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I decided on this photo for this week's Wednesday meme participation -just because. This is a small lake in the city limits at the end of a main street heading east out of the city and west into the city. As you head east, south east from the business district in this section of the town, and turning left to get on the Padre Island highway to go to the island and beaches, you would see this lake. It's a nice area. Loaded with willow trees, mesquite and wildflowers and grasses. There are several covered picnic and BBQ areas, along with a child's playground. Among the grasses and along the lake's banks you'd find geese, ducks, turtles and gulls. [Probably snakes too, if I dare look down in the deep crevices and trees...but, nope, nope, I'm not gonna. Not even for an opportune photo for my blog!!]

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This morning, I added another page to my Photo Blog "Colors of the Wind". Again, all zoo shots. This one, an orangutan, saw me standing at the viewing box...she walked right up to the window and sat down. Putting her hand on the ledge. I was so amazed at the closeness, and the soft, tender-looking fingernails [she only had the one arm I might add]...I had to take a photo, even if the glass was dirty! With me, she got 'up close and personal'----I entitled this "Through the Looking Glass"....

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Image: Orangutan
"Thru the Looking Glass"
taken: Gladys Porter Zoo, Texas
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copyright: 2009

POSTED: Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
4:30 A.M.


  1. Anonymous11/04/2009

    What a lovely spot :)

  2. It's always nice to see the wild life around the shore of a lake. Not snakes though.

  3. It's a peaceful and nice place.
    PS: I like your header with the turkey. Very funny and nice.
    Well done.

  4. The orangutan picture is awesome! And your picnic area looks so beautiful, I could spend some time there, but no snakes for me either!

  5. Love the lake picture. I wouldn't do snakes for my blog either.

    Trying to follow you picture link but the computer gods don't like me right now.

    Wordless Wednesday - Cody's Help and Halloween

  6. i love the photo of the orangutan! amazing details on his/her fingers.:p

  7. The lake, shot through the trees, is gorgeous!

    Happy OW!

  8. Good call on not looking for the snakes!

  9. Love the photo from the zoo. Animals can be so expressive. Well done.

  10. The picture looking out to the lake is absolutely beautiful!

  11. Beautiful pic, I bet it's beautiful there! I would love to visit someday! Cindy

  12. So beautiful, lovely pictures... make me want to be there. You are good at this and great with words... of course that you know...

  13. oh, sweetie these are just amazing photos.
    you have such an eye for capturing the beauty in the world

  14. Anni, I enjoyed seeing your lake, and the willow tree just framed it perfectly. That photograph reminds me of the work of one of the English poets I studied in college. It's so pastoral. Makes you want to linger there and dream. Thanks for sharing!


    Sheila :-)

  15. Looks like a nice place for a family picnic. :)

  16. I love that lake view. Thanks, Anni.

  17. Oh I love that first photo. It is so beautiful!

  18. Love the picture of the orangutan! Definitely a once in a lifetime photo op.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. Hugs, Tracey

  19. What a beautiful spot! Methinks I could enjoy walking or sitting there with my journal writing for quite some time.
    Hugs and blessings,

  20. That's a beautiful photo, Anni! I love lakes. This one looks so quiet and peaceful. Thanks so much for stopping by my WW post!

  21. The photo of the tree is so peaceful...beautiful!


  22. What great photo's Annie and I love your new header. I can see you are heading for Thanksgiving Day. LOl

  23. I like how that shot of the Orangutan turned out.

    The lake looks like a great place to picnic.

    Be sure and answer todays question.
    Mama Bear

  24. Oh I wish the glass had not been dirty! She seemed to want to communicate with you! Your little lake is a lovely spot to have right in town! Thanks for sharing the pictures--I'll check out the rest!

  25. Great photos Anni... I am heading over to check out your zoo photos... I bet it was exciting to have that Orangutan come right up to you... I would have been thrilled! Have a super day!


  26. That's a wonderful view of the lake.

  27. Wow! What a beautiful lake and "photogenic" trees surrounding it. I think it's a good idea to keep away from the edges for the possibility of snakes. I saw some water moccasins in southern Illinois just by doing esactly that! Yikes! Very nice photo and post!

  28. Your pictures of Padre Island are very good. I have not been there in such a long time. Still looks like a nice place to visit.

  29. a lake, the trees, green grass, a picnic. yes, that would be great thank you!

  30. How adorable ! I just imagine you holding hands with her ? BTW, how do you know she was a she ?? she probably had boobs.

