Allen's Zoo


Perspective
April 10, 2014, 10:03 pm
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This place is just up the street from me, so I wondered why I hadn’t gone more often. I thought I’d have to take a breather a couple of times when I was walking uphill, I’m no spring chicken. I guessed right. When I arrived I saw I didn’t remember it this way. I didn’t remember this view here too. It was much better. I’m glad I came and glad I walked this time instead of driving. I guess working to get there gave me some perspective to appreciate it more.



Motel California

motelDone in my car after having a brown-bagged lunch. I couldn’t resist the view. It seemed it was from another time in America.



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It was.



Home by the Sea

beachrentalTook a moment from my class to sketch. Hope you like the title…it’s one of my favorites from Genesis.



The Court

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Frequenting a court between stores, restaurants, and cafes, the place takes on a world of its own. I’ve been sketching here for quite a long time. Long enough to know it has its courtiers, kings, queens, and jesters. Dogs have a special ascendance. They’re lavished with particular affection.

I often see the same people. The man above looked like he was visiting. The logo of the football team on his sweatshirt was an indicator.

I forgot to mention…in keeping with that great Thanksgiving tradition of football games too, I’d like to wish everyone a happy holiday.

After my observations I noted in the first paragraph above I became interested…so when I ran into this DVD in the library I had to watch it. It turned out to be a very good Nova documentary called Decoding Dogs/ Understanding The Human-Dog Relationship. It confirmed dogs are really wolves that have aggressive tendencies breed out. It cites an example in Russia of just how easily this is done after a few generations of selective breeding. Noting also fear is the impetus of aggression.

An anthropologist in the documentary uses the cuckoo bird relationship as an analogy to our relationship to a dog where the cuckoo bird kicks out the real baby bird from the nest. When a puppy dog is brought home for being cute and fun we essentially receive nothing from the dog and it replaces our interactions with human beings.

The documentary showed how attuned the dog is to its owner. The dog owners on the documentary unanimously agree their dogs are smart. Many affirm their dog’s ability to read their owners feelings. I’ve heard owners say how smart their dog is by it’s instinctual observations of people. Considering what is said here, it’s simply reacting to the owners unwitting queue and reacting to them.



Haloween

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I was in town watching people and drawing in my sketchbook when I realized I needed spellcheck.



Had a chance to get outside today

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My Pretty Excellent Adventure
September 16, 2013, 12:29 am
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Gone Fishin’
July 26, 2013, 6:24 pm
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I realize I haven’t been posting as I usually do. I’ve been sidetracked by other things. As some already know I’m pictured above at one of my favorite places.



The Twilight (Tidal) Zone
June 23, 2013, 4:17 pm
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My daughter and I were exploring the tidal zone yesterday. Actually I think she’s running away from the bugs here.




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