The Goldfinch

I have always loved Goldfinches. Tiny little flashes of gold traveling at high speeds. Then a number of years ago I heard the Ted Leo song, Golden Finch and found a new reason to love this little bird.

Last year I read the marvelous novel by Donna Tart and now every time I see a goldfinch I think of the book. This little guy was found at The National Aviary in Pittsburgh.

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Gold Finch

The Gold Finch

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The National Aviary

If only people were like birds. Competing breeds hang out together. I have never seen a bird fight at the aviary, they all seem to get along. Sure they keep the eagles, raptors and hunting birds segregated. However, in this one room there are maybe 30 different species of birds and they all get along.

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The National Aviary

Bird of Many Colors

We seem to visit the National Aviary a few times a year. You get to know the cast of characters. The Penguins even have name tags! This is one little bird I had never seen before. You can find him in The Grassland exhibit.

The docent told us what kind of bird it was but I cant remember. It is one of the most colorful birds I have ever seen. The variety of colors make its special.

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The National Aviary

The National Aviary

Eagle Eye

For Valentines Day, my wife and I decided to visit our avian friends at The National Aviary. We love visiting every few weeks to see the progress of the babies and as members it costs us nothing to drop in. We got to see the baby penguins for the first time and they were very cute.

I thought the eagles in the aviary were bald eagles but they are actually Stellers Sea Eagles. Bigger than bald eagles but with the same colorations. They have a wingspan of up to 8.2 ft and are found primarily in Australia.

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Ragle Eye

Eagle Eye

Jardin Botanico Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin

If you rent a car and drive about 45 minutes south of Cancún you will come to the wonderful little town of Puerto Morales. More on that in the future. Outside of the town off the highway is a hard to find botanical garden Jardin Botanico Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin It is a fascinating visit and stroll through the Jungle.

It is not an easy hike, the ground is quite uneven in spots and you either have to cross a suspension bridge or hike up a steep hill. Well worth it though. There is allegedly a lot of wildlife but we only saw birds. Of course there were some ruins but also examples of how ancient Mayan’s lived. Inexpensive, uncrowded and very unique. Bring bug spray, it is the Jungle!

These grass roof structures were part of family living. There were three or four adjacent to each other. One had a chimney structure where the family cooked and ate, kind of a Mayan great room.Others were used for sleeping and storage. This is how the common people lived. In Tulum and Chichen Itsa you can see the ruins of stone dwellings were the rulers and elite lived.

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Mayan House

Mayan Housing

Life Finds Away

If you rent a car and drive about 45 minutes south of Cancún you will come to the wonderful little town of Puerto Morales. More on that in the future. Outside of the town off the highway is a hard to find botanical garden Jardin Botanico Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin It is a fascinating visit and stroll through the Jungle.

It is not an easy hike, the ground is quite uneven in spots and you either have to cross a suspension bridge or hike up a steep hill. Well worth it though. There is allegedly a lot of wildlife but we only saw birds. Of course there were some ruins but also examples of how ancient Mayan’s lived. Inexpensive, uncrowded and very unique. Bring bug spray, it is the Jungle!

All through the park there were examples of species survival as this little tree tries to grow out of a mangrove root.

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Life Finds a Way

Life Finds a Way

Sunset at the Dock

I took this picture while this boat was at the dock. I couldn’t help but wonder how this would feel to see the sun going while at sea. No other boats around, no land in sight.

Would I feel anxious, peaceful, scared or happy. Probably all of the above making it a unique experience.

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Sunset at the Dock

Sunset at the Dock