butterflies on the ground aren’t crunched to death by the crowds.

For more information, visit online at San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park.

 

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Butterflies at Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park in April 2012

Dress like a flower bush….

Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

 

Whenever I go to Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, I can always tell people — always women! — who have been there before or who know something about butterfly gardening. They always wear very bright clothes, hats, and jewelry.

I was fortunate because, on one lady’s hand, I got a picture of two of my three favorite butterflies for the day:

Butterflies at Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park in April 2012

 

If you think she was lucky for having three butterflies on her, well, she actually had many more on her back, shoulders, and hat. Her hat was full of fake flowers of all colors and she had on a bright red dress. The butterflies were loving here….. sort of…. I’m sure they were wondering where all the nectar was for such a beautiful flower bush. 🙂

The black & white butterfly is a Paper Kite (Idea leuconoe), and the green & brown butterfly is a newly hatched Gulf Fritillary or Passion Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae).

I took exactly three hundred butterfly pictures today, so I’m cataloging them as soon as I spend some time camping out in some blogs. See some of you shortly!

 

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Tailed jay

Do not disturb the butterflies if they land on you….

Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

 

Safari Park was packed this morning…. parking lots full …. long line to get in …. another long line to get into Butterfly Jungle.

At Butterfly Jungle, we were instructed to beware of butterflies on the ground so as not to stomp them to death, and not to touch the butterflies or otherwise disturb them if they land on you.

Made it difficult for one photographer to take pictures:

Tailed jay

 

The butterfly is a tailed jay (Graphium agamemnon). The camera and lens? No idea.

 

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Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

“Butterfly Jungle” is now open at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park

Out & About San Diego

 

Butterfly Jungle, one of the most popular and fascinating exhibits at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park is now open through April 15, 2012.

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

 

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

 

 Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

 

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

 

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

 

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

 

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

 

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

 

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

 

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

 

The San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park is located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, about 45 miles northeast of downtown San Diego and east of Escondido on Highway 78:

San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

 

Although the Safari Park is open every day of the year, hours vary. Through April 15, hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Based on experience, if you want to get in to see Butterfly Jungle, go at 9:00 a.m. They only allow a certain number of people in at a time so that butterflies on the ground aren’t crunched to death by the crowds.

For more information, visit online at San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park.

 

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