When my kids were little, I loved
to take them to our local children's zoo
where they got to pet the animals...
Ride the ponies...
And, hop on this neat train that
snaked through the zoo.
(More about snakes later...)
I haven't been to the zoo in years,
so imagine my excitement when my daughter
Lindsay told me she was going to the zoo
with her friend Molly.
Our zoo has been spiffed up in recent years
and I had seen zoo photos where skilled
photographers made it look like the animals
were shot while on safari in Africa.
I wanted to try my own skills,
so the girls let me tag along.
The first animal I saw was a prairie dog.
Hmmm...I wonder if Denver is
missing this guy. They have prairie dog overload.
I was certain the elephants and giraffes
were just around the corner.
Next, I saw this kangaroo,
who instantly hopped over by this wire fence
so he would look caged rather
than wild in the Outback.
This poor fellow looked very sad jailed behind bars.
I was not getting the wildness I wanted.
I WAS excited to photograph a real live bald eagle.
Does the fence in the background look
like a tree in the forest??
"Where are the tigers and zebras?" I asked my daughter.
"Mom! This is a children's zoo. Our town can't
afford to feed rhinos or hippos."
"Okay, I'll just take another photo of this eagle," I sigh.
Then I spotted it...
a real monarch butterfly NOT in captivity!!!
I followed it around until it
landed and gleefully photographed it.
This is real nature, people!
No bars or fences.
Then I saw a dragonfly..something I have
Looks like the monkey took a chomp
out of its wing.
I skipped the donkey exhibit
to photograph this unusual flower.
"Good grief, Mom! We're at the zoo, not the botanical gardens."
I HAD to shoot something interesting...
'cuz, this zoo really is perfect for children.
Itching to take more pics, I urged the
girls to let me photograph them in our
He is lacking colorful flowers,
so I asked if I could plant some
perennials there for future photo shoots
and he was thrilled.
Here's pretty Molly:
As I was taking this photo
a SNAKE slithered across my
I screamed like a banshee.
(What's a banshee??)
Molly is such a lovely young lady.
Not sure about the perennial planting though.
I don't want to be photo snapping among snakes!
See ya, later....