Monday, April 27, 2009

Julie and The Lion

So remember when I said a few weeks back that Marshall had solid work until the end of May? Well, "solid work" ended up being 5 days of work. Sigh. Now he's got a couple of weeks off until the next project. We're trying to take advantage of the time Marshall has off while finding things to do that are FREE.

We have a membership to the zoo, so on Friday we decided to go. I love going to the zoo. I know, me... loving a place where there are animals??! *shocking*

Here are some of my favorite pictures of the animals we saw...

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These guys crack me up every time!

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I never remember the name of this animal, but I do remember they are from Ethiopia. And Marshall captured this one in mid-chew, which is awesome.


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Awwww... she's just a big kitty. I bet I could snuggle up right next to her and scratch her head!

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Ok now this guy... he was staring at me in this picture. Marshall was standing a few yards away from me, but trust me when I say that the lion was staring at me in this picture. In fact when he first looked up at me, I widened my eyes and stared at him. Then I did the kitty blink at him. Are you familiar with the kitty blink? It's a form of nonverbal communication cats do with each other and humans can do with cats. I've been skilled in the art of kitty blinking for years now. Think I'm making this up? Go ahead... CLICK HERE to read about kitty blinking. Ah-hem... TOLD YOU SO. (just sayin')

Anyway, I had this lion's attention and he and I were having a staring contest when I did the kitty blink at him. And you know what? He did the kitty blink back to me! Just to prove that it wasn't a fluke, I did the kitty blink at him 3 more times. Each time he'd do it back. Marshall knows all about the kitty blink, and YET he doesn't believe me that the lion was blinking back to me. WHAT?!!! Not cool, Marshall. NOT COOL. I wouldn't make something like this up. I'm like the animal whisperer or something.

And Marshall should know this because I have an amazing ability to make noises that capture the attention of the animals so Marshall can get a good picture like this!

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and this one...

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And this is the thanks I get? Harrrumph. I might just forget my special "animal whispering" skills next time Marshall wants to take a picture at the zoo. Uh, huh. That'll show him.


On our way out, we saw my favorite animals... two monkeys playing together. In fact, one was trying to pull the pants off the other one. We snagged them when the zoo keepers weren't looking and took them home with us.

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13 comments:

  1. kitty blinking...very interesting...

    great photos :)

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  2. Great pictures! (I have never heard of kitty blinking. I'll have to look that one up.) Good call on bringing the monkeys home with you. I would have done the same thing. :)

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  3. Cute Monkeys.
    You should have snagged a girl one too, while you were at it.

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  4. I love the pictures! Especially the lioness scratching her head.

    I'm going to have to try the kitty blinking so I can be the cat whisperer at my house. I'm already the favorite, so just another thing to make my husband mad about. :)

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  5. Nice to come here and get the real scoop, cause Marshall didn't give you any of the credit for animal whispering over at his site with all his animal image awesomeness. ;-)

    So sorry about the 2 mos down to 5 days. I'll keep praying...

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  6. I looked very closely at the lion and I swear Marshall got the photo "mid-blink." And those are the cutest darned monkeys I've ever seen!

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  7. WOW! Your husband takes amazing photos.

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  8. I love zoos. I hope to go again someday.

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  9. you have some mad kitty blinking skillz. i want to go on safari with you.

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  10. First of all those picture are AMAZING (surprise.)

    Second of all, that is something I TOTALLY believe. Two reasons why;

    1. I trust you
    2. Me and Snoopy do that too!!!!!

    xo Lor

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  11. wow....i believe you are a whisperer...or you just have an awesome photographer in the family...good work...

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  12. VERY cool pictures:) I've always loved taking the kids to the zoo. We have a local one and then the Detroit Zoo and one in Battle Creek that is really neat and has an open African exhibit that let's the animals run. It's neat.

    Yeah, I can just see you whispering to the animals "psst...hey, come on, let me take you home." BAHAHAHAHAHA

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  13. I totally do the kitty blink with cats all the time. I never thought to try it with lions. We're headed to the zoo on May 29 though, so maybe then ;)

    Bummer on the five days. Of course once you posted that, I suddenly went "oh. Yeah. It's May already, isn't it?" Duh.

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