PhotoPOSTcard: The Bigger They Are, The Harder It Is To Get A Drink

Giraffes have evolved a long neck so that they can reach the tender new shoots on the upper levels of trees. This way they are not competing for food with the other herbivores. That same long neck though can make it awkward to get a drink of water.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: An Attractive Male Agama Lizard

I discovered that Africa has creatures both great and small. We found this little male Agama lizard near the Mara river in Kenya. During mating season, the males become these bright, almost neon colors. The rest of the time, they are a drab tan color like the females. This little guy may have had one too many mating territorial fights since his tail looks chopped off.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: The Queen of Beasts

Our first really good sighting of lions was from the heights of our early morning hot air balloon flight over Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve. We were able to quietly trail these two female lions for a little while before they went into the brush and out of sight. Even from far away, it was easy to see that they were healthy and powerful and quite well fed. Clearly the top of the food chain.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Elephants in Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve

In the first two hours of our first game drive in the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya, we saw ostriches, zebras, a variety of gazelle, giraffes, cape buffalo, wilderbeests, a female lion and her juvenile cub, and my favorite, elephants. I would have been content after just this experience, but we still had ten more days of game viewing in Kenya and Tanzania. Could it really get much better?

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Floating Above Kenya’s Maasai Mara

We started our first full day in Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve with an early morning hot air balloon ride over the grasslands, floating softly over the landscape as the sun rose behind us. We looked down on these wilderbeests as they strutted along, their bodies half covered by the tall grasses that covered the landscape from horizon to horizon.

Such and amazing and memorable experience in an amazing  location.

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Rose

 

 

PhotoPOSTcard: Peeking Into Jackson Bottom Wetlands

Looking out through a blind into the Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Tualatin Valley, OR, as a drake persistently courts a female duck. It’s spring and romance is in the air, even for ducks.

Please note that my visit to the Tualatin Valley Quilt Barn Trail was sponsored by the Washington County Visitor’s Association. All content and opinions are my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Crimson Clover Over and Over

No, not lavender fields – though Tualatin Valley in Oregon has those also. This field has alternating rows of blooming red clover planted amid rows of new grape vines. The red clover is a natural fertilizer, putting nitrogen back into the soil.  Cover crops such as these also help with water management as well as providing a haven for beneficial insects. Seeing row upon row of grapevines is a common sight in this area. Part of the renowned Willamette wine growing region, Tualaltin Valley boasts over 35 wineries. Looks like this one could be number 36?

Please note that my visit to the Tualatin Valley Quilt Barn Trail was sponsored by the Washington County Visitor’s Association. All content and opinions are my own.

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Rose

 

PhotoPOSTcard: Following a Different Oregon Trail

One of the 50+ Quilt Barns on the Tualatin Valley Quilt Barn Trail. The Quilt Barn Trail showcases the agricultural and historical heritage in Oregon’s Washington county. Many of the barns on the trail are “Century Barns” which have been in the same family for over 100 years. Each quilt block panel on the trail represents the personal story of the barn’s owners. This Captain’s Star block on the Demmin Farm pays tribute to Captain Lester Demmin who retired to this farm after being in command of a nuclear submarine during the cold war. The barn is framed by the farm’s blueberry crop.

Please note that my visit to the Tualatin Valley Quilt Barn Trail was sponsored by the Washington County Visitor’s Association. All content and opinions are my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: The Magic Hour In Istanbul

It’s the magic hour in Istanbul – that time of day after the sun has set and the sky turns a deep royal blue. It’s the perfect time of day for the best view of Istanbul from the Galata Bridge. Looking uphill, the great Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent sparkles like a jewel. In the waters of the Golden Horn at the base of the bridge, the colorful Balik Ekmek (fish sandwich) boats serve up freshly cooked fish to hungry locals and tourists alike. It’s my last grand view of this wonderful city on my last night in Istanbul. What a great way to end my visit. But not my last one – I’ll be back.

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Rose