Monday, October 24, 2016

Take me to the zoo (part 2)

If you happened to miss yesterday's post, Part 1, it is here.

We have now moved inside.  I enjoyed some of this exhibit, but some not so much.

The first thing we saw were these turtles.

I was so happy that I got such clear photos, especially since they were behind glass.

I went a bit crazy photographing them.

They danced around and I imagined a water ballet.

Some chose to sit and warm themselves.

Others put on a show.

One even did a swan dive for me!

As we moved on, Sally thought these were rocks.

Then she thought they were fake. 

I remembered the huge turtle I photographed last year for Rinda's challenge.  It was about this size. 

Thankfully, they started to move about.

As we rounded the corner, Sally was shocked to see that one was eating.

This one ate as slowly as I eat!

Now we're off to the creepy, crawly part of this indoor exhibit,

although I never saw this alligator.
For those of you 

who have an aversion to bugs,

close your eyes.

And if you have an aversion

to snakes,

any snake,

this may not be the exhibit for you.

Snakes were everywhere.

Thankfully they are all behind some very thick glass.

Finally, something not snaky.

Yes, it's an

American iguana.

This gila monster

stood still while I photographed it.

These cute little frogs

were as shy as Bleubeard.

More snakes,

this one hiding under rock, had lovely coloring.

Of course, I had never heard of this tortoise

that was climbing around in its food dish.

Even though it was a school day, I saw many children, 

and they were all in awe of this exhibit.

Next, we'll head through a door to the steamy jungle where palms caught my eye.  We'll check that out after we've had a bit of T this Tuesday.

Thanks again for joining me on this trip to the zoo.  As promised, this was the first time I've seen this exhibit, and I think I can mark that off my list of areas I don't care if I ever see again.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Take me to the zoo (part 1)

It's time to head to the zoo with my friend Sally and her red helper.

Seems I'm always

following along

and often playing catch up.

Not to worry, though, because she had to stop in the office to renew her membership badge, which she had already renewed through the  mail.  While she was having her picture taken again, I took time to take a photo of this colorful tree.

Every year the zoo has a fund raiser called Zoobilee.  It had been the previous weekend, so signs of the event was still clearly evident.  This must have been beautiful at night.

Sally wanted to take a different path this time, but she insisted on stopping by the flamingos near the entrance.

Of course, I was caught up with taking a few photos

as they set about eating

and cleaning themselves.

I was busy trying to get a good shot when I realized my camera lens was focusing on the leaves in the foreground, rather than the birds.

As I walked further to get a better shot, I found this signage.

Not sure this was a better vantage point, but at least a few were closer.

The zoo is definitely proud of its sponsors who are from the area.

I believe I've shown this view before and it has not changed.  It includes the new elephant compound.

We walked past the Children's Farms, but Sally wasn't interested in going in.  The lights were  left over from Zoobilee.

We walked on and evidenced more lights left over from Zoobilee.

This is the first time I've seen this signage.

It was leading up to the area where the penguins were kept.  I was so impressed, I had to take a second photo.

I also had to take a photo of this sculpture.

Sally got really excited when she saw the different types of penguins housed here.

From a photography standpoint, this was a lousy way to view them.

I kept moving around, looking for a better vantage point.


the net was there to keep them from leaving their habitat.

I gave up trying to get a good shot and concentrated on reading about penguins.

That's when I decided to

watch them swim under water.

This little boy was enjoying talking to this penguin.  Please note the identification band on each penguin's wing.

This is a good place to stop, because we'll be heading inside next.  Thanks for joining me at the zoo today, as we saw flamingos and penguins.  I hope you enjoyed the journey, and, even if I may not say it enough, I'm thrilled you dropped by.