Animal House

Big LucyΒ  in showoff mode!

Both Dragons are trying to bruminate after making valiant efforts to attract each other through the glass.

They still come out of the caves to bask and eat veggies, but few roaches.

Big Lucy is particularly comical.

Little Lucy isn’t nearly as funny as Big Lucy

But, she’s the sweet one.

She’s decided finally to be interested in Big Lucy.

After a few days of trying to reciprocate his advances,

She’s retreated to her cave.

(I’ll drag her out tomorrow for her hot tub spa treatment…)

πŸ™‚

Thanks to Dennis

I installed the redirect to the WP classic editor.

Adrian and Sue directed me to the easy two-step link on Dennis’ blog.

I doubt that Dennis is going to be Freshly Pressed for that invaluable post,

but I nominate him anyway!

Thank you, Guys!

47 Comments on “Animal House

  1. Excellent set of photos George. Liz’s Dragons are getting along fine together. If one gets in a snit it takes off to one of the huts and texts friends. πŸ˜€

    My situation with wordpress, so far, is if I access a new or old post from the dashboard, I am fine. The full classic desktop editor is there. If I try to create a new post or edit a post while I am on another wordpress page then I get the small-fry version of editor.
    Looked at the links provided – either I am missing something or they updated the pages. What is with the German-English ? I did not see anything specific to wordpress. My son will be visiting in a few weeks. πŸ˜€

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    • What I saw was in English! The link on Dennis’ blog worked perfectly for my browser: Mozilla Foxfire. You have to use Chrome or Mozilla, I think. I’ll check the links again.

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      • Install Mozilla Foxfire. Then go back to Dennis page. Click on GreaseMonkey link and choose the add-on for Foxfire. Then go back to Dennis and choose #3. That’s all there is to it. When you choose to write a new post, the classic editor will appear.

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        • Thanks – I use Firefox – I have got as far as the add-on, have to re-start in order to use it.. Many thanks. πŸ˜€

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    • Hi, Linda! I love the Lucys! And I love snapping them. I don’t mind the new editor, but I think it’s designed more for mobile devices and shorter posts. I’ll stick to the classic editor until they dump it, and they will. I’m old enough to understand that one adapts and moves on. πŸ™‚ Thanks! I have a friend who is a brilliant lawyer in a large firm. She refers to a blog post as a “blog” and cannot figure out how to post a comment… That amuses me. Thought it might amuse you too… Chuckle…

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  2. George – two things. First, what great photos of your pets – wow!, really quality shots! Second, I am so impressed to hear that you have installed the necessary script to provide access straight to the WordPress Classic Editor!!! I’m going to have to look at this. Presumably you were already using either the Google Chrome or Mozilla browsers on your computer – >>> please let me know. I hope you’re well and contented, my dear. Adrian xxx

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    • Thanks, Adrian. Photographing them through the glass and under those lights is challenging, but I love watching and shooting them. Our 105mm lens works best. πŸ™‚ The links that Dennis provided are very easy to follow. Yes, I have Mozilla Foxfire. I changed to it a couple of years ago when I was having some software conflict problems. I’m doing fine. How about you? It’s beginning to look like spring here, thank goodness. πŸ™‚ Thanks again for the link! Dennis is cool.

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    • Thanks, Richard. I love watching and photographing those silly Dragons! πŸ™‚ Hope it’s going to be spring in London soon. We’re beginning to see new growth and my favorite white wing doves are back. A pair has taken over a nest in a tree near my porch. I wish I could photograph them as they sit on the fence and fly back and forth gathering twigs to refurbish the old nest. Max focal length of the longest lens I have is 300mm, and that doesn’t get much detail through the screen and across the lawn. But I do enjoy them. The little ones will come along soon.

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  3. Great photos … as usual. STILL no lambs here … I must be a terrible farmer for I thought we’d surely have some on the ground here toward the middle of the month (of March). Oh well. We do have three goose eggs though … and that’s good. I hope you are well. D + J

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    • Good grief! You’ve lost your touch. However, this has been a strange winter all around. I love goose eggs! You do eat them, don’t you? Or I suppose you’d prefer more baby goslings. I would. I am fine, D! Thanks. My best to Joanna! πŸ™‚

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  4. Al beautiful shots and so much fabulous detail! I have learned not only so much about these gorgeous creatures George but also many new words – the word of the day being “brumination”. Let me know if you want some fresh roaches!

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    • Haha! Our domestic roaches just won’t do, I’m afraid. These are tropical roaches bred in captivity. They don’t carry diseases. You really can’t feed insects from outside the house. It’s too dangerous. Besides, you don’t know what they might have eaten. I have to gut-load these roaches with a special food since the dragons are eating whatever the roaches ate! If allowed to breed and live to adulthood, these roaches approach four inches long! That’s a little too big for me! At about an inch or less, these aren’t that scary. I have really enjoyed the Dragons. They are the most interesting, intelligent creatures. They live only in the Australian desert regions, outside of captivity. Many die during the brumination period in the winter there. That’s why it makes me nervous when they try to bruminate now! I’m happy that you like my photos! Thanks, Patti!

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  5. Thanks for sharing the link to my guide and for nominating. Oh, and a friend has dragons too, I find them very interesting. When I visited my friend, I wondered how the bearded dragons can wait so long in one and the same position and even if they moved it looked like slow motion, so interessting πŸ™‚ Love your photos, good quality, I am curious about your next photos!

