Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Zoo, Again

I went to the zoo again today, this time alone, just to take a walk. Since it was a weekday with cold, overcast weather, the zoo was mostly empty, so I was able to get into the butterfly pavilion.

Here's a random butterfly. There are many, many different species of butterflies in the exhibit, all mingling peacefully. None landed on me, but some flew close to my face.

And elsewhere in the zoo, some wild turkeys have moved in. They are not technically zoo animals, as they roam free and I've seen them hop in and out of several exhibits all over the east end of the zoo. I guess they've decided that the zoo is easy living. I wonder if they're refugees from the flock that I usually see in the ditches along the interstate.

Here's a turkey hanging out with a peacock. At first, it seems like an odd juxtaposition, but it really makes sense. They're about the same size and build, and the males of both species show off by fanning their tails. They have a lot in common.

1 comment:

Maryann Miller said...

I miss the zoo. :-( What a great butterfly picture.
I am adding a link to your blog from my "The Many Faces of Grief." If you get a chance to link back, I'd appreciate it.
Hope all is going well for you. I am counting the days until my book comes out. I sent a sampler to the head of collections there in Omaha, can't recall her name right off, so I hope she will order many copies for all the branches of thelibrary. :-)