What do you think of, when I speak of nature’s treasures? If you’re thinking gemstones, you would certainly be right, but not in this particular context. I’m talking about all of the beautiful animals, we are fortunate enough to share our planet with!!
I haven’t been able to see these magnificent beasts in their natural habitats, but admire them I do! My family visited from out-of-town, and one of their many adventures, was a visit to the Toronto Zoo. They invited me along, for the trek! I bet you’re wondering what the heck this has to do with beading? Patience, dear readers, I’m getting to it!
No elephants, but lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Sorry, but my tiger photos didn’t turn out, so you’re just getting the other two, with a zebra thrown in for good measure. The lion was magnificent, and this is a photo is of him staring down my nephew, in a masterful show of dominance! Jamie stepped on a rock to get a better look (outside of the enclosure, of course), then took off his sunglasses, and the lion immediately stood at high alert! Funny, Jamie has never intimidated me!!!
As for the bears, we’re talking Polar and Giant Panda! Isn’t the panda adorable? He was determined that nothing was going to stop him from chowing down on that bamboo, while the rest of the pandas were stealing some z’s (otherwise known as napping).
Now onto the zebra! Sorry about the wire, but I couldn’t get a photo without it. The patterning on it’s coat, is another of nature’s treasures!
I heard some sad news recently, that involved the passing of one of my on-line beading friends, April Zobel. April’s sensitive, and often humorous, representation of the animal kingdom, never ceased to blow me away! Archie the Lizard was my first love, but then came the squirrel, the fox, and that cheeky zebra! I simply cannot choose between them. They’re all my favourites!!!
At one time I followed April’s blog, but I wasn’t able to dig up a current link for her, other than Facebook. She may have shut down her earlier blog, but I was still able to grab these images from a Google search.
Do not ever fail to appreciate nature’s treasures! They may come in gem, mineral, scenic, animal, or human forms, but they should never be taken for granted! I’ll miss my friend’s quirky sense of humour, but feel comforted by the fact that she’s out there somewhere, sharing her new existence with her favourite creatures! My condolences to her family.