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School transport isn’t up to much, is it?
From Ed.
This transport isn’t much better. Can’t they get these humans to fly?
Summertime in Maine.
Vaud, Switzerland.
Persil washes whiter.
n dog
Can someone get this hair off the end of my nose?
Gone Fishin’.
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Zillertal Hills, Austria.
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Please may I leave the room?
n cat
Why can’t Tris get his garden to flower like this?
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You’re a handful and then some.
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Sorry, there’s not enough for you here.
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Tree planting in Greenland.
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Bad idea, Lion.
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Hey humans, I’m having fish for tea. There’s plenty. Want some?
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I’m trying to look cute… Is it working?
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Nope, not going in the mud, even if the sheep are daft enough to.
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Who’s a big fella?
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You like my teddy? Well, you can’t have it.

Also thanks to David and Tom…

49 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

    1. LOL…. yes true that they are a tad stunted so far, but it’s only recently really been a thing. Climate change has altered the possibilities and they are planting to help save the planet.

      In many ways the Greenlanders are profiting for the change in climate, but there are also problems. Like for the rest of us, the fish are moving farther north, and the melting snow/ice is causing flooding.

      So they are doing their part, planting trees.

      We may all be living there one day, so we’ll be grateful for them.


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  1. Lovely stuff. Man with a chip of his shoulder – but it’s a parrot PP? How you do you know it’s not called Chip though…

    That first picture a barrow load of cuteness or badly overloaded peak hour transport – you decide. Was it just me or does that tree look like it’s got knarled feet due to old age?

    The pictures were all just delightful. And see Tris you can have a lovely garden even with a cat…

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    1. PP…..Old age for sure!
      California’s giant sequoias are among the oldest trees in the world. Many specimens have a verified age over 2,000 years, and some of the oldest are over 3,000 years old. They were once considered to be the oldest trees in the world, but the bristlecone pines, which also grow in California, have been verified to be as old as 5,000 years.

      So the California redwoods are only the tallest and biggest trees in the world. Hard to imagine how big until you stand at the base of one and look up.

      This giant sequoia is the General Sherman tree. By volume, it’s the largest known living single-stem tree on Earth. It’s 275 ft tall and 25 ft in diameter. Some Coast Redwoods are well over 300 ft tall but not as big around. The tallest known is 380 ft.

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      1. True. That cat’s a dead ringer for our Minnie – who’s featured before in SS. Now I know where she disappears to all day – doing photo-shoots on the side without cutting me in for agent’s fee. That’s tonight’s Pamper Specials reduced to a spoonful of kibble.

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  2. Lovely stuff, Tris. Initially I thought the pic of the two mokes was of two members of the Tory cabinet. Of course, I soon realised that the individuals in the pic are far more intelligent than that. Not to nit-pick, but the pic of Zillertal hills, Austria was in last week’s SS as “Australia, when it’s not on fire” – a confusion of Aus-es? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Oh dear… Shhh don’t tell Munguin. He may miss it, otherwise another week’s wages stopped.

      I should do this without a glass of wine!

      The Tory cabinet are the ones standing in the mud with some dogs and a human trying to stop them from doing anything stupid.


      1. Ed……The only image that will actually post AS an image on MNR (WordPress) is a non-encrypted internet-posted JPG file. That is, one with a “.jpg” file extension (visible at the end of the URL.)

        Any other kind of internet posted image will just show up in the form of a clickable link.

        I did a Google image search, and only three postings of that particular picture showed up…..none of them .jpg postings.

        To find out about a picture on the internet, all you have to do is right click on the picture, and a menu will pop up. Left click on “Copy Image Address” and then paste the address in a blank browser address line. You can see if it’s a .jpg file, and if so, you can post it as a picture on Munguin. If not, you can only post it as a clickable link.

        (I’ve described the popup menu as it appears in the Chrome Browser. Firefox works the same way, but with slightly different wording. Others…..I don’t know for sure, but probably much the same.)

        Sometimes I spot a picture I’d like to post, but find that it’s not a .jpg extension. Then I do a Google search, and the picture is often posted lots of different places in different types of files. Very commonly I can find it as a .jpg

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        1. PS Ed…….I described what someone posting on MNR can do to embed a picture. Of course Tris can directly upload picture files to his own blog, and doesn’t have to depend on linking to an internet picture.

