Monday, March 31, 2014

Papa John and the animals

As I told you before, we received yearly passes to visit the Gulf Breeze Zoo, so when my dad came home we took full advantage and took him with us to see the animals.  We spent the bulk of the day there, which meant no nap for Canon. Aside from a short meltdown over not wanting to feed the llamas all of the animal food, he did pretty good so color me relieved.

I try every single visit to get a good shot of this guy, but I have never really been able to get it. I have to combat the sun and the animals that apparently don't want their portrait taken. I can't be sure, but I think this feathered friend was laughing at me this time.

We took a turn in the budgey cage feeding the birds.

I am not sure if you can tell from this picture...but Canon loves his Papa John.

They have ostriches at this zoo and we saw several eggs in the sand. We couldn't decide, though, whether these were real or fake.

Of course, no zoo trip for me is complete without a thousand shots of the peacocks.


Two peas in a pod.

Sorry for all of the peacock photos, but I can't stop. I won't stop.

I like this shot because the green plume is in such detail. It's like he shifted his body just for me. Thanks dude.

I adjusted the temperature in this photo for a different feel. I kind of like it.

I hope you don't get tired of zoo photos because we go pretty often. I will try to keep the posts fairly spaced out though, so thanks for bearing with me!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Funnies : Stuff Canon Says

It's time for another round of "Stuff Canon Says", where I bring to you funny stuff that Canon says.

As I stated in previous "Stuff Canon Says" installments here and here, I am recording conversations that I have had with him since he began talking two years ago. Because he no longer speaks in the same way and I didn't want to forget these gems, I am storing the little treasures here for easy access down the road. So, let's dive right in, shall we?

September 2012

*As I hold Canon down on the bed and kiss him all over*
Mom : "I want a kiss!"
Canon : "No kiss me! I a robot!"

*After a certain bodily function*
Canon : "Excuse me. That was my hiney!"

*Anytime we light a candle, he begins singing*
Canon : "Happy birthday to {insert anyone's name here regardless of the day}!"

I'll admit that the second one still makes me laugh almost two years later because he was being so serious! Something to note also...we don't actually laugh at potty jokes in this house, which makes it even funnier.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

In Full Bloom

*Warning : Picture Heavy Post. I apologize ahead of time if you don't like looking at lots of photos of all things nature-y.*

Our trip to the country last weekend was timed perfectly, albeit unintentionally. The bradford pear trees were in full bloom and they couldn't have been more gorgeous. I just had to shoot them...over and over and over again. Of course, they got me in the mood for a full-on nature photo shoot and it was glorious.


Of course, Beau the cat had to be in on the action as well. He came and sat right next to me as if to say "I'm ready for my close-up." He's such a good model.

I did warn you at the beginning of this post that I couldn't stop shooting the bradford pear trees. Case in point coming up.

Walking around with my grandmother, I listened to her stories about certain trees that had been planted so many years ago. Two in particular she really loves are this "tulip tree" as she called it and the bush with the red/yellow leaves you will see below. I decided to pay homage to her love and fond memories by shooting them for her. I hope she likes the results!

We had a fantastic visit and the weather was absolutely perfect, but the most amazing part was seeing the petals on the trees falling as we were leaving town. It was a telling sign that we were there at exactly the right moment. Had we been a weekend later, I would have missed their full blooms.