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Vacations Past: The Koala in the Tree

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Wish I could say that I took this when I was in Australia, but at those times in my life I was not so good with a camera. No, this sleepy little marsupial was to be found at the Los Angeles Zoo, a great place to spend a whole day.

Little known fact: koala populations are threatened by all the usual suspects — habitat loss, hunters, and car collisions — as well as diseases like chlamydia. How to tell if a koala has chlamydia? Common signs are pink eye and a dirty tail/wet bottom (yeah, it’s as gross as it sounds).

The Koala in the Tree
24 March 2008
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, CA

The Starfish, Up Close

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Sometimes this photo reminds me of those photos of bacteria or fungus underneath a microscope. You know the kind. The highly artsy, don’t know what it could be but you know it’s going to be gross, kind of picture. Still, though, starfish alive is much better than starfish dead, no?

The Starfish, Up Close
03 January 2008
Atlantis Marine World, Riverhead, NY