Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

I remember doing the same theme last year.  I went along and searched it up and if you’d like, I have another two, HERE and HERE!

Wait right there! I’m not one to cheat on these weekly photo challenges.  Its either I just skip them or I have to search up stuff that works for me 🙂

As I was digging through my pictures, here are some that came to mind!

Granby Zoo Reflections

Granby Zoo Asia decorations. Lantern reflecting shadows on the snow

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Reflections in the water at Marais de Rivieres des Cerises

Reflections Old Montreal

Reflections in pond in Old Montreal

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Reflections in the water of Champlain Bridge on St Lawrence River

I mixed the two ways of interpreting reflections.  One is the actual reflection of something while at the same time, I reflect best near water.  In many of these pictures, I had time to sit down and reflect by myself next to water whether walking/hiking/biking along the river. Even walks in the snow are extremely calming for the mind 🙂

There you go! Here is my entry for this week’s photo challenge Reflections.  To see more entries, check out HERE!

What does REFLECTIONS make you think of? Where do you reflect best?

 

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Granby Zoo and Baby Invasions!

Granby Zoo has been around forever.  My first visit was when I was in Grade 2, 8 years old and thats 20 years ago (almost).  It was open before that.  Over the 20 years, I went a few years back as well with my boyfriend and till now, there have been a lot of changes. They’ve been getting a lot of new animals and setting up nice events.  Last summer’s highlights was their acquisition of red pandas. Now, if you’ve been following me since 2012, you might have read about my Hong Kong trip and my love for pandas, giant and red ones.  They both are mega adorable!

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Granby Zoo entrance

Back in February, Tuango had this deal on Granby Zoo and my boyfriend and I bought it.  This winter’s theme was Baby Invasions.  During certain times in the afternoons, the visitors would get to watch the feeding of these babies and learn a little bit.  There were obviously 3 very cute red panda babies, baby yaks, baby Amur Tigers and baby snow leopards.

Before we get to that, there were lots of animals to see. First up was the elephant and giraffe pens.

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Elephant pen

And then as we walked around, we saw the Snowy Owl perched on the arm of one of the animators.

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Snowy Owl

And we had Africa which was pretty much indoors and heated viewing huts.

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Baboons

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Python

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Hippo

This hippo was really hard to capture due my height so I had to stand on the kiddie steps and had my boyfriend keep me from falling.  I’m pretty happy to get a decent shot of it 🙂

Back outside, we saw little llamas walking around.

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Black and White Llamas

This is only a fraction of what I saw.  Some of those huts had pretty bad reflection and the pictures weren’t too good. Moving along to our highlight: Asia.  Why? Because thats where all the baby invasion animals were. Honestly, I only managed to catch the red pands really well. The others were all enjoying their naps.

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Baby Snow Leopards sleeping in their hut

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Adult Snow Leopard getting taunted by a visitor

 

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Baby Amur Tigers and parent napping

As for the yaks, I didn’t get a good shot as they were behind high fences.  But, I do have a whole lot of red pandas to offer 🙂

And then during feeding time, we realized that there was supposed to be four but mom was not there. Dad was though and he ate with the kids.

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Dad Coco and his kids eating

Can you tell which is dad, called Coco?

Yup! He’s the one with the nice fur.  Coco is 10 years old, which is actually approaching the last few years of a normal red panda’s life cycle which is usually 14 years in habitats, but he is in great health.  Plus, you also have to be very proud of him because apparently female red pandas are fertile one day in a year and he caught that day and had these little three panda cubs 😉

I took a million pictures of them.  Its a different feeling to be watching them in an actual outdoors habitat unlike in Hong Kong where its set indoors. I never knew they loved snow so much.  The cubs especially were running around in the snow and everything.  It was SO CUTE!!!

That was the only feeding we managed to catch because it was really cold and with my constant pulling my hands out to take pictures, it got even more chilly.  I am quite happy that I managed to end the day with some awesome maple taffy.

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Maple Taffy

I’m guessing its a pretty Canadian thing so I don’t know how many people actually have tried it.  I totally love it! I usually try to have it once every year. This time was slightly messy, which was actually a somewhat funny story but things worked out and I did manage to eat it without getting frostbite on my hands 😉

That was my day! We couldn’t get to all the feedings sadly because we had to take care of a few things in the afternoon before the stores closed but it was really fun!

Do you like zoos? Which zoos are near where you live? 

The Awesome, the Great and a Bit of the Other Stuff!

I almost didn’t do one of these because of my friend’s wedding recap.  What can I say? That really took a whole lot of energy.  I just feeling revived now and well, something else is up, but we’ll get to that in a little bit! 

Lets start with some awesome, shall we? 🙂

For one, I started and finished the first season of Orange is the New Black!

Orange is the new black

I didn’t know what to expect from this but man, it was pretty good. I breezed through 13 episodes in the last 2 days or so, on and off between living my life.  Its been bringing on some late nights.  Probably shouldn’t but its just so good.  There are some good laughs and some pretty good twists but I have to say, I saw the season finale, like the last 5 minutes, coming from the beginning of the episode.  There’s a whole lot of foreshadowing in this series.  Still, they have some good characters! I’m looking forward to season 2, at least I believe I read that there will be one 😉

I’m really behind with TV series so I’m slowly catching up! I haven’t quite decided what to watch next yet.  Probably get back to some recommendations first before doing more series watching.  We’re nearing the end of recommendations month and its been pretty shameful.  I haven’t watched as much as I wanted.  Life just got so busy but I’m going to try to make it up in the last week. 

