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Visiting Argyle Again

I went out to Argyle Winery again to take some photos and do a little computer work. Of course, I brought my trusty camera.

These baby grapes aren’t ready for juicing, but they sure are cute.
Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

Some of the grape leaves are silvery white and fuzzy.
Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

This is Pinot Noir in the making. So nice.
Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

A bottom-of-the-hill view of the Knudsen Vineyard.
Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

A daisy growing under a vine.
Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

A ladybug on a Pinot Noir vine.
Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

I’ve passed this barn dozens of times, yet I’ve never taken a picture. The light was decent today, so I took a quickie.
Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

What a Great Day at the Oregon Zoo!

Codi and I spent quite a few hours at the Portland Zoo today. (Officially, it’s called the Oregon Zoo, but I prefer “Portland Zoo”.) We got a zoo membership, which allows us to go to the zoo as many times per year as we want, and we can even bring a free guest each time! What a great deal!

Codi likes the lorikeets. We bring them a sugar water mix so they’re more curious and friendly.
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

Even though the lorikeets are relatively tame, if you give them the impression that their sugar water is going to be taken away, they’ll bite. I got bitten twice today. Luckily it doesn’t hurt.
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

There are several bald eagles at the “Oregon” Zoo. (I still prefer ‘Portland Zoo’.) This bald eagle was about 20 feet from us in a huge aviary. It’s sort of odd being in an aviary with bald eagles. There’s no barrier between them and us, so if one got spooked, or if some idiot tourist brought a hotdog with him, whoa… At the same time, it’s a great feeling to be so close to something so great and majestic.
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

This is a funny beaver that was following people and scratching at the glass with his claws. Check out his teeth! They’re the color of Cheetos!!
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

This black and yellow butterfly was really neat. It’s interesting to see them fly around – they’re so light on the air and they hardly have to move to keep adrift.
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

This butterfly was feeding inside a flower. I like the muted black against the hot pink.
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

I caught this butterfly landing on a flower cluster.
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

Here’s another similar butterfly. Check out his spotted eyes!
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

Codi was able to get up close to a large black and yellow butterfly. It had irridescent blue spots on its tail. Very cool.
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

This flower is called “Foxy Lady”. It’s pretty common in this mountainous region.
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

This guy was part of a lounging and lazy pack of grey wolves. Codi and I called him out and he stared at us for a while. I wonder if he could smell the chicken and mushroom crepe I had for breakfast!
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

Here’s me with another lorikeet.
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

I love this leopard! Every time Codi and I visit to take pictures, he moves from his resting spot way up to the top branch of a tree. It’s like he knows it’s photo time and he’s happy to oblige!
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

Here’s what a lorikeet looks like close up.
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

On our way to the eagles’ aviary, we spotted a huge otter.
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

Codi got a great shot of this owl. He only looked forward once, so it’s good that she has a fast shutter finger!
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

No zoo is complete without zebras. These guys were resting in the shade.
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

This is a neat action shot of a butterfly landing on a flower. The colors and motion blur intrigue me.   (Click to see larger image.)
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

I wish I knew what specific kind of butterfly this is. Regardless, it’s awesome. The colors and markings are really quite nice.   (Click to see larger image.)
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

I know someone who’s visiting Moscow right now who loves falcons. This Peregrine Falcon was stunning to look at. He was a bit jumpy, but what a gorgeous animal! Today I learned that Peregrine falcons can fly up to 200 miles per hour in a dive, making them the fastest animal alive.   (Click to see larger image.)
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

Here’s another gorgeous leopard photo. What a cool animal! Total concentration, zero attitude, ultimate deadly force, but so, so cuddly, soft and endearing to watch.   (Click to see larger image.)
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

This was hilarious! A huge polar bear (we’ll call him “Dave”) walked up to a smaller polar bear (we’ll call her “Cindy”). While “Cindy” was chewing on a massive bone, Dave nuzzled right up to Cindy. Then Cindy opened her mouth and Dave gave her a big, fat french kiss. There was even tongue! Oh my god! Classic!   (Click to see larger image.)
Oregon Zoo, Portland Zoo, Jason and Codi

For another funny polar bear moment at the zoo, check out this video clip I took in March 2004. It’s titled “Polar Poo”.

Calling All Russian Geeks

Ok, so maybe not “all” Russian geeks, but maybe one or two with the ability to record an mp3 file or two. As some people know, I lived and worked in Moscow for several years in the early 1990′s. I was fluent in Russian way back then, but since moving back to the US, my Russian has gotten a bit sloppy. I have a few scans of pages from a Russian book, and I’d love for someone to read them aloud with their native Russian accent. I want to make sure my Russian accent is as good as it used to be. So, if you’re Russian and know how to make an mp3 recording, please help by sending me an audio clip of the scans below. Thank you very much!

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