Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Congratulations, U.S. Post Office

I want to thank the U.S. Post office for providing American Flag Stamps in books of ten. I wrote about that on my post of Feb. 22, 2013 titled, Post Office.  Today, as I was mailing a package at the Midway Post Office in San Diego, the clerk asked me if I needed stamps. I thought about it and decided to purchase a small book.  Imagine my surprise as I said that I knew I could not get a stamp with an American Flag on it because they only come in books of twenty.  I then asked if she had any stamps with the Purple Heart on them.  The clerk quickly responded to me, stating that she had American Stamps in books of ten.  The clerk then advised me that the small books go quickly.  Maybe the Postmasters should order more of them.

Congratulations to the Post Office Executives.  This not only enables me to exhibit my patriotism in a small way, but makes me think that maybe they got my message.  Thanks, again.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Butterfly Exhibit

Paper Kite
Common Blue Morpho and Giant Owl
This past Sunday, My two local daughters and my two San Diego grandchildren accompanied me to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  On Friday, I had seen an advertisement for the Park's "Butterfly Jungle."   This was my first visit to the Safari Park.  The others had been there before.

A few years ago, I visited the "Butterfly House" at the Bronx Zoo in New York City and enjoyed taking photos of the butterflies.  I expected to be able to do the same thing yesterday.  While the Bronx Zoo's exhibit was certainly a great experience, the Safari Park Butterfly Jungle had many more butterflies. It reminded me of an evening in San Diego about six years ago, as I returned home from work. I rounded my apartment building to enter my residence and literally met a swarm of Monarch butterflies.  Of course, I had no camera that evening.


Since Sunday was the second day of the Safari Park's Butterfly Jungle, which seems to only be on exhibit from April 5 through April 27, it was very crowded.  We were practically shoulder to shoulder and seemingly immersed in butterflies that lit on peoples' hats, shoulders, and even my arm.  See photo below.  It stayed on my arm for at least five minutes, if not more. 

Giant owl

Orange Julia

I've labeled the photos with the name of the butterfly in instances where I could clearly identify them. 

If you are in the San Diego area, I definitely encourage you to visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Butterfly Jungle.  I think that it would have been less crowded earlier or later in the day.  You can probably check with the Park to find this out.

Thanks to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for this extraordinary experience.

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