It's the last day of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! I survived once again, but am ending without too much Zest.
I feel tired. Blogging challenges usually energize me, but not this time. Perhaps its all the up and down weather here in New York State - winter, spring, winter, spring. After a 81F (27 C) day yesterday, we may get snow tomorrow night.
But the sky is waiting, and so is the letter Z.
Those here for Skywatch Friday, please scroll to the end for some sky shots.
Animal Adventure Park is (their description) "an interactive educational animal park" which went viral several years ago when they set up a webcam to allow fans to monitor the pregnancy of their giraffe, April. 1.2 million people (including me) watched the birth.
Sadly, April passed away earlier this year.
Because I need a "Z", I am going to describe Animal Adventure as a zoo. I also realize that many believe that zoos are not healthy places for the animals who live there. It is true that a giraffe, in nature, would never be able to survive a New York winter, nor would it live in a fenced enclosure.
There are no easy answers here, but one thing I like about Animal Adventure is the commitment the Patch family that owns it has to conservation and publicizing the "silent extinction" of various species, including reticulated girffes. Additionally, they are attentive to the needs of visitors to their facility, including children with autism. (The owners have a special needs daughter)
I have visited Animal Adventure twice. These pictures are from my last visit, in 2020.
Not sure if any of these giraffes were April. At the time I visited, interactions were limited due to COVID.
Animal Adventure is a lot more than giraffes. I will finish this short visit off with an animal sculpture.
But besides the letter "Z" we are also here for some sky pictures of New York State.
Two sunsets - the first, from November 20, 2020 - sunset over the Susquehanna.
December 11, 2020.
And finally, Owego, New York war monument and spring color, earlier this week before spring disappeared.
I'm regaining some of my zest, sharing these pictures of natural beauty with you.
Joining Yogi and the other skywatchers who participate in #SkywatchFriday."Z" day in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme this year was "New York State" and I thank each and every person who visited to check out my posts. May you all have a wonderful rest of 2021, and I invite those not familiar with the Blogging from A to Z Challenge to visit some of the many bloggers who participated this year.