I'm not quite sure how the 5th of the month escapes me over and over, especially when I've been participating in Sandie's meme for over a year. But it wasn't until I saw Mary-Lou's photos yesterday morning that I realized that, once again, the 5th had passed me by. I was determined to remedy my neglect as quickly as possible, so yesterday I took a detour between two appointments and visited the Highland Park Conservatory. My membership had expired, so I was overdue for a visit there. Much to my surprise, I ended up with as many animal photos as plants or flowers. They have always had a covey of quails and a bale (I had to look this term up) of turtles, but both had greatly increased. The quail scurry around so quickly, it's hard to get a clear photo even with a decent shutter speed. I had two five minute segments to choose from, and decided the animals were far more interesting than the plants and flowers.
One group of turtles were having (or thinking about having) lunch.
This group was playing in and around the pool of water, and playing piggy-back.
A croton, just because there should be one plant in the mix. Love the colors and the beautiful veins in the leaves.
A few quail having lunch.
And perhaps hunting for lunch. This one is my fave. Love the bench legs and pot along with the cute little quail.
Linking up with Sandie at itchifingers with thanks for hosting this meme once again this year.