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Spring at the Queens Zoo April 4, 2021

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 I haven’t visited the Queens Zoo since the summer of 2019. Luckily, a work assignment brought me back this past week and it was definitely worth the trip. The Queens Zoo is an 18-acre zoo located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. The zoo features animals from the Americas, ranging from the American bison to the South American Andean bear. I had a fun visit and will not let so much time pass before my return.

Splash into Spring March 28, 2021

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Spring arrived in NYC to the delight of millions this week. Friday was a record breaking 75 degrees. It felt really good. I captured some of our beautiful animals as I walked about my home base, the Central Park Zoo. I hesitated to buy some plants for my patio as the warning about frosts happening in the next few weeks is still out there. Keep washing those hands and I hope when it is your turn you will get vaccinated. A Zissen Pesach (Happy Passover) to one and all. Enjoy!

Tropical Respite March 7, 2021

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Yes I love taking photos of animals in the snow but I admit to sometimes being very cold and often cannot feel my fingers to snap a photo. So I decided to spend some quality time this week in the Central Park Zoo’s tropic zone to mend these aching old bones. And what a delight it has been. Enjoy these warm photos.

The March that Roared February 28, 2021

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Tomorrow is March 1st. Of course we all know the phrase ‘March come in like a lion and out like a lamb’. But did you know that almost every day in March there is some type of holiday. Some of them are silly and some noteworthy. My personal favorites are National Pig day, National Pi Day, The Ides of March, St Patrick’s Day, Earth Day, Spring Equinox and Passover which begins March 27 this year. Enjoy some of these big cats and continue to stay safe, wash those hands and mask up. Spring is coming.

Best in Snow February 21, 2021

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 This week’s NYC two-day weather event brought enough snow to make this month the eighth snowiest February on record. We are expecting more snow tomorrow too. As I have stated before, I do not drive and do not have to shovel, so for me, the snow is an opportunity to admire nature and take lots of photos of beautiful animals at the Central Park Zoo. Enjoy these ‘Best in Snow’ beauties.

It’s Snow Time! February 14, 2021

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 NYC finally is remembering what winter is supposed to be like. In February alone we have had about 25 inches and it is only the 14th. I am lucky that I do not have to shovel or drive in the snow – but I do a lot of walking and that can be treacherous. That said – I do love the snow. It is pretty and it makes the City quieter. I was lucky to have photo assignments for the past two weeks at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo, As most of you know – that is my childhood zoo so each visit brings back a flood of memories. Enjoy some of the images I captured on my past two visits. I have not forgotten Valentine’s Day but my usual animal photos to recognize this loving day will be somewhat belated. Keep washing those hands. Socially distance and please wear a mask. Spring is about 30 days away.

Year of the Ox February 7, 2021

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 2021 is a Year of the Ox, starting on February 12th, 2021 (Chinese lunar New Year Day) and lasting until January 31st, 2022. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. I am the Year of the Monkey. Put simply, an ox (or oxen if you’re talking about more than one), is any cattle over four years of age that has been trained to do work. Most often they are steers (castrated male cattle). Here are six more ‘Years’ for you to peruse. 2019 Year of the Pig  – 2018 Year of the Dog2017 Year of the Rooster 2016 Year of the Monkey 2013 Year of the Snake. I am Year of the Monkey. Keep washing those hands, wearing a mask and social distance please.

Big Cats in the Big City January 24, 2021

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 I am often asked which animal is my favorite to photograph. My standard answer is ‘the last one I photographed.’ But truth be told…I adore taking photos of the Central Park Zoo snow leopards. It is difficult to take a bad shot of them. They are regal, elegant, graceful and gorgeous. Nothing beats watching them after a New York City snowfall. Enjoy today’s kitty montage of snow leopards past and present. If you want to know more about snow leopards click here. Continue to stay safe, wash those hands and social distance. I await the next NYC snowfall perhaps on Tuesday.

The Birds January 10, 2021

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Last Tuesday, January fifth was National Bird Day. The craziness of this week in DC overshadowed this avian observance. I managed some of my own anxiety by spending early morning hours with the birds at the Central Park Zoo. Their lovely songs, cooing and chirping calmed my soul. So I wondered why the term ‘for the birds’ is a negative one. The expression means worthless, useless, ridiculous or foolish. I categorically disagree. These beautiful birds calmed me down this week so I salute them with this photo montage. Please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands and socially distance.

Good Riddance to 2020 January 3, 2021

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This wraps up 17 years of my sending out these Sunday (mostly zoo) montages. By my calculations that’s about 850 photo montages. Oh my! Thanks for coming along for the ride. I think some of you have been with me for the entire 17 years. I am thankful for that. I am not going to harp on what a crappy year this has been – no need to go over what we all have experienced. This was the first year since 2005 that we have not gone on any zoocations. We had one planned for March – but then everything came to a halt. I am hopeful that within six months our lives will somewhat return to normal and zoocations will commence once again. That said – I leave you as always with no ‘ifs, just ends and butts’.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year. More fun in ’21.