PT Pterodactyl

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Tiffany of Tiffany Arp-Daleo Contemporary Art, commented that she had not seen a Great Blue Heron in the wild, which reminded me that Laurie and I ran into a pterodactyl (Great Blue Heron) in San Diego one night while we were exploring the Maritime Museum. Tiffany lives in San Diego, and we went to an opening for a show she had a piece in while we were there. It was really fun to meet a fellow blogger and artist, and her husband, and to see one of her paintings in the wilds of the San Diego Art Institute.

Back to the pterodactyl, this heron was perched on the cable to the PT Boat platform. It was hunting fish, and let us watch it for quite some time. Another couple stepped out where we were, and it decided there were either too many people, the fishing wasn’t very good, or both, and took off. I was surprised it let us get so close to it, and watch it for as long as it did. Our herons usually don’t let us get less than a few hundred feet from them before they take off. We were about 15 feet from this one. I used my carry camera with a 35mm lens to photograph it.

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The Twelfth Day of Bosque Christmas

Tomorrow is Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas. I wrote a version of the Twelve Days of Christmas using the bosque animals that starts with the 12th day of bosque Christmas. Special guest Suzette Presti was gracious enough to do the vocals. Enjoy.

The Twelfth Day of Bosque Christmas
Lyrics by Timothy Price
Vocals: Suzette Presti
Arrangement: Timothy Price
Guitar, bass, percussion: Timothy Price

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Twelve coyotes crooning
Eleven flickers flitting
Ten finches feeding
Nine seagulls sailing
Eight badgers burrowing
Seven cats a purring
Six crows a cawing
Five beaver slaps
Four geese honking
Three cranes in flight
Two owls to hoot and
A pterodactyl in the Tangle-Heart Tree.

Two Owls, A Pterodactyl in the Tangle-Heart Tree

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Pterodactyl (Great Blue Heron) perched on the Tangle-Heart Tree.

While I was out in the bosque at sunset, I saw two owls in a cottonwood, and a pterodactyl (Great Blue Heron) in the Tangle-Heart Tree. I also photographed cranes against a colored sky, and two ducks in the dark.

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Great Horned Owl in a cottonwood.
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Pterodactyl flying, framed by the end of the Tangle-Heart tree.
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Cranes against the colored sky.
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Great Horned Owl on a branch above the first owl.
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Male Mallard. Mr. Duck in the dark.
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Female Mallard. Mrs. Duck in the dark.