Bulldog's all about enjoying life. A dash of Politics and Sports thrown in for flavor.
Author: Bulldog Ben
The short list of things I really like to do:
Outdoor activities of all kinds/Nature Photography/Cooking & Baking/Singing and Playing Blues & Folk Music/Exploring Spirituality...
A few more I dare not leave out:
Following Politics/Watching Sports/and Blogging, of course!
There are so many on the front lines–volunteers, laymen and professionals–engaged in this work, giving their all to make a difference.
We can support them by contributing our time, contributing financially and by refusing to let other priorities–as urgent as they are–keep us from addressing the singular problem that can render all of the others insignificant.
…it’s all happening at the zoo! And our visit last week confirmed how true that is.
Had a chance to visit The Brevard Zoo again just a few days ago. This fine Central Florida zoo–like most in the country–closed back in March. It reopened about six weeks ago but zoo-lovers must book well in advance and will not be admitted until the time of the reservation comes around.
The few guests that are admitted each half hour can take in some fine sights and see plenty of critters. It was reassuring that with the admission policies and the rules about the wearing of masks and social distancing, the zoo is as safe as any public place can be.
Enjoyed seeing many of the “usual suspects” on this visit. Below is one of the jaguars that call this zoo home. He was just chillin’ and though we only saw him from the neck up, it was pretty cool!
We stayed around to get another shot or two. But Jerry Jaguar soon got bored with our feeble efforts to immortalize him digitally and he went back to what he had been doing before we showed up. Napping, of course!
Because the Brevard Zoo is here in the East Central Florida region, it must have a gator or two. So here are a couple of photos featuring one of the reptilian superstars that were checking us out while I was angling for a good spot to catch him for posterity.
Mike Macaw was enjoying the pleasant mid-afternoon slice of a fine Thursday. As usual, he wasn’t doing much besides just looking authentic and colorful.
The Brevard Zoo has a large and colorful aquarium and it kept me entertained for quite a while. Here’s one photo that’s ready for prime-time.
Our piscine friends seemed to be enjoying their their afternoon cruising all about. I understand they sometimes travel in schools of three…
One of my favorite things to do at the zoo is to get photos of some of the vistas that don’t actually feature a creature at all. The beautiful landscapes at this–or any zoo–can keep a shutterbug like me entralled for hours.
Zoos are the one place where ordinary people can observe an assortment of animals, learn something about them and their habitats, and how they’re faring in the natural world.
The girl in this picture is enjoying a rare opportunity to observe a wild primate up close; this encounter was fun for all but–sad to say–involved neither a real girl nor an actually monkey.
The Brevard Zoo offers something you won’t find in most zoos: a chance to go on a guided kayak tour around a good portion of the park.
We arrived too late to take advantage of the tour but found that the view from the pavilion where guest wait until their tours begin, was splendid, indeed. Have a look, I think you’d agree.
Being annual passholders for this fine zoological park, located in Melbourne, Florida, is something we feel very good about. I’ve taken many trips to plenty of zoos; more than I can count, truth be told.
Photography is a very big deal to me and today is a day I wanted to get a photo or two up on the blog.
It’s true that there’s not a lot left of this auspicious day, but here we go…
We did have a fabulous trip to Silver Springs State Park about ten days ago. It was my third trip to the Park all total. The weather was ideal, the camping was top-shelf and there were lots of good photo ops, of course.
There’s a lot to the park besides the well-known springs. I’ll have more about that coming in another post. But today’s post is a quick look into the springs part of Silver Springs.
The glass bottom boat tour is always a treat. But there were plenty of kayakers and boaters out that day as well as the conditions for an outdoor excursion were as good as it gets.
Here are a couple of outdoor lovers paddling about on that lovely summer afternoon.
Boaters were well-represented too. The couple here seemed to be having a good outing. That old saying “a bad day on the water is better than your best day at the office” comes to mind.
An outing as good as this one certainly deserves more than just one quick post. I’ll have more to say about the visit and more photos in the near future.
Happy explorations to everyone. If you get outdoors soon, social distancing is the order of the day.
It had been about three months since I had made a beach visit. And that’s way too long.
Because it’s been difficult — as well as risky, of course — to get to the shore, I’ve been eager to get some sand in my shoes again. And to get some good photos as well.
We got back Wednesday evening. The “explosion” of beach-goers we had been worrying about turned out not to be a thing at all. Well, especially since we timed our arrival for about 7 pm. Not too much danger of being being pressed together with a gaggle of other nature-lovers when the parking area was only about 1/3 full.
We knew that because Memorial Day was right around corner that if we wanted to get to the beach, our window of opportunity would not be open for very long.
So we arrived fashionably late, stayed for a bit less than an hour and had a good time.
Something that we did not expect: we saw first-hand how cruise ships are handling being idle while we’re all dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. We saw six cruise ships trolling around three or four miles offshore, basically just marking time.
Here’s a visual about that, though this photo caught only two of the six:
This seemed a bit odd at first but then I realized that I had actually read about how this is working out in the cruise industry. Because there are no cruises happening — and I mean none at all — there isn’t room in port for all of them at any one time. So we witnessed what must now be business as usual; six cruise ships a few miles out, doing absolutely nothing.
We were perfectly happy after and about an hour or so. I got a few decent pics, we both had some sand in our shoes and we were content to find some hot coffee and begin to head for home.
We will not be venturing out at all in the next three days or so. We’re certain that the Memorial Day weekend will have everything — including pretty much all of our favorite outdoor spots — completely covered up with visitors.
I’m not passing judgement on folks who may be crowding together in a thousand different spaces and places over the Memorial Day weekend. I just don’t feel comfortable being among them.
Best wishes to you and yours over the holiday weekend. I hope you have some memorable and life-enriching times.
One of the better things that have come out of the COVID-19 crisis for me is that my girlfriend and I have definitely gotten to know our neighborhood much better. We take our evening stroll about 4-5 times per week and have come to enjoy it quite a bit.
One of the neighborhood streets where we often walk is Blue Jay Way and the catchy name got stuck in my head quite a long while ago.
We truly enjoy our times to go strolling on Blue Jay Way; or anywhere else in the neighborhood where our wandering feet are inclined to go.
The trend of renewable energy accounting for an ever-increasing share among the many ways we get power has been going on for years.
And now we see that this process of green energy displacing other forms of power generation — nuclear, in particular — is picking up speed because of the drop in consumption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This afternoon I came across a story from Yahoo Finance that delves deeper into this trend. I recommend it highly for anyone who’s environmentally conscious and/or is trying to pay attention to some of the larger trends happening in the US and on the Planet in general.
Hope you’re all doing well and staying safe as we go through this ordeal. I’m still on furlough and somewhat stressed about how all of this will work out.
One silver lining in the cloud is that I do have more time for blogging. More content is coming soon; most of which will be right down the middle of our theme of outdoor fun.