Finally! I finally got the chance and will to visit the Southwick Zoo in Mendon, MA for the very first time. It couldn’t have been prettier! The zoo itself doesn’t open until 10:00 in the morning so the lighting isn’t very good for photography in general. Add to that the fact that all the exhibits are outside and it becomes tricky to catch things in the shade when there are no clouds. Either way I had a very enjoyable 1st visit. I received a map of the zoo upon paying my $18 senior discounted fee. That was quickly applied to my senior Earth Membership for a yearly total cost of $55. Now that’s a bargain when you consider I now get in for free for the next year.
I programmed the street address for the zoo in my gps and was pleasantly surprised to find it was less than 5 miles on back roads to get there. This zoo is out in the boonies as its 200 acres is spread out over rolling hills. It’s a beautiful place, without PlexiGlas windows and concrete enclosures anywhere. There is plenty of wire fencing which must be negotiated to get clean photos. I don’t think I’ll have much of a problem.
I didn’t stay very long as I am very sadly out of shape. It didn’t take long for these old legs and knees to get tired. I’ll try to work myself up to better get around. I found it amusing that they have an elk exhibit. I suppose to New Englanders elk are rare in these parts. Oregon had fields full of large herds of wild elk everywhere which is why they weren’t included in our zoo’s exhibits.
I’ll study the map given to me and see where I can wander on my next visit. I hope you enjoy seeing my first captures in my new zoo. 🙂