Tag Archive | Penguins

NYC East Village: Post-Juno in the Park!

Italian Ice Cart
Abandoned Italian Ice Cart, Avenue B and 11th Street (All Photos By Gail)

Geoffrey said a funny thing to me today, which is that he read on the Interwebs that Winter Storm Juno was not so much a Blizzard as it was “a Storm with a Very Good Publicist.” Hah! So true.  Juno failed to completely kick our asses to the curb but it did leave about six inches of white fluffy stuff on the ground.

At lunch today, I went for a walk in the hood and took some pictures. This is what it looked like around Noon on the day after the snowstorm in the East Village, NYC.

UnShoveled Sidewalk

The streets had been plowed continuously all through the night and 80% of the sidewalks were at least somewhat shoveled, so it was not too hazardous to navigate my way without falling on my ass. The above photo is a good example of a sidewalk that no one had shoveled. It still looks very beautiful.

Snow Covered Car

Cars parked curbside had not that much snow on them, really.

Grocery Cart

I’m not sure who this Shopping Cart belongs to.

Tompkins Square Park Sign

Here I am at Tompkins Square Park. Let’s go inside and explore.

Benches with Snow

There is not that much snow on the benches. I have seen way better.

Ping Pong Table

In the spring and summer, people play Ping Pong on that thing.

Fountain

This is a Fancy Bird Bath. Or something.

Snowman 1

These kids were making a few Snowmen with their mom.

Snowman 3

Here’s another one that kind of looks like a Snow Ghost to me.

Snowman 2

And another one pretty close by.

Kids Sledding

Little kids were Sledding on a not very impressive hill.

Dog Run

Many people were out running their dogs. Dogs Love Snow!

Doggies in the Snow

I enjoyed watching these little ones play.

Do Not Feed the Pigeons

Don’t even think about it.

Chess Tables

Too cold to play Chess.

Snow on Bushes and Statue

Snow untouched by humans. So gorgeous.

Snow on the Bushes

Snow on the Cement

Snow Capped Trash Bin

Garbage Bin Snow Cone.

Ice Covered SUV

Ice and snow covered Parks Department SUV.

Community Garden Whirligigs

On the way back home, I walked by a few of the remaining East Village Community Gardens. There is a story of life there, even in the dead of winter.

Pink Flamingo
Snow Flamingo

Penguin House

Happy Winter Everybody!

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A Visit to the New England Aquarium of Boston

New England Aquarium Signage
All Photos By Gail

No matter where I am, I love having a new adventure. Just last month, I spent a few days vacationing in Boston (my first visit) on the back end of a cruise to Bermuda (recommended) and was a bit overwhelmed by all of the fun things there are to see and do in this historic, seaside city. If you find yourself in Boston and want to make the most of your time there, I suggest making a point to check out the New England Aquarium, a destination which is fun for all ages!

Boston Aquarium Special Exhibits

I have visited public Aquariums all over the country and would say that the New England Aquarium is comparable in size and scope to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, although it also has many impressive distinguishing features.

Boston Aquarium Shows

The New England Aquarium, which opened in 1969, is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation, and is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year. It is a great place to bring kids because the focus is very much on education, and they have lots of animal shows and talks that you can attend for free as part of your paid admission. Please enjoy some photos and highlights from our visit!

Fur Seal Names

One of the first things we did during our visit was attend a Fur Seal Training Session. Many of the seals at the aquarium were at one time sick or injured/abandoned animals that were rescued and rehabilitated at the facility where they now have a safe home. That´s just like most drug addicts these days after they visit the california rehabilitation center.

Fur Seal Show

There are moms and dads and brothers and sisters all living there together. The show is about 15 minutes and you get to meet a family of Fur Seals and hear facts about them while the swim and do simple tricks like waving and spinning around, being rewarded with some tasty fish. Kids will love it.

Fur Seal Show
They have very interesting feet!

Fur Seal Show

This one, above, is still a baby.

Penguins

On the ground floor, there is a huge habitat for adorable African Penguins, where they have lots of informational signage about these birds as well as feedings, facts and presentations ongoing throughout the day.

African Penguins

Swimming Penguins

It is lots of fun to watch them swim!

Stingray Touch Pool

They have a huge touch pool also where you can “pet” the stingrays and small sharks. Everything is very well-supervised by Aquarium employees who give informational talks about the inhabitants of the touch pool.

North Atlantic Right Whale Skeleton

This is a North Atlantic Right Whale Skeleton suspended from the ceiling, and below you can see the Penguins swimming.

