Tiny Hippo and Leonardo da Vinci

There is a great Leonarado da Vinci exhibition happening in Venice, the best part is that you get to play with all of the machines!

Da Vinci Exhibition Venice

The da Vinci exhibition is being held in a church in Venice.

Tiny Hippo Testing da Vinci Tool

This device shows how ball barrings can be used to move Tiny Hippos around with great ease.

Tiny Hippo uses da Vinci Machine

This auto-locking wheel must have been used to lift very heavy cakes.

Tiny Hippo uses Cam Hammer

Leonard da Vinci must have used this machine to crack open nuts when he was feeling peckish.

Da Viinci's Vertical Ornitottero

I am afraid he may have made this flying machine a bit too small for Tiny Hippos to use.

Da Vinci Hang Glider

This glider looks more suited to my kind, I knew old da Vinci wouldn’t let me down!

Tiny Hippo and da Vinci Machine

I just don’t know about this one, the sign says it is a dredger, but it looks more like a cranberry thief.

Da Vinci Gears

After all the excitement of touring so many da Vinci creations I need to unwind for a bit. See you next time!

 

Snow Hippo makes an Igloo

Snow Hippo Getting Ready to Build an Igloo

Greetings, I am the Snow Hippo

Snow Hippo Constructs Igloo

Master of my domain!

Stacking Blocks of Igloo

I use my surroundings to make everything I need, even a winter home

Tiny Blocks for Igloo

Each block of snow is placed carefully to create the perfect igloo

Tiny Hippo Places Last Blocks in Igloo

The delicate work of placing the last blocks does not daunt the mighty Snow Hippo

Finishing Touches on Igloo

Candy canes were added for delicious structural support

Snow Hippo in his Igloo

A job well done, bask in my brilliance!

If you liked Tiny Hippo as the Snow Hippo please click here to see the original Snow Hippo post.

Tiny Hippo Wrapping Gifts

Tiny Hippo Tries to Use Wrapping Paper

Argh, wrapping presents it is so messy it’s maddening. There must be a better way.

Tiny Hippo Cuts Fabric

First, I must cut the fabric with my handy pizza cutter.

Tiny Hippo Pins Christmas Bag

Avoid pinning yourself to the fabric.

Tiny Hippo uses Sewing Machine

Now, to the great machine!

Tiny Hippo with DIY Gift Bag

Next, flip the bag right-side out

Tiny Hippo with Christmas Gift Bags

Ta-da! Now I have lots of bags to use each year for Christmas

Tiny Hippo’s All Hallows’ Eve

I have transformed into the most ghastly of beasts; can you even recognize me in this dastardly form?

Tiny Hippo with Big Bat Ears

My huge ears pick up the smallest of crinkly noises

Tiny Hippo Bat Flies Through the Forest

My silent wings glide through the night air

Tiny Hippo Flies

Sometimes at terrifying speeds

Tiny Hippo is a Master Hunter

I am a master hunter, known to all as the Deadly Candy Bat

Tiny Hippo Stalks Candy

I prowl the neighborhood for unattended sweets

Tiny Hippo and His Halloween Candy Pile

The candy never had a chance. Truly, I am a monster!

Tiny Hippo Goes Hunting

Tiny Hippos are always on the lookout for interesting new types of fauna. We love the excitement of the hunt, plants are the most stealthy of all game, so silent. While I was visiting Governor Dodge State Park, in Wisconsin, I discovered some great specimens.

Tiny Hippo at Govenor Dodge State Park

I started my exploration at Stephens Falls Trail

Stephen Falls

Stephen Falls is a mossy waterfall that is so very peaceful

Tiny Hippo with Ferns

First off, a relaxing nap with some lovely ferns was in order

Tiny Hippo Hunts a Fern

I found this unique Walking Fern that was very difficult to track, I had to don some camouflage so as to not startle it

Fern and Tiny Hippo

Yet, this tiny fern was not afraid of a wee hippo like me

Red Berries and Tiny Hippo

Hmm… These berries look so good, but mom always told me not to eat mystery berries and I am not sure what these are. Does that mean they are mysterious?

Tiny Brown Mushrooms and Tiny Hippo

If you look closely, you will find all sorts of tiny mushroom friends in the forest

Gem Studded Puffball with Tiny Hippo

These little fellas are Gem Studded Puffball mushrooms, must be very valuable

Tiny Hippo with Mushrooms

You must always keep an eye out for wee mushrooms, they are around every turn

Mushrooms Bursting from Tree Bark

While must mushrooms are very shy, this group was just bursting to meet me

Stream at Governor Dodge State Park

Lost Canyon Trail follows a small stream and as all Tiny Hippos know, streams are the best places to find fabulous fauna

Field Horsetail

Like this Field Horsetail, a silly, ancient plant, that thinks it looks like a field of horse tails

Little Stream at Lost Canyon Trail

When dealing with streams, one must be prepared to cross them

Tiny Hippo Crosses the Stream

Easy does it…

Tiny Brown Mushrooms on a Log

Always be careful not to crush the fauna you are seeking

Huge Yellow Shelf Mushroom

There was no way I would accidentally tread on this big boy

Shelf Mushrooms

These mushrooms looked like stairs, but remember, no trampling the fungi

Tiny Hippo and Shelf Mushrooms

Sometimes, the best way to view them is to climb a nearby branch

Turkey Tail Mushrooms

I like these mushrooms, they look like turkey tails

Cliff Rock at Governor Dodge State Park

While on your adventure, don’t forget to look up once and a while, enjoy the view

Stream at Lost Canyon Trail

Small streams always bring me peace

I hope you get a chance to go fauna exploring this fall. I know that I had a wonderful time and I am sure you will too.

Hot Summer Day with Tiny Hippo

Tiny Hippo is Too Hot

Argh, it is too hot!

Tiny Hippo Climbs some Stairs

I must go inside to find something that will cool me down

Tiny Hippo in the Ice Box

Ahhh… this is very nice, but I was hopping for something sweeter

Tiny Hippo has Ice Cream

Yes, this is more my style

Tiny Hippo Scoops Ice Ceam

Now, to make the perfect cone

Tiny Hippo's Ice Cream Cone is Not Right

It is missing something…

Sprinkles Come from Above

Thank you, Sprinkle Fairy!

The Perfect Ice Cream Cone

Now it is a masterpiece, I must take it outside and enjoy it quickly

Tiny Hippo Eats Ice Cream Cone

Delicious, the dino sprinkles really make it

Tiny Hippos Love Ice Cream Cones

Nom nom nom…

Tiny Hippo gets Brain Freeze

BRAIN FREEZE!

Tiny Hippo is Pleased

Nothing is better than a vanilla cone on a hot summer’s day. I need a dip in the pool, I have made a bit of a mess.