Camera Critters – Kovu the Ginger Cat

I always enjoyed participating in Camera Critters, but it has been a long time!

Kovu our ginger kitty. I was trying to post a picture of both cats, but Word Press was not cooperating with sizing.






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Happy Birthday Kovu

It’s a day late, it snuck up on me, but KOVU our cat turned EIGHT YEARS old yesterday.

Kovu and his siblings were born early on the morning of 3/26/2006 most of them in my bed right next to Tara!

Daphne a cat we had gotten from a rescue had gotten out of the house before we had a chance to have her spayed. She was an escape artist from a very young age!  She wound up presenting us with FIVE healthy kittens. While it was not the best thing for the cat population, it was SO much fun raising the kittens and oh so hard when the time came to share them with their forever homes.

We kept the two “ginger cats” both males – Kovu and Simba. Simba, much like his mother was an escape artist and left home one morning, never to return :(.

Kovu has always been and will always be TARA’s boy!

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All five of the babies – Nala, Simba, Kiara, Kovu and Sarabi – all Lion King names.

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One day old – eight years ago today – Kovu is 2nd from the right
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Kovu is the 2ns one from te bottom you can see his face.

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4-7-2006 – Again Kovu is 2nd from the right

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Camera Critters – Black Point Wildlife Drive

Taking a journey back in time! Florida has way more interesting critters than PA!

Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river.
Patience young grasshopper!

“Time is for dragonflies and angels. The former live too little and the latter live too long.” – James Thurber

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Camera Critters – Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese seem to be everywhere right now, and lots and lots of babies! They are constantly in motion, it’s hard to get a good picture of them!
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Camera Critters – Little Red Lady Bug!

One from the archives… nothing super special, but I wanted to participate today!

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Camera Critters – Busch Gardens Tampa

It’s been awhile since I participated in Camera Critters. It’s been awhile since I’ve really taken any pictures of critters with the exception of the cat, the dog and a random squirrel.

I’m having a relaxing Saturday morning (so far, it’s only 9:30) drinking coffee and watching Christmas movies. I thought I would participate today with some photos from the past!

 A warm sunny day at Busch Gardens in Tampa!

The majestic Bengal Tiger. I love cats, not matter the size!

Lion couple! I have a series of pictures of these two. They start with them looking the other way, then turning to look at me, then the female moving into a sitting position. Finally they both were standing! Glad there was plexiglass between us, they seemed awful interested in ME!



Hey, you down there. Where’s MINE?


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Good Bye Oliver

Rest In Peace Oliver
You were the BEST Guinea Pig ever!
We will never forget you!
One of our guinea pigs that we have had since birth passed away on Thursday. It was a sad day for us all including his cage buddy Reese
The day you were born – May 31, 2008 (Ollie has the all white head 2nd from left)
Two weeks old
We got Reese a new cage buddy today. His name is Beau. They hit it off right away (which is not always the case particularly with male pigs). Reese is no longer alone and Beau has an awesome new home! He is all black one with one foot and one nail one another foot that is not black!
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Critters of Bogart’s Bridge

This past Tuesday, I had the “pleasure” of driving my daughter and two friends to Allentown for a concert. Allentown is about 30ish miles from home, so not so far that I could not have come home after dropping them off and returned when the concert was over 8 HOURS later. I decided however, to enjoy a day on my own with my camera.

I had researched a few things in the area to see/do that were free. I found a great printable walking tour of the downtown area, that pointed out the architecture and history of some of the buildings, as well as a driving tour of Covered Bridges in the area.

As it was quite a warm day, and I really did not feel like hitting the pavement in town, I opted for the covered bridges. There were seven listed, I set out to see what I could see.

My first stop along the way was Bogart’s Bridge. This bridge is not in service for vehicles, just foot traffic across the Little Lehigh River. This bridge is the oldest in the Lehigh Valley, and one of the oldest in the country. The bridge is located in a beautiful spot, full of activity – runners, bikers, walkers, and fishermen were seen during my stop!

I also encountered quite a few critters along the way.
This pretty butterfly – I am thinking this is a Gray Comma?
Then along the river, where I found an awesome rock to sit and enjoy the beauty of the area and the sound of the water, I met up with the Mallards.
Once I started walking again, I encountered a snake, who was sunning on a rock, and apparently I startled him before I could get my camera aimed! I was wearing flip flops, and although he was quite a few feet away from me, it kind of freaked me out!
I had seen a Swallowtail butterfly while I was by the stream, but he kept landing on branches too high for me to see him, so I was happy when this one was resting under the bridge.
The highlight of the adventure was the swallows. There were swallows flying everywhere. They are hard to capture, they do not sit very long out in the open. I got brave and went under the bridge to get the shot of the butterfly and realized there were dozens of swallows who had made the bridge there home.

Hungry and chirping like crazy!
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Flying “Flower”

The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.
~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun

This little “fellow” was flitting around me the other day when I came home from work. I didn’t really have the right lens for photographing a butterfly, my 55-250mm lens was on my camera, but I made do!  I almost felt like it was trying to send me a message, sort of like Tinkerbelle flying around Peter Pan’s head! 
I have not had time to try and identify, so if any one has that answer, I would love to hear what it is!
EDITED TO ADD – Thanks to Misty Dawn, this has been identified as a a Red Spotted Purple.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.  ~Author Unknown

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”  ~Hans Christian Andersen

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.  ~Rabindranath Tagore 

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun And find your shoulder to light on, To bring you luck, happiness and riches Today, tomorrow and beyond. ~Irish Blessing

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