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    • Thank YOU for sharing the information! Often, the dragons aren’t very active, but they can run really fast if they are in an open space. I don’t often allow Big Lucy to roam on the floor since he is so fast! I lost him when he was only a few inches long. I’d given up on finding him until I walked into the kitchen and saw him standing very tall on his front legs looking at me as if nothing were amiss. I walked over and picked him up. They can’t stay on the cold slate floor for a long period of time since their body temperatures would drop and they’d die. They are the most interesting characters. They bond with humans and listen carefully to my voice when I talk to them. Very intelligent animals. I’m glad you liked their photos. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the visit!

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    • Hi, Victor! The roaches are a tropical variety that don’t live in our climate and certainly not in air-conditioned houses with cold, slate floors. They die if they escape. I’ve gotten used to them now so I don’t pay attention. Sometimes one will crawl up inside my sleeve! I appreciate your approval of the photos, Victor. It’s difficult to photograph them inside their glass tanks with competing LED house lighting, UV linear lights on top of their cages, and yellow, mercury vapor 165 watt basking bulbs over them. I was getting shadows and awful color, etc. until I figured it out. I switched to a 105mm Nikkor lens and have to get exactly the right angle in order to avoid shadow. It’s been a learning experience for me. I enjoy watching them and photographing them, of course. It always pleases me when I am able to capture them the way I see in my head! πŸ™‚ I want you to get yourself out of KSA and back home!! πŸ˜‰

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  6. The briΔΊiant clear captures of George… marvelous… such detsil…
    I’ve never had a problem with wordpress.. I never use their editor… I do mine off line on windows live writer and then publish from there…. this way I can do all I want, save a draft and return later snd hit the publish button after going on line….

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    • Hi, Rob! I think lots of people don’t use the editor, but I just got used to using it. Sometimes the photos won’t load and that makes for a problem. Dennis’ workaround works well. Thank goodness. Glad you like the photos. It’s a bit difficult to photograph them under the competing lights in their tanks and the yellow mercury basking bulb over their basking spots. I finally figured out how to do it without shadows from competing light sources. Are you near publication? Hello to Linda!

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      • I have sent my book with my final changes to my Editor for her approval and then the eBook will be published… it eill not have photos as theyare not received well on kindled…. the printed version will be a bit longer…. need to find a printer who willdo POD and one yhat will do it at a reasonable price…. selecting the photos that will go in the book is causing me nightmares… can’t make up my mind which to use…
        Linda returns your greeting with the question of how are you doing?

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    • Rob, I’m very interested to hear about your use of Windows Live Writer to compile posts for publication on WordPress. Would it be possible for you to send a short comment about this to this post on my blog, FATman Photos? The link to this post is

      https://eccentric99.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/how-to-force-a-redirect-to-the-classic-wordpress-com-editor-interface-please-reblog-this-post/

      This would be a very useful addition to our discussion re the current problems that WordPress is causing by trying to stop bloggers using their Classic Post Editor. There is no need to go into great detail, but just merely to make us aware that WordPress’s editors do not have to be used. I hope you can send a comment. Thank you for you help. Adrian

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    • HI, Sylvia! I was going back to the dashboard and using the old editor anyway, but this workaround is so easy to install and it works, so I was glad to see it. Yes, Big Lucy is the male showoff. He has been doing his best display for her recently! I have to laugh every time I see it. He’s such a rascal, and she is so laid back and sweet. They all have different personalities, as I understand it. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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  7. That fourth picture is hilarious! These are great. I hope you are enjoying spring as much as we are. Aren’t the azaleas fabulous?

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    • Hi, Lynda! Big Lucy was really displaying for Little Lucy. He’s hilarious. She’s laid back and sweet, but he does funny stuff. Yes! I was so ready for spring. And, I always love the azaleas. The soil here is very alkaline so there are few azaleas except in the old part of town where there are some really old, beautiful bushes of them!

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  8. oh you are so right regarding the freshly pressed criteria! thanks for the link, as i’ve somehow dodged the inferior option until today, when it claimed possession of my ‘new post page… i don”t like it AT ALL!

    I did like, however, your post and another great assortment of portraits! z

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    • I usually just adjust and move on, but that new editor annoyed me. I was glad to find Dennis’ links as a workaround. I’d been going back to the dashboard for the classic editor once WP removed the link. I hated that “beebop” thing and the pop-up, “Can we help you”, too. I wanted to enter something really sassy, but I didn’t waste my time! πŸ™‚ Glad you like the photos. The Dragons are hiding in their caves lots now. I am dragging them out tomorrow for their 20-minute soaks to be sure they stay hydrated. Lots of dragons in the wild die in the brumination state if they’ve gone into it with food in their guts. I’m managing to keep them coming out to eat a bit. πŸ™‚

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  9. Poor babies! As you know, I’m in favor of letting them mate. i know you’re afraid the big big guy would kill Little Lucy. If he does, you could just let the creep out into the yard!!

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    • That’s why most people ought to stick to dogs as pets! πŸ™‚ Exotic animals are not really pets. Dragons don’t live in groups or in pairs. They should never be kept in the same enclosure. A bit of dragon trivia: One mating can produce several different batches of fertilized eggs in one year! Eeek! πŸ™‚

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