This weekend, with daytime temperatures in Las Vegas hovering in the 40’s (F) and nightly temperatures falling into the 20’s, my answer is an enthusiastic “Yes!” Alas, I am not flying to sunny southwest Florida any time soon, so reminiscing about my January 2010 trip to Naples and the Audubon Society’s sanctuary there will have to help me imagine I am keeping warm. Good thing I took a few photos.
If you can’t visit Corkscrew Swamp in person just now, why not enjoy the vicarious experience of finding your way to the solution of this online jigsaw puzzle featuring a tricky image of ferns, trees, and sky reflected in still water? Your computer needs Adobe Flash player, and you need patience and persistence for this 250-piece labyrinth!
This weekend I discovered lions in Las Vegas! Lion Habitat Ranch, 14 miles south of town, is open to the public and, for a limited time, is selling “up close and personal” encounters with the seven newest additions to their lion exhibit. Born in two litters at the end of November, the one female and six male cubs are being hand raised due their first-time mothers’ inability to care for them. They are adorable, but don’t take my word for their cuteness: see for yourself in the slideshow below.
The ranch’s adult lions are impressive, too, but it’s truly amazing to see that cuddly cubs of about 18 pounds at six weeks’ age will eventually become big cats of 400 to 500 pounds or more. I also learned today that these big cats have big appetites: the ranch spends about $20 thousand each month on food. I used to imagine, ever since seeing the movie Born Free as a child, that I would like to live with lions. In reality, I am happy to live with their smaller domestic cousins and not only because their monthly food costs are not nearly so high. How nice to know, though, that I can satisfy any longing to cozy up to a big cat with a quick trip down the highway to Lion Habitat Ranch!
For those of you who enjoyed assembling my December online jigsaw puzzle, here’s another to help you feel closer to lions, too: only 100 pieces this time. If you need Adobe Flash to run the puzzle, click here for the free download.
Actually, I uploaded my favorite Havana photo to thejigsawpuzzles.com and their software made the pieces. It uses Flash to play, and it is challenging (and rewarding) to assemble: give it a try!
Click here to download Adobe Flash Player for free. For full screen display (makes easier solving), click the arrows in the lower-right corner of the puzzle frame. Drag pieces into place by right-clicking on them and moving your mouse. Pieces do not need to be rotated to fit together. When you have pieces that match (and your computer’s sound turned up), the “click” confirms their joining. Enjoy!