These pictures were taken a while ago – December 2018 to be more precise – But sometimes life just gets in the way and I never got around to posting them. I suppose better late than never? (Returning readers are probably experiencing an intense feeling of deja vu right now).
A Mother-Son two Toed Sloth duo at London Zoo
The Ragged Lionfish
A pair of Goeldi’s Monkeys at the London Zoo
A Mandarin Duck at London Zoo
A False Clown Fish emerging from Sea Anemone
A Squirrels Monkey at the London Zoo
The Bearded Barbet at London Zoo
I wish I had more shots to share – particularly of the big cats – But between the cold and being bit rusty with the old SLR it wasn’t one of my best days shooting at the Zoo. Still as always I have to recommend that anyone who has the chance go check out London ZSL. And if you’re a frequent visitor go with someone special who hasn’t been before. It’s a great experience to see someone you love share something new with you that you love. I got to take someone this trip and it certainly made the whole experience fresh and fun for me : )
Don’t get me wrong, I love a solo day of shooting, but things are so much more special when you share them with someone special. So in that spirit I’m happy to share some of our sights with you.
A Pack of Wild Dogs at the London Zoo
A Dumeril’s Salamander at the London Zoo
Giraffes at the London Zoo enjoying some greens
A Tree Frog at the London Zoo
A White-Eye Moray at the London Zoo
A Rather Alarmed Lemur at the London Zoo
A Wild Dog at the London Zoo
A Dyeing Poison Frog at the London Zoo
As always I shall endeavour to return sooner rather later with more content. But I hope these shots from the London Zoo serve to sate some of your appetites.
This is my third post of pictures from my first Summer in New York City. And contains hand down one of my favourite day’s worth of memories – strolling around for hours in Central Park on a wonderfully sunny and warm day – even squeezing in a couple of hours at the surprisingly large Central Park Zoo.
A Tufted Puffin splashing about
A trio of Jazz musicians performing in Central Park
Seeing A Sign
A rather happy looking Sealion takes a swim in the summer sun
The Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park
Snack time for this cute little Red Panda
Bow Bridge in Central Park
A Snow Leopard wakes from his afternoon nap
A proud King Penguin at the Central Park Zoo
I won’t chat too much about the day, other than to tell you that if you do decide to recreate my day be sure to carry lots of water to hydrate (the Park is surprisingly bigger than I thought it would be) and of course I must add – the Snow Leopard’s are AWESOME!
A Sealion shoots through the air like a bullet
A gloriously plumed Black Swan at the Central Park Zoo
Blue and Gold Macaw
People take to the water on a sunny day in Central Park
A curious Banded Coati at the Central Park Zoo
Remains of the Kill
A lone bench invites weary travellers to sit for a rest in Central Park
This Summer was my first visit to New York and one of the things near everyone said I HAD to check out was the Museum of Natural History – a recommendation not without merit. I ended up spending hours upon hours checking out a rather impressive collection of varied and almost disturbingly lifelike exhibits (including the newly acquired and famous Titanosaurus and the legendary Blue Whale).
Two large Dinosaurs at the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History
A large replicated Triceratops at the American Museum of Natural History
Mammoth or Cyclops?
The new Titanosaurus at the American Museum of Natural History
A large Caribou at the American Museum of Natural History
Two Brown Bears at the American Museum of Natural History
Mountain Goats at the American Museum of Natural History
The legendary Blue Whale at the American Museum of Natural History
It was an exhausting and enriching experience trolling the halls of the Museum with my trusty SLR and while I was impressed with the state and volume of the AMNH’s collection, I was a little disappointed to see that some of their literature/signage was desperately in need of updating and/or fact-checking (I even tweeted one such image at them at the time but it seems they took no notice). I’m sure in the larger scheme of the cultural and educational service institutions like the AMNH discharge, such errors or oversights are negligible. At the same time however, I wondered how many of the kids running around that Museum that day, or indeed any other, would go home having learnt something somewhat ignorant, and mildly insensitive, through someone else’s goof. Still – not to make a mountain out of a mole hill – such minors slips aside, I left that day feeling richer for the experience.
Two Lionesses at the American Museum of Natural History
Lions at the American Museum of Natural History
A Sea Turtle at the American Museum of Natural History
An Indian Elephant at the American Museum of Natural History
All Your Ducks in a Row
An African Witch Doctor at the American Museum of Natural History
Antlers at Attention
The Gorillas at the American Museum of Natural History
A vicious looking Monitor Lizard at the American Museum of Natural History
A lone Baboon at the American Museum of Natural History
If you’re going to go I’d chalk out at least 3-4 hours to really appreciate the collection they have. And it’ll be worth going online in advance and checking if any of the exhibits are closed (like the Butterfly House – which is seasonal and was sadly closed when I made my visit).
This summer I finally broke my US-curse and made it to New York. That’s right, after many near-misses and false-starts I flew the 16-something hours to New York City, New York – the city so nice they named it twice!
I couldn’t even begin to describe the amazing time I had there. Suffice to say between meeting new people, catching up with old friends and family, taking in some “real New York” culture, it was a brilliant 10 days of couch-surfing and urban trekking.
A part of the Heavenly Bodies exhibition at the Cloisters
In the Courtyard at the Cloisters in New York
The Pier in New Rochelle
The Statue of Liberty lit up at night
On the river in New York at dusk
Part of the Heavenly Bodies exhibition at the Cloisters
The Lights of Time Square
A Courtyard at the Cloisters in New York
A Glittered Dress from the Heavenly Bodies exhibition at the Cloisters
Here’s one of many blog posts showing off some (out of the hundreds) of pics that I took while I made my way around the city that never sleeps.
In Prayer – Part of the Heavenly Bodies exhibition at the Cloisters
Woman in Black – Part of the Heavenly Bodies exhibition at the Cloisters
Archway at the Cloisters
The Observation Deck at the top of the Empire State Building
A Birds-Eye view of the ‘City that Never Sleeps’
New York city at night
In the Courtyard at the Cloisters in New York
And if you’re looking for some travel trips here are a few to help you out:
THE UNLIMITED PASS: It’s great to walk around New York, but the City is quite big, and if you’re bouncing back and forth between the Boroughs like I was, you’ll do well to get the unlimited travel pass on a Metrocard – hop on and off the Subway and busses as much as you’d like for a whole week and take in the sights.
THE LOCAL FARE: I always make it a point to try the local flavours. Two things that I took away and I’d recommend for sure – Bulleit Bourbon and Artichoke Pizza (oh man my mouth is watering just thinking of the latter!)
ROOF TOP BARS AND BASEMENT COMEDY: Two things I thoroughly enjoyed, and I’d recommend you try out – a nice cocktail on one of many Roof-top Bars (there’s nothing quite like an amazing skyline view while sipping a Mojito) and of course a show at one of half a dozen comedy venues (the most well-known of which is probably The Comedy Cellar – we tried to get in but unfortunately were thwarted by the fact that Pete Holmes’ show ‘Crashing’ was shooting there that night – still, I did meet a legend of comedy – Artie Lange – muchos coolio!).
STEAK: Oh my god New York is a place to get a good steak – and so many places to choose from how do I even begin! I’d have to say the most mind-blowing were certainly at Peter Luger (where they start you off with a giant slab of thick cut bacon – *drools like Homer Simpson*) and Tavern on the Green (where they have a Tomahawk Steak that’ll make you cry!)
MUSEUMS AND SPECIAL SHOWS: Like any big city New York is absolutely flooded with Museums, many of which feature limited time shows that are usually