Monterey Bay Aquarium: Wild Baby Sea Otter Born in Outdoor Tidepool

Holiday e-Card by Monterey Bay Aquarium

Holiday e-Card by Monterey Bay Aquarium

A wild baby sea otter was born in the outdoor tidepool at Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, on December 20, 2015.  The cutest present to the Aquarium ever!  The mother and pup have direct access to the ocean and are free to come and go as they please.  Links and adorable pictures are at:

http://montereybayaquarium.tumblr.com/post/135606363553/the-squee-heard-round-the-world

http://montereybayaquarium.tumblr.com/post/135726438723/wild-otter-mom-and-pup-update

The picture above was posted online by the Aquarium on Christmas Day:  http://montereybayaquarium.tumblr.com/post/135916080178/may-your-holiday-season-be-warm-and-bright-thank

UPDATE March 5, 2016:  Another wild mother sea otter gave birth in the Monterey Bay Aquarium tidepool!  Read about it and watch video at:  https://montereybayaquarium.tumblr.com/post/140578637168/welcome-to-the-world-little-otter

Florida: Holiday Boat Parade

Boat Parade Santa with Reindeer

Boat Parade Santa with Reindeer

Boat Parade Christmas Story Lamp

Boat Parade Christmas Story Lamp

Boat Parade Merry Christmas Penguin

Boat Parade Merry Christmas Penguin

Boat Parade Santa with Sunglasses

Boat Parade Santa with Sunglasses

Boat Parade Lights with Bell

Boat Parade Lights with Bell

Boat Parade Lights with Palm Tree

Boat Parade Lights with Palm Tree

Boat Parade Festive Decorations

Boat Parade Festive Decorations

Boat Parade Polar Bear

Boat Parade Polar Bear

Colorful Boat Parade in Canal

Colorful Boat Parade in Canal

Boat Parade Santa Fishing

Boat Parade Santa Fishing

Boat Parade Snoopy

Boat Parade Snoopy

Boat Parade Dolphins Pulling Sleigh

Boat Parade Dolphins Pulling Sleigh

Boat Parade Blue Light Reflections

Boat Parade Blue Light Reflections

Boat Parade Lights with Wreath

Boat Parade Lights with Wreath

Recently we enjoyed the annual Merritt Island Holiday Boat Parade on Sykes Creek, Florida.  We sat on the dock and watched over 70 Christmas-themed boats sail by.  Each one was covered with up to 1,000 colorful lights.  Some participants added to the fun by throwing candy.  The lights and reflections on the water were magic!  More info is at:  http://www.cffw.org/events/

New York: Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Lobby Featuring 35-foot-tall Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree Chandelier

Lobby Featuring 35-foot-tall Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree Chandelier

Looking Straight Up at Crystal Chandelier

Looking Straight Up at Crystal Chandelier

Radio City Music Hall Stage

Radio City Music Hall Stage

New York City Sightseeing in Style by Rockettes

New York City Sightseeing in Style by Rockettes

Here Comes Santa Claus by Rockettes

Here Comes Santa Claus by Rockettes

Slow Motion Fall of Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

Slow Motion Fall of Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

Rockettes New York City Chorus Line

Rockettes New York City Chorus Line

Let it Snow by Rockettes (Swarovski Crystal Costumes)

Let it Snow by Rockettes (Swarovski Crystal Costumes)

Living Nativity (performed on stage since 1933)

Living Nativity (performed on stage since 1933)

A tradition in New York City during the holidays is to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The show features the Rockettes, who are precision dancers famous for high kicking chorus lines. Santa hosts the show, which features dancing teddy bears; a 3-D sleigh ride; and nativity with live sheep, camels, and donkeys (performed since 1933). Each snowflake costume contains 3,000 Swarovski crystals. The 35-foot-tall Christmas tree chandelier in the lobby is stunning! More info is at: http://radiocitychristmas.com/

New York City: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Swarovski Star

