Moon Bear Sunning!
Once or twice each winter we have a preview of spring, a parenthetical week of warmth to provide a respite from drawing too much within ourselves. Yesterday after my Spanish class, I grabbed lunch and camera and headed for the zoo--just a mile and a half from my home--to see how the animals were celebrating the sunshine. Many animals from warm-weather habitats, who usually stay in their barns or sheltered enclosures, were out strolling. One of my favorite animals, the Okapi, usually quite reclusive, not only was out but came very close to the open wall so that I got some good shots of her. Even the normally nocturnal spotted hyena was actively prowling its huge rock-strewn savana. My favorite though was the moon bear above who, with front paws outstretched was obviously absorbing the sun's warmth
I've been meaning to do this sooner but today seems like a good day. My dear friend Paula, who accompanied me to Spain in 2000 and more recently with her husband accompanied my husband and I to Chile has begun a blog. She is a terrific writer and photographer. I have been urging her for some time to share her views and insights so this past Christmas I gifted her with one-year of pre-paid blogging. I am proud to have been the catalyst to get her started. Please stop by Apprentice of Wonder to see her marvelous photos of "Doors of Valparaiso."