The Missing Peel

It was like a clue from an Agatha Christie novel. I wondered about how it got there and why. Did the one guy steal it from the other’s lunch and hide the evidence? Did a person throw it there? Did a bird drop it from the sky? Was there a monkey in the area? I’ll never know.

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The Missing Peel

Looking Forward to The National Aviary

Now that I am fully vaccinated I am looking forward to visiting my favorite places. Near the top of that list is The National Aviary. We are very fortunate in Pittsburgh to house the largest Aviary in The United States. We are members and usually visit 4 to 5 times a year. We have not been there in over a year due to COVID19

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An Aviary Moment

Feathered Friends

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

Winter Joy at The Phipps Conservatory

I miss visiting the Phipps Conservatory of Pittsburghthis year especially in the dead of winter in the dead of winter. When your skin is dry and you are cold and chilly it is wonderful to spend an hour or two in warm humidity smelling the blooms of orchids and other fragrant flowers. It’s almost as good as a spa treatment. I have no idea what the actual name is of this orchid but it brought me joy in the cold of winter so to me it is Winter Joy.

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Winter Joy

Selective Color Project–Lunch in Karlsplatz Park Vienna

Another great candidate for my selective color project. A gray afternoon in Vienna made this young lady the only color in the Karlsplatz Park in Vienna.

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Selective Color Project Lunch in Vienna

Selective Color Project–Arizona Moth

The beautiful color of this moth gets lost in the tree it is perched on. A perfect candidate for my selective color project. Photographed at the butterfly garden in the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

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Selective Color Moth

Selective Color–Pittsburgh Butterfly

I never published this picture because the bright red of geranium blooms seemed to diminish the color of this butterfly photographed in our garden. A perfect candidate for my selective color project.

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Pittsburgh Butterfly

Pelican Portrait

One of my favorite birds to watch is the pelican. I probably wouldn’t feel the same way if I was a fisherman. This group was hassling a fishing boat off Captiva Island.I think the fishermen would have shot them if they thought they could get away with it. Apparently they like to eat the bait.

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Pelican Portrait

Pelican Portrait

Good Bye to The Missing Year of 2020

The worst thing about 2020 was the time lost. I don’t think age matters. If you are old like me you think how many years do I have left. If you are young it is a major part of your like spent in quarantine. Time lost is time lost. It can’t be replaced. 2021 brings us hope. We will hopefully soon be able to travel again, see family, hold events and dine out. I am eager for that return to a normal life.

As the sun rises on a new year, be safe, wear a mask, get vaccinated and hopefully soon we will be set free.

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Caribbean Sunrise