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Oakland Zoo – April 2019 April 14, 2019

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Last week’s short sojourn to California to see family included a zoo visit of course. This time we chose the Oakland Zoo as it has had a major expansion over the past year. Last summer they opened the California Trail to the public, focusing on this state’s native wildlife. A fun gondola ride takes you to the top of the zoo where you are greeted with a delicious restaurant and great views. Along the trail, you encounter animals such as American black bears, American bison, California condors, eagles, gray wolves, grizzly bears, jaguars and mountain lions. The rest of the zoo is thoroughly enjoyable. If you are anywhere in the area I encourage a visit.

Brooklyn’s New York Aquarium March 24, 2019

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The New York Aquarium is the oldest continuing operating aquarium in the US. It opened in Manhattan’s Battery Park Castle Garden in 1896. If you have ever boarded a ferry to take you to the Statue of Liberty that’s near where it was located. In 1957 it was relocated to Brooklyn’s Coney Island (and yes, I remember the opening). The Aquarium is part of the Wildlife Conservation Society which also runs four other parks including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo (my home base), Prospect Park Zoo and the Queens Zoo. The Aquarium was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012.  A small, dedicated staff remained at the facility and saved over 90% of the animals in the collection. Fast forward to this past June and the Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks opened on June 30, 2018. It was time for a visit and we were not disappointed. Go visit and don’t forget to stroll down the boardwalk for some Nathan’s hot dogs and fries afterwards. Yum.

The Orchid Show: Singapore at NYBG March 3, 2019

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We had a terrific visit to the New York Botanical Garden on Friday. The morning snow kept just about everyone else away as we lavished in the beauty of this inspiring showcase of Singapore’s national flower. I learned that orchids grow on every continent except Antarctica. The show goes until April 28th. I encourage you to visit. The photo above is my feeble attempt at growing two orchids. They have been alive for over a year so I guess I am doing an okay job. Plus – the cats don’t eat them.

National Zoo – Winter 2019 February 24, 2019

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We took a mid-week trip to DC and due to a teeny weeny snowfall the city was shut down for an entire day. So we visited the following day and even though there was very little snowfall the visit was well worth our time. Who doesn’t love a giant panda in the snow?

Me and My Shadow February 9, 2019

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Taking zoo photos on a bright sunny day can be a challenge. I prefer taking photos on overcast days. Sometimes however, the deep shadows and stark contrasts create an interesting image. Enjoy today’s Me and My Shadow.

Reflections January 13, 2019

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After downloading a memory card there are, at times, a few happy surprises. Here is a small collection of some of those happy surprises. They all contain mirror images or reflections. Enjoy and reflect.

Central Park Zoo – January2019 January 6, 2019

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It has been about three months of Sundays since I last posted a ‘while at the zoo’ about my home base, the Central Park Zoo. If you haven’t been to our zoo in a while the winter is a great time to visit. The crowds are smaller, the tropic aviary is nice and warm and the temperate animals much more active. You can combine your next visit with our upcoming photo workshop. It is called Valentine Tails and will be from 8:30 to 10:30 on February 10, 2019 (think hearts.) The workshop is filling up fast. If interested click here.

Stone Zoo – 2018 December 16, 2018

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Our last mini-zoocation stop was the Stone Zoo in Stoneham MA. Lots of improvements to this 26 acre facility since we were there last year. A new entrance, several new exhibit animals, two amorous jaguars and of course twin snow leopard cubs made for an ideal visit. We will be back next year for sure.

Buttonwood Park Zoo November 18, 2018

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Post Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas zoocation continues with a mini-zoocation to New England. First up was the delightful Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford MA.

Pumpkin-Fest at the Central Park Zoo November 4, 2018

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I admit it. One of my favorite days of the year at the Central Park Zoo is Pumpkin Sunday. ‘You get a pumpkin and you get a pumpkin and…’ Our photo workshop last Sunday was a big hit with some very happy photographers, enriched animals, delighted zookeepers and zoo visitors. This was the first in a series of three photography workshops. The next one features hearts, valentines and lots of love. You can sign up here if interested.