“Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary”

This week’s weekly photo challenge is “solitary” as in one person in the photo solitary not the card game, which I play wayyyyy too much.

Anyway, this is an old shot of my son as a teenager. We lived in Colorado at the time and were fishing at a stocked goose pond on Fort Carson. The pond was the home of various geese that were in rehab. I didn’t even know geese drank.

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So I snapped this shot and he went off to the other side of the pond to fish.

I innocently opened a bag of pretzels and the geese came closer. I looked up and they stopped.

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Then I ate a pretzel and they came closer, pausing and acting quite nonchalant when I looked up at them again.

And every time I looked away and looked back they were closer and closer…

Staring at me with their little alcohol crazed eyes…
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Eventually I was surrounded, my pretzels were absconded and my lawn chair was tortured and bitten in a way that no lawn chair should ever be tortured and bitten.

 I was jumping up and down and snapping a towel at them and all the people who were fishing completely ignored me.

I left thoroughly defeated, deluded, depretzeled …

But eventually I did go back, and there were no geese.

A mountain lion had come down to the pond with a bag of pretzels…

And that’s the end of their story.

So the moral of the story is, first off never put a geese rehab pond in the middle of a mountain lion’s range and secondly, if you think you’re alone, trust me you’re not. There are over six billion people on the planet and even better there’s more billions of birds and animals. You just need to go outside.

And take some pretzels.

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If you would like to participate in the Weekly Photo Challenge, follow this link!

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012

 

 

Meet me in Saint Louis, Louis..

That’s a great song. Written by Sterling and Mills for Judy Garland of course.

Everyone sing!

“Meet me in Saint Louis, Louis..

Meet me at the fair

Don’t tell me the lights are shining any place but there!”

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“We will dance the Hoochee Koochee”

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“I will be your tootsie wootsie!”


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“If you will meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the fair!”

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Alright so I was actually at the Saint Louis Zoo but it was started when the city bought the walk-through birdcage from the 1904 World’s Fair. It’s now a world class zoo and it’s gorgeous. Just the landscaping alone is worth seeing.

And this camel with the bad toupee is worth seeing as well.

“Toupee!” he says in a bad British accent “You cad!”

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Then there was this monkey, a lion maned something or other who apparently thought I was a photographer for a clothing catalog.

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And he told the lemur to pose too. Work it baby, work it!

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This lemur went for the deep look

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This guy just yammered on in a bad New York Yiddish accent

“Oh vey! What do you expect me to pose for, I don’t wear the clothes!”

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And the hippo was as adorable as a 6000 lb animal can be.

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And don’t get me started on how much I love rhinos.

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Being at the zoo reminded me of a painting I had wanted to do for a long time.

I was the Pueblo Zoo in Colorado a few years back. I was watching this goose who was sitting on the ledge of their little river. And this goose refused to move, all the geese kept having to walk around him. Then along came this white goose and a brown goose. Instead of walking around the sitting goose, they stood and watched it, honking softly.

They seemed very perplexed by the sitting goose’s lack of manners. The sitting goose did everything it could not to look at them. It was a very haughty goose and it made me laugh.

This is acrylic, 5×7.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge..Two Subjects.

This week’s weekly photo challenge is to take a photo with two subjects.

I couldn’t resist as someone stuck their big fat head in the way, giving me two subjects.

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If you would like  to participate in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge follow this link.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012