No theme but plenty of fun on this year's display of plastic animals. The octopus was in a holiday mood. I experimented with a wavy "cracked ice" streamer this time. It was well-received but a pain in the butt to put up. The highlight for me was a real stink bug trying to mate with a giant plastic stink bug. Next year I definitely need to return to a thematic presentation.
Some years there is a theme to the animal parade, some years there's not. This year was one of the latter, much to the frustration of those who try to figure out what the theme is. Having said that a few of the animals were totally into the silly bandz craze this time.
How would you like to see a few plastic animals? This year's display took advantage of the new digital photo frame in our atrium. I photographed the animals at home, in a couple of parks and at work and then made a lovely little slide show for all to enjoy.
That was the plan. The digital frame had a bad and unpredictable habit of switching from the photos I had on a flash drive to the stock photos on the frame's hard drive. Some would say that was an improvement.
Another street find! This time it was a parasaurolophus on a traffic signal box at 111th and Broadway. Lucky for me and the other passersby parasaurolophus is a gentle herbivore. I righted the poor para, fed it some lettuce, took an out-of-focus picture, and went on my merry way.
A funny thing happened while I was putting away the holiday display. One of the creatures moved! The little guy on the right was a not-quite-dead insect of some sort. It didn't have enough strength to right itself so I helped him/her out and wished it well.