#r2bcheerful9 – Nanny goats

What isn’t there to love about goats? Wonderful, hardy animals that will eat just about anything. Oh, hang on, that may be a problem…

We have toyed with idea of adding these to our ever growing menagerie, but as yet we haven’t got round to it. I think they’d be great for keeping down some of the weeds and grass but then they’d also destroy other plants that we want, and I sure wouldn’t be happy if they got into our veggie beds! On the whole though, I think goats are fun animals and they certainly are characters. Watching them is always give me a reason to be cheerful.

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~Richard

Haiku: Rhinoceros

Today is world rhinoceros day. As I haven’t written a haiku for a while I dedicate one today to this wonderful beast…

 

H a i k u  – R h i n o c e r o s

 

Horned megafauna

Myopically wandering

Beautiful rhino

 

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~Richard

52 Week Challenge: Week 21

WEEK 21: Artistic: Fantasy – Is this real life, or is this just fantasy… Your artistic inspiration this week is fantasy.

Ok, this is a bit of a cheat, as I made this last year, but it fits in with the remit and I am still playing catch up, so I feel justified in my actions.

This is a composite of two photographs, one from Bermuda at the aquarium and the other at Philadelphia zoo. After a bit of playing around in my favorite free photo editor, GIMP we have the fantastically formidable looking striped rhino fish.

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~Richard

Hidden Meaning?

I am not a great fan of whimsical garden ornaments, gnomes, fairies, bunnies and such like. Often they seem to just clutter up a garden and add nothing to the scenery. However, on a recent trip to Ocean City, NJ we spotted this delightful duo on a property’s side yard which caused us to stop and do a “double take.”

What message is being conveyed here? Should children be wary of alligators (even though there are none in NJ) ? Is this a warning against being too engrossed in reading a book? Or is the rosy-cheeked child calming the beast by reading to it?   It’s certainly an unusual pairing in my experience. Do you have any other suggestions for interpretation?

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~Richard

 

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