Sunday, 28 March 2010

Macro Monday: Things That make You Go ...Ahhhhhh....

Is it Monday again? Already? How time flies when you are trying to buy a house, get a mortgage sorted out, do 50 million house inspections with electricians, contractors, plumbers, window specialists, eco-consultants etc, all before your deadline of Thursday - well, it can't be any later, can it, since it is the Easter Weekend and we can't possibly leave it until after then, can we?

So, I might be wimping out a wee bit this week, but I have resorted to just finding something cute, something that everyone can ooohhh and ahhhh over and something that I don't have to explain or write endless paragraphs about some obscure lifecycle or association with some peculiar gut protozoan that nobody has heard and few actually want to hear of. So, here you are, a Galapagos sea lion. Isn't he adorable?


OK, so just a couple of things, just in case you ever need this information (and I am sure that one day you will and you will be forever grateful that you bothered reading this far into my post). How can you tell the difference between a sea lion and a seal? Anyone? Come on, I know someone out there knows the answer. Oh, alright then, I will tell you. A sea lion has external ears (you can just see them in this photo), whereas a seal does not and a sea lion has long front flippers and can walk on all four flippers on land, whereas seals kind of hump along and are very clumsy on land. Also, if you happen to have a beach ball handy, you can tell the sea lion since it is the one that can balance said beach ball on the end of its nose.

Now, I really must stop this blogging malarky, since I have a stack of marking a mile high that has to be done. I don't suppose anyone actually cares about this, but there you are. Part of the reason that I haven't done it yet is due to the fact that I spent half of my day weed wacking a blackberry patch the size of a football field just so those bird nerds that I have been hanging out with lately can put up more nets to catch more unsuspecting feathered avians. I don't think that was mentioned when I signed up for the whole bird watching thing. You see, physical labour and I don't get on very well together. Hmmmm, perhaps I shouldn't be buying a house that comes with half an acre of land. But then, I do have Mr. DBM.....

OK, I have to stop rambling now - I have marking to do. Did I mention that?

Perhaps I have time for one more photo - this time we have Californian sea lions at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Everybody.....aaaahhhhhh......



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It has been pointed out to me that this is a Face to be Loved, so I have included it in a Faces meme. Go here for more.

25 comments:

Kala said...

Adorable macro capture of the sea lion!

Evelyn Howard said...

Aaaah. Wonderful close-up and thanks for the info - I never knew the differences.

Daniela said...

Aaaaaaaaaaah, so adorable :)

Vicki said...

I like the idea of sleeping away the day. Love your photo.

Jay said...

That first sea lion might be cute (and he is!) but I bet his breath smells! LOL!

I didn't know that about the ears - or the locomotion, come to that. I haven't seen many seals or sea lions. I did go to Pier 39 though. They were all wet and it was an overcast day, so we weren't treated to that burnt toast effect of the fur. Now that's cute!

Sistertex said...

What a great face!

http://spacialpeepol.blogspot.com/2010/03/love-to-be-loved.html

:)

Seriously I, for one, am glad you decided to ramble a bit even if you did have papers to mark! Great photos as always!

Sistertex said...

Thanks so much for adding that great face to 'Face of the Week'! I love it!

Manang Kim said...

Very adorable and I like the light too.

Macro Monday

Tammie Lee said...

Your photos are wonderful and charming, a joy to see.

awarewriter said...

That second pic is wonderful.

James said...

They look so cute. When I lived in the Bay Area there was a giant sea lion that would attack cars. :)

Ebie said...

Oh, what a cute face! Look at those whiskers! So adorable!

lisaschaos said...

Oh ahhhh! Yeah, I did not know how to tell them apart, now if I can retain it. :) Beautiful!

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moorebloglife said...

That is a great face I love the close up it is awesome!

Robyn said...

how lucky are you to have been so close to these beautiful creatures...

you've made me smile again and again with these lovely shots.

thank you :)

Baino said...

Definitely ahhhhworthy! Like lubly seaworthy labradors.

Don't Bug Me! said...

Kala: Thank you!

Evelyn: Now you know, you can impress all your friends, if they ever ask.....

Daniela: Aren't they?

Vicki: Oooh, me too. Shame I have to go to work.

Jay: Oh yes, both ends were very wiffy.

Sistertex: Glad you liked the face. I still haven't finished the marking :o(

Kim: Thank you.

Tammie Lee: You are to kind!

Awarewriter: It is one of my favourites from San Francisco.

James: Excellent - I can just imagine the insurance claim form! Don't they also get onto the boats and sink them?

Ebie: The whiskers are good, but I have one shot of a sea lion with whiskers that must be a foot long!

Hello.

Moorebloglife: Thank you.

Robyn: And I was vey close. This one was lying under the bench that I was sitting on!

Baino: I always think labs whenever I see these guys. Cute as a button, just like Lily.

Johnny Nutcase said...

Sea lions (and seals) are sooooo darn cute. Love the photos :) And yikes, you sound busy!

Rosidah Abidin said...

Aww, very adorable shots! Sea lions are one of my favorites. Have a great day.

Carolina said...

Ahhhhhh!

Thanks for the info about the differences. I love to know things that make others think that I know things while actually I don't really know things unless someone like you tells me these things. ;-)

And good luck with the house.

Don't Bug Me! said...

Nutcase: Cute, but rather whiffy. You really don't want to be downwind of them.

Rosidah: They really are cute, aren't they?

Carolina: Me too - people seem to think that I am really smart, but I just make sure I know a few obscure things so that I look really smart.

Glad you are back in the blogosphere and thanks for the luck - it seems that we are now approved for 3 mortgages and that we have bought a house!

English Mum said...

Absolutely beautiful. Your photography is stunning as usual. Sorry I'm late with the comment, but rest assured we were here on the dot of Monday morning, oohing and ahhing - just didn't get a chance to comment. xx

English Mum said...

Come on, it's Monday again!!!

Don't Bug Me! said...

EM: It's only just Monday here!