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Kevin and I love animals and we have a real soft spot for anything that has had the misfortune so early in life to be orphaned.  On Tuesday evening we came across a poor baby striped skunk that had obviously lost its family.  With little coordination and no sight, it had wandered into the middle of the road.  We are so glad we came across this little guy because had we not, it's outcome looked to be very bleak.

 

We brought it home, did some research on the internet, went to the pet store, bought some formula and made a home for him, complete with a heating pad to stay warm and stuffed animals to keep him company when we aren't holding him.  Based on our research, we estimate his age to be about 2 weeks ... he is soooo tiny.  We are already attached and are praying for a good outcome.  We will keep you posted on his status :-).

 

His first night ... he was very tired :-).

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His coordination isn't so good yet as you can see :-). One eye opened yesterday, but the other eye hasn't opened yet.
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Look at how proud he looks that he is standing up straight ... soooooo cute!!!
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Feeding time :-).
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Just had to throw in a couple of photos of our pet project this year.  We have been wanting a Koi Pond and gardens for a while now.  We have worked really hard on them this spring and though the lower garden still needs a little more work, we are very pleased with the outcome.
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Aubrey Reel:

This makes me so happy!! I miss your skunk most of all!!

(06.25.09 @ 03:06 PM)
Lisa Liang:

Hi Tina!!!

Aw, what a cute little guy!!! You guys are the best!

I love your koi pond!!! My brother's nickname is Koi (a short form of his Chinese name), so I love koi ponds too.

~Lisa

(06.25.09 @ 07:40 PM)
Michael Chansley:

How cute!! It's a good thing you saw him and noticed the situation. Just don't do anything to scare him or piss him off! lol.

(06.25.09 @ 10:56 PM)
Averill:

don't let john and kathy morgan see your little black and white - they'd want him...

(06.26.09 @ 02:15 PM)
Kathy Morgan:

Hi Tina! When I was 10 years old, I hung old at a neighborhood pet shop and the owner gave my best friend Julie and I a pet skunk. We kept it there. Her name was Rosie and had been descented. She was the sweetest pet of all. She eventually lost use of her back legs a few years later. I'll never forget her. enjoy yours!

(06.26.09 @ 04:55 PM)
Josefin Wahss:

I can see that you are working on your zoo. Well done!! I´d love to visit you in a few years or so ;)

(06.26.09 @ 10:42 PM)

The day before we left Florida, I took Kevin to one of my favorite places ... the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.  Not only does it have one of the most impressive displays of alligator and crocodile species in the world, it also has one of the best natural bird rookeries (a communal nesting site) in all of Florida.  Afterwards, we headed back down the coast stopping one last time along the way to enjoy the sounds of the ocean ... I really do miss Florida!!

 

We decided to play tourists and pose with a young gator ... really, I just wanted to hold one - it was so cool :-).

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This is their star attraction, Maximo the Salty (croc) ... well his snout anyways.
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Having fun with shadows :-).
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This is a very rare albino alligator (one of two they have there.)  They were only discovered in Louisiana in 1991.
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This is so funny :-).
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Someone needs braces ...
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The bird rookery.  (Left) - Tricolored Heron (Right) - Snowy Egret 
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Snowy Egrets displaying.
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Tricolored Heron with egg.
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Great Egret displaying.
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Great Egret in flight.
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Great Egret in Flight.
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Great Egret with nesting material.  This is one of my favorites of the day!
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Wood Storks at nest.  I love this series ... they seem so happy to see one another :-).
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Roseate Spoonbills.  One of the most beautiful of the heron species.
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Wood Stork on nest.
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Lisa:

Great pictures Tina, looks like your trip to FL went well. I'm glad you guys had some time to take some fun pictures.

(04.21.09 @ 03:02 PM)
Michael Chansley:

I love to play tourist when I go on trips. Even if it's only for 1/2 a day. I'm totally jealous of the alligator farm. Hope you're having fun in FL.

(04.23.09 @ 08:07 AM)
We spent a week in Florida while there for Alicia and Michael's wedding.  Funny thing was it was colder when we got to Florida than it was when we left Flagstaff - go figure.  It warmed up quickly though, thank goodness.

I lived in Central Florida for ten years and sometimes I really miss it, so it is really nice when I get a chance to return ... which is also why I love booking weddings there (I have two more to go this year in FL) :-).  Plus, this is the first time I have been able to take Kevin there with me and it was nice to show him around the wilds of my old home.

The biggest thing I miss, besides old friends, is the wilderness and beaches of the state.  I used to do a lot of wildlife and nature photography in Florida and it was quite spiritual for me to go into the swamps or to the river or beach and spend time with the big birds and reptiles.  I especially love the big birds ... they are so comical.  We even saw a river otter chowing down on a fish on a river bank.  I have never seen one in the wild before so it was a real treat.  We also got some really cool shots from a controled burn down in Cape Canaveral.  It was really nice to return (and share it with Kevin) and these are some of the photos we got while there.  Enjoy!
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ForestWander Nature Photography:

Wow!

These shots are simply amazzing.

I love the reflections on the water shots.

Those are some of my favorite to look for recently.

The aligator eyes are really cool too.

As well as the aligator Gar fish.

These must have been from Florida.

Again, very professional work!

(03.17.09 @ 01:39 PM)
Josefin:

Florida - here we come!! Beautiful photos. I know I´ve said I love to photograph cows and saguaros. But birds would be on the first place, if they were a bit easier to catch... Love your work.

(03.22.09 @ 11:23 PM)
Reflections of Florida in Infrared ...
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Anonymous:

Absolutely beautiful. And what an artist the photographer is. Fabulous!!!!

(04.16.09 @ 09:52 PM)

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a very spiritual place and there is nowhere else quite like it in the world.  We had the great privilege of spending three days there beginning the day after Christmas for an amazing wedding (more on that in the next few postings.)  These are a few of the lanscape photographs we captured over the course of those three days.

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Alicia :

Wow these are just beautiful!!!

(05.05.09 @ 02:07 PM)