Monday, August 3, 2015

T Stands for the Zoo (and AJJ Time)

For the previous two Tuesdays, my friend Sally and I have gone to the zoo.  Sally's internet and cable provider handed out free tickets during the month of July.  It was quite a bargain, too, since looking back on the admission fee if taking a family of four, two children (under 11) and two adults, the cost would be nearly $50.00 (USD).  If the children are over 11 everyone would pay adult fees.

Not the same photo as last week, but still taken at Applebee's, this is my obligatory drink photo consisting of water and lemon.

I already had this T post ready, then I heard that Patty had received her package I sent her.  Ironically, I also received one from her the day I sent her package to her.

Along with that, I got another lovely ATC (from Dianne), so I thought, even though this post is quite long, I would take time to share these with you, as well as Art Journal Journey

On the left is Patty's lovely ATC, on the right is Dianne's.

Dianne is right.  There's always time for tea.

For this spread, I first painted the background in two colors of pink.  I then used my Xylene pen and tried to add words that I found on a photocopied flyer about our calendar.  Unfortunately, since I haven't used my pen in such a long time, I think it's dried up.  Next, I dug out my clock stencil and tried to make it work, but I've never been good with stencils.  For this one, I used a  pan pastel and sealed it with a spray fixative.  The words are all left over from my Time Altered Book.  Now it's time to rejoin this post which is already in progress.  Then it'll be time to visit Art Journal Journey, where their theme this month is Time.  I've already shared one entry, coming in at number 4.

Also from last week, this is the Zoo entrance.

I saw this duck on the rock and thought it was a statue

until it moved!

I was surprised how many new plants were blooming the second week, but this is what I photographed the first week.

After checking a map,

we began our voyage through the orangutan and chimp habitat.

I'll let you peruse these photos at your own pace, and I'll only chime in when I think it's necessary.

I have trouble believing these tree trunks fell in these exact spots, but I applaud the eco-friendly way the zoo showed the decomposition process which allows the nutrients to return to the soil.  It could have been a teachable moment, but no one stopped to appreciate it, except me of course.

Can you see the chimp as he

moved to a lower platform?

Both chimps and elephants draw at the zoo.  Give them a paint brush and they will create some pretty awesome abstracts.

We are now outside the Habitat and ready for our next adventure.  Of course the depot was closed, but I enjoyed taking a good transition photo.  I really MUST clean my lens, as I fear that's what brings on those white spots in my photos.

I hope you enjoyed this tiny peek at our first stop the first night at the zoo.  More photos will come soon.  But now it's your turn!  Share a photo or ten, or a scan of something drink related.  It can be anything, such as if you were out and about, or perhaps photographed your favorite tea cups, mugs, glasses, or teapots.  Maybe you made art to share (whether traditional, hybrid, or digital), or reviewed a drink related book or movie.  Whatever you choose to share, as long as it is somehow drink related in at least one photo, please feel free to link below.  Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang, will be by to visit, but Squiggles simply refuses to leave the safety of my office!

And please don't forget to visit Art Journal Journey's latest offerings, too.

25 thoughtful remarks:

Divers and Sundry said...

I'm always in the mood for a zoo trip, and this one looks like it gives its animals a pleasant environment. I look forward to more photos :)

I'll be back tomorrow for tea. Right now I'm plugging your link into my post.

TwinkleToes2day said...

I love the zoo. Any I have ever been to have been educational and as eco friendly as possible with fabulous environments created for the animals. There is usually much arguments over whether zoos should be banned or not, but I think they are good things. Thank you for sharing your photos, I enjoyed them more when enlarged and I could view more details. I look forward to seeing more.
I don't have a tea related post this week, I'm sad to say, but I hope to join in again next week. HAPPY T Day :D

Karla B said...

Love the zoo.Gorgeous photos and Diane's ATCs are lovely! Your page is gorgeous. Love the colours!

Bridget Larsen said...

Your zoo is prettier than ours, we do have some great animals and birds to see though but for me once you've seen one zoo you've seen them all LOL.

Dianne said...

Your zoo photos are delightful! Glad the atc made it to you ok and that you enjoyed it! Love the sweet little birdies on Patty's atc too!

You know me...I'd be drawing all over your pink paint...I can't make stencils work for me either...but I do adore all shades of pink!! ;)
happy T day dear E! ♥

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day at the Zoo, great photos, thanks for sharing. Your journal page is lovely, and clearly about time! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Art Journal Journey. But I must confess to being a COFFEE drinker! Valerie

Helen said...

I haven't been to London Zoo for years... you had a great day and I will enjoy the next lot of photos!

Meggymay said...

Wonderful photos of your trip to the Zoo. A fantastic coloured background for your journal spread, super stencils of Time.

Julia Dunnit said...

It's beautifully maintained isn't it, so long since I've been to a zoo. Although the entrance prices you quoted seem high, then when you get in there and start looking, walking learning, it seems to represent fair value if you ask me. Better when free though! I like the signage..'Beastro', yuk yuk, thought that quite funny!

