Wildlife Learning Center Adult Zoology Class – Week 4

May 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

This is week 4 of the 5-week class…so it was our second to last one. Every class has been awesome and has exceeded my expectations. However, week 4 might as well have been titled “Animals Kristina would love to have”. A macaw, a rabbit, a kinkajou, bonus time with the sloth, and….a hedgehog. Yes, I would love to own a hedgehog, but unfortunately they are also illegal to own as a pet in California.
Of course we saw lots of animals, but I will highlight just a few here.

Macaw

Prairie Dog

Rex rabbit

African Pygmy Hedgehog

Cute little hedgehog face

Kinkajou peeking through the hole

Kinkajou

And… we got bonus time with Lola the two-toed sloth! So of course I am showing you more pictures that I took of her:

 

I have to thank the Wildlife Learning Center for offering this amazing class. Tomorrow is the last of the series, and I am so very sad that it is ending.

Thank you for stopping by!

Amgen Tour of California- Stages 3 and 4

May 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Amgen Tour of California , which happens to be the largest bicycle race in the United States, breezed into Santa Clarita, CA with an exciting finish of Stage 3 on Tuesday May 14 and out of Santa Clarita, CA on Wednesday May 15. I had the opportunity to shoot this sporting event last week, and it was such a fun experience.
Here are a few photos from the finish line, where the cyclists finished the race from Palmdale to Santa Clarita. Peter Sagan won that stage:

 

The start of Stage 4 — from Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara –was a much more relaxed atmosphere. I was able to get some candids of the riders before they took off:

 

It was really fun to step out of my comfort zone and try to utilize some of the concepts that I have learned from the likes of Dave Black and Scott Kelby. Of course it will take a lot of  practice and shooting a lot more sports — but the main thing is that I had so much fun making these images!

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Wildlife Learning Center Adult Zoology Week 3

May 22, 2013 § 1 Comment

Week 3 of the Adult Zoology class at the Wildlife Learning Center exhibited a variety of animals, and a lot of the class about adaptation was spent in the reptile room. We saw a lot of neat animals, but I am highlighting just a few here.

We started off by seeing how the Fennec fox, native to Africa, adapted to the harsh temperatures of the continent by having huge ears (to release heat) and small paws (a smaller surface area to take up heat as it travels).

Our class then got to see some tricks from Merlin the Macaw. This bird’s personality was as colorful as his beautiful feathers — evident as he showed us his tricks to get treats.

Then we headed into the reptile room. Admittedly, I was a bit apprehensive about this portion of the evening, but we met some pretty cool reptiles, like this Skink:

And I think one of the cutest little geckos I met was this Eyelash Gecko– named so because the ridges above his eyes look like, you guessed it, eyelashes:

This adorable little red-Eyed Tree Frog was our amphibian of the evening.

The highlight of the evening was seeing this little guy…Can you guess what he is?

When he unrolled himself and peeked his little head out, we saw this:

He turned out to be a Three banded Armadillo!

I have never seen an armadillo in person, so meeting this guy was definitely a treat.

Thank you to the Wildlife learning Center for this awesome five week class! Check out my experience with the first two weeks of class here.

And thank you as always for stopping by!

 

 

Wildlife Learning Center Pictures- Week 2

May 14, 2013 § 1 Comment

Last Tuesday night‘s adult zoologyclass at the Wildlife Learning Center was my favorite so far. I know that I only have two to choose from, and the sugar glider from last week’s class was pretty awesome, but this week held porcupines and Lola the two-toed sloth, among other awesome animals. I took lots of pictures and we saw lots of animals, but I am going to highlight four here.
We visited with the — leashed — Serval to start the class off. No petting this gal. Every breeze and rain drop were picked up by her large ears, and she was intently looking for the source of unfamiliar sounds. Our instructor, Marissa, gave her kitty food to get her to face in our direction.
Serval
Next were the porcupines. Every time I visit the Wildlife Learning Center, I have the best time watching these little guys waddle around, climb their tree stumps and cage, and bump into each other. We were also treated to the juvenile porcupine’s special way of begging— by throwing punches into the air.
I had been dying to meet Lola the two toed sloth for quite some time. She is usually in her little warm habitat to mimic her natural environment, and just the average visitor isn’t able to get into the house. However, our class got to squeeze into her little — and very warm– house.
In order for us to be able to pet her, she had to be distracted with a special treat of sweet potatoes.
Exerting all of that energy was so very taxing for this little sloth, so after eating and getting her photos taken, she was very tired and gave us a huge yawn:
And then she curled up for some much needed sleep (hey, life is tough when you’re a sloth):
Again, while we sat in our chairs during the lecture portion of the class, there was something a crate really itching to get out. It turned out to be this Arctic fox, which came to the WLC because it was in a fur house and did not have fur up to their standard.
Thankfully for us, and even more thankfully for the fox.
Again, I have to say thank you to the Wildlife Learning Center for offering such a great opportunity! I look forward to this evening’s class!
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Pictures at the Wildlife Learning Center

May 7, 2013 § 1 Comment

I have always loved animals, and love visiting the Wildlife Learning Center. Imagine my excitement when I found out that they were offering an interactive adult zoology class for five weeks!
Last week was my first class, and of course I took some photos to share with you all. We started learning about the different animal classifications, starting with insects such as the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach:

This Indian Stick insect:

And this scorpion (I did not touch this little guy):

We moved onto learning about amphibians by looking at this African Bullfrog:

And then moved onto learning about reptiles like this baby American Alligator:

We then learned that birds are closely related to the reptile family, and saw this blind screech owl that was rescued:

The softest little animal that was brought out for us to learn about was the Sugar Glider, a marsupial (there were actually four rolled up in a blanket, I was able to catch this one as he got out — yes it had to be held so that it wouldn’t glide away):

And out night ended with a showing of this grey fox:

I look forward to the next month of classes. Thank you to the Wildlife learning Center for offering this type of outreach to adults, and for doing great work!

And thank you, as always, for stopping by!

 

 

Macro Photography Images

May 6, 2013 § 6 Comments

It has been a long time since I have posted–I have had some personal health obstacles within the past 10 months, and am finally getting back to blogging!
I have some exciting news to share with my wonderful readers, I have recently gained interest in having my images hanging in a few different locations. Currently, I have six images hanging at a spa in Santa Clarita, CA– what is more calming than some beautiful macro nature images?

Here are the six images that were chosen to hang:

Night Blooming Cerus

Night Blooming Cerus

Backlit Leaf

Backlit Leaf

Orchid Waterfall

Orchid Waterfall

Backlit Orchid

Backlit Orchid

Cana Lily

Cana Lily with Water Drops

Aloe Leaves

Aloe Leaves

Of course you can contact me about ordering any of these images for the walls of your home of to give to someone you love!

Thank you as always for stopping by!

 

 

 

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