Thursday, October 09, 2008


Kofi, originally uploaded by Frank Peters.

The Memphis Zoo has a new baby reticulated giraffe. His name, Kofi, means "boy born on Friday." Those fortunate to be at the zoo on Friday, August 29th got to witness the actual birth as it took place in the viewing area.

This is Marilyn's first actual child. A couple of years ago she adopted another giraffe, Angela Kate, when her own mother (who was older) rejected her. Angela Kate didn't know what to make of Kofi at first and even seemed a bit frightened. She has since adjusted and now follows Kofi around everywhere and pokes and nudges at him. Kofi seems to bear this with an admirable stoicism.


Delicate, originally uploaded by Frank Peters.

This flower was in a fountain in in a botanic garden in Dayton, Ohio. We were in town for a wedding of distant relatives that we discovered through genealogical research.