Gone Visiting – Monday Road Trip, Jingle, Jangle, Jungle

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In 2014, when I participated in the A to Z Blog Challenge, they had a neat feature for the post-challenge period called the A to Z Road Trip.  Visiting other blogs in the list and commenting allowed the participant to hit blogs they didn't get to during the challenge itself.  While I'm not sure if they'll have this for the 2016 challenge, I figured what the hay, I'll do it on my own. My visit...
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Why Letterforms? – Reflection on the A to Z Blog Challenge, Letterforms in Nature and the Built Environment

2016-05-09 A-to-Z Reflection [2016]
My theme for the A to Z Challenge here at Knoontime Knitting was "Letterforms In Nature and the Built Environment." Why Letterforms? I adore letters.  I have my whole life.  I started young as a calligrapher, and had a business at the age of thirteen where I did menus and certificates for local small businesses.  While art was not something that was encouraged when I went to college, it's al...
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The A To Z of the Zoo – A Retrospective

2016-05-09 A-to-Z Reflection [2016]
As is the custom after the A to Z Blogging Challenge, participants prepare reflections posts that discuss what they learned from the challenge, what worked, and what didn't. Plus, I have zebras. First, the Lonely Zebra That Wasn't The last week or so of April, I cause the nasty cold virus that's going around and it horse-kicked me into the barn.  I don't often get sick, but when I do...  ...
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Zed

2016-04-30 The First Letter Z
And so, Dear Reader, the A to Z Challenge has come to an end.  Thank you for coming along on this journey with me.  I hope you've enjoyed wandering the streets of my daily round, looking for letterforms in nature and the built environment.  I have to say, it's changed how I see the world around me and even given me an idea for a book.  But in the meantime, I've got not one but two images for you t...
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Zebras Aren’t For Riding

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Garçon!  Where is mah ordehr!? The peacocks roam free at the Brookfield Zoo, and it's a lot of fun to run across them as they wander up and down the footpaths.  And then we came upon this brazen fellow. Is it any surprise at all that I wanted to go up and pet him? I know, Dear Reader; I know.  But sadly, on this, the last day of the challenge, I could not find ANY pictures of zebras!  Not...
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The Fork In the Tree and the Path Less Traveled By

I think, by this point in my walk, the couple about twenty feet behind me were convinced I was bonkers.  I kept stopping, after all, to stare into the hedgerows or up at trees.  I even back-tracked to get the correct angle to snap this lovely letter "Y" for you. And in case the title sounds vaguely familiar but isn't quite coming to mind, it's from this snippet: The Road Not Taken by Robe...
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Yes, It’s Snow Leopards!

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And so, Dear Reader, I reprise my topic of a few days ago, the majestic snow leopard.  Now, don't be like that; I did actually find a "Y" animal at the zoo, the Yellow Spotted Toad; but, all due respect to my husband, I am not a herper and toads do not excite me. Besides.  The toad just sat there.  And nobody ever got eaten by a toad, so there. Moving right along... These pictures are...
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Xtreme Birds

The Andean Condor has a wingspan of over twelve feet and is one of the largest birds in the world.  He is a scavenger, a type of buzzard.  He's got black and white wings and red eyes and a really.big.beak. One day in December when we visited the zoo, we stood watching the condors and the bigger one knocked the littler one of its perch.  Now, I assume this is a mated pair, i.e. a female ...
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X Marks the Spot – Even If It’s Tardy!

I almost have my groove back!  It's at about 65%.  I felt good enough to go to the gym yesterday and walk two miles, even if I did come home and pass out.  Then today I met with my kick-ass trainer, and he kicked my ass. Sorta what I pay him for, but still.  My iz poopded! BUT...  I wouldn't leave you hanging, Dear Reader!  I got my last three alphabet photos on the way to the gym!  Abov...
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Water Dragon!

This, my friends, is an Australian Water Dragon!  Unfortunately, my two favorite shots of him are covered in glare from the glass in front of his enclosure, but this gives you a clear idea of what he looks like.  He's about three feet long. Pretty impressive breath-holding skillz, nu? Hmm.  Watcha got there, human? He looks like he's plotting something, doesn't he? o.O... ...
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