Sunday, August 24, 2014

Aging Star
(for Vincent, Robin, and me)

I pour out my heart’s fire
Like water in the bird bath,
Sustenance for each of you.

I serve up cracked corn,
Simple seeds of wisdom,
Nutty, crunchy knowledge.

My spilled blood nurtures,
Fertile seed beds flourish,
Sprouts rise, buds bloom.

Some birds take flight, soar;
A tidy garden grows, thrives,
But my light wanes, steadily.

You shine, my young friends,
My spirit flows through you,
But my soul is growing dim.

If a wick, I, me would trim,
Shed the excess, diminish,
Lose light, gain longevity.

But I am not a wick—
Enjoy my light, bask,
It will not last for long.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

University Day at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium!

Our new new partner/parent university...the one that bailed us out last Spring when it looked like we might go under, hosted a day at the zoo for faculty, staff, and families! When I say hosted, I mean we got a parking pass, a zoo ticket, and a great lunch, cook-out style with hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, pasta salad, cookies, fountain drinks...the works. I have to say it was the nicest single outing I've ever had on an employer's tab. If you are not familiar with it, Columbus Zoo is big for a walking zoo. We were unable to cover all of it, even though we walked five miles, according to The Bug's workout calculator. Here are some of the pics I took. I chose to use the pocket Nikon instead of my DSLR, but they cleaned up pretty good.


 The other lions were in the shade, but this one was sunning
 Happily the lions are separated from the gazelles
 Wildebeest herd roaming free
 Zebras milling about
 East African Crowned Cranes!
 Giraffes and ostriches and guinea fowl
 A lion entertaining the kids...or contemplating lunch
 Cheetah in the shade
 Giraffes and a gazelle
I see why they have mesh on the trees...
 Awww...looks sleepy
 They look fast standing still
 Giraffes playing to the crowd
 But I like this scene better
 Watch for crocs!
Flamingo says none in these waters...
This Black Rhino was as close as we got to Asia this time


 I named this one Sven
 Arctic Fox
 Polar Bears
This one was being silly


 Bald Eagle
 Prong-horned Antelope
Antelope Butts
 Lovely Trumpeter Swans!

Great Blue Heron
 Sea graceful


 Aldabra Giant Tortoise!
A younger one
 Humboldt Penguins!


Free-range sparrows and a chipmunk
 Jacob Sheep!

And, um...this (The Bug's favorite)
Male Angora Goat, I think