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        2. I see. I think. Or maybe not. So, Danny, does that mean I can’t post a pic if it’s reachable only with https://? Is that where I’m going wrong? I thought the recommendation these days if for everything to be secured with https://, and for plain vanilla http:// not to be used any more.

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          1. Ed……The only images that I’ve ever been able to embed AS an image in a Munguin posting is a picture already posted on the internet that has a .jpg extension at the very end of the URL.

            That is to say, I can embed an image that begins with http:// and ends with .jpg .
            If it doesn’t have .jpg at the end…….such as .png for example…….it only posts as a clickable link.

            As for https:// verses http:// , I’m not sure. My guess is that if either ends with .jpg , then it will post as an image. I’m not even sure if it’s POSSIBLE for https:// to end with a .jpg file extension.

            If it’s encrypted, it won’t post as an image. But I’ve never seen an encrypted URL end with .jpg .

            I always check out the URL in a blank window before I post it, and whenever I see .jpg at the end, it has always posted as an embedded image in a Munguin post.

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    1. Ed That’s the photo we all wanted to get when I went to Amboseli – it wiz in the brochure so it should have been laid on! I later went back to climb Kilimanjaro but couldn’t include giraffes in a picture from the top.

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      1. That’s a beautiful picture.

        I read that no real mountain climbing technique (such as using ropes and ice axes) is required to get to the top of Kilimanjaro, although it’s a 5 to 7 day trek depending on the route.

        Apparently if you can walk long distances and don’t get altitude sickness on the way to 19,000+ ft, you have something more than a 50% chance of getting to the top. Other than that, it’s a matter of giving your climb operator a lot of money, and he makes arrangements for necessary equipment and porters who will carry all your stuff. With LOTS of money, some posh tour operators might even carry you. Then it’s a matter of avoiding yellow fever and malaria.

        Except for not having much money, and the fact that I get winded walking gentle grades at 10,000 ft in the Colorado Rockies, I might try that. Avoiding malaria and yellow fever probably involves not getting bit by mosquitoes, and I would want to deal with a tour operator who guarantees no insect bites.

        Interesting info here:

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        1. I’m not entirely sure you can get that kind of assurance unless you are the Queen.

          Id love to climb … or treck it.

          I’d probably have to carry Munguin though. He only has short legs.

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          1. Oh well, Munguin doesn’t weigh much. ๐Ÿ˜‰

            Yes, it would be a great trek if you can handle the altitude. I had a friend who DROVE the road up to the top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado, and experienced some symptoms of oxygen deprivation. And Pike’s Peak is only a little over 14,000 ft.

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        2. My husband climbed Kilimanjaro right to the very top back in 1984. Before I met him. I have seen photos and it was very snowy on the top then. He says you just couldn’t catch your breath at all, but that it was an amazing journey to do

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          1. Tatu……That must have been a great experience.
            The first time I drove Interstate 70 west from Denver, I stopped at an overlook at an altitude of 11,000 ft. Not a really high altitude as high mountains go, but I was breathing heavy after just walking up a slight slope. So mountain climbing might not be for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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            1. Tris……I think of a place like La Paz in the Bolivian Andes. At almost 12,000 ft, it’s in a canyon with high mountains all around. Everything is up from there.

              At least when you arrive in Denver, you’re only in the “MILE High City.” Somehow, you’re at 5,280 ft and aren’t even in the Rocky Mountains yet.

              How the high plains get high is strange. Driving east to west across Kansas on the way to Colorado, you climb about 3,500 ft and generally never see a high hill, much less a mountain. I’ve never figured out how the Kansans do that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

              You might be interested in the SUMMIT of “optimistically” named MOUNT Sunflower. At 4,039 ft, Mount Sunflower is the highest point in Kansas. They’ve built a little fence so you can spot it on the high plains. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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                1. Tris…… I think the sunflower sculpture and the flag are nice touches on the “summit.”……LOL.

                  As for workouts at the gym, etc, I guess people acclimate to the thin air at high altitudes. But 12,000 ft is a seriously high city.
                  I know people who do very well living at 8,000 ft elevations in the Colorado Rockies. The highest town in North America is Leadville, Colorado, with 2600 people at an elevation of 10,152 ft.

