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August 14, 2015
Colorado Buffalo

I’ve decided to decrease the frequency of Animal Photo Friday, because I am slowly running out of pictures! I am moving it back to every other week for now until I build up my stock again. I wanted to share one picture this week though, courtesy of my photography queen mother. Here are a couple of baby buffalo running with a herd near my parent’s home in rural Colorado. Since they have such a large area to roam, you rarely see these guys around.

In other life news, I finished up my last two finals for the trimester this Tuesday. Even with the extra hours to work on posts after closing out the trimester, I still managed to dodge working on the blog…avoidance in action. I did manage to get a few half-posts prepared, so be on the lookout for another veggie burger recipe review and my favorite meditation: the body scan. Now I have two weeks of free time before Alonzo and I travel to the desert of Nevada for Burning Man to spend a week outside of the luxuries and confines of modern day living.

I am about to head out to do some pet sitting, then teach an hour of yoga inspired by the Power Yoga tradition. In honor of that, here is one of my favorite quotes from Baron Baptiste’s book Journey Into Power:

We don’t really have experiences in life. What we have are reactions to experiences. Things don’t happen to us. Things happen in and of themselves, and what we do is react to them.

Yoga has done a lot to help me connect more deeply with my mind through the focus on my body and breath. It allows me to take a step back and become aware of the way I react to situations and thoughts that come up in stressful and mundane environments. While my initial reaction is still not always the best, I become better every day at noticing when I can decrease the stress and increase the peace by allowing what is instead of fighting it. More on that later! Peace out friends. :)

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Animal Photo Friday – 8/7/2015

August 7, 2015
Fawn

This fawn is one half of a set of twins born in my parents backyard last year. While mom’s away, baby will play, and this one decided to check out the front porch. It looks like it’s only a few days old. Check out those big ears, thick fur, and angelic face.

Friendly Dogs

Friendly Dogs

Another sidewalk friendship is formed. Perhaps they were bonding over matching leashes or being similarly shaped? The pair reminded me of the scene in 101 Dalmations where all the puppies cover themselves in soot  to look like black labs in an effort to hide from Cruella Deville.

Bag O' Boops

Bag O’ Boops

The cats love when we go grocery shopping, and they can hardly wait for us to unload before they hop into the empty bags. Jilly Boo will fall asleep curled inside for hours. I like to carry her around the apartment and present her to Alonzo as a gift.

Shiny Squirrel

Shiny Squirrel

This healthy-looking squirrel is diligently nibbling through a peanut. He must be getting a fair amount of healthy fats based on the shininess of his coat.

'Yellow Bear' Tiger Moth

‘Yellow Bear’ Tiger Moth

Another amazing insect courtesy of my mom. I believe this is a Virginia Tiger Moth, but it is even more beautiful than the pictures I found online. This particular species rarely sits with wings open, so my mom must have patiently waited to get this snap. So beautiful.


As a final note, I came across an article about a software that shows how animals see the world. It includes the UV spectrum and adjusts absorption and reflection of colors. It’s free to download too.

If you want to submit a photo, head over to the contact page. 😀

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Animal Photo Friday – 7/31/2015

July 31, 2015

We’ve got some bugs, pups, and a bird this week! Remember, if you want to see a photo of your own, head over to the contact page and you can submit your favorite animal.

1. My dedicated husband braved the sun and scorching heat to get the perfect picture of this HUGE bumble bee last weekend. There is something about bumbles that make me wish I could give them a hug.

2. Avita lives in a home with three other exuberant pups, but maintains a sweet and calm demeanor (this is of course my perspective; things might be different when guests aren’t around!). She is the most timid of the brood, but oh-so-photogenic.

3. I swear I don’t have an obsession with beetles, but I found this little guy walking home yesterday! This species is found mainly along with eastern coast of the United States, and has a reputation for being quite a pest. They eat a variety of fruit and can cause damage to lawns by rooting underground.

4. Here is a turtle dove, spotted by my husband at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He has some potential to become a wildlife photographer ;). We actually have a lot of these birds that hang out right outside the window of our apartment. Wikipedia describes their mating call as a “plaintive cooOOoo-woo-woo-woooo”, and I can confirm the accuracy from experience. I also learned that this species is one of the biggest game birds in the U.S., with over 20 million killed annually, and up to 70 million in some years (sadface). They are able to keep their numbers up because each pair of adult birds can raise up to 6 broods yearly! I guess that’s why we hear their mating call so often. Once they find a mate, they are monogamous and raise each brood together.

5. This photo is blurry, but these dogs were too cute to not share!! They were both so excited to run into each other on the street, and bounced around in joy. I immediately wondered what our world would look like if we as humans were this excited to meet each other! It would probably be pretty exhausting, but fun.

