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Mickey Goes To Work

Mickey Goes To Work, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

A Mickey Mouse mug found on a co-worker’s desk.

Magic really IS everywhere, if you know where to look 🙂

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The unfortunately named peacock at Disney and Busch Gardens

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This peacock blends in pretty perfectly with his surroundings.
Photo taken at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. April 25th, 2004

Peacocks come in different colors, which is something I did not know until I encountered this one at Busch Gardens “Africa” in Tampa, Florida –

Interestingly enough, I’ve discovered that the peacock technically should not be included in Busch Gardens “Africa” because it is indigenous to India. But he was pretty so I’ll let it slide. 😉

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Now it’s time to say goodbye…

… to all my family. We’re leaving! They are going to the airport and home to frozen Long Island. I am going to a hotel for the night so I can attend some meetings in our Tampa offices tomorrow. I’m sad! But I shall see them again in New York at Christmas time.

It’s bigger than it looks

Yes Dale, you would love this, but I think it’s a bit bigger than the picture implies. Picture a toddler straddling it; I had to wait for one to move before taking the photo!

Outdoor balcony

On the upper level, there is a nice outdoor balcony; here’s the view. The balcony features benches sprinkled among lush container gardens, and a raven in a cage who was making quick work of a flash-frozen chick. Um, also ashtrays!

Explore A Shore

Entrance sculpture to the outdoor play area (with water features – Nieceling got soaked, which greatly displeased her parents) was donated by Publix, as witnessed by the white plaque with the black “P” on it.

Gift shop find

This is done in bronze. There were some turtle sculptures that seemed to be done in polished copper – they were just stunning, but I could not get a clear pic of them because they were TOO well lit, and they just came out as this big gleam. Wish they had the sea horse in the polished copper; I would have bought that in a heartbeat.

This was done on ceramic

All along the passageways of the aquarium there is art work, art work, and more art work. I liked this one because it seemed to be painted on ceramic and then glazed over. I’ve provided a pic of the placard with the artist’s details, below.

It turned out to be…

Sea horses! Yes, believe it or not, that thing in the pic above is a sea horse that disguises itself as kelp. There were signs everywhere that said not to use the flash (camera phone doesn’t have one any way) because it scares them.

Enjoy the view

Every now and then, you find a spot in front of a tank that has some rockers and/or benches set up. Can you imagine if you could have a huge tank as one of the walls in your living room? You would not need TV for entertainment; just plop down and listen to the tank and watch the coral waving and the fishes doing their fishly things… ahhhh!

American Victory

A battle ship is parked outside the aquarium. The name on the side is American Victory, and there was a sign advertising tours. I will post a bigger pic of it later, on my website.

Horse conch

The Florida state shell, it had its operculum in place. However, the rest of this display was sort of suspect; a lot of the species on display didn’t look like they come from Florida.


There was a huge tank in the “rotundda” full of all different varieties of starfish. It was a touch tank, and Nieceling got herself good and fishy (she’s 11 but still loves this stuff). The color makes it look fake, doesn’t it?