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General Discussion / Re: High Plains Drifter and Sudden Impact
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:48:07 AM »
They're both the fourth installation of Clint's most famous characters:  Harry Callahan, and The Man With No Name (stretching a bit on this one, since Stranger isn't the same person as MWNN, but he is a no named stranger in a western setting -- right up to the last moment on screen anyway).

 ;D Rats!


They are capybaras, "the largest living rodent in the world," according to Wiki. (And who would want to be confronted with the largest dead rodent?  :o )

Correct, of course. That link you posted had some interesting information. Apparently, capybara sightings are common in Florida (never saw one in all the years I lived there).  Another interesting factoid -- they're pictured on a Uruguayan coin, which has to make them the only rodent featured on currency.

More Happy Halloween:

I love your street photography. I love the un-posed spur-of-the-moment everyday people shots that you take. I've never done that type of photography. In my photographic world, people don't exist -- it's just animals and landscapes, though sometimes there's a silhouette or city skyline. So I have a good degree of appreciation for this kind of photography, and just capturing people as they are, forever preserved in that one moment.

I looked at the zoo map for your Central Park zoo, and you have some great animals there -- though your photography of the people at the zoo might be more interesting!

I'm actually pretty disappointed in that last photo. I thought I got the best shot of Red Pandas ever. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera set with a fast shutter speed for capturing action, and the lens was too slow to capture the playing. It came out with motion blur, and I couldn't tell when looking at it on the little camera screen. I thought I had captured an action shot perfectly, and was really happy with myself.  ::)   To me, photography is like hunting, only you appreciate the animals, you don't hurt them. So getting that "prized shot" is as rewarding as I suppose it would be for Wilson to shoot the elephant.

It's that Irish animal ... an O'Kapi! :D

And they looks like they're half zebra, and half (short and unspotted) giraffe, so I guess that's the answer. I did take a quick peek at Google, but only to see if "okapi" was spelled right.  ;)

You get the gold star for that -- Okapi it is! And Giraffe and Zebra is also correct!

If you're still having fun, how about this one? There's no scale included to see the size, but they are about 2.5 to 3 feet long.

(^ Not a very artistic picture, so here's a few more):

I haven't been to the Cincinnati zoo since I was a kid.

Are you close, Christopher? I know you're in Ohio, but not sure what city. In any case, it's a great zoo -- and as adults, I think we can appreciate the zoo more than kids, if we allow our inner child to enjoy it.  I don't think kids would get how rare it is to see these animals in person when they're as young as they are. To them, the goat in the zoo's petting zoo is as novel as seeing the snow leopard. But as we get older, we appreciate that some of these animals are near extinction, and that we miss out on how gorgeous our planet is if we don't see them. There's this quote from Rocky, Christopher you may know it -- so I won't quote it yet -- where Rocky is going to take Adrian on their first date, and the local mob boss's bodyguard tells Rocky where to take her and why.  It's a funny quote, and it runs through my mind at least once when I go to the zoo. It's a laughable quote because it's ridiculous, but I think a lot of adults miss out on seeing these things because they're thought to be more for kids. The Cincy zoo has beer and wine sales. So, grab a camera, and go. It's a great day!


Lycaon pictus, or African wild dog, African hunting dog, African painted dog, painted hunting dog or painted wolf. It is a canid native to Sub-Saharan Africa.

(I didn't know, but Google Image Search did.)

Yes to all of the above.  Now let's see if you can guess this one (without help from Google):

If you can't name the animal, then what two animals are his closest relatives? One is more obvious than the other!

And here's a few more pics:

With zoo pics, I like to zoom in very close or else it looks too much like a zoo pic. I try to avoid showing glass enclosures or fences in or around the area, or feeding dispensers. The one thing that's hardest to get around are the tags they use on some of the animals -- I notice them on all the birds, but not on the other animals.  So shooting Ostriches, Flamingos and Penguins were definitely close-up photos.  I got lucky on this picture, because although there are huge tags around the entire wing of the penguins, they were turned toward me in a way that they weren't shown:

Zoo pics from the Cincinatti Zoo:

The world-famous Fiona with her mother (her father died this week)

I've never seen this animal in person or online before this trip. Anyone know what it is?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Uncle Fred, Rest In Peace
« on: October 31, 2017, 06:37:52 PM »
Sorry for your loss, Brian. I know you were close to your uncles. May he rest in peace.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday, AKA23!
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:18:15 PM »
Happy birthday, AKA! Hope you're having a great day!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What Was The Last DVD You Bought ?
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:46:31 PM »
Not bought.. but a pal just lent me the Eddie Murphy comedy  Coming to America .. I've never seen it so here gos..

I love that movie. Classic 80's.... but don't know how well it holds up.


Is that a baby eagle in the top pic?

Why yes, it is! 

“Within Without You” 10/18/17

Channeling some George Harrison Sgt. Pepper's?