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Animal Photo Friday – 7/24/2015

July 23, 2015

1. Thanks to Marco for this photo. I call it Shadow Dog: a San Francisco art noir moment.

2. Say hello to Maxine! She is the sweetest little one-eyed cat you will ever meet (0ver the internet). I am fortunate enough to get to cat-sit for her every once in a while. Her favorite activities include being pet, purring, and looking out the window (shown here).

3.Watermelon Beetle (a.k.a. Ten-Lined June Beetle): Thanks again to my mom for finding another cool bug! Apparently this particular species resides in the western U.S. and Canada. If touched or otherwise frightened, they make a hissing noise that can sound like a bat! The sounds comes from the forceful closing of their wings. In case you want to hear for yourself, click here.

4. How cute are these two?? This goat and dog are from Sunset Rock Farm, a goat dairy farm in New Hampshire. The farm is run by the family of one of my husband’s coworkers. You can see more adorable goat pictures on the website.

5. Why not include another bottle-baby? This sweet thing was one of SEVEN little tykes I helped to bottle-feed back in 2011 when I worked as a vet assistant at Nova Cat Clinic. While the bottle-feeding phase was time-consuming (since they want to eat every 2 hours), once they started eating solid foods it was even crazier! They literally swam in their food when eating, so they each needed a bath and a blow dry afterwards. It’s a good thing they were so ridiculously cute.

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Animal Photo Friday – 7/17/2015

July 17, 2015

Alright, I’ll get right down to business.

1. Boops! Here she is perched on the bar, looking mighty cute.

2. How cute is this pug? He was spotted looking forlorn on the streets of San Francisco. I want to pick him up and squeeze him until he is happy.

3. Here is another member of the ecosystem of our friend Renee’s home. This garter snake has been living in her front garden for the past few weeks, and is about 1.5 feet long now! He tends to mind his own business, but her cat has learned to stay away from the front yard.

4. There is a small pond at the front of my parent’s neighborhood in Colorado. Every summer, a few Canadian geese fly in and make their nesting grounds here. They must have a good hiding spot, because they seem to always avoid the fox and mountain lion that are most assuredly prowling the area (if only I could get a picture of those). Here is this years batch of goslings, all grown up.

5. I was working at home when I spotted this lil’ fella outside our window. We don’t exactly live in a forested area, so he was definitely lost. He glanced around long enough for my to grab my phone as he ran towards some bushes.

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Animal Photo Friday – 7/10/2015

July 10, 2015

I’m on time this week!!!!

1. My sister is so great. While in San Diego, we visited some friends of my parents who have a pond in the there backyard. They have three turtles their children had saved from the road years ago, and my sister plucked one out for a little love. This turtle’s name was Botts’ dot, named after those raised dots in the middle of the highway.

2. My sweet baby Ginger. She was my birthday gift when I turned 13, but has been living with my parents since I went to college. She has a fantastic life out in Colorado, barking at deer, fox, and bears, and wandering through my mom’s beautiful garden.

3. Here’s a good-looking dog my husband met this week. I don’t know his name, but he seems like a good catch.

4. This little squirrel had a shiny coat, and was nibbling on a nut when I snuck up on him. I love how he is sitting up so properly, rotating his snack in his tiny rodent hands.

5. Benedict Cumbercat! This is a picture of Benedict sitting on my lap back when he was a little wee. He was always a dirty little thing, the price of living with lots of other kitties and no momma to clean them up! If you can believe it, he has a Facebook fan page with over 1800 likes!!! You can check up on his antics here.

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Animal Photo Saturday – 7/4/2015

July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July! I may be a day late, but I have some cute animals to share! I was in San Diego for the Yoga Journal Conference this past week, so that’s the excuse I will use for the delay.

1.There’s nothing like getting into Savasana at the end of a long yoga practice. Jilly Boo likes to ‘help’ me out pretty often during yoga, but she definitely prefers this final resting pose over all others.

2. I love seeing the different variety of seabirds whenever I am around water. Based on internet research, I believe this is a variety of Herring Gull. They were greatly outnumbered by the typical white gull, but I got a nice shot of this one hanging out on a pier.

3. This photo is thanks to our dear friend and nature enthusiast, Renee. If anyone can save the world, it is her and her other naturalist friends. Check out the amazing color and pattern on this caterpillar. Insects creeped me out when I was young, but I can only marvel at the incredible variance and adaptation they show.

4. Labradoodle out in the park! Don’t you wish you could reach out and pet that fluffy fur?

5. Penny and the Pink Piñata: Chapter One. There’s an idea for my first children’s book! I had a piñata for my 25th birthday a few years back, and kept it around as company for our cats for a while after that.

