The Lovely Things at the Zoo

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Today I went to the zoo with my buddy. T’was a lovely time and we’ll being going again in a couple weeks! As has become the norm, this was shot on my phone. Phones are pretty crazy these days.

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The End of the World as We Know it

It snowed a few inches in the Seattle area this morning. Unfortunately, once again, the miniature ice age did not fail to wipe out all of the local miniature dinosaurs. Now only time will tell how long till this once green land is full of their tiny roars again.

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Things with Wings

I’m fond of birds in general. Im jealous that they can fly, they look weird, and they come about as diverse as the imagination. Seeing so many things that vary all along the same general structure is always interesting and inspiring. There’s a idiom in design that I feel sums up birds in a nutshell. “Nothing is ever THE solution, it’s only A solution.”

From what I was told, this fellow (or fellet, not sure on gender) is in-fact full grown. While they feed on small animals and insects at night, they only sleep a few hours a day to prevent themselves from becoming a meal.
From what I was told, this fellow (or fellet, not sure on gender) is in-fact full grown. While they feed on small animals and insects at night, they only sleep a few hours a day to prevent themselves from becoming a meal.

IMG_6610_FinishIt would be neat if people came in as many different colors as birds. I would love to have some iridescent blue and yellow friends.

fohawks are popular among birds too.
Fohawks are popular among birds too.

A Greater Ape

Just a couple more from the zoo! Todays animal is the gorilla. These fellows were very neat. After sitting and watching them for awhile it’s enough to give mixed feelings on anything that intelligent being in an enclosure. They knew what clearly knew what cameras were and would either put a hand or foot in front of their face when a camera was pointed at them if they didn’t want to be in a picture, or they would pose and look right at you if they did.

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The orangoutangs were much the same, but unfortunately where they were hiding from the rain was too dark to get anything really usable.

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Penguins are Weird

From taking this photo I learned that penguins look really strange when you look super close. Really interesting though. I wasn’t expecting to see the wrinkles on the top of the beak from the little salt extractor thing.

Yup, pretty odd looking. Maybe not quite as snuggle friendly now.
Yup, pretty odd looking. Maybe not quite as snuggle friendly now.

I took another trip to the zoo for my roommates birthday a few days ago. In the name of being fairly lazy, I’ve decided to break the photo-post load up and just upload one or two a day. So here’s todays.

The Undesirables

A few more from the Zoo. I’m almost done with these. I’m still on the tail end of a bit brain fart/ creative block so I’m still milking things that I have that I know work. I’ve promised to myself that after I get through those photos that I already have I’ll be back to running ahead at full steam to learn more!

Now back to the present. These are a few of the photos I took of critters that are rarely call “pretty”, but more often referred to as “my pretties.” (By witches) I’ve decided that I’m going to talk about these only with the knowledge that I had as a kid. Which was still quite a bit because I was glued to the Discovery Channel half the day and reading about dinosaurs the other half.

First up is the Komodo Dragon. While not poisonous on its own, it is still regarded as one of the most toxic land animals on the planet due to all the rotting food in their mouths. They have an immune system that can digest weeks old rotten meat the same way that that you eat a Sunday brunch. All the more importantly, Holy Shit, they look like dinosaurs!

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Just as girls on facebook make duck faces, komodo dragons make dinosaur faces whenever a camera is around

Next on the list is one indigenous to the North Western US. It’s the Turky Vulture. Like most vultures they have a featherless head to keep from getting gunk stuck on them as they dive in to carcasses. Though they are indigenous and not on any sort of endangered lists, they are still uncommon enough that if you see one on the side of the freeway and point it out, no one will believe what you saw. Or even know what it is for that matter. But did you see how much that Dragon looked like a dinosaur?! I bet Mark Shultz has used these as drawing references!

The vignetting is caused by the railing of the bleachers that I was shooting up through at this fellow.
The vignetting is caused by the railing of the bleachers that I was shooting up through at this fellow.

And the final and perhaps the most undesirable thing here. The Golden Orb Weaver. This is one of very few web making siders that is large enough that on rare occasions they have been seen to catch and eat small birds. Their body can get up to a couple inches long. Once you include the legs they can be up to the size of a grown person’s hand. Unfortunately, when hit with a boomerang, they don’t leave a Golden Skulltula Token. Also, they’re scary as hell because you know they want to attach them selves to your face!

I want your soul!
I want your soul!

Actually as a kid I was very interested in spiders. I wanted to be an entomologist for many years, right under space pirate and paleontologist. So it was a small leap for me to like spiders. This all changed one morning before school. It was in the summer and mosquito eaters were abound. I felt a gentle tickle at my face and thought it was one of these friendly flyers. After a casual brush with my hand didn’t make it fly away I went cross eyed to get a better look at it. Just in time to see a very large, and now panicking ground spider go for the closest cover around. My mouth. The next few minutes involved a violent dance around the kitchen that combined trying to spit without chewing and smashing my own face with a broom. Ever since then, I can do without spiders.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for taking the time to scroll, or perhaps even read, all the way to the bottom!

Lovely Dancer

Hit play on the song watch the elephant dance to it. Just passing some time with a little fun. I was listening to this song as it did it so it matches up fairly well. Good day to you!

The elephant at the zoo was actually dancing for a good 5 minutes.
The elephant at the zoo was actually dancing for a good 5 minutes.

Also, I’m going to start doing weekly find Fridays again, because there’s too much goodness on the web not to share!

 

One for the Birds

A few days ago I went to the local zoo with a couple of buddies. For a portion of the day my friend Matt and I traded lenses to have some. I got to used his 50mm prime and he used my 18-135mm.

These are a couple of the shots from the 50!

These little fellows were very kind to constantly pose in their little bird dome.
These little fellows were very kind to constantly pose in their little bird dome.

All in all this made me super excited to get a prime lens of my own! It’s so easy to get the focus incredibly sharp! Consider me a believer.

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The blue walls in the bird dome helped too.

I’ll post more soon! I’m currently sitting on a few more photos from Sun Valley, more from the zoo, and some from doing some back country snowboarding yesterday!