The Jacksonville Zoo officially introduced their newest baby - a Jaguar born a few months ago and who was named Harry by the donors who bought the naming rights at a zoo fundraiser. Pictures cannot do justice to just how cute he is: just like a normal house kitten only already much bigger and will eventually grow large enough to kill you easily, lol. But for now he's just a kitten doing kitten things - exploring, playing with balls, pulling on trees, climbing things, falling off of things, and being just awkward enough while doing it to elicit a steady stream of , "Awwwww, that's so cute!" from the crowds.
So at work they gave everybody these tiny pink pigs and set out larger pink piggy banks around as part of a program to come up with creative ways to save the company money. Well, with the outbreak of swine flu around the world, one cannot be too careful, so I quarantined ours - just in case. :)
But the computer wasn't! We got moved into the new house and the old iMac promptly died, leaving us computerless more or less for the last two weeks. In addition the hard drive could not be salvaged so we lost everything and I'm still downloading all of my stored photos off of Flickr - time consuming when there are 10,000+ of them! :)
In the meantime a photo of the Asian gardens - new at the Jacksonville Zoo - to help keep us all calm and relaxed.
One of the prettier pavilions in the EPCOT World Showcase is the first one you come across if you turn right upon leaving Future World: Canada.
Featuring a beautiful garden, a mountain, waterfall, rapids/creek, Quebecian castle, Yukon lodge, totem poles... all sorts of treats for the eyes.
And for many it would not be Canada without Moosehead lager. I just liked the way the sunlight was shining through it, though I have had it in cheddar cheese soup at the Canadian restaurant "Le Cellier" it is gooooooooooood stuff.
One of our favorite rides in EPCOT is inside the giant golf ball, Spaceship Earth. A history of communication from the cave men up to modern interactive computers. Slow, relaxing, interesting, informative, and a great way to stretch the back a little (on the way back down) after walking around all day! :)
Inside the Seas pavilion can be found Turtle Talk with Crush, an interactive show featuring a CGI Crush the turtle from Finding Nemo, who talks and interacts with the audience live - very cool technology. He asks questions and fields questions from the crowd and answers them in real time and the mouth moves with his speech, etc. Seamless. And usually pretty funny, too.
The first shot is from the waiting area outside the doors to the show where Mr. Ray's Lagoon houses - what else? - rays and ray relatives in small tanks to keep kids occupied while waiting for Crush.
Everyone's favorite scatter brained blue tang Dory even shows up for some comedic relief and gets squished against the glass by a whale - but she's ok, no damage done (she was already drain bamaged to begin with, ha). :)