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It is no secret that Cynthia’s absolute favorite creature on the entire planet is the giraffe.

The first time I ever visited Cynthia’s apartment when we were first dating it was hard to miss the life-size giraffe sculpture in the living room, a sculpture Cynthia had made from scratch using dowels, chicken wire, paper mache and finished in polymers and which, to this day, dominates our dining room.

For Cynthia’s birthday this year I arranged a behind the scenes tour of the Houston Zoo’s giraffe exhibit. Our tour was this past Saturday and it was a blast!

It was a chance to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures


Cynthia gets a nuzzle from Kiva


Cynthia joins the herd


Nigel likes the carrots

It was incredible being so close to these animals.
Cynthia claims it was the best birthday present EVER!

So now I guess I have my work cut out for me for next year….

You can see many more pictures from the encounter here.

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7 thoughts on “Tall blondes

  • December 10, 2006 at 10:03 pm
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    The thing I love most about giraffes is their gentle eyes. And those
    lashes! I love ’em! 🙂

  • December 11, 2006 at 6:57 am
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    Wow, that is absolutely amazing! It really started my day off with an ear to ear grin. Perhaps next year should be a photo safari to Africa to see them in the wild.

  • December 11, 2006 at 6:59 am
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    Your Cynthia stories are my favorite.
    And she is beautiful. Her whole face lights up when she smiles.

  • December 11, 2006 at 7:01 am
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    You are the bestest.
    And I agree… her face simply glows when she smiles and her smile is radiant in these pictures.

  • December 11, 2006 at 9:32 am
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    jay – you just ROCK!!! 🙂

    tell cynthia happy bday for me!! and thanks for sharing those photos!

  • December 11, 2006 at 9:46 am
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    love the sculpture, that’s rad! Oh and the last picture is KEE-YOOT.

  • December 12, 2006 at 2:15 pm
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    I did dnot know that Cynthia made that giraffe. Cool. Kudos to you on arranging the giraffe field trip. That was really cool.

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