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Where are the Lemurs?

Photo-A-Day #1513

Today I scanned a number of photos of Grandma Theresa for the wake. I also scanned them so that I had them in my collection. I love old photos. I love how they look, how people in them looked and the feel of the photo itself. It is actually pretty amazing that there were so many photos taken, especially with how expensive they must have been.

Our family has such a rich history. Taking photos has always been a big part of my life. At each family event someone had a new camera and I was usually shown it first to figure out how to use all the features. We took so many photos. Tomorrow our family will come together for a little cookout to talk about, celebrate and reminisce about Grandma Theresa. My Uncle Richard has a number of photos that I will also scan. We talked today and he reminded me of some fun that we had when I was a kid.

Today we spent a little time with Eva at the Capron Park Zoo. She loves the animals and I want her to have some strong ties to the Capron Park Zoo too. As a kid this was one of my favorite places to visit. I loved seeing the Polar Bear (Frosty) and the Buffalo. They are obviously no longer at the zoo but there are some other great animals that Eva can enjoy like the Ocelots, the Lemurs and the Otters. Eva also loves the Kangaroos, the Lion and the Llamas.

Since Eva probably won’t start to remember these zoo visits until she is older I take a bunch of photos to keep in our digital scrapbook. Like this one.


This was taken shortly after Eva was almost knocked down by a hyper little boy who was slightly older than Eva. She stopped and ran over to Eva and hugged her. She didn’t want much to do with him. Later he ran over and gave her a hug and a little kiss. She was not at all pleased. I then ran a little interference after that. No strange little boys are gonna go kissing my little girl. So on her face there is a look of concern that the little boy was coming her way. He was but I scooped her up before he could get closer.

Lemur island opened recently and as you can see from these photos the Lemurs have some pretty nice diggs.

The home of the Red Ruffed Lemurs

The home of the Ring Tailed Lemurs

You see the Lemurs on their Islands from a brand new bridge through the pond. Eva stood on the bridge and peered through the fence. I leaned over and held my camera upside down to take Eva’s photo. then in Photoshop I rotated it 180 degrees. I used the Wide Angle for this shot and the flash too. It is interesting how an upside down flash makes a photo look.

Help Stock Eva’s Farm

Help Stock Eva's Farm

When my Dad was growing up he would raise cows, chickens and even a pig. He’s part of a large hardworking family and those animals helped the family out with milk, eggs and meat. A small family farm is not as common in America now. Many things are commercialized and there are huge farms. This is not so in the rest of the world. In the rest of the world, a cow, flock of chickens or even a goat could mean the difference between life or death for a family.

Today I was watching TV with Allison, okay I was playing on the computer and half watching and half paying attention, but forget that, we were watching Good Morning America. There was a segment about WorldVision International. This is an organization that takes donations from people to buy goats, cows and livestock for people in poor nations to help them help themselves.

I went to the site and tried to give a donation, you are supposed to be able to buy a share of an animal so if say 12 people donate $12 they can buy a cow for a family so that family can have milk or eventually meat. I was unable to make a donation for a share. It was not very easy so I popped over to Heifer International. I later went back to World Vision International and saw my mistake, I wasn’t paying close enough attention to detail, it is actually easy to donate.

I first heard about Heifer International through Cali Lewis of GeekBrief.tv. Last year GeekBrief.tv made a podcast called iYule. It is a great podcast that gives you a fireplace on your iPod. It also has a wonderful soundtrack by Geoff Smith. There are a few different choices for this item.

* iYule Log for standard players
* iYule Log for widescreen players
* iYule Log music-free edition
* iYule Log, The Complete Album
* iYule Log for TV & computers
* iYule Log, The Complete Album for Windows

Full Disclosure – I get affiliate money from the sale of this podcast. By Buying iYule you also contribute to Heifer International because the sales of the podcast goes towards three great charities. I will give money from all of the sales to Heifer International in order to buy a Llama. I hope to be able to buy a whole llama which is $150.00 (We gave $20 ourselves this morning so we just need $130 to go)

Okay, so more about Heifer International. Heifer’s mission statement is

Heifer’s Mission to End Hunger

Heifer envisions…
A world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet.

Heifer’s mission is…
To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.

Heifer’s strategy is…
To “pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.

Heifer’s History
This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 60 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance and hope.

I believe in helping people to sustain their lives through work. I believe in programs like Habitat for Humanity because each person who is helped must help themselves by building their homes. That is why I am so proud of Ted Murphy for donating his $500 from Sears to Habitat for Humanity in the form of some much needed tools.

We decided up on donating towards a llama and a flock of chicks. A Llama from Heifer International is $150 and you can purchase on in shares of $20. I’m looking for people to help us purchase a whole llama. We bought one share and so need at least 5 more people to make purchases or many people to buy the iYule podcast to help in the purchase of the Llama.

Here is what a llama can do for a family.

Light Up a Life With a Llama

When resources are scarce, it’s important that livestock don’t use up land reserved for people. At home in rough, mountainous areas of Latin America, llamas are a blessing to families with limited pasture land because they can eat the scrub vegetation that other domesticated animals won’t eat. Llama droppings help fertilize topsoil — improving crops and reducing erosion.

Women weave their llamas’ fleece into warm clothing to wear or sell. They load them up with goods for market and trek with them across rugged slopes at high altitudes. As they travel, llamas’ padded feet don’t damage the fragile terrain and their selective browsing doesn’t destroy sparse vegetation.

Llamas and their kin, the alpaca, provide Heifer families with invaluable sources of transportation, income and wool, which is prized for making blankets, ponchos, carpet and rope.

Llamas are remarkably disease resistant and require little care; they can carry small loads for distances over rugged slopes at high altitudes.

The title of this post: Eva’s Farm

We’d like to ask bloggers to help to stock Eva’s Farm. Eva’s Farm is an idea I had to get people to donate to Heifer international either through sales of the iYule or direct donations to Heifer International or WorldVision International. You can donate as low as $10.00 I think. $10 is 1/6 of a trio of rabbits, 1/12 of a pig. The idea is that a little, when banded together can make a large impact. I would like to make a large impact as well. So if you are interested in helping to stock Eva’s Farm here is what you do. Go either to Heifer International or WorldVision International, make a donation, once you’ve made the donation you have the option to tell a friend. Send me an e-mail to benspark @ benspark dot com with your web address and I’ll compile a list of people who have made donations to help stock Eva’s Farm. I will then make a post about those who helped to stock the farm.