Ariel said...

The zoo trip looks wonderful. It's so clean and well maintained..The abstract art made by the elephant and the chimps look cool.We are yet to make a trip to the zoo. Your pictures do inspire me-:)
Happy Tuesday Elizabeth

see you there! said...

Haven't visited a zoo in years. Yours looks much nicer than the ones I remember. You and Sally always go to interesting places.


~*~Patty S said...

I'm glad you and Sally had a good time.
I haven't been to a zoo is so long I cannot remember.
It always makes me sad to see animals pacing and caged and well I guess I'm one of the few that is not crazy about the whole zoo concept. I know there are more ways to look at the good zoos do. Don't mean to sound like a wet blanket but you are always so forthright so now you know my views for what they are worth. (almost deleted all that!)
Your zoo seems to have a lot of educational features and the art work is nice.
Your Time altered book is perfect for the August AJJ challenge!
Dianne's ATC is wonderful and so original.
I came across the envelope she mailed my India tip in from long ago.
She decorated the envelope in her wonderful artwork which made it much too good to throw away.
I will stop rambling now E.
Wishing you a Happy T Day oxo

Linda Gibbons said...

I like your zoo photos, although I noticed there are no pictures of animals, with the exception of the fish and duck. I wondered if this was a conscious decision. Although I don't really like the concept of zoos, I am always overcome by the wonder of looking into the faces of animals and birds that I would otherwise never know.

Linda Kunsman said...

thanks for the fun, and art filled post! Beautiful ATCS you received. I 'm not linking this week as I am packing for the beach but wanted to pop in . Happy T day!

Lisca Meijer said...

Another trip to the zoo! Lucky you!
I loved reading about Marbles the alpha male chimp and his statue is fab. I can only assume that because he has a statue he is no longer alive...
My (late) grandmother lived within walking distance of the Rotterdam zoo and for many years had a season ticket. She went regularly as the gardens were beautifully maintained and the indoor tropical gardens too of course.
Love the ATCs that you showed.
Thank you for a great post with lots of photos,

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love a good zoo and this one looks brilliant! We visit one or two with our grandchildren although our favourite is quite a drive away - the South Lakeland Zoo near Barrow in Furness - it has a good conservation programme and they have lots of lemurs - my favourites!! When we first started going there we had vouchers with money off but we liked it so much it is worth paying, although it is free admission in the Winter months ( I think they hope you will spend money in the cafe and the shop!!) I love your ATCs and your Journal page really does look fantastic! Hugs, Chrisx

Carol said...

Thanks for sharing your fun trip to the zoo. I really need to get to the zoo here... it's free and a fantastic zoo. Love the art you shared today also :)

jinxxxygirl said...

Well i enjoyed seeing the zoo thru your eyes Elizabeth! Those lily pads were amazing! And the artwork too both in your art journal and the ATC's... Happy happy Tday! Hugs! deb

Rita said...

I haven't been to a zoo for so many years. They built a big one in Minneapolis that I would have loved to see again one day. Good thing they have Nature shows for people like me--LOL Happy T-Day! :)

Krisha said...

I really enjoyed your zoo pictures, so lush and green.

We are still waiting for some blood work results on Hannah, she had a relapse episode early this morning and was taken back to the Dr. He tested her from head to toe, blood work and ultra sounds.......all was ok, unless something shows in the blood work. This afternoon she started to feel better and even go into the pool for awhile. One can only hope this is a flu bug that went crazy......

You journal pages are great and fit perfectly with the ATC you received.

Happy T-day

Margik said...

Love your zoo photos and the great and creative Diane's ATC's!
Your time page is fantastic!
Have a great day! Mar

dawn said...

Hello! Happy late T Day! How wonderful those ATC are, love them! Great TIME page in your journal too, always a fun theme! YAY for the zoo pictures, looks nicer then our zoo. We did go last month, wasn't my favorite visit this time.

I just posted my Hello August post a little late but at least it's posted, right??!

We are winding down our summer and getting ready for school, YUCK! So not ready for that or for our summer to be over. Winter's are too long and cold now, would love to keep the summer and that is not like me.
Hope all is well and you have a good week!

johanna said...

it´s time for a catch up... love your zoo photos (esp interesting the Hands and feet Body check) and i see you are already in the middle of creating for ajj. a good theme and i love your starter!
i think i will Need some time to get back to the ground after my retreat...
have a great time (we have one heat wave after the other here. too much for me actually...)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The first thing that caught my eye was the unique lily pads that look like trays. DD went to Botanical Garden when she was in Oxford where they had these and they were huge!

Sorry to have missed the 2nd and T Day this week. I am working on 3 things at once here...I thought summers were supposed to be quieter! :)

My name is Erika. said...

Looks like you had a fun day at the zoo, and I think you came up with a very clever page (again). It is Time for me to end this comment (ha-ha). Have a wonderful day.