Spent the last week in Fresno painting my sister’s laundry room a very pale Caribbean lagoon turquoise. Interesting thing about color; in a room the light bounces from wall to wall picking up and reflecting the color, thereby intensifying it. When we were done with the job and looked into the room from the kitchen, the whole room looked like an ice locker and I half expected to see clouds of icy fog come rolling out. A visual phenomenon which might be useful in Fresno in the summer. Save on air conditioning; just stand in front of your laundry room door and peer in and shiver.
And when we were done, we went to the Chaffey Zoo to feed a giraffe or two, who took the leaves so gently in their great long, long black tongues.
And then bent low to snorkel around to see if there was more shrubbery available.
Then it was off to peer into the huge aviary to spot the HUGE Andean condors with their 10 – 12 foot wingspans. The zoo has a mated pair and ever-hopeful keepers wishing for baby condors.
But the most spectacular exhibit was the newly installed Sea Lion Cove, a huge salt-water lagoon complete with underwater viewing station. There you could sit for hours watching the sea lions swooping, turning, hovering, or dozing in the flickering Caribbean blue pool the exact color of my sister’s laundry room.
One of the sea lions was nearly blind, but that didn’t interfere with her ability to swiftly navigate the pool flawlessly, coming without hesitation to within inches of the wall or glass barrier before effortlessly turning.
And we finished up the tour with a visit to the impatient Malay tiger waiting for his mate to arrive. The courtship will take some time and involve many nervous zoo personnel standing by and crossing their fingers since tiger matings can be lethal to the female since she deliberately seeks out the most aggressive, strong, healthy male she can find to mate with and the courtship battle often gets out of hand, alas. It’s behavior not unknown to some human couples, but one that is worrisome to the endangered tiger population that can’t afford to loose too many of its ladies.