  31. The way you framed the lake and view it looking through the trees is wonderful. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday.

  32. Hi Anni! Good morning to you! I love the shot of the orangutang(I have no idea to spell that)what a priceless shot! I have never seen such detail in an orang.... hand before! I love it. And your shot of the tree is very peaceful and beautiful! I would probably have been stupid enough to climb down amoung the snake to get that "shot" with out knowing what I was doing.
    Thanks for stopping by today! I really appreciate it!

  33. Gattina Ummmmm, I knew it was a she 'cause the sign at the zoo told me so. rofl

  34. This looks like a beautiful area!

    Thanks for stopping by my place!

    Have a great day!

  35. what a lovely tree, thanks so much for stopping by.

  36. Really like the photo of the tree and lake, looks like a good place to relax. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Anni,

    I absolutely LOVE the lake photo. Willows are my favorite trees. Followed the link to your Colors of the Wind and enjoyed all the zoo photos. We had a silverback gorilla get up and personal with us at Disney's Animal Kingdom. It is an awesome experience.

    Enjoy your day. Lots to do here.

  38. Hi Anni,
    Great pictures. I love all pictures of water and your lake pic was great. The orangutan was amazing. I loved that pic as well as your title. Those
    Thanks for stopping by and have a great day

  39. How very beautiful! Happy Wednesday

  40. A zoo. I believe the closes zoo is in Seattle for us.

    Coffee is on.

  41. Ohhh very cool tree!!

  42. No snakes thank you very much. Nooooo not ever.
    I have trouble walking anywhere that there could be a snake. Panic.
    Now why does the orangutan only have one arm? Sounds like she is looking for some closeness in her life.

  43. The place looks so peaceful. Great shot!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  44. Lovely photo it makes me wish I was there, it looks nice and peaceful.

  45. Hi Annie

    The orangutan photo is amazing! I wonder how she lost the other arm, poor thing?

    I like the lake picnic area... a snake would not be welcomed on my picnic blanket

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

  46. Hi, Anni...these photos are great! Love the zoo shot!
    Thanks again for your kind help...will I ever learn how to do everything needed to run a blog? I'm afraid NOT..;O)
    xo bj

  47. Beautiful scene in that first picture. Also love your new header! You come up with the greatest things!

  48. Beautiful lake picture and the orangutan picture has great effects!

  49. Waddya mean you wouldn't go look in the crevices for snakes so you could take pictures of them for us???? hehe Such a beautiful area and when I first saw the picture, it reminded me so much of a place I sometimes stop at for a driving break when I'm heading to Steve's place. It even has the trees almost laying down like that over the water and there are even willow trees there. I absolutely LOVE willow trees but in the area where I live we don't have any, we're too far north. Pout!

    I so love that picture of the orangutan. I didn't realize their fingernails were so soft!

    Hope your day is going well my friend. xoxo

  50. Lovely! I would love to spend an afternoon there with a good book.

    Have a great day.

    Mine are here and here.

  51. I love any photos that have some kind of body of water in them! Looks like a beautiful and peaceful spot.

    Happy WW!

  52. I love the way you framed the lake picture with the trees and shrubbery! Really makes me want to push through the branches for a better look! Great photography. The picture of the orangutan's fingers is scary wonderful! Thanks for visiting my post!


  53. Beautiful photos! I love willow trees. Growing up, my hideaway was in the crook of a willow. There I would read and dream as I looked over the lake. This one looks like the perfect spot for that...

    Thanks for stopping by today. I always appreciate visits.
    Jane (artfully graced)

  54. What a beautiful lake and part! And the orangatan picture is the greatest!

  55. Me again - I'm way behind and just saw what Bud is making for you - he's good with that saw! I can't wait to see the finished product! And also what you're trying to find at the antique mall.

  56. Great Outdoor pics.

  57. Looks like a very charming lake to be around.

    The orangutang photo is fabulous

  58. Those are SO pretty! Great photos.


    My God Given Mission Field

  59. Love your header...... and the Orangutan is a wonderful picture........ Looks like Texas does not get the fall colors..... the lake is beautiful.. Sometimes I wish I lived farther south...

  60. Hi Anni, love your makeover! That's a good photo of the orangutan, and those big nails!

    Enjoy the week!

  61. Great picture! Happy Outdoor Wednesday and have a great week : )

  62. Anonymous11/05/2009

    I love the photo of that lake. It's just totally awesome. :) Thanks for sharing :)

  63. May you be sweetly blessed.



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