Yesterday (Saturday), I met up with one of my friends to go check out the Expo Manger Santé! Its basically a exposition with stalls from different same and big retailers on healthy foods and just a healthy living and all that. I’ve been meaning to implement that into my life so I felt like it’d be cool to go there.  

Expo Manger Sante

Expo Manger Sante

I came home with a bag full of pamphlets and business cards.  Those are my faves all compiled for you 🙂 

For a lot of you, this might not be a big thing but if you don’t know, I’m lactose intolerant (and a pretty serious one that recurred a few years back with my IBS) along with a whole bunch of sensitive dietary limitations.  At this fair, I bring your attention to first L’Ancetre because they have a product which is lactose free cheese.  And second exhibition is Rawesome which allowed to eat my cheesecake.  I haven’t eat either of those things in almost 6 years! I LOVE THAT STUFF! I’m serious, that was one of the happiest and most awesome moments of my life. 

I’m telling you right here! Your health is the most important thing and never take it for granted because you don’t want to be like me.  To cut out the things you love most in life is pretty hard.  I may be simple that food makes me this happy but it does 😉 

I have plans to visit some of these restaurants also.  My friend kept going on about Aux Vivres and they have this super delicious Dragon sauce.  There’s some pretty nice concepts and some cool healthier options for my baking adventures which I’m going to look into. It was an educational and fun expo. 

Snowstorm

Oh and well, whats great was that yesterday’s supposed 15cm of snow storm was way less. I’m ready for spring any time. Winter, please get the memo 😉

Today has been really great also! My boyfriend and I had gotten these coupons for Tuango for Granby Zoo to see their Special Babies event.  

granby zoo entrance

Granby Zoo entrance

I have never gone to Granby Zoo in winter and today was pretty chilly especially in the outskirts.  We spent a good few hours and and took a bunch of pictures that I’m going to sort through. I’ll have a post up for that tomorrow 🙂

Something else is that we’re going to sign for the official transfer of our new place this coming week so a lot of it is coming down to figuring out the final details.  Earlier today, after the zoo, we headed to check out some liquidation stores to see if we could get an idea of deals on appliances and stuff we could use.

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Also, we went to get some paint color combinations and whatnot and spent time putting together what we want to use for the rooms. Those are all of the choices that we have for the house.  We have a good idea what to do but now its just getting the house and seeing if its actually a good match 🙂

Okay, that was my weekend but whats one of my posts without some randomness! 

Some funky flowers grew from our old plant

Some funky flowers grew from our old plant

My cat in her spot!

My cat in her spot!

Anyone know what those flowers are called? My mom has tons of plants but we never know what the actual names are.  Its kind of funny.  We’ve had this one for as long as I can remember too.  

Wait, so far we’ve all been in the awesome and great territory so a bit of the bad creeped in.  The ridiculous stye has returned in a mild format and I’m hoping to employ every possible way to get rid of it before it gets worse.  If you don’t remember, I had to go have a small cut/operation to get rid of it back in September and November.  That was REALLY painful, so I’m going to try my best to avoid going through that.  Hopefully a new year also brings some better luck. So I went out and got myself a bunch of stuff including finding back that antibiotic drops my opthamologist prescribed me if this happened again.

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Wish me luck… I’m going to stay positive! It sucks but life goes on!

I never leave on a negative note so here’s some music! 🙂

Enjoy! Hope you’ve all had an absolutely awesome weekend!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

Solitary is being alone or without companion, something along those lines.  I find it hard to be solitary sometimes but then at times, its a refreshing experience. When its for self-reflection or “me” time is it still considered being in solitude? I think so.  I actually think in general animals are the expert at it, especially those in their natural habitats or have already adapted to the environment around them.

A woodpecker in the quiet of the woods just pecking away and trying to build his new home! I’m serious his pecking sound radiated from where I stood.  There was a few other birdwatchers next to me and we were all just quietly standing at the bottom of a few trees further and just admiring its beauty, scared to bother it.

A porcupine sleeping in its tree despite all its audience (in Biodome).  I guess it is used to it and just enjoys the little time it creates for itself.

A beaver is by itself  (also at Biodome) and enjoying a little swim in the water(upper picture)

While on the bottom at the Zoo Sauvage St Felicien, we had the inside view of a beaver alone in its dam (the 2nd picture above)

This lion called “Boomer” was transported to Granby Zoo when he had run away from its reserve in Maniwaki and was captured again.

It was quarantined there after it was captured.  I guess it ended up having a home there as it was there when I went in 2009.

I always thought he looked so sad sitting there, seeming like he wanted to get out and just be outside in nature but its claimed that he is domesticated.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

The sun!  I was so happy to see this challenge topic last Friday so that I could go out and take some nice pictures of it and enjoy some sun.  Unfortunately, I had to resort to using old photos as since then, its been everything but sunny.  We seriously had a bit of snow and a whole lot of rain and wind.  The forecast is supposedly going to be like this till the coming weekend at least, I believe.  So much for the 18C forecast for last weekend..lol! We even hailed a few days ago..seriously!!  Today during lunch, the sun did reappear for a little bit…about 30 mins or so.

Here’s the picture of today’s sun that I caught in the little time I had:

And here’s a few more pictures in hope that the sun will shine a bit more frequently:

Mont-Tremblant in Autumn

Magog in February

Macau in November

On the way to Granby Zoo in September