Archive | January 2014

Rikki Tikki Tavi….

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is alive and well on St Croix!

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And so is his buddy Gus the Gecko!

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St Croix is beautiful on the empty north shore except for the geckos, mongoose, iguanas and crabs. My kinda folks! You remember Rudyard’s Rikki?

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He saved his human family from the evil cobra Nagaina!
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Well Rikki is living under our bungalow, protecting us, and he is cute as a button!
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Beautiful tropical flowers are everywhere!

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The only thing they don’t have here is speedy WiFi, so please excuse me for not being able to follow and comment on your blogs as much as I would like too! DSC01206
Check out my office though, it does have some distinct benefits….
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Cheers to you from swinging St Croix!

Ride, Ride Like the Wind: Puerto Rican Style!

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Puerto Rico is so beautiful! Please click to enlarge!

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The waves aren’t big by Hawaiian or West Coast standards but there is still plenty of fun under the Puerto Rican sun!

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The colors are ethereal!

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Plus the water is warm and the wind stiff so the conditions are perfect!

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Crystal waters, blue skies and white sand beaches~

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You can ride with the wind!

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Or just float

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There is nothing to stop you from going for a flight……unless of course, like me, you’d rather take some photos and keep your tooties on the sand and in the sea!!
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Pease excuse my inability to stay on top of your posts, there are way too many distractions here! Next stop, St. Croix, but until then cheers to you from Puerto Rico and hope all is going very well with you!

Butterfly in a Winter Wood~

We are in the air and on the move. If all goes well, my next post will be from sunny San Juan Puerto Rico! I will not be able to post, or comment on your wonderful posts for the next few days. But once we settle in, I hope to be back and blogging at least some of the time. Meanwhile I leave you with these holler butterflies and hopes that all is well with you!
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They seemed to come suddenly on happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in a winter wood~ Edith Wharton
Painted Lady (Please click to enlarge).

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The butterfly, a cabbage white,
(his honest idiocy of flight)
will never now, it is too late,
master the art of flying straight~ Robert Evans
Cabbage White

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Butterflies are flowers that fly and all but sing~ Robert Frost
Black Veined Tiger

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I do not know if I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man~ Chaung Tzu
Tiger Swallow Tail

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We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has to go through to achieve that beauty~ Maya Angelou

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Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp~ Ponce Denis Ecouchard Lebrun

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I ask only to be free. The butterflies are free~ Charles Dickens

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The Holler is unseasonably warm and there are still flutterbyes here! May the sight of the butterflies warm your day! Sending you cheers and well wishes as we travel! Talk to soon from exotic islands!

Vienna: The City of Ethereal Horses~

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Vienna is full of gorgeous horses, in the flesh and depicted in stunning classical statues all over the city.

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There are the famous Lipizzaner stallions housed in the equally famous Spanish Riding School.

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And there are beautiful carriage horses working all over the magical city.

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The Lipizzaner stallions are one of the oldest breeds in Europe.

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I viewed them several times not performing but during their morning exercise.

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I prefer seeing horses more naturally.

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The stallions are brought to Vienna when they are four year olds and are then trained in classical dressage.

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There are only 3,000 Lipizzaner’s registered worldwide.

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Vienna is an incredibly beautiful city and horse lovers will find much to admire in addition to the incomparable art, architecture, history, music and culture. And please don’t forget the Viennese pastry! I certainly cannot. I would like to be beamed there right now for some delectable pastry mit schlag (with whipping cream), thank you very much!

Cheers to you from the horse (and schlag) loving Holler!

The Astounding Free Range Horses of Patagonia~

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The free ranging wild horses of Patagonia are called criollos. They were brought to Argentina in 1535 by Spanish settlers and were bred from Andalusians. Hundreds now roam wild on the Patagonian Steppe and are considered native to Argentina.
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My husband and I were out exploring one day deep into the steppe on a dirt road when we faced a herd of oncoming traffic moving at great speed.
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We stopped the car and I got out as the criollos streamed around us and I got these shots. It was a thrilling sight!
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The criollos have the best long distance endurance of any breed next to the Arabians.
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They are hardy and able to live in harsh conditions and withstand the severe Patagonian winters.
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By nature they are said to be tractable, intelligent and sensible.
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We saw herds of them all over the steppe, sometimes at great distances. It was wonderful to see such beautiful horses wild and free!
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Cheers to you from the horsey Holler!

If Wishes Were Horses……..

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these horses would be mine! (Please click to enlarge).

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I was one of those young girls who loved horses more than boys……for awhile at least! And they still have the power over me.

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Beauty is indeed truth, and truth for me has always been horses.

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The Holler has a history of housing some pretty incredible horses. Check out these beauties for example.

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Seabiscuit, Seattle Slew and Secretariat all had foals here and the multi-National Champion Khemosabi lived here. Seabiscuit had 108 foals, only one of which had a successful racing career. That thoroughbred was Sea Orbit, nicknamed Baby Biscuit who was a Hollerite. Blanco the Andalusian named Shadowfax in the Lord of the Rings movies lives here too.

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Holler town is horse town.

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I’ve seen some pretty amazing horses around the world.

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The free ranging horses of Patagonia for example and the peerless Lipzzaner stallions in Vienna.
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I think though, more than any other, I like this little rescued miniature donkey the best!
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He so wanted to come out and play with me and I so wanted to take him home!

Cheers to you from Holler-Horse… and Donkey Town!

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: An Ancient Refuge~

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Vasquez Rocks State Park, located in Southern California, was created 25 million years ago by collision and uplift of the North American and Pacific Tectonic Plates. You can see the two people climbing in this shot (Please click to enlarge).

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The park was home for thousands of years to the Tatavium Native Americans who left petroglyphs all over the park dated from up to 9000 years ago.

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Lying directly above the San Andreas Fault, these rocks were exposed and tilted more recently by movement along The San Andreas. See the person in this shot for scale.
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The park is named after Tiburcio Vasquez, an infamous California bandit, who used the rocks to hide from law enforcement from 1873-1874.
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The Pacific Crest Trail runs directly through the park.
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The park has been filmed in countless movies and TV shows including Star Trek where different areas of the park were used to depict different planets. As a matter of fact filming was occurring at the site when we visited.

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The precious ancient petroglyphs lie all over the park. Concerns have been raised by conservationists about their protection, but the powers that be believe the best protection lies in the fact that most people don’t even know they are there. There is an interpretive center on site and rangers do patrol. Southern California is actually full of ancient petroglyphs that most people don’t know about. (If you are interested in the petroglyphs, see the reference at the end of this post).

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Cheers to you from the ancient and mostly empty Vasquez Rocks State Park!

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