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Animal Photo Friday – 6/26/2015

June 26, 2015

Ahh, I’m posting from San Diego today. It’s a long flight out here, but I have no complaints. I have 4 more days to enjoy this blissful weather before heading back to Virginia. Here are some cute critters to brighten up your day.

1. Look at that face! This is an action shot of a wee pup prancing down the NYC streets a few weeks ago.

2. It’s my sister’s cat Bitsy again! Here she is peering in at me through the window a few years back. She was very confused as to why she couldn’t get through the screen to join me in her bedroom.

3. The Smithsonian Zoo has some nice animals, and we were lucky to catch this aquatic turtle just before he went back into his watery home! Based on some research I did on the Smithosonian website, I think this is a Florida Softshell turtle. Look at that crazy nose!

4. I don’t know this dog’s name. Alonzo met him at The Brew Gentlemen Brewery when he went to visit a month ago. He’s got character though, and look at that shiny coat. I need to get in touch with his hairstylist to see what product he uses. 😉

5. Sweet Princess Penny Polly Pocket. It’s amazing how much disdain her face can show. I know I’m projecting my feelings on to her face, but you’ve got to agree with me. She’s just too good.

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Animal Photo Friday – 6/19/2015

June 19, 2015

Every Friday I am shocked that the week is coming to a close. Are we in a time warp?

1. This is Chewbacca! We met him last year during a sand volleyball game. After the game, he had a fantastic time nosing around in the sand.

2. This sloth bear is another animal from the National Zoo. They feed primarily on insects, but will supplement with plants. Just like Winnie the Pooh, they also love honey!! How cool is that?

3. My husband and I went to Costa Rica a few years ago and stayed at a place with a natural hot spring nearby. This pool was fed by the stream, so it was nice and warm. Apparently this duck appreciated it as much as we did! From my brief research, I believe this is a Muscovy duck.

4. Another Costa Rica picture, this time of a couple of horses. I used to be able to discern the differences between horse breeds, but I have lost that skill with lack of use. They seem nice though!

5. Classic kitten photo from my years at the cat clinic. How sweet are those tiny, dirty faces.

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Animal Photo Friday – 6/12/15

June 12, 2015

Another week flies by! We have a diverse collection of animals this time around. Do you have a favorite animal?

  1. Beetles are animals too! I found this one on my parent’s porch in Colorado last year. I didn’t make up the name either, they are actually called pleasing fungus beetles! If you want to get super technical, it is a gibbifer californicus. Fun name.
  2. Here is a fire shrimp at the Baltimore Aquarium. Such a vibrant red, especially surrounded by the deep purple faux coral. The actual coral species all over the aquarium were some of my favorites to watch!
  3. Our cats are lucky enough to have a fairly consistent source of entertainment right outside the window. This rabbit hung around for a few minutes before moving on.
  4. We made friends with a few pigeons on our honeymoon in Venice. We look good together, yes?
  5. In honor of Jurassic World’s release this week, here is a T-Rex skeleton from the Natural Sciences Museum in D.C.! Shout out to my nephew Andrew and mom-in-law posing in front!
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Animal Photo Friday – 6/5/2015

June 5, 2015

Friday really jumped out at me this morning!! I am not sure how we got here, but I’m glad we made it! Below is a review of the animals this week.

  1. Murray is an approximately 1 year old orange tabby who is eagerly awaiting the arrival of his new human baby sister! He often spends his time curled up in her crib, as he is doing in the picture from this week!
  2. Cilla (short for Priscilla) and her sister-from-another-mister Madison (or Maddie) love to cuddle and keep each other well-groomed. They live in the Big Apple and were recently adopted together. I am excited to get to meet them we I visit New York next week.
  3. I promise it’s not all cats!!! Duke is a sweet black lab my husband and I met at a winery on a trip a few years ago! He accompanies his owner around the vineyard and is a great host when people stop by to visit.
  4. Visiting the Baltimore Aquarium we were able to see this huge sea turtle! I could spend hours standing and looking down on this large habitat they have set up.
  5. Finally, we have some zebras. I don’t know their names, but they seemed friendly! These are from Safari West near Santa Rosa, California. They were calm and incredibly photogenic. I had never been so close to a zebra before. There were a few youngsters in the herd who were curious little things.
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Animal Photo Friday – 5/29/2015

May 29, 2015

Animal Photo Friday is an idea my husband started up a few years ago at his job. He started a mailing list of interested coworkers where they could share pictures or videos of their own pets, or interesting animals they found online. The mailing list is still going strong and brings some much needed happiness after a long week of work. Since unleashing your Atman is all about finding and embracing joy in life, I think posting animal photos is an appropriate weekly activity. I will start off this week with pictures I found in my computer photo gallery. In the future weeks, I would love to share some of your pictures! You can submit them along with a short blurb if you like on the contact page and I will pick a handful to share each week. Happy Friday!