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For obvious reasons, this animal is called a red salamander.   This is Sylvester the   salamander, he has a neat trick.   He was born with gills, but soon lost them, and he didn’t grow lungs!   He breathes through his skin!   He is very shiny, very red, and likes the night life.   He has to, if he finds himself out in the sun he will dehydrate quickly.   Thus, he always dresses up as a vampire for Halloween.

Meet Petunia the   Paca.   She is 28″ tall, 24 pounds (she watches her weight), and dressed in a beautiful spotted fur.   She and her friends love water.   Swim, swim swim.   All day long.   If she’s scared she dives deep in the water.   She can hold her breath for many minutes, and loves getting wet.   Petunia, like all pacas, is a burrowing vegetarian.   Unlike all pacas, Petunia likes to sing.   She hopes to be an opera star some day.

Antonio, the Flycathcer, is a migratory bird.   He summers in Europe and winters in Africa.   Antonio is a loner, he just sits and waits for flies.   Much like the bums in New York, Antonio is very territorial.   He defends his fly catching spot vigorously.   Despite the wings, when Antonia is faced with fight or flight, he always picks fight.   He’s a bit of a thug.   Odd, considering he’s only five inches tall.

Where I stood..

In front of an old case that used to contain an amazing elixir.   I had a wonderful Foreign Extra Stout at Liberty Street Brewery the other day, but there will always be a place in my heart for the cheap beer I was raised on.   Dad always had Stroh’s in the house, and I was almost always welcome to it.   I loved the little bit of cork that lined the caps.   In the spirit of supporting local businesses, I’m proud to say I drank locally produced beer then, and I do now.

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.

Onions

My scanner and I have been having a huge fight, but we discussed things at length this morning and have finally worked things out (though I confess, I never did figure out why the scanner was mad at me.)   Because we’ve worked it out, the scanner is letting me bring you this watercolor of onions.

Where I stood..

AKA Mark and Leann go west vol. 5

On our way home I got to stop in Kansas.   So that’s where I stood,

in front of a very good friend I hadn’t met until last week.   How wonderful to finally get to meet Pattie!   We’ve become good friends through our blogs and email, I finally got to meet her and Gene in person!

Here are Pattie and her husband Gene, posing for me out in the clean Kansas air.

Me with Pattie, enjoying the rural scenery.

Two of the three dogs, Chaco, the short one, and Bailey, the tall one.   Herman would not pose.   Thank you, guys, for the wonderful mac and cheese, the portrait,   and putting us up!   What a magical visit!

Then the last stop was in Kansas City, at the Steamboat Arabia museum.     This museum is full of all the stuff that was on one steamboat that sunk in the Missouri River in 1856.   The huge boat was laden with goods to be sold out west.   We couldn’t believe all the stuff on one steamboat, just cases and cases of things.   It’s a wonderful museum and a great dose of history.

Lots of dishes!

Lots of tools!

I loved this shirt with the heart over the wearer’s heart.

They recreated one of the paddle wheels and you can watch it paddle water.

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.