Here's a tree pic of my own -- see if anyone can guess the type of baby bird in this image:

And my best Puffin photo:

This is Mendenhall Glacier, which is one of the glaciers that's easiest to get to if you're visitng Juneau. There's a visitor's center with parking, and a variety of trails. I missed seeing a bear here, and this was before I saw all the grizzly bears above, so I was disappointed because it seemed I just kept missing them, both here and at Eagle Beach, another great place to spot Eagles, Bears, and spawning salmon.

Here's one more shot of that father grizzly. He almost looks stuffed because he's so perfectly large and foreboding:

These last two are from the flight out of Alaska. I wanted to spend time in Seattle, so chose a flight that would give me a 7 hour layover -- just enough to photograph their iconic skyline.  But, it meant stopping twice between Juneau in Seattle.  First, in Sitka, and then in  Ketchikan. 



And that's it for Alaska. Next:  Seattle. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Cats or Dogs?
« on: October 18, 2017, 06:56:25 PM »
Way back when this thread was young, there was a young Bug (Boston Terrier/Pug) named Katie. Katie loved to eat (especially spaghetti), enjoyed long (but not too long) walks, and laying in front of the fireplace. But, she loved people the most. She actually had a sense of humor, showing a huge smile whenever anyone was laughing nearby or talking to her.  She struggled with her health the last 18 months of her life, but never stopped smiling. When her legs gave out on her, she enjoyed being carried around. Her hearing diminished to where she could only hear the loudest sounds, and her vision had gotten equally bad.  When her bladder and bowels went, I knew it was time to put her down. My next-door neighbor had a dog that Katie enjoyed being around, so I took her next door to say goodbye, and as if it was divine intervention, my neighbor insisted on adopting her. He and his girlfriend had been discussing adopting an elderly dog, and here I was with mine to say goodbye, ready to put her down. They took Katie, and she was right next door where I could visit, and I did. They bought a cart for her back legs so she could still get around, but Katie wouldn't use it. So they bought her a baby-stroller, and that she loved. They enjoyed her for about a year. Katie was blessed to have two families that loved her and treated her like a queen. 

Katie passed on today at the age of 16. She's left many broken hearts behind.  I found this article a while ago, and bookmarked it. I knew it would be good to add here someday, so for everyone who has lost a beloved pet: Why Your Dog’s Death May Be The Most Difficult Event Of Your Life

R.I.P.  Katie  September 1, 2001 - October 18, 2017.

Questions & Answers / Re: Please help with movie scene
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:12:56 PM »
Bronco Billy only used his in the Wild West show.

And in banks!

Questions & Answers / Re: Please help with movie scene
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:09:35 PM »
I don't think Billy wore a denim jacket. He wore a suede one with fringe. So, that leaves Philo with his barroom buddies brawl.

Questions & Answers / Re: Please help with movie scene
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:34:35 PM »
Where's our local EWWBL expert when we need one?

Philo never carried a gun, but he did knock someone into the jukebox in a bar brawl. Or, was that Bronco Billy who knocked someone into a jukebox in a bar brawl? Also, pretty sure Philo or Billy wore a denim jacket, and would be the only Eastwood characters who would. If he knocked someone into the jukebox and it skipped the song, it wasn't due to the song being the problem, it was the punk who got knocked into it.

In any case, I agree with KC that this scene wasn't Clint, as you remember it -- and if it's not the bar brawl in one of these movies, then it's a different actor.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday, Schofield Kid!
« on: October 15, 2017, 09:29:04 PM »
The workers over at the Vegemite factory wanted to celebrate the birthday of their best customer!

That looksl ike some tasty food they've got. Too bad they want to put Vegemite all over it.

Anyway, hope you have a great birthday!

I just looked over that website, and it's frustrating that they won't give an answer to the question:  How likely am I to see the Northern Lights?  I get that it varies, but there's a statistical answer that they should be able to provide.  They have these tours, and if you pay thousands of dollars to go on one, and go sit in negative degree weather from 9pm to 1am, they should be able to say "65% of our trips have resulted in at least one viewing of the Northern Lights".  Or whatever number.  There has to be a better answer than "We can't say".  And if it was closer to 80%, then I'd think it would be worth trying it.

Thanks, Matt! Did you make your way through that labyrinth in the first picture from the Shrine of St. Thérèse?

That would have been a possibility, except that I was soaked to the bone and tired after having spent the day sight-seeing. I did enjoy it though. It was very beautiful and serene, and I was the only one there because it was pouring at the time, so I liked that I had the whole place to myself, but it was a short visit because of the rain.

I clicked the link you provided and was awestruck at the first image on the site ... a spectacular view of the shrine under the northern lights. Also, I found out that the second of your pictures shows the columbarium there ... certainly a beautiful place for one's ashes to repose, awaiting the Resurrection.

Oh, I know. I wished we could have seen the Northern Lights, but they're a winter event, mainly occuring September - April.

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