Sunday, May 30, 2010

Welcome to the National Zoo

It was a late December sunny Friday morning when we decided to go to the Zoo. I wanted to see some pandas and giraffes and CsLaKoNaS wanted to see some lions and tigers... We were wandering in the zoo for half an hour but there were no animals, no employees, nothing! Eh, what's going on over here? Where was everybody?
Okay, we got it! Although it was sunny, it was also December thus really really cold. The animals were their winter shelters. So, we started visiting the shelters. The first one was the one with the pandas (by the way it is also the D.C. metro's official mascot).
When we entered the shelter, we saw Mrs Panda having launch...
She is a real lady, she chops her meal and eats small morsels. On the contrary, Mr Panda tries to eat the whole branch at once!

Unfortunately, the little Panda was not at home at that moment (kids.....), so we didn't manage to take a picture of it.
We let the Panda's family have their meal and went to visit the other mammals.
On the way to the next shelter we met this guy

No, he is not CsLaKoNaS!!!!! It's just a pony.

Here we are.... Lets see the small mammals.

The first to see was this simian, but I can't remember its race :(
You can see the male climbing on the branches and his wife sitting over their bed (woman stays home, while her husband tries to find some extra food).

The next animals are also simians.
Geoffroy's Marmoset:
Golden Lion Tamarin:
Red Ruffed Lemur:
Pale-headed Saki (eating a corn):
Now, we present you the rodents.... They are cute!
Prevost's Squirrel:
Rock Cavy:
Black-tailed Prairie Dog:
Chinchilla (a sleeping couple):
Rock Hyrax:
Small Madagascar Tenrec:
Slender-tailed Meerkat (this was CsLaKoNaS' favorite, he took more than twenty photos of it. Well, on his defense it was really funny. We stood there for like half an hour and while one could see the rest of the Meerkats running around; this one was standing still the way you see it. All the time. It was monitoring the rest Meerkats, like a Life-Guard or something.) :

Banded Mongoose:
That's enough for my post. The next post will have more pictures from the zoo. I'll just give you a taste of the next post that CsLaKoNaS is going to upload:
Have a nice week and take care! Bye!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A walk around the Greenbelt lake

In days like this, staying at home is almost a sin.....Let's get out for a walk shall we ?
Allow me to introduce you Greenbelt lake !!!

If it wasn't for the trees I would be able to see it from my balcony. Now we only have to walk a few yards to it....I tell you, it really does worth it!

We are approaching the lake. This is the path that connects our block with the lake:

This is the first picture of the lake (when fairy first saw this, she thought that it is made for the priest to stand there on the Theofaneia Day !!!).

This is CsLaKoNaS' and fairy's shadows wandering around the lake, taking photos and kissing each other (the shadows, not us; we have manners!!).

The mascot of every decent lake is of course it's ducks. And we have so very many. The usually come along in the morning and wake everybody up! Are they hungry, or something ?

More ducks... They are usually afraid of people. You have to be careful if you want to feed them. They don't eat anything you throw at them...It must be delicatessen !
here colors
and ducks

and colors
and ducks (the picture arrangement is made by fairy - no comments please!)
Now it's time for the young couple to depart

and follow the same path to get back home....

Be well my friends...