                  Some places have challenged Leadville for the highest altitude honor by annexing land and building houses on the slopes of surrounding hills and mountains. But that’s cheating……LOL.

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        3. Hm. Danny, you have to have a yellow fever jab and a stamped WHO yellow booklet thingmie to prove you’ve had it before you travel to East Africa. Not that they bother checking most of the time, actually, but it’s a good idea anyway. I wish I could find mine because I had an official record of all the vaccinations I’d have in it as well. Useful for keeping your cholera jabs up to date…

          I managed to avoid malaria completely in East Africa, despite some forays to the coast, where it is obviously a lot warmer than in Nairobi up at 1800 metres / 5900 feet or so (the 1795 metres you’ll see in the guide books refer to a monument in the city centre that is actually quite low – Nairobi is fairly hilly . The higher elevations, from about Nairobi on up, are too cool for malaria to develop – the rate of growth of the parasite is temperature-dependent – it takes a couple of weeks, I think – so it’s a race between the growth of the parasite and the mosquito popping her little clogs of old age. Global warming is change that, though: I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the 9 or 10 million people living in the Greater Nairobi area can now have home-grown malaria instead of the imported kind.

          The things that really bothered me there were the tsetse flies, though I didn’t actually come across very many at all – I’m sure there’s some programme to control the fly population. Very nasty things, even without the disease-carrying aspect: like clegs on steroids. Speaking purely personally, as is my wont, I would prefer not to get sleeping sickness, and if I were herding livestock – which so many of the Maasai famously do, and your average settled farmer will keep a cow or two as well – then I wouldn’t want them getting nagana, which is another tsetse-borne trypanosomic disease that affects cattle and other domestic livestock. I suppose it must infect wild animals too, which must help keep the lions, cheetahs and leopards in meat. Wonderful thing, ecology, innit? Interfere with it at your peril…

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          1. I remember the yellow cards we carried with our passports with our vaccinations all entered on them.
            I only had malaria once and it was really awful. Even though we took anti malaria tablets everyday. My husband had it three or four times as he travelled up country with work to a place called Shinyanga. It seemed to be quite the hotbed for malaria! Our houseboy’s son died from it (he lived with his mother in Singida, central Tanzania), but he had the cerebral malaria.
            When on safari once in Ruaha National Park (in Tanzania’s southern highlands) we had a problem with the car (Toyota Landcruiser) and my husband was bitten by a tsetse fly while fixing it. His hand and forearm swelled up really badly and took a few days to recover.

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              1. No; part of the problem is that the parasite develops resistance rather quickly, people overuse the things they do have, don’t keep taking them when they should… artemisin, when it first came in, would stop an infection dead in its tracks, but that didn’t last long. Insect-borne diseases. Eeech.

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          2. Ed…..that’s really quite interesting. If I traveled to Africa, I would be a fanatic about getting the necessary shots. Maybe double the dose just to be sure!

            I guess malaria is a nasty business. And sleeping sickness. And other less well known things. I hadn’t thought about how altitude is a consideration. On the slopes of Kilimanjaro, you might not have to worry so much about mosquitoes and flies, but you have to travel there of course.

            I remember reading about deaths from cholera on the Oregon Trail in the 1840’s and 50’s. I read that the disease died out among the wagon trains when they reached the high country west of Fort Laramie.

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            1. I’ve absolutely never risked being anywhere without all the shots and taking the pills. I HATE being sick.

              I seem to remember having a bad reaction to yellow fever innoculation. My arm hurt like hell.

              At least I think that was what caused it.

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          3. Fascinating, Ed.

            I’m sure no one would interfere with ecol…

            Oh wait.

            What’s that ape like creature that has to poke it’s stupid beak into everything… muppet? maggot? muggle? …

            Noooooo, I got it, it’s man! That’s it. Man! Utter pests.

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  3. It’s good to hear from someone who knows why I might cherish Amboseli as among my most favouritest spots on planet Earth.

    Hemingway spent a lot of time there, which he spend boozing and shooting elephant for no real reason. For shits and giggles, I suppose, as they say nowadays. I never liked his work anyway, and I wasn’t surprised to learn that the man himself really was an obnoxious, charmless, murderous wee [insert appropriate genito-excretory epithet HERE].

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