Sunday 22 September 2019


September 22nd is World Rhino Day.

These are Great One Horned Rhinos I photographed in Chester Zoo ten years ago. 

The Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), also called the greater one-horned rhinoceros and great Indian rhinoceros, is a rhinoceros native to the Indian subcontinent. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, as populations are fragmented and restricted to less than 20,000 km2 (7,700 sq mi). Moreover, the extent and quality of the rhino's most important habitat, alluvial grassland and riverine forest, is considered to be in decline due to human and livestock encroachment. The Indian rhinoceros once ranged throughout the entire stretch of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, but excessive hunting and agricultural development reduced their range drastically to 11 sites in northern India and southern Nepal.    As of 2008, a total of 2,575 mature individuals were estimated to live in the wild.

World Rhino Day is celebrated on September 22 every year! This special day provides the opportunity for cause-related organizations, NGOs, zoos, and members of the public to celebrate rhinos in their own unique ways.

Sunday 8 September 2019

Holiday August 2019 (post number 1)

August was a busy month for me - but only in the sense of enjoyable activities.  First of all GB and I stayed with Anna for a couple of nights in Glasgow then I was with GB for the next two weeks on the Isle of Lewis.  Jo joined me there for the second half of August and at the end of the month, on the way home, we stayed a night at Birnam on the Scottish mainland.

While I was up on Lewis Jo bought a new car and didn't tell me what it was until she arrived off the ferry...

I shall, hopefully, do a few posts about the month's activities.

In Glasgow I was shown around the Necropolis - a massive Victorian cemetery and then we went around the cathedral.

The next day GB and I left Glasgow and went to Ullapool and the ferry via the delightful village of Carrbridge with its packhorse bridge.

The view from GB's garden during one of the few sunny spells.

I did a bit of playing with my photos from GB's kitchen window.  The mainland can be seen in the background, over The Minch..

The regular change from rain (a lot) to sunny spells (a few) meant we had a few rainbows.

This is one of my favourite postboxes.  A lot of my postcards were posted here in August.

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