Monday, September 27, 2010

A Busy Saturday - with lots of snaps......

GR&DF this past weekend we had some really glorious weather - warm and sunny both days!! Not just SF warm where it hovers in the low 70's but honest to goodness warm weather - in the low 80's.

Rico's mom and his nieces came up for a city visit. We decided to go to the SF ZOO. They had been a long time ago, but I had never been. We had a great day - and you know I had my camera.... After walking in we started over in the African area where we ran into this great looking bird!!


He shared his area with these zebras....


and these large horned animals. (they where far away) Most of the animals throughout the park where lounging about in the bright sunny weather or hiding in the shade - smart animals!!


Isn't this a great looking duck!!


Moving away from the African Savannah we then came to the Gorilla enclosure - they where mostly just sitting around - with the exception of the baby who really wanted to play. This is one of the larger males who was sort of moving from shady spot to shady spot.


There was some beautiful reticulated giraffes.


This is a large pool of very playful penguins - I liked how the cool spray of water created a lovely rainbow. The penguins where swimming around and jumping in the spray.


There was a lovely black swan....


and some more ducks....



There is a great South American Rain Forest exhibit and these where a stand out pair of colourful birds...


Back outside there where some pelicans...


and this a majestic bird -with his great comb and large waddle!!


It was getting very warm by the time we made it over to the Kangaroos - and here they are enjoying the sunshine.


We saw lots of peacock's walking about and strutting their stuff.


In the Zoo is a section called the Children's Zoo - where there is a great prairie dog colony .....


... and some really cute meercats....


The meercats where fun to watch - as they wrestled about then settled into a lump'o'cat to soak up some sunshine.


and watching over all the meercat fun was the "watch" cat - looking out for danger.

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After we left the Zoo and we headed to a small Pow-Wow on the other side of the city. Here are some snaps from this awesome experience...

All ages dance - these where the younger boys competing...


even at the smaller Pow Wow's the regalia is extremely elaborate

Notice the leather shield with the Sioux National Colours.





There where two groups of drummers - here is the main group in action.



These are the older boys in competition dancing.

And here is a snap of the "All Nations" Dance - not part of the competition but an all inclusive dance with those in regalia and those in street clothes.

Sunday was a much more quiet day - all I accomplished was to make a pan of 7 Layer cookies....



There you go sports fans!! Thanks again for stopping by - do come again.

Take care,
edgar

15 comments:

Ann in Scotland. said...

Lovely photos of the Native American costumes etc - you look as though you had a fun weekend Edgar.

Hazel said...

Lovely pics - esp that last one ;)

Tracey said...

Great weekend! I love the zoo- I wish the one in NC was closer to where I live. Just what is in those cookies? Do I see coconut?

stitcheranon said...

Amazing pictures: brill: love the cookies though! I have never heard of them so further details would be much drooled over!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun weekend! Some more info on the cookies please! Nancy D.

ariadne said...

What a great post!Thank you for all the photos!They reminded me of my recent visit to the Zoo in Wien-Austria!A great experience!
Is there a chance we can have the 7 layer cookies' recipe?Maybe you have already given it but I would love a repetition or link,thanks.Ariadne from Greece.

Berit said...

Now I feel as if I'd also enjoyed a visit to the zoo! :D My favorites were that far-out looking web-footed guy at the beginning and the black swan.

Thanks for posting these up for us; sounds like you and the visitors had a good time.

Jules said...

I love your Zoo pics! Thanks for sharing your day with us...

valerie said...

Wonderful photos! The zoo is a great way to spend a weekend day!

Shelleen said...

I haven't been to a zoo in years, thanks for showing pics.

Lana said...

Wow! Great pics!! Looks like you had a great day!!! Those cookies look amazing!!!

Margaret said...

Great pictures! I especially enjoyed the pics of the pow wow. Pretty cool!

Nancy said...

Looks like fun times! I love all the animals, and the penguins must have been fun to watch playing in the spray! I love to visit the zoo. The Pow Wow must have been fun too with all the pretty colors!

Yum on the seven layer bars! I haven't had those in such a long time.

Lynette said...

Great pictures, Edgar! The zoo is one of my favourite places to visit! I've never been to or even seen pictures of a Pow wow before so I loved those too! Thanks for sharing.

MyLifesAStitch said...

Great pics, Edgar! Looks like you had a great day!!