Top Of Giant Ocean Tank

The most impressive feature of the New England Aquarium is its four-story Giant Ocean Tank, located in the center of the building. The massive tank features a brand new coral reef, an underwater communications system and hundreds of Caribbean reef animals including sea turtles, stingrays, eels, small sharks and multitudes of colorful fish. I took the above photo from the very top of the tank just as a presentation was about to begin.

Giant Ocean Tank Presentation Speaker

Giant Ocean Tank Top View
Giant Ocean Tank Presentation

Be sure to pick up a visitor’s guide when you buy your ticket so you can check the schedule of all of the various talks, shows and presentations and plan your time to attend as many of them as you can.

Tropical Fish

Central Tank

The Giant Ocean Tank’s large windows make its active and wildly engaging interior visible on any floor of the Aquarium, and a circular ramp allows visitors to walk its circumference from the top of the tank to the ground floor, taking in full 360 degree views.

Tropical Fish

Miniature Seahorses

This photo shows a tank full of Miniature Seahorses. Very tiny!

Small Jellies

Tiny bioluminescent Sea Jellies!

Bottlenose Fish

What is this thing? I don’t know!

Sea Dragons

Sea Dragons are the Coolest!

Moray Eel

It’s a Moray Eel coming out to say Hello!

The New England Aquarium is located at 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110. Hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday – Sunday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. To learn more about activities and exhibits at the Aquarium and to buy tickets online visit This Link.

The Aquarium of the Pacific

LB Aquarium of the Pacific Entrance
All Photos By Gail

During the Christmas holidays I enjoyed a relaxing and fun stay in Southern California. One of the local sites I visited for the first time is the Long Beach Aquarium, also called the The Aquarium of the Pacific. I have visited Aquariums all over the country from New Orleans to Atlanta to Seattle and I must say that the Aquarium of the Pacific is home to many exotic fish and sea creatures that I had never even seen before. So it was pretty cool and we had an awesome time. Here are some of my favorite photos of cool sea life we saw that day.

LB Aquarium Large Tank
This is a massive, floor-to-ceiling tank that they have out in the Main Hall. near the entrance I think this is a freshwater tank.

LB Aquarium Clown Fish Nemo

This tank stocked with colorful Clown Fish had all of the little kids screaming, “Nemo! Nemo! Dory!” It was somewhat annoying, to be honest. Just giving you a head’s up.

LB Aquarium Illuminated Jellies 2

Bioluminescent Sea Jellies

LB Aquarium Nudibranches

Nudibranches! My Favorite!

LB Aquarium Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea Dragon. Amazing.

LB Aquarium Weedy Sea Dragon

Weedy Sea Dragon

LB Aquarium Sea Horses

Sea Horses!

B Aquarium Sharks Ahead Sign

They have a pretty cool Shark Tank full of Sharks and Rays but none of the Sharks would stop moving to pose for a photo. I did get a decent shot of the Giant Ray below, which was as a big as a small car.

LB Aquarium Giant Ray

Giant Ray!

LB Aquarium Spiney Crabs

Spiney Crabs!

LB Aquarium Worm Fish

A garden of Worm Fish!

LB Aquarium Pink Coral

Pretty Pink Coral!

LB Aquarium Penguins

Penguins!

Aquarium of the Pacific is Located at 100 Aquarium Way (just follow the freeway signs) in Long Beach, CA 90802, Phone(562) 590-3100. Hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Every Day of the Year, Except Christmas Day and During the Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 19, 20 and 21, 2013). Adult Admission is $25.95 with Various Package Deals Available.

Website of the Day: Eff You, Penguin!

“The Cuteness…”

Like me, you probably have a Mom, a friend or a co-worker (or if you are very unlucky, all three) that habitually forwards you emails clogged with pictures of kittens, puppies or other animals making faces or doing similarly “cute” things. Ah, the cuteness. Half the Internets are taken up with photos and videos of the CUTEST. ANIMALS. EVER. Fuck You, Penguin takes a long, hard look at superadorable puppies, monkeys, birds and moose – and tells them, in no uncertain terms, to get fucked. Needless to say, it is my new favorite website.

What offenses have these very cute animals committed? Camels are “played out.” Ponies “try too hard,” dolphins are “smug little shits” and that “duck-billed asshole,” the platypus, is so weird that people can’t even agree on the plural form of its name. (“That’s because if you see two of these animals together, the fabric of space and time will literally tear apart.”) As for penguins, well, they’re simply too adorable to bear. Two of my favorite recent posts are “Petting Zoo Goats Are Like Stuck-Up Celebrities With Horns” and “Swans are Nature’s Porsche Drivers.” Oh, and this one about Sloths is pretty good, too. Have a look. You know you want to.