Got a new camera. It's a DSLR, so there is definitely going to be a learning curve, but I'm excited for the challenge. This is one of the first pictures (edited to a reasonable size) of the tippy top of the crab apple tree in our backyard. The apples fall, and ferment, and then the wasps get drunk on them, it's hilarious and lovely.
One of our favorite adventures is going to the Magic Valley Exotic Pet Expo (formerly the Twin Falls Reptile Expo) in October, where I sell my journals featuring all kinds of critters. (It is the one place where I never get that "ewwww!" reaction when people see tarantulas or snakes or...hissing cockroaches on my artwork! It's one of my favorite events. You can find more info on their facebook page here:
This year we brought home some new friends - some Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches! I have actually loved these little critters since I held one at the age of 12 during a trip to Washington DC - my favorite thing was the bug zoo, and holding Charlie the Hissing Cockroach was a highlight of the entire trip.
Tonight after doing all the small pet chores, I noticed this cockroach was doing a bit of undressing. (Scandalous! ;)) It was fascinating to watch them discard the old exoskeleton and emerge bright white. They will go back to the regular deep brown and black color as the new exoskeleton hardens. Cool!
We got our friends from the Buggin Out Crew, who can be found on facebook here:
A few hours spent at Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City are always nice! We are fans of the small animal building, because we love critters like snakes and spiders! We got to watch a couple of zookeepers working with the elephants. Doing basic training is not to amuse human zoo-goers, it helps zookeepers and veterinarians encourage behavior that can help them take good care of the animals. It's currently the "off" season, so admission is a little cheaper. (and Wednesdays in November and December are free for 2019!)
Information if you go:
October, full of mice, but totally up for more.
Iris, free of THE TOOOOOOB. (She got stuck. There was much frantic yet careful cutting.)
Got a good shot of little Curly, my Curly Hair (Brachypelma Albilosum) tarantula. This picture makes them look way bigger than they actually are!
Met this cute little red fox at Dragon Fyre Faire. (I know, we all want one, but they are illegal to keep in captivity in Idaho- the faire had to obtain special permits- and his handler let us all know why they do *not* make good pets. She is from Utah and has him for education purposes. So dang cute, though.)
Julie's Tip Jar: