Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Riverside's Mascot(s)

Raphael made it in fine on Sunday; and boy have we been busy. Along with Raphi came his extra nice camera. He has been blowing me away with his photographs. Wow! All of these were taken around the house, just to show you all the creatures around us. I've never seen a face of a dragonfly before. Looks like he's saying "HUMAN!" I think Raphi is enjoying all the local flora and fauna. I'm definitely enjoying the up-close and in person photos!

Here's some tree frogs he captured with his fantastic new lens. WOW! The last one is my new screen saver. Lovin' it!

Okay, remind. Saturday night, the kid, the cuz (my niece) and I went to go see Shrek 3. It was cute, but I think I preferred the first and second one. Such is life. Afterwards, we went and had Cici's Pizza--a smorgasborg of pizza, all the way to dessert pizzas. The cuz had never been; and the kid and I always enjoy it--the hub won't go, excuse me Mr. Half Italian man. We made it in before a big ol' bus o' kids arrived. The cuz and I saw the onslaught and ran for the dessert pizza. hehe. We crack each other up. Of course, our eyes were bigger than our stomachs and we had to leave about three cinnamon rolls behind. We giggled all the way out the door, past all the (what looked like) high school wrestlers from Mobile.

Since we were so close to the beach (Gulf), we decided to go ghost crab hunting. It was a blast! We found several and chased them around. By about 11 p.m., I was pooped. It was such a fun night. (Borrowed the pic above from the web--of course, I left my camera in the car!)

I've lost track of days, but one night we went to the pier to watch the sunset. Raphi took some great pictures. Some really good one of the kids which I can't wait to get back home to print and FRAME! I mean, they are really good. There were a lot of fishermen catching everything under the sun. A big ol' turtle even swam by and I just missed it before he submerged. Grrrrrrr.

Raphi and the kids have been out fishing most every day, not much luck in pulling in the big ones though. Raphi, however, did catch quite a few sunfish this morning before the rest of us drug our lazy bones out of bed about 8:30. hehe.

Today was the last day of the kids' art classes. It is actually Friday, but tomorrow, guess where we're heading? New Orleans. Nwawlins. Can't wait! Bella is going with us, Roo dog is going to the "spa." We're spending a few days there to show Raphi the town. Probably will hit a ghost tour tomorrow evening. Fun!

Now it's time for dinner. Gotta run. Still have lots to post about. Hope to catch up soon.


Mrs. Staggs said...

Can I come too? I've always wanted to visit New Orleans.
My compliments to your in house photographer! I love it when the sky and the water look that way together. It always makes me feel like things are going to be alright.
I'm loving getting to know Miss Bella. Shes a cute beastie!
Take care.

LisaOceandreamer said...

Those photos are spectacular....the dragonfly took on a whole new look for me now. What, pray tell, kind of camera and lenses were used???
You really are having quite a summer so far, so much to see and do and fun and water and food!!
and Bella, well she is just so darn cute!!!!


Vallen said...

I am so glad someone is living my dreams. - N'Awlins? Oysters and beignets and gumbo -oh, my. Yes, it is always about food with me.

AnnieElf said...

Love the frog pics, the bottom one especially. I expect to see his tongue explode out for a meal at any second.

PEA said...

Wow, Raphie's picture are awesome!! We don't have tree frogs around here so I'm quite fascinated with them! Sounds like you're all having a fun time and yes I'm jealous!! lol Oh Rosa, that video of Bella is just so adorable...she tired me out just watching her! lol Have fun in "Nwawlins"!!!! xoxo

weirdbunny said...

I love the new screen backround boarder for your blog.

The frog is so amazing !

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love those first pictures! The 4th is extremely cute! I adore frogs...

Granny said...

I don't know which to envy more; the camera or the person behind it.

Love that dragonfly.

"Early Bird" said...

Ralphies photography rocks!
I love me some CiCi's Pizza and their cimmomom rolls ;)
Can't wait to hear about the ghost tour...I read a novel about a gal that ran one once.
Have a great time!

Raphael said...

Thank you all for your comments on my pictures! We are all having such a great time here!!

Lisa, The camera used is a Nikon D200 with a 105 Macro Nikon lens.

Thank You,



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