Swarovski Star

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Statue of Prometheus

Statue of Prometheus

Procession of Angels with Trumpets

Procession of Angels with Trumpets

Ice Skating Rink at Base of Tree

Ice Skating Rink at Base of Tree

Giant Ornaments in Fountain on 6th Avenue

Giant Ornaments in Fountain on 6th Avenue

Giant Strands of Lights

Giant Strands of Lights

Above Entrance to Rockefeller Center Building

Above Entrance to Rockefeller Center Building

View of Central Park from "Top of the Rock"

View of Central Park from “Top of the Rock”

The lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree kicks off the holiday season in New York City. A procession of horn-blowing angels leads up to a perfect view of this year’s 78-foot-tall, 10-ton Norway Spruce. The tree overlooks a gold statue of Prometheus and the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink. The tree is traditionally lit on the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving. It is decorated with 30,000 lights strung over 5 miles of wiring. It is topped by a 9.5-foot Swarovski crystal star that contains 25,000 crystals sparkling with one million facets. The tree is taken down after the New Year, and the wood is recycled into lumber for homes built by Habitat for Humanity. What a spectacular Christmas tree and holiday decorations! 

New York: Macy’s Peanuts Christmas Window Displays

Macy's Peanuts Window 1

Macy’s Peanuts Window 1

Macy's Peanuts Window 2

Macy’s Peanuts Window 2

Macy's Peanuts Window 3

Macy’s Peanuts Window 3

Macy's Peanuts Window 4

Macy’s Peanuts Window 4

Macy's Peanuts Window 5

Macy’s Peanuts Window 5

Macy's Peanuts Window 6

Macy’s Peanuts Window 6

Macy's Peanuts Window 7

Macy’s Peanuts Window 7

Macy's Peanuts Window 8

Macy’s Peanuts Window 8

North Pole Village in Macy's Santaland

North Pole Village in Macy’s Santaland

Snowman Chorus

Snowman Chorus

Owl in Glittery Snow Forest

Owl in Glittery Snow Forest

Santa with Authors Pam and Richard

Santa with Authors Pam and Richard

Last week we visited New York City.  The holiday decorations were spectacular!  We enjoyed seeing Macy’s animated window displays featuring Snoopy and the other Peanuts characters.  We ended our trip to Macy’s with a visit to Santa. 

Florida: December at McKee Botanical Garden

Pink Bromeliad Blooming (Friendship Plant)

Pink Bromeliad Blooming (Friendship Plant)

Close-up of Friendship Plant Flower

Close-up of Friendship Plant Flower

Orchid Tree Blooming

Orchid Tree Blooming

Purple Waterlily with Spotted Lilypad

Purple Waterlily with Spotted Lilypad

Giant White Spider Lily (Crinum species)

Giant White Spider Lily (Crinum species)

Palm Frond Patterns

Palm Frond Patterns

Holiday Flamingo with Pom Poms on Head

Holiday Flamingo with Pom Poms on Head

Holiday Flamingo with Beads and Christmas Balls

Holiday Flamingo with Beads and Christmas Balls

Holiday Flamingo with Beads and Pink Ribbon

Holiday Flamingo with Beads and Pink Ribbon

Inflated Snowman Resting on Lawn

Inflated Snowman Resting on Lawn

There is always something blooming at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach, Florida.  It is especially fun to visit in December when the holiday decorations are up.  Florida truly is the “Land of Flowers”.  More info is at:  http://www.mckeegarden.org/index.php

Florida: Holiday Boat Parade

Boat Parade 1

Boat Parade 1

Boat Parade 2

Boat Parade 2

Boat Parade 3

Boat Parade 3

Boat Parade 4

Boat Parade 4

Boat Parade 5

Boat Parade 5

Boat Parade 6

Boat Parade 6

Boat Parade 7

Boat Parade 7

Boat Parade 8

Boat Parade 8

Boat Parade 9

Boat Parade 9

Boat Parade 10

Boat Parade 10

House with Christmas Lights Reflected in Canal

House with Christmas Lights Reflected in Canal

The Merritt Island, Florida, holiday boat parade was held on Saturday, December 20.  It was especially beautiful this year!  Everyone was happy and cheering all the colorful boats, and the night was warm and calm. 

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