A few times this summer I cautiously emerged from quarantine to do some longer photowalks. When the Smithsonian National Zoo reopened in August, we spent a morning wandering and taking pictures. Recently we spent some time with the birds, turtles, frogs, and other creatures at Huntley Meadows, a local marshland park with a name out of a dime-novel murder mystery.
Below are a few shots from both trips and more can be found at the other end of the links above. Hopefully more will be coming soon as we figure out what can be done outside of the house, while still avoiding the virus.
Many years ago, Simon and Garfunkel sang “It’s all happening at the zoo”.1 Maybe not, but the Smithsonian National Zoo is a wonderful place to hang out on a beautiful spring morning.2
Here are some photos I made during a recent visit, an opportunity to work with a new long lens. If you’re interested in more, the gallery with all my zoo pictures is here.
The jaguars don’t normally hang around the front of their enclosure so a long lens is needed to get good photos of them.
It’s also fun to make pictures of the humans at the zoo. Love to know what this little boy was thinking about me making his photo while his mother was looking at the shots she just took.
Always gotta look down (and up) as well as at the animals to find interesting shots.
During my visits, it’s rare to find the pandas outside, in full view, and without a crowd. This was one of them.
1. It’s called “At The Zoo”. Good song. Find it on your favorite streaming service.
2. At least until the tour busses arrive. :)
As mentioned in an earlier post, I’m trying to carve out more time to devote to photography. Here is my first post featuring a few shots from the previous week or so.
I had planned to post theseÂ sooner but got lost in trying to learn a software alternative to Aperture, the photo management programÂ Apple has decided to abandon in favor of their new Photos application. However, PhotosÂ has a long way to go before it’s an appropriate replacement and another possibility called Emulsion also needs a lot of work. More to come on this topic.
The National Zoo’s male panda Tian Tian (I think; Karen could certainly tell me) batting around his snack dispenser looking for more food.
A real modern-age antique.Â We had one of these when I was a kid but I’m pretty sure my dad paid more than $150 for it.
More pictures below the jump.