In my study of past animal photos that I’ve taken I’m reminded how close are domesticated pets are to their wild brethren. Here’s an example of kitty behavior.
I usually don’t enter photo contests but this one’s for my beloved Portland, Oregon Zoo. The other thing that caused me to enter was the prize, a full super membership package. Now, I’m already a member but this is a $300 membership package for two with two free guest tickets every time I go. Imagine the fun I can have with that. It’s no secret that I’m struggling financially in retirement so this would be a real blessing. Here are the photos I’ve entered for the 125th Anniversary Photo Contest. I’m hoping at least one of these will be chosen the winner. 🙂
Addendum: I just read the rules of the contest and my heart sank. They are pulling the winner out of a hat. The quality of the photo doesn’t even matter. A person accidentally firing off a picture of his foot with their cellphone has as much of a chance as I do. 😦
Inji is such a sweetheart. She’s the grandmother of the male orangutan, Kutai. At 53 she’s the oldest ape at the Portland, Oregon Zoo. Inji can be shy at times and loves to hide from the public under a tarp or cardboard box. Today she wrapped herself in a black tarp that made he look like a very old spinster. She’s a doll!
Ranger & Strike are the two twin male Cheetahs at the Portland, Oregon Zoo. Their outside environment is about the size of a football field. I wish it could be many times that big but this zoo is in a metropolitan area so space is limited. Oregon’s population all live on just 10% of the available land. Imagine having the animals roam the other 90% of it.
Getting ready for the Autumn Festivals can be a fun job when you work at the Jim Dandy Farm Market. There will be hay rides and hot apple cider for all the visitors to their humble little business. The Halloween celebration will mark the end of another season there and I will sorely miss their fresh, organic produce, fruits, berries and flowers. They’ll return in May with their strawberries and flowers. The fruits and garden vegetable won’t arrive until July. I’ve been eating mighty good these past 3-4 months so no complaints there.
Lily continues to make the news as she continues her growth. She is non-stop movement yet she manages to put on over 2 pounds a day. Born last year November 30 at 300 pounds she now tips the scal at 1015 pounds.
Oh what fun! I walked into the Portland, Oregon Zoo Store with my widest angle lens aboard my Fuji X-E1. I was greeted by a young lady eager to help me find just the memento to remember my zoo experience. There were Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh my! There were baskets full of tiny stuffed animals any child or child at heart adult could come to love. If you were decorating a child’s room how about a 10 foot high giraffe? I love the animal backpacks they sell that come packed with a 8-10 foot long tether to keep track of an excited child. It seemed there was something for everyone there. Be sure to visit the store if you attend the zoo. It’s a lot of fun, especially if you have little ones along.