California Dreamin’ VI (Part II)

Because this is a Part II, there must have been a Part I (can’t get anything by you guys!).  So, when last we left you, we were surviving the wilds of the African plains in . . . southern California.  Oh, and I forgot to point out in Part I, though you probably already know it, there are only two mammals that cannot jump:  elephants, and – me!

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[Master of His Domain.]

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[The Master says, “Feed me!”]

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[Who you lookin’ at?]

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[OK, now we’re going to do the ole horizontal ladder trick!]

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[And away we go!]

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[Come to momma.]

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[Red birds, likely not related to cardinals.]    ]

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[Frogs and weeds, frogs and weeds . . .]

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[Parrots strafe the crowd.]

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[That was neat!]

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[Mr. Piggy!  OK, I forgot what his “real” name was, but this guy made several cameo appearances during the bird show.]

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[Exit, stage left.]

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[Another feathered beast.]

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[Unknown variety, and the research seems daunting.]

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[The talking parrot show!  🙂  ]

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[Uh-oh, here comes a bad dude!]

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[Don’t be unafraid because of  his relatively mild sounding appellation – secretary bird.]

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[These bad boys stomp their victims (usually snakes) to death.]

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[Run for your lives!]

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[Too late, he’s got his eye on me!]

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[I put this in because I don’t know why?  See anything?]

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[I think we were waiting for these guys to come flying over the hill.]

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[Obviously some brand of guinea hen?]

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[Raptor!]

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[There’s our guy again.  Obviously a camera “hog!”]

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[Artsy shot, I guess?]

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[Bird show’s over, what’s happenin’ at the lagoon?]

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[Reetz out on the trail, looking for more excitement.]

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[Chain-saw eagle]

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[The supervisor doesn’t quite measure up to a condor.  But then, she seldom flies.]

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[Trees . . . are they torrey pines?]

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[The Biddies enjoy a vista as we’re in search of . . . the condor!]

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[Looks promising ahead.]

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[Ooops, farther away than I thought?]

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[The national symbol.]

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[Raptor, a hawk, I guess.]

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[Owl!]

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[The valley where we trammed.]

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[The coastal sage scrub habitat in this area is unique in the world.]

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[Yup, we don’t even have this around beautiful Lake Darling.]

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[A scenic view, so named by me.]

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[We finally made it to condor ridge.  A long slog through the groomed trails and walkways.]

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[The supervisor shoots . . . and scores!  The next three shots are hers!  🙂   ]

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[These condors are being rehabilitated.  I don’t know what crimes they perpetrated?]

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[I was here first!]

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[No, I was, carrion breath!]

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[Issues were eventually resolved.]

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[Can I take one home?]

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[Leaving the condors, we pass various ungulates on the way down.]

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[I’d recognize a bighorn sheep anywhere.]

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[Hiding behind their what-passes-for-a-tree.]

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[It’s so dry here that if you expectorate you double the normal annual precipitation.]

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[But again, a scenic view.]

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[Everything you ever wanted to know about coastal sage scrub habitat.]

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[Without question, a cactus.]

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[Back to the owls.  Nicely camouflaged.]

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[Guessing a Harris hawk.]

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[The Biddies are excited.  We’ve found the bonsai garden.]

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[I want one, I want one!]

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[They all have name tags, so I’ll let them speak for themselves as we roll along.]

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[At least they can’t shed much in the fall.]

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[Neat-o!]

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[So I touched the benches and sat on the trees.]

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[What a nice day!]

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[As the sun began sinking slowly into the ocean . . . ]

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[We began our ambling exit from a long day at the park.]

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[There’s the door!]

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[Now where’s the main entrance?]

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[Oh, but first we had to see the new lion cubs.]

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[The supervisor elbowed her way past older women and children for this closer-upper shot.]

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[We’re getting close – found one of our pigs again.]

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[And back to the big pig with the horn . . . and then we were outta there!  Escondido, vaya con dios!]

Up next:  Rushed to get this out (though still a lot of California left) – the first girls’ softball game is tonight.

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One Response to California Dreamin’ VI (Part II)

  1. JamiG4 says:

    What’s with the wires going into the Bonsai pots???

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