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Got to go to the Greater Vancouver Zoo yesterday. It was blindingly sunny and a major contrast to the heavy fog we left behind us in New Westminster.


We headed for the highway and it took us up over the fog - a carload of photographers CANNOT pass up a chance to shoot fog.
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This first picture gets me teetering on my zoo vs living-in-the-wild fence. I am so happy to have the opportunity to go to a zoo (or game farm?) to see an animal I'd never get the chance to see otherwise, but just look at all that horrible chain link fence . . .

The spider monkeys are right at the entrance of the zoo. Just look at her/his little finger nails!
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There were peacocks EVERYWHERE on Sunday. This pretty Albino enjoyed the sun as much as we did.

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S/he was conveniently perched against a dark background that allowed me to get a pretty detailed shot of his/her tail feathers.

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This little baby is about 11 feet tall and very curious.

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The Lemurs sat around sunning their tummies - that is until they figured out the ice around their island was frozen and they started venturing out without supervision. Staff radios were squawking for assistance over that!

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The baboons didn't seem to mind the snow still covering the ground in their enclosure while they groomed in the sun.

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The technicoloured version of the peacock.

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And a detailed shot of his tail.

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This lioness snoozed peacefully up against the fence totally ignoring me.

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Conclusion: I really, really want a 80-400mm lens! (price tag: $1,600+) Zoiks!

And now, bedtime. That 4:00am alarm goes off way too early no matter how prepared I am.

I'm looking forward to all the posts there are going to be about tomorrow's historic event.

Comments

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bossymarmalade
Jan. 20th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Your photographs are always so astonishing -- the framing you choose, the colours and positioning -- I lack the technical vocabulary to express myself, but everything is so *elegant*. The white peacock makes me feel so peaceful and prim!
chootoy
Jan. 20th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
*blushes* Thank you my little gingerbread latte! You're always such a huge supporter of my hobby!!! I absolutely love your reactions to the pictures I post.
You make me believe in my own ability! ::hugs tight::
glockgal
Jan. 20th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Pretty! Such great shots of the animals - I like that the way you take photos of them, they seem to have personality. Theys looks just like peoples!!

*HEE*
chootoy
Jan. 20th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
hee! Thank you my little cornichon! What nice things to say about the pictures!!! *smooch*
Hey, I got a membership when I was there so we should go out again one day if you'd like to, drag the sister along with us, yes.
meelie
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
Gorgeous photos! reminds me I need to do something about the edinburgh zoo photos I took!
chootoy
Jan. 20th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you meelie!!! Oooo! Yes indeed! You must, must do something with your Edinburgh Zoo pics! One thing being showing them to us, and very soon please!
turps33
Jan. 20th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
What beautiful pictures. I really like the close up of the lioness.
chootoy
Jan. 20th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Photos can never do the real thing justice but they're pretty nice memories to have. I wish there was a better way to keep them in and us out in a less obstructive way. A lot of my shots would have been nice if not for the chain link fences everywhere. I'm told the Seattle Zoo is all plexi-glass partitions. I just might have to take a field trip down there one summer weekend!
onlineoffline
Jan. 20th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
I love foggy pictures. Great animal shots too.
chootoy
Jan. 20th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
The fog was hard and confusing to shoot. We were shooting into brilliant sunlight.

I'm still experimenting with the bells and whistles on my DSLR. Hopefully my images will improve.

Thank you for taking a look at them!
geneli4
Jan. 20th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
gorgeous!
chootoy
Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! That means so much!! I wish I could get out to take pictures more often than I do.
geneli4
Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
it's always time, isn't it? we need more of it for the things we love, and less of it for the things we really don't!
two_step
Jan. 21st, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
You always take such beautiful photos! I love the baby giraffe!
chootoy
Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
::hugs!:: Thank you sweetie! I love practicing. I hope I'm improving as I go.
The baby giraffe was a.dor.able! So curious!! I'm probably going back for more.
Gonna try and find the hippos next time we go I think.
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