Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bon Voyage Mr. Happy Potamus!

Happy, the Nile Hippo from the National Zoo left yesterday on his 800 mile road trip. I'll miss my friend, but I hope he likes his new home with roommates Patti and Puddles!

Monday, September 21, 2009

What a Zoo!

Some of my favorite places to visit are zoos, so when I went to Baltimore, I just had to visit the Maryland Zoo!

No hippos (except when I visit) at this zoo, but there are rhinoceroses. Please note, rhinos have horns on their snouts, and hippos do not. Knowing the difference is very important-after all, this isn't "Rhinograms." They're still nifty creatures, though.

I asked these guys if anyone wanted to be my Personal Penguin, but they were all busy. The seagulls said they were busy, too.

This friendly giraffe was nice enough to bend down to fit in the picture. I still had to step waaaaaay back to fit the whole giraffe in the frame.

I learned a lot about the arctic...

Like how NOT to go trick or treating if you live where there are polar bears.

This zoo also has a farm area,

And a place to brush goats. Here's my friend after I brushed his hair. Say "goat cheese!"

One of the unique things about the Maryland Zoo is learning about the local wildlife. I got to see how I measure up to the orange spotted turtles.

...or not.

I had so much fun, I can hardly wait for my next visit!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Edgar Allan (Hip)Poe

I am a very literate little hippo, so I decided to pay a visit to my favorite author: Edgar Allan (Hip)Poe!

I visited the house where he lived and wrote some of his stories and poems,

And also the grave where he is buried.

Here I am (Hippo) with the portrait of Mr. Poe, and my Edgar Allan Poe puppet.

Hippo, hippo, hooray for Poe, 'Po, and Poe!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Year of the Hippo

In their infinite wisdom, Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgoers who visited the Arts, Crafts, and Photography building elected HIPPOS as the 2010 Animal of the Year.

"2010 Animal of the Year is The Hippo...." That's me, I'm The Hippo! Time to get my crayons out and start drawing now!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hippo goes to the Fair - Part Two

I had so much fun at the county fair that I still have more to show! Since this is an agricultural fair, a lot of farmers brought their animals. Meet some of my new friends:

Here is a newborn calf and her mom. Mom looks a little tired, but baby is already standing up!

The goats were all friendly, but since they chew on everything, I was afraid to get too close. You never know when someone might start nibbling on one's fuzzy coat.

This fancy chicken was nice enough to pose for a photo. I met a lot of regular chickens, too, but they were shy about having their pictures taken.

Mr. Bunny looked kind of hot in his fuzzy coat, but he had a big fan to cool him off.

Hmmmmm. I wonder if these little guys are related to my friend Grumpie Duckie? They seem rather happy, so maybe not.

A couple of alpacas even came to the fair. Say "cheese!" while I take your picture!

Some friendly cows were hanging out at the cow wash, getting ready for their turn to compete for the blue ribbon.

And this nicely groomed lamb didn't want to get his wool dirty when he went out for a walk before his competition, so he wore a shirt to stay clean.

All of this fun is really exhausting, but I can hardly wait to visit everyone again next year! Until then, I'll just work on my artwork for next year's entries.