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Valentine Tails 2020 February 16, 2020

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 Last Sunday’s photo experience at the Central Park Zoo was great. The weather was on our side and the zoo’s animal collection were ready for some Valentine treats. The animals were enriched by the different Valentine themed items placed in each of their habitats. The photographers had almost as much fun (or maybe more) as the animals. Thanks to the Central Park Zoo’s talented and creative zookeepers and managers who made this one heartfelt day.

Late Fall at Southwick’s Zoo February 9, 2020

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 The same fall visit that included the Roger Williams Park Zoo  and the Capron Park Zoo concluded with a stop at Southwick’s Zoo. It is a 300-acre, privately owned and operated, zoological park located in Mendon, Massachusetts. It was opened in 1963, and remains family-operated. It has become a yearly stop for us and is always enjoyable. It is now closed for the season but will re-open in April. No doubt we will be back next fall.

Late Fall at the Capron Park Zoo February 2, 2020

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 The same rainy, windy, grey late fall day that we visited the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence RI, we stopped in at the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro MA. Again – I believe we were the only two visitors. Despite the weather we had a great time. We got to see two tree climbing river otters (another first for us). The zoo is eight acres but packs a lot into that space. They have three very vocal loving lions who entertained us for quite awhile. If you are in the area I encourage a visit. Last call for next Sunday’s Valentine Tails photo session at the Central Park Zoo. A very few spaces remain open. See ya then. 

Late Fall at the NY Aquarium January 26, 2020

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My California family visited NYC Thanksgiving week. We did lots of great fun touristy things like walking over the Brooklyn Bridge and then having Grimaldi’s pizza in Brooklyn (yum), the Thanksgiving Day parade, the High Line and the Vessel at Hudson Yards. Not to be missed was a chance to go to Coney Island for some delicious Nathan’s hot dogs and fries. While at Coney Island we also visited the NY Aquarium. We were lucky that it was not crowded and could spend more quality time with these beautiful sea creatures.It was a fabulous week.
 Two weeks to go until our February 9th Central Park Zoo Valentine themed photo session. Sign up here for some before the zoo opens photo fun.

Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence RI January 19, 2020

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 It was a dreary, rainy, cold late fall afternoon when we went to Rhode Island’s Roger Williams Park Zoo. We were perhaps the only two visitors that weekday, but sometimes wonderful surprises happen when you least expect them. We were treated to observing both the giant and lesser (tamandua) anteaters. The giant anteater had a baby on her back (a photo first for both of us). The zookeepers we met were delightful and open to sharing stories and photo ops for us. It was a terrific visit and I encourage you to stop in if you are going through Providence.
 Just three weeks to go until our photo session at the Central Park Zoo. Think hearts. Sign up here. There are a few spaces left.

Introducing Mr. Pepe January 12, 2020

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 A big welcome to the newest member of the Gang at Casa Lobo – Mr. Pepe. He is about nine years old and is a sweet, loving, quiet, cat tolerating, friendly addition to the family. We have sadly been dog-less for fourteen months when we had to say goodbye to One-eyed Jack. I follow Susie’s Senior Dogs on facebook and have been watching for that one special dog to appear. About a month ago I saw an ad (featuring Mr.Pepe’s photo in upper left) for their pop up adoption event in Soho (see ad below in montage). I walked down to Soho, met Mr. Pepe, spoke with his amazing foster Mom and that was pretty much it. After my application and references (thank you Sue, Kelly and Karen) were processed – he was ours. A shout out to the all volunteers at Friends with Four Paws who orchestrate the transfer and placement of dogs from Oklahoma into foster homes in the New York/NJ/CT. My three cats (especially Roberta) came around pretty quickly and we are looking forward to new adventures together. Audrey the cat has been sniffing him quite a bit. However, Pete is taking his sweet time. He will come around…I am sure.
A reminder that my photo session at the Central Park Zoo is one month from today (Feb.9). It promises to be lots of fun, photo worthy and filled with hearts. Sign up here.

Muir Woods January 5, 2020

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 We spent a fun and active week with family in California. We hadn’t visited Muir Woods in 10 years. To add to this once in a decade experience we decided to recreate our old family photo from 2010 (resulting effort at bottom of montage). We enjoyed strolling through this amazing space with graceful redwoods, delicate ferns, clover, fallen trees and beautiful light throughout. Needless to say we had many laughs recreating our 2010 photo and a shout out to a kind stranger who took our photo. If you are in the area I strongly suggest a visit but please note that reservations are now required due to a severe shortage of parking spaces. Happy New Year!

No ‘if’s – Just Ends and Butts – 2019 December 29, 2019

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 It has been another good photo year for new faces, places and spaces.  Thank you for coming along for the ride. I celebrate the end of my 16th year of Sunday photo montages, and following tradition, I leave you with with no ‘ifs,’ – just ends and butts. Below is a list of some of the places that we have visited in 2019. We have not plotted out our 2020 zoocation but are looking forward to more zoos next year and wishing you all a very Happy Zoo Year!
 National Zoo, NY Aquarium, The Orchid Show, Aquarium of the Bay,
Philadelphia Zoo, Oakland Zoo, NYC Pride Parade, Potawatomi Zoo, Toledo Zoo,
Queens Zoo, Boogie Down Bronx Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium,
BBQ in the Sky, Oregon Zoo, Northwest Trek, Pt Defiance Zoo, Oregon Coast Aq,
SF Zoo, Macys Parade. 

The Cloisters December 22, 2019

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One of my favorite places in NYC is the Metropolitan Museum’s Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park. I try to make my way at least once a year. Our visit took place on a rainy, foggy, misty day which made for an even more special atmosphere. Not being able to see more than a few feet in front of us allowed our imaginations to soar thinking about the Romanesque and Gothic origins of this European structure and treasures. Yes the Cloisters sits in upper Manhattan but it is really a world away. After our visit a short walk took us to the delightful New Leaf Cafe in Fort Tryon Park for lunch.
 Still wondering what to get that certain someone who loves animals and taking photos? Check out these two photo opportunities at the Central Park Zoo.

Prospect Park Zoo – Winter 2019 December 15, 2019

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 I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the past month at the Prospect Park Zoo. As some of you know – this was the zoo of my childhood so it holds a very special place in my heart. I googled Prospect Park Zoo and got some interesting history facts here. Please visit if you can while their two red panda cubs are still young and you might also get to see their week old baby boy Hamadryas baboon.
 Can’t decide what to get that special somebody on your holiday list? How about buying tickets to one of Central Park Zoo’s photo sessions. Check them out here: