I had to think hard about this one, as the word UP brings to mind all sorts of meanings, so I started looking through my photographs for inspiration as to what photos to use for the challenge.
Keeping the niche of my blog in mind, I came across some photos of pelicans perched high UP on a lamp post; it’s not every day you see pelicans flying around free as a bird (pardon the pun), but we are privileged here in Australia to see them often; let me tell you about them.
When I was down at the beach one day, the resident pelicans were flying around in droves, many of them standing outside a local beachfront seafood restaurant. This restaurant throws out any bits of the fish they can’t use – and the pelicans know it.
They know the exact time it happens, and are always there five minutes before, waiting!
They fight each other to be the first to catch every morsel that is thrown out, making a heck of a noise in the process!
It has actually become a local attraction.
I never realized they were such big birds till I saw them for myself – they are absolutely huge – and there must have been well over a hundred of them there that day, all buzzing around!
I took these photos one day following their feeding frenzy outside the restaurant; after they had had their fill, some flew UP to perch on lamp posts, pruning themselves and savouring their tasty meal. They still looked huge way UP there!
I wouldn’t like to stand underneath them for too long!
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up (dailypost.wordpress.com)
Do dogs really know when they have displeased us?
Do they feel guilt?
Watch this video to find out!
Don’t you just love Denver’s guilty smile?
Couldn’t stay mad at him for long.
A little dog from Covington, Indianapolis, is mothering a litter of kittens who were sadly abandoned by their mother following a recent blizzard.
Mama cat gave birth to her kittens on a family’s porch the day after the storm dropped another nine inches of snow at the tail end of a very long snowy winter. For some reason, Mama cat abandoned her babies, leaving them without warmth or food, and certain death, so the owners of the house took them in to care for them.
Their dog JoJo, a Dachshund, decided she was their mother and started caring for them; she even started producing milk – which often happens when an animal takes on another animal’s babies!
The couple says she acts as if she gave birth to them herself.
dog mothers abandoned kittens
The kittens, all boys, have been named after Greek Gods – there is Poseidon, Hephaestus, Pan and Zephyr.
The kittens will be up for adoption in eight weeks time after being neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated and wormed.
Things like this never cease to amaze me, how an animal will take on the babies of another species and care for them like they are their own. The fact that their hormones can be stimulated to start producing milk to feed the babies is incredible.
That’s the Power of Love shown by animals – what about us?
A tale of love and inspiration.
Tessa suddenly went blind and her owners didn’t know what to do so they gave her up to a Shelter.
This is her story . . .
After finding out what was wrong with Tessa and receiving the attention and rehab she needed from wonderful, caring people, she is now responding to light and dark, has learned to stand up without falling, and can finally walk.
If we have faith, hope and love, we can achieve the impossible.
Her carers have even seen a mischievous side to her . . . seems she likes to rip up paper!
Now she is just waiting for her forever home.
If you live in Southern California and are interested in adopting Tessa, please visit the Bill Foundation website.
Loca the Pug suffers from a mild brain disorder which affects her co-ordination.
Surgery is possible, but it comes with high risk and the owners of this gorgeous little dog have been told by the vet that she can live a long and healthy life without it, so they have chosen to leave her as she is.
The vet said Loca doesn’t even realize there is anything wrong with her – she thinks she is just like every other dog!
Have you ever seen such a happier little dog?
In spite of her ‘disability’, she enjoys life to the full – a lesson for us all, I think.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals
Click here to see the complete report.
I would just like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my readers; your support and encouragement has kept me going throughout the past year.
A blog is nothing without comments, and your comments have made my blog what it is.
I am so proud to be a part of our blogging community here; you have all become a big part of my life and I thank you for that.
The Photo Challenge this week “My 2012 in Pictures” is an awesome way to put my whole year, month by month, into twelve photos.
It’s been quite a year, much has happened, but I will try to keep it to twelve pictures using the tiled gallery option.
Come and look back on 2012 with me and click on any photo for a full screen view.
Well, it fit last year!
Solar Eclipse, Australia
Kangaroo in snow, Australia
Peacock in full flight
What is it about dogs?
Molly with her prosthetic leg
Mama horse and her baby
Sunrise at Burrum Heads