Posts Tagged ‘Animals’
I don’t recall that our English teachers emphasized the different names of groups of animals during their classes. Either I dozed during those tedious lessons, or they were never given to us. I just can’t recall. As I read books, magazines, newspapers and watched movies and videos, I picked some of them. However, there are some groups of animals, I didn’t have the faintest clue existed.
Some of the most common ones I had no problems with are:
- A school of fish.
- A herd of cattle.
- A flock of birds.
- A swarm of bees.
- A litter of cats
However, I had no idea the following terms existed in the English language. But that’s nothing new, English as you all know, has been a tough cookie for me since I was six.
Are you familiar with the names of the following groups of animals?
- A shrewdness of apes.
- A sloth or sleuth of bears.
- A tower of giraffes.
- A band of gorillas.
- A bloat of hippopotamuses.
- A wake of buzzards.
- A gulp of cormorants.
- A sedge of cranes.
- A bask of crocodiles.
- A shoal of bass.
And the list goes on and on for mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. A dear friend recently sent me a link which includes a lengthy list of these unusual terms which I thought you could use as a reference website. If you like to write in English, sooner or later, this site could be your deus-ex-machina.
And now you know the rest of the story of my experiences with the English language. Good Day.
In order for the Panama Canal to operate it needs water; lots of it. That’s where the tropical rainforest of the area adjacent to the international waterway comes in.
The Panama Canal rainforests are some of the most accessible nature-rich rainforests in the world. With over 50,000 acres of pristine rainforest, this natural gem hosts an incredible 105 species of mammals, 525 species of birds and 124 species of reptiles and amphibians.
Having such a nature-rich area so close to the metropolitan capital is feature unique to Panama. The Panama Canal, just 30 minutes away from Panama City, requires a vast rainforest watershed to feed water to its lock system which uses millions of gallons each day. For this reason the Canal Zone has had to actively preserve its circumvent natural resources, making for plentiful green areas.
Below are a couple of pictures of the tropical rainforest which can be appreciated from the balconies of the Gamboa Rainforest Resort Hotel located in the town of Gamboa in the former Canal Zone. Enjoy nature at its best.
Last week I visited the Handicraft Market at May 5th Plaza to take a Canadian tourist who was interested in buying small Christmas gifts for his friends and relatives back home. Even though I have been to this place many times, before there are always new products in display. The creative imagination of our artisans has no bounds. This time it was no exception. I saw the most colorful and unique products I’ve seen in a very long time. These products were marketed by Luis A. Pitty and his family.
Luis comes from the proud Province of Chiriquí which borders with Costa Rica to the North-West. That’s also my beloved province where I was born 63 years ago. After a friendly chat about our common province, he showed the tourist his best items. My eyes were wide open at his colorful collection of souvenirs any tourist would buy without hesitation.
These specific souvenirs caught my eyeballs like a magnet. There were other articles as well, but it would have taken all day to capture them with my Birthday camera. I concentrated on what I thought were the most exotic and unique.
This is what I saw and photographed last week at Pitty’s place at the Mercado de Artesanías in Panama City, Panama. Here we go.
There were many more miniatures like this with images of cougars, snakes, tapirs, and other tropical animals from the rainforests of Darien. These jungles are so dense, that it’s almost impossible to penetrate them. Even the rays of the sun have a difficult time filtering through the leaves of the gigantic trees. The Province of Darien borders with Colombia to the South-East.
And now you know what you can find in an artisan market in Panama. Luis and his family will be more than glad to help you out making a good buying decision. Good Day.
In Panama, November 28 is a national holiday. The country proudly celebrates its independence from Spain in 1821 under the leadership of Simon Bolivar. It is the last independence holiday of November. Then the country gets ready for Mother’s Day, Christmas Day and our course, New Year’s Day. A lot of social action lies ahead.
Since there were no parades scheduled in Panama City, my wife and I decided to visit a popular mall located on the outskirts of the city—Albrook Mall. The place is huge, fully covered, and air-conditioned. There are so many things in there, it’s almost impossible to decide on what to buy, unless you have it explicitly written on a piece of paper. That is what we did. My wife wanted to buy a new pair of sneakers for her daily early morning walkabouts. She was crazy for a pair of New Balance rubber shoes. So that was exactly what we wrote on a white sheet of paper—New Balance tennis shoes.
Our beloved grandnephews—Abdiel and Carol— jumped into the bandwagon. We called the trip, the Safari Mall Trip because the mall was full of wild animals. The owners of the mall–very cleverly—identified the structure with wild animals which matched a certain color. That would help the shoppers to easily identify and find the shops they were looking for. For example, if you were looking a Mac Store to buy an iPhone, you would look for the Penguin Corridor identified with the color yellow. The number is PA-P12. At the entrance of the mall, you can request at the Information Center, the Albrook Mall Store Guide to avoid getting lost.
The supposed purpose of the trip was to shoot fourteen wild animals at the mall. The kids would be the guides and I would be the hunter with my loaded Birthday camera. My job was to shoot all 14 wild animals. My wife’s mission was to buy her shoes, but that’s another story for another day.
Below are images of several wild games we were able to find and shoot with my Canon PowerShot A720 IS camera. Relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy. Here we go.
After a safari that started at 10:00 a.m. and ended 04:30 p.m., we accomplished our mission. With the assistance of my savvy young guides I was able to shoot fourteen wild animals. Tired and dragging our feet, we headed home with a big smile on our faces. We had a perfect hunting score.
Oh, one more thing…my wife got her walking shoes. She was also smiling on our way home. That makes four smiling faces heading back home. Ain’t that nice? Good Day.
In most children’s lives the most important day, one they will never forget, was their first visit to a circus. In small rural towns, the circus parade announcing the coming of a circus, was the event of the day in the vicinity. Everybody came out to the dirt road to see the spectacular parade of clowns, acrobats, elephants, camels, horses, and what have you.
Unfortunately, where I lived—in a banana plantation in Bocas del Toro—there were no circus parades. There were no circuses. Period. My first encounter with a circus was at age 33. I have to confess, I wasn’t impressed. Of course I wasn’t a kid then.
Recently, a Mexican circus came to town and made camp a few blocks from our house. Everyday I drive my wife to work, I see several cars parked outside the circus with parents taking their kids to watch the circus animals. There are camels, elephants, horses, llamas, burros and zebras. You should see the eyes of the kids on the other side of the fence—big as a silver dollar.
I had to take the advantage of this visit and capture the scene with my Birthday digital camera. This is what the nestlings saw at the other side of the fence. Here we go.
Below are the admittance prices:
- Bleachers: $10.00
- Stalls: $15.00
- Balconies: $20.00
- Children between two and eight years pay $2.00 each no matter where they seat.
From Monday thru Friday there’s only one show at 7:30 p.m. On Saturdays: Two shows at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. On Sundays there are three shows: 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.
I can image the struggle going on in many Panama homes between broke parents and their children trying to collect a couple of elusive dollars to take their kids to the circus. The persistence of children is legendary. Good Day.