Monthly Archives: January 2013

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  • Transcaspian Urial Photo, posted 2013-01-27

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    The Transcaspian Urial is a wild sheep, similar to big horn sheep found in the U.S. although the Urial tends to stay at lower, vegetated elevations rather than in the rockier mountain areas.  It feeds on grass and leaves.  The males have curled horns, again similar to bighorn sheep, while the females have shorter, relatively straight horns like those in this image. (Transcaspian Urial, St. Louis Zoo)

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  • Drum Bridge Photo, posted 2013-01-21

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    The Drum Bridge, or Taikobashi, in the Japanese Garden at Missouri Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite subjects.  According to the Garden’s website, http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/our-garden/gardens-conservatories/international-gardens/japanese-garden.aspx, the Drum Bridge connects Teahouse Island with the northwest mainland. Its name alludes to its round shape, which completes a circle in its own reflection in the water. It is constructed of redwood and is left unpainted to preserve its natural appearance. Bronze caps topping the four posts at each end of the Drum Bridge are called giboshi.  […]

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