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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bird Mosaic, Panama

Bird Mosaic, Los Quetzales, Panama Guadalupe, Panama ~ January 11, 2010
Los Quetzales Ecolodge

See today's post on my On the Pavement blog for another bird mosaic at Los Quetzales.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Snake Terrace Extraordinaire

Snake in Mosaic, Paris Playground, Tours Aillaud
Nanterre, Paris, July 2010

This wonderful photo is thanks to my blogging friend VP of Livorno, Italy. Check out his Daily Photo Stream and Livorno Daily Photo blogs. If you want some additional fun, see VP's A Bunch of Benches blog. You will be amazed :) That blog started out as a joke and was later discovered. I have no idea what the inside joke was about, but it now has a following of folks who like seeing a daily morph of the bench theme. Back to the photo above: I have not seen this gargantuan snake myself, but I can imagine how excited I'd be to find it while walking through the city. I also love the treatment of the buildings in the background. Thanks, VP!

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sea Lion and Salmon Bench, Tacoma

Sea Lion and Salmon Bench Tacoma, Washington ~ August 28, 2010
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

The sea lions and salmon seem to get along pretty well on the bench outside the entrance to the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington, but don't expect the salmon to be smiling when the two species meet in local waters.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Giant Panda and Thylacine (Tasmanian Wolf) on a Carousel in Paris

Giant panda and thylacine on the dodo carousel Paris ~ October 14, 2008
The Dodo Carousel, Jardin des Plantes

We still have giant pandas in the world, but only about 1,600 to 3,000 of them, which is not many, especially when they are so hard to breed in captivity and they are not breeding well in the wild. We no longer have the fascinating marsupial - a thylacine, Tasmanian wolf, or Tassie tiger. We can thank modern humans in our egocentric stupidity for eradicating this unique animal (considered to be a pest) in the 1930s. Unsubstantiated reports of their possible existence persisted until the 1960s, but the thylacine was offically listed as extinct in 1982; the rule is that extinction is declared 50 years after the last definitively-living animal has died.

Giant panda and thylacine on the dodo carousel Here's Lee studying the sign near the carousel. I thought the artwork and explanations were terrific, allowing this entertaining carousel to educate and enrich those who cared to take a look. I also thought the drawings were quite nice. I've left the bottom photo very large in case you want to click on it and see the text and the drawings. For other animals on the carousel, click on the "dodo carousel" keyword below.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Another Greeter

Scupture of a Prehistoric Animal, Museum of Paleontology, Paris Paris ~ October 14, 2008
Outside the Museum of Natural History (Paleontologgy)
in the Jardin des Plantes

Besides the little creatures all over the facade of the museum, there were three greeters standing at the ready. This proto-something-or-other, perhaps from the Eocene, Oligocene, or Miocene, was much friedlier than he appears. You can see the other two greeters here and here.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Blue Horse in Portland

Painted Horse in Portland Portland, Oregon ~ April 18, 2010
Northwest 23rd Street

This just goes to show that all spotted ponies are not Appaloosas.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Alive and Well

Flamingo Lawn Sculpture or Garden Sculpture Bend, Oregon ~ May 31, 2010

In case any of us were worried about it, this just goes to show that flamingo lawn sculpture is still alive and well.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Frog and Shoe

Frog Sculpture, Naples Naples, Italy ~ April 18, 2004

It would be nice if I had recorded any information about this stone frog and what culture produced it, but I didn't. As I so often say, I will have to go back.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Amazing Face

Frogfish SculptureNewport, Oregon ~ March 11, 2006

I think this may be a frogfish cast in bronze and integrated with the rock in the gardens of the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Peacocks in Portland

Peacocks on an Art Deco Building Portland, Oregon ~ August 7, 2010
On an Art Deco building near Pioneer Square

See today's Tapirgal's Daily Image for a full view of this delightful building.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Salmon in Tacoma - Imagine That!

Salmon Sculpture, Tacoma Tacoma, Washington ~ May 22, 2004

If I remember correctly, this was right outside a very good sushi place, although I don't think there was any connection.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Mama Jaguar

Mother and Baby Jaguar, Hotel Lobby, Manaus, Brazil Manaus, Brazil ~ April 25, 2007
Jaguar with Cub, life size

For several days I passed this carved jaguar mother and her cub each time I went in or out of our hotel's main door. I was fascinated by the realism obtained by the airtist with the fur's texture and coloring.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Inlaid Ivory Bird

Warwick, England ~ February 17, 2010

This beautiful old table top on the dark side of the library was covered with inlaid ivory plants and birds.

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