Friday, April 17, 2009

Exit

I went back to work full time this weekend after Weston's birth. It seemed to rain quite a bit, and by this morning, I had caught what I'm hoping is a cold, nothing worse, but it has put me out for the count. I've slept most of the day. Here's a quick pic from the Panasonic LZ-8 as I watched the falling rain.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Captivity



I usually try to make zoo animals look their best, but I couldn't help taking this shot. For those of you that shoot at the Columbus Zoo, you know the Markhors, a rare goat native to the Western Himalayas. When they were first added to their enclosure at Asia Quest, the rock climbing male promptly shot right up the wall that was supposed to enclose him, prancing on the roof of the exhibit above the viewing area.

It seems that each time I see these fascinating creatures, there is more fencing installed in the enclosure. Have they had multiple escapes? I'm not sure, but I wouldn't doubt it.

Still though, this is one of my favorite exhibits at the zoo, I just wish there wasn't so much chicken wire. I guess I'm being somewhat selfish. I'm showing this image not to rail against captive aniamls, but to vent my frustrations about how smart and athletic these creatures are that they could easily escape an enclosure that I'm guessing was specifically designed for them, and is now partially wrapped with wire which makes it quite a challenge to get a clean image.

Tom

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hear Me Roar



Today, Megan, Weston and I went to the Columbus Zoo to see the brand new baby elephant, born on March 27th. He was on display from 11:00 to 1:00. We arrived, and there were dozens and dozens adults plus an army of children lined up at the zoo gate just to buy tickets. We bypassed that, being members, and thought we were in like Flynn. We walked to the elephant building, saw another huge line winding around the building, and then spotted a "one hour wait from here" sign. Whew!

Needless to say we didn't wait in line, giving me time to capture this image of the Zoo's male Lion.