The saying goes “You can’t judge a tiger by his stripes”. However, I can judge a tiger by his teeth. And they tell me to not get too close. This week’s photo challenge is From Lines to Patterns. Tigers fit into both categories, with their lines making up their patterns, which allow them to effectively hunt and survive. This one really struck me, I hope you enjoy it too!
Omaha Zoo Tiger
In September of 2012, my wife’s family and I went to Hermann, MO, where I saw my first ever Civil War Re-enactment ever. It was a lot of fun, complete with cannons, cavalry, muskets, as well as many artisans showing skills and stories from that time in our nation’s history. For this weekly photo challenge, this photo stood out to me, as a lone southern cavalry charged the oncoming union troops as they were advancing. It was a very sad time in our nation’s history, but one that marked a major turning point towards working towards equality for all. Hopefully, we will not ever repeat this, and continue to strive for equality for all people, no matter their race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or any difference. For THAT is truly moving forward, and it is our differences that make us all the stronger.
We had a big cold front come through on Monday, February 18. The clouds came rolling in, and the sunrise was amazing. I got out and was taking pictures, and this horse looked at me as though to say “It’s getting cold out here… Take me with you.” I realized at that moment I could not take him anywhere, especially since he had not even bothered to comb his hair. How absurd that he would think I would take him out looking like that!
My wife and I have cats. This is one of the two. His name is Pepe Le Pew. We named him that because (of course) he’s black and white. But he was also a stray, and was not used to “real” food, which had an adverse effect on his digestive system. I’ll leave that to your imagination. Thankfully, that did not last long; only long enough for us to come up with a great naming convention for him. Pepe is a ‘fraidy cat. At the slightest “non-expected” (which means pretty much any noise at all) he bolts for the safety of either our storage room in the basement, or makes a bee-line beneath the love seat in the living room. I caught him napping today on our bed, and managed to get very close to get this picture. He laid there very patiently. I was ever-so-quiet. He laid there through the focusing, not even moving. Just looking at me as though it was the most natural thing in the world. He lay there through the pre-flash, just squinting a tiny bit as the light came on. Then the shutter. And Pepe was gone. Up and vanished like a fart in the wind. But I love this picture. Hope you enjoy!
Pepe Le Pew
Last year, my wife and I went to Omaha, Nebraska, for a weekend trip with a couple of our friends for a birthday. While we were there, we visited the Zoo. Omaha has a wonderful zoo, so if you’re ever in that area, make sure to stop and visit. This lizard was sitting on a log, basking in the warm light and just chilling out. Enjoy!
Omaha Zoo Lizard