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.

Red Panda

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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Goodbye 2015

Taken by Katie

There’s still a bit of 2015 left to go for me, but many of my friends are already in 2016, so happy new year!

2015 has been a difficult year for me and those around me, so here’s hoping the new year will be much better for everyone. I’m sure most have heard about the flooding going on here in Missouri. I live quite close to the affected areas, but luckily we live on higher ground, so we’re fine. My roommate went out on Wednesday morning to see the rising waters and take a few pictures and you can view them here – Historic Flooding in Valley Park, MO.

Ending my last post of the year with an update on the little calico (pictured above) from the previous post. I’ve named her Sogo and she’s doing much better now. She seems to be fitting in well with the others, though she’s still cautious around them at times. She seems to be happy here and that makes me happy.

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.

Forest Park

Forest Park

Forest Park

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

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

Forest Park

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.

Forest Park

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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The Beach

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Last week, Katie and I flew down to Tampa to visit my family for a few days. Florida was hot and miserable as usual, but we did get to go out to St. Pete beach at sunset, so that made up for it all. My cousin was with us too, so that made the time even more enjoyable!

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The sunset over the water was really gorgeous! Katie and I had our nicer cameras with us, so we took a lot of pictures while we were there. I’ve yet to have time to get mine off my camera, but I plan to this weekend.

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Yes, that is a Luffy hat.

Being there reminded me of my childhood as we used to go to the beach quite a bit. If there’s any one thing that I miss in Florida that we don’t have here in Missouri, it’s the beach (St Pete, to be exact). Other than that, Florida is pretty dull and way too hot for me, haha.

While seeing my family and being at the beach was nice, I missed my little cuddle buddies and couldn’t wait to get back home to them.

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Winter Spring

DSC00563It’s been the usual crazy weather winter. We go from winter to spring and back in one week. It’s a wonder I haven’t gotten really sick with all the weather change! We’ll be back to warm weather this weekend though, so I’m looking forward to the nice days. I’d like for spring to come and stay for longer.

Yesterday evening, we had a good bit of snow, so I was able to catch Rio watching it before she realized I was taking her picture. She’s funny about having her picture taken and acts like we’re trying to snap her soul from her or something. Anyway, she still seems to be mesmerized by falling snow, while the boys couldn’t care less. They just want to lounge on their humans and steal their warmth.

Two more days..

Two more days! Then I can whine about having to wait a week between episodes..haha.

Anyway…Happy April!

It’s finally starting to feel like spring around here. It seems like it’s going to be a rainy month, but I’d rather have rain than snow and ice. Also, I’m looking forward to seeing the sakura trees around here in bloom again. Once they are, expect to see many pictures of them!

Enter March

"I'm watching you, Minion. Now, get up and feed me."

“I’m watching you, Minion. Now, get up and feed me.”

 
March felt like it snuck up on me, much like my cat in the morning, only it was nice enough not to pounce on me with 14 lbs. of weight. However, it brought a load of snow with it, so I’m not very happy with it yet. Once it brings me Spring all will be forgiven.

Even if it’s still cold here in Missouri, I’ll have a break from it next week. My roommate and I will be heading down to Florida to visit my family and a friend, so I’m hoping the weather will be nice while Katie and I are there. I know it’ll be a lot warmer, but Florida tends to be a little too rainy when I visit. Instead of Disney World, since we went there last year (twice even, but two different countries), we’ll be going to Epcot, so I’m looking forward to that! I haven’t been there in over 10 years if I remember right. I’ll be sure to take and post my trip photos! Maybe even in a timely manner.