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Photo and Caption by Mylene Wallace
December 31, 2008: This is my baby girl, Mina Reese Wallace. She was born at 24 weeks. She's only hours-old in this picture, and is the surviving twin of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome - TTTS. She weighed one pound, six ounces and was twelve inches in length.
(My note: I've never heard of TTTS. I am sad one didn't make it, but happy for this little miracle! She will be three years old Dec. 31st )
They are stunning, aren't they? I couldn't stop looking at them to see if I could find a little difference between them. They use the same makeup and shape of eyebrows -- everything. I am so fascinated by them.
My goodness, Cheryl. Those ladies look so much alike that if they were wearing the same clothes, I would think it's a trick of the camera. They're even wearing the same color lipstick!! No, I can't imagine another me. One is enough!! LOL
Photo and caption by Michael Rea
I encountered these ladies selling fruit in Yerevan, Armenia.
(My note: have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a twin, someone who looks almost exactly like you, who may be able to finish your sentences, who knows what you're feeling, etc.? Look in the mirror and pretend for a moment that you have a twin! These ladies are amazing!)
Barb, I'm glad you like the red and stars theme. I thought it'd be a fun look for Christmas.
Hi dear sisters and brother Les. I am so glad you all visited this thread to see this gorgeous fox and other pictures. I am also in awe, Lynn, that he can change colours to match his environment and the time of the year! Les, it's so good to see you here. I have loved Jane Goodall for such a long time. I think the primates she visits and works with instinctively know she loves them.
For whatever reason I have not visited this thread previously but I am so glad I did today! I certainly think the fox picture amazing but I am simply awed by the one with Jane Goodall. Thank you.
What a gorgeous fox, Cheryl. How miraculous is it that his fur changes color to protect him at all times?
Beautiful Artic Fox Cheryl!
I love the new theme with red stars
Photo by Paul Nicklen
Concealed by rye grass covered with hoar frost, an arctic fox listens for mice under the winter snow. When the season changes, the fox's coat turns as well, adopting a brown or gray appearance that provides cover among the summer tundra's rocks and plants.
(My Note: Isn't he gorgeous? What an amazing animal!)
I feel exactly the same way, Lynn. Poor, scared little ones! I love the way the hands are encouraging them to bond.
I am going to make a tribute to Bella on my profile page but I haven't been able to stop crying for her and Tarra every time I think of what happened. It's too raw with me right now. For anyone who doesn't know what happened, Tarra's (elephant at Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary) friend, the dog named Bella, was killed by coyotes. They figure that Tarra carried Bella's body back close to the barn where they slept. I am mourning along with Tarra and so many others who enjoyed the miracle of their friendship.
What an awesome picture of the elephants, Cheryl. It's so poignant to see the two hands bringing the elephants' trunks together for the orpaned one to bond with another elephant. So beautiful it could make one cry. Thanks for posting that winner.
Photo by Michael Nichols, National Geographic
What a scared orphan elephant needs more than anything is other elephants. The process of becoming socialized begins as soon as the worst injuries heal.
(My note: I thank God for the people who work with these orphans. I can only imagine what trauma they've been through).
I'm not a big fan of snakes but this one, not only is it two-headed and unusual, is actually very pretty in my estimation. What do you think?
Photo and caption by Paul Hennessy
November 8, 2011: This two-headed albino Honduran milk snake, hatched in Florida by a reptile breeder and biologist, is about a week old. It doesn't move forward very fast because its two heads often want to go in different directions.
Photo and caption by Nizam Esa
October 28, 2011: Bateq, also written Batek, is an Orang Asli tribe in Malaysia. Today there are only about 750 of them in the jungle. Most of them live in Taman Negara National Park. They lead a nomadic lifestyle in groups of about ten families. The Bateq do not have a concept of land ownership, so they just make use of the land immediately around the place they settle. Once the resources within the site have been exhausted, they move to another spot.
(My note: Very interesting tribe! If you look closely, this child's skin (shoulder, arm and hand) seems to have quite a rash or bumps of some kind. This may just come along with living as they do.)
Unfortunately, as you know, not all National Geographic pictures are beautiful, funny, and cute. There are many I find difficult to look at and I won't be posting them. Sometimes we can look at pictures of abusive and ugly situations too much and they can stay on our minds for weeks and months. We need our energies to be strong and healthy so they are effective where needed in other places.
But the reality of different kinds of living conditions and the diversity of people in this world are important to look at. Many of the pictures make us stop and think about how fortunate we are.
Photo and caption by Nolly Cebellos
October 12, 2011: A little girl inside a duyan, or hammock, is about to sleep while her parents are going to work in the farm.
(My note: look at the smile on this precious little girl's face. She doesn't seem to be complaining or afraid. It's just what she probably does every day.)
Photo and caption by Jill Rosell
October 12, 2011: While Jane Goodall toured a local chimp sanctuary—Chimp's Inc near Bend, Oregon—I caught a special moment between Jane and Topo. He wanted nothing from her other than to just touch her. I was breathless behind my camera while Jane was connecting with what she adores the most on this planet.
Hi there Judith and Barb -- good to see you both!
Judith, there are lots of coyotes not far from where I live too. People have to be really carefully about their pets because the coyotes will take them before you know it. I am a bit "off" coyotes right now because I am mourning the loss of Bella, the beautiful dog friend to Tarra the elephant at the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary. I have cried a lot this week since I found out she was killed by coyotes.
It's really good to see you here!
Barb, it's so good to see you too! Glad you like the Rhino and bird - I think that's an amazing union of friendship. I'm not sure if the other picture is a cheetah or what... just says "feline." Sure is an intelligent looking fella.
HI Lynn, Cheryl and Mary!
I love the Rhino and bird!!! Adorable!
And a beautiful feline! Is this a cheetah?
I get National Geographic but sometimes forget to look. There are coyotes a block away from me now and I hope to see and photograph them soon. Their habitat is a landfill near a crappy creek
Lol. That's such a cute picture! You made me smile. I sure hope it's fixed soon, Lynn. Now I copy everything into Word - just in case.
I just posted a picture and it's not showing up!
I was quite taken with this picture and the write-up. When I look at him through the photographer's eyes, I feel as though he's looking right at me - and through me! Quite the experience, that's for sure!
What a fabulous picture, Cheryl. It's amazing that the leopard/cheetah allowed the photographer to get so close before warning him to back off.
Photo and caption by Babi Prokas
October 26, 2011: During a recent visit to the Liuwa plains National in west Zambia we came across what i can only describe as a very friendly feline. At first i thought it would run away once it picked up my scent and saw me but to my surprise it just lay there watching me and allowed me to get very close as it lay resting on ice white coloured sand.To my amazement it just carried on looking at me. A short while later it got up approached me stamped its two front paws on the ground as a sign of warning.
Photo and caption by Andrzej Kulpa
October 20, 2011: The rhino and his friend. Birds remove insect pests from the backs of rhinos and warn of danger.
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You're welcome Lynn and Barb re Lynn's other group that teaches neat things. I will be going there again as soon as I can get a bit more time in my days.
"Lynn taught me how to do the stars in another one of her groups. It's really fun and relaxing. And there are other wonderful things to create that she teaches. Have a look when you get a moment."
Barb, I bet you are almost fully into your apartment by now. WHAT FUN to arrange everything just the way you want it. Sometimes it takes a few days to get used to your new place, especially when you wake up in the morning. But with your Baby and Beenie there, you'll feel at home in no time at all!