Friday, January 18, 2013

Bright followed by white

Yesterday was sunny! The ground thawed! I could have ridden my horse with ease . . . but instead I drove two boys to the new Portland Aquarium, a belated birthday gift for Brian.

Although small, the Aquarium is packed with beautiful little exhibits, many of them hands-on. We must have spent at least an hour at the shark and ray pool, running our fingers over stingrays, bat rays, and blacktipped reef sharks. The boys even managed to touch a few of the fish in the pool!
The little bat rays were cute and curious, sometimes surfacing to get
a better look at us. I want one!!!

At that point my camera battery died, so I missed the other incredible photo opportunity – the aviary. It was filled with four sub-species of lorikeets, loud, social and brightly colored. We must have spent close to an hour in the aviary as well, being perches, feeding nectar, and watching them fly, preen and play. Oh my goodness! I had no idea some birds play like puppies and kittens, wrestling and rolling around on the ground! It was absolutely hilarious and I may have to pay full admission (I got the tickets for yesterday on special) in order to go back with a full-charged camera battery and video them!

This morning I awoke to a cold world white with frost again. I'm sure my arena footing is frozen hard like concrete – and my horse is super-charged with pent-up energy. :-/  Oh well, at the least the sheep won't have to deal with mud!

That's it for today from . . .


Susan said...

That sounds so wonderful! I would love to go to that aviary!

Anonymous said...

I will have to check that place out the next time I go visit my daughter who lives in Troutdale. It sounds amazing. Icy here also, brrrr... but better for the lambs than mud!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Janbaby and I went to the Newport Aquarium when she was here last. Great fun and very interesting.