Two at the Zoo

“Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo!  /  I do believe it!  I do believe it’s true!”  –Paul Simon

Two recent visits from Schwes and a college friend of CD’s have prompted us to take them to our wonderful Henry Doorly Zoo.  Of course, I had a camera or two with me.  The aquarium, one of my favorite parts of the zoo, has been under construction for some time and was not yet open for visitors.  (It has just opened and I am already planning a good look in the very near future.)  But, on both occasions, the weather was great and the animals were very cooperative, and many had new young.  These are my favorite photos from the two visits.  Oh, how I love a trip to the zoo—and better yet, let us take two!

Bobcat

Zebra

Wolf's Guenon

Otter

Leopard

Giraffe

White-Handed Gibbon

Francois's Langur

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18 Responses to Two at the Zoo

  1. Not half bad as they say.

  2. Meanderer says:

    What a beautiful series. I love the images with parent and young.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks a lot! It’s such great fun to visit when there are new young in abundance. I really wanted to get a shot of the mother giraffe with the baby (it was only about a week old), but she wasn’t cooperating in the brief time I had to spend at their exhibit. Cute kid, though!

  3. My heart stopped at the abstract of the zebra. Oh, how I love the zebra. I would frame that.

    • krikitarts says:

      What a fine compliment, Dezra! I’ve long been fascinated by the incredible markings they have, and must really do a concerted study at some point, spending a couple of hours with them to see what develops. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  4. seekraz says:

    Beautiful photos, Gary…I love the Bobcat and the Leopard…so pretty.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Scott, they were especially cooperative, though I had to shoot the bobcat through a mostly-dirty and -smeared window and the leopard through a black chain-link fence. I was delighted to find that they turned out as well as they did.

  5. Wow, Gary! These are really, really GREAT! I love them ALL!

    • krikitarts says:

      Gotta love the photo ops at the zoo! I can’t help wondering, though, what the animals in the exhibits think of us, and how they would portray us in turn, if they had access to cameras…

  6. giannina says:

    i am not such a friend of zoos but these sure are pretty pictures!

  7. krikitarts says:

    I will readily agree with you regarding some zoos (I’ve seen lots), but there are many that live up to the highest standards and are a joy to behold. This one in Omaha is one, and those in Minneapolis and Auckland, New Zealand are others that I can highly recommend. (Űbrigens, Berlin auch, so gut ich mich erinnere, aber ich bin seit ’97 nicht mehr da gewesen.)

  8. Tintenfisch says:

    love these! the bobcat especially. :)

    • krikitarts says:

      I’ve really been waiting for the bobcat to be in a relaxed pose with enough light that I could make a decent portrait, and my patience finally paid off. Some things are worth waiting for!

  9. Adrian Lewis says:

    Gary, this is a truly outstanding set of animal portraits! They are a delight. My favourites are the Bobcat – wonderful portrait! – the Zebra abstract, the Otter – oh just look at the swirls and reflections in that water! – and the giraffe. Wonderful photography, Gary! Adrian

  10. krikitarts says:

    Thanks so much, Adrian! I’ve always loved the opportunities–and the challenges–that the zoo setting provides, and I’m so pleased that you–and my other followers–are enjoying my latest animal portraits. I can’t wait to get back there to see what I can do with the newly renovated aquarium!

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