Long time, no update..

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated, but I’ll be going back to making regular updates again. Things were a bit too up and down last year for me to focus on writing, but I do want to go back and write about the very good experiences I had before I forget too much and also the things that I’ll be looking forward to this year.

To anyone who checks this site, you might have noticed the URL change. That’s the result of me forgetting to renew my domain in a timely manner, though part of me had wanted to change it anyway. If you link back to me, please make sure to update the link and I do apologize for the trouble!

Day at the zoo

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The weather has been a bit up and down here lately, mostly down being that it’s still winter, but near the end of January it was actually quite warm. So, since it was a nice day and Katie wanted to test out one of her new lenses, we headed out to the zoo.

First, we went to see one of my personal favorites – lemurs! Specifically, ring-tailed lemurs.

Ring-tailed Lemur

Ring-tailed Lemurs

Ring-tailed Lemurs

After those guys, we headed over to see the big cats. I didn’t get many photos of them though because it was quite crowded around their viewing areas. The next ones that I took the most pictures of were the red pandas.

Of course, one of them was sleeping, but even sleeping it was adorable.

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Red Panda

Red Panda

Then it was off to another one of my favorites – Rockhopper Penguins!

This guy was posing for everyone.

Rock-hopper Penguin

Rock-hopper Penguin

Rock-hopper Penguin

Those are some of the best ones of the ones that I took, I think, but the rest are on my flickr.

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Phantom Phriday Vol. 14

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This week’s volume is cutting it close, but we managed to get it in before midnight! Tonight we are preparing to make our own cat food so that the cat crew can start their raw diets. They’re not handling the smell of raw chicken and not being able to eat it yet too well.

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“What are you doing, human? Why does it smell good?”

 

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“Is that…chicken?”

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“Hand over the chicken and I wont shred your face in your sleep.”

[BGM: 摩天楼オペラ – Round & Round]

2016 Start

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Happy New Year!
I hope everyone’s start to 2016 was a good one. I spent most of the first resting and reading, but we did go out for a couple of hours to survey the flooding in Valley Park. The waters had gone down some, but, as you can see in the photos below, there’s still quite a bit under water.

Flooding in Valley Park, Missouri

Flooding in Valley Park, Missouri

Flooding in Valley Park, Missouri

Flooding in Valley Park, Missouri

The rest of my evening was spent snuggling up with this cute kitty below.

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Otsukare, Sensei—Goodbye to Mizuki Shigeru

百物語怪談会 Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai

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There is nothing sad about the death of Mizuki Shigeru. And I say this as someone who shed more than a few tears when I heard the news last night. He lived about as good a life that could possibly be lived; the ripe old age of 93; wealthy in every way that matters; respected by his peers; beloved. He died a good death. The only thing that is sad is that the rest of us now have to live in a world that doesn’t have Mizuki Shigeru. And we are poorer for it.

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To say that Mizuki Shigeru was a comic artist is like saying the Brothers Grimm crafted a quaint book of fairy stories or that Walt Disney made some cartoons. Mizuki was one of those rare human beings who unequivocally changed the world with his art. Without Mizuki the world—and especially Japan—would be a very different place…

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Forest Park in Autum

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Last weekend I tagged along with Katie over to Forest Park for another photo assignment she needed to get done. I actually hadn’t really been over there to walk around before, so there’s another place I can mark off my list. It’s lovely there in autumn, though it was super overcast that day. Here’s a few shots that I took.

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Forest Park

Forest Park

Forest Park
I had Mamo-chan with me again. I really like how the colours in this one turned out.

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The STL Science Center is nearby, so of course I had to get a shot of the T-Rex.

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Forest Park
After we left that location, we headed over to The Muny to get a few more shots. We didn’t get to take as many there though because there were too many wedding parties getting photos taken.

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Forest Park

Forest Park
I look forward to going back there again! Hopefully next time there will fewer big groups of wedding parties.

Ending this with a Rio since it’s National Cat Day.
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