Sunday’s Sashay


Animals Know Better

In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother’s cub’s, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species, will take on the care of a different species. The only ‘orphans’ that could be found quickly, were a litter of weanling pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops?

Take a look…

Now, please tell me one more time…

Why can’t the rest of the world get along?


A Fire Waterfall @ Yosemite National Park–BEAUTIFUL!

A rare sight!! 

Yosemite National Park, California , USA 
This park was published as a national park in 1890.  It is world famous for its rugged terrain, waterfalls and century-old pine trees (Sequoia).  It covers 1200 sq km and the “fire” waterfall of El Capitan is one of the most spectacular of all the scenery.

The spectacular view of the waterfall is created by the reflection of sunlight hitting the falling water at a specific angle. This rare sight can only be seen at  a 2-week period towards the end of February.  To photograph this rare event, photographers would often have to wait and endure years of patience in order to capture them.  The reason is because it’s appearance depends on a few natural phenomenon’s occurring at the same time, and just plain luck.

1st, is the formation of the waterfall.  The water is formed by the melting of snow and ice at the top of the mountain.  It melts between the month of December and January and by the end of February there might not be much snow left to melt.

2nd, is the specific angle of the sun’s rays hitting the falling water.  The sun’s position must be exactly at a particular spot in the sky.  This occurs only in the month of February and at the short hours of dusk. If it is a day full of clouds or something blocking the sun, you can only take pictures of a darkened waterfall.  It coincides with the fact that the weather in the National Park at that time of the year is often volatile and unpredictable.  It compounds to the difficulty of getting these pictures.  Usually permission has to be allowed to enter the park that time of year, as dangerous road conditions could be hazardous to travel.

Someone did and we all get to see it.

WOW!  I can only imagine seeing it in real life ! 




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