there is a reason you were my favorite eagle

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Per @star-anise‘s request for kitty pics this week, I’m reminded that I actually really like pulling together an assortment of pics and telling stories about them, and I have a metric shitton of random photos on my phone. SO. You can safely expect the occasional post like this until I run out of photos or get bored with it, whichever happens first.

This is two batches combined into one, from back in 2013 (which is I think before I cracked and got a tumblr) and separated by a few weeks and a few hundred miles. One’s from the Milwaukee Zoo, where a friend of a friend is a zookeeper and took us through the exhibits on her day off. I seem to have lost the bat feeding and the polar bear feeding photos, sorry. :( The other set is from the Raptor Rehabilitation Center on the U of Minnesota campus, where they do some damn impressive work with birds of prey.

HELLO PRETTY SNOW LEOPARD what’s that, you want to eat my face? Oh. I guess we’ll stay out here then. Not shown: the back of the cage has an exit onto his native habitat; I forget why he was in back but I think he was due for yearly check-up?

Yes. Yes we did get to feed the giraffes. Yes their tongues are that sticky, which is why you make sure to only lightly hold one end. (No, I don’t remember exactly what the food was, I think a specially balanced grain-and-plant thing made into crackers? It was their treat-food not their regular food.)

MOOSE. This moose was seeing her favorite person and also her favorite food: bananas.

Our zookeeper guide had hand-raised many of the wolves from birth, so several came reasonably close to see who these strange new mammals with her were. 

And the birbs behind a cut because this is getting long…

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anonymous asked:

*curtsies* classick rock virgin here, thank you for the playlist and I would love a real starter kit. Thank you so much

*Curtsies* Marvelous! So here are the artists/albums I would start with: the Beatles, Revolver, Abbey Road, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Rubber Soul is my personal fave, though); the Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground & Nico (not necessarily a great album imo but an important one and also I hate Andy Warhol, so sort of biased against it)the Doors, The Doors and Morrison Hotel; the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced; Queen, A Night at the Opera; David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (though my favorite Bowie is Man Who Sold the World); Janis Joplin, Pearl; Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin IV, and Physical Graffiti (which might be my single favorite album of all time and for some reason always gets overlooked always); the Who, Who’s Next and Tommy (though I gotta be honest I think the Who are overrated); the Rolling Stones, Let it Bleed and Exile on Main Street; Deep Purple, Machine Head; Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall (but definitely start with Dark Side because The Wall can be overwhelming if you’re not ready for some really weird shit); Aerosmith, Toys in the Attic; the Eagles, Hotel California; AC/DC, Highway to Hell and Back in Black. 

Honestly I could go on but I’ll stop here. My biggest piece of advice is DON’T LISTEN TO THESE ALBUMS ON SHUFFLE and do the rock operas/concept albums in one sitting if you can (the first time, at least). Before the age of internet music sonic progression and storytelling were a lot more important in individual albums and if you try to listen to The Wall or Tommy or even Led Zeppelin III out of order it will be jarring and weird in a bad way and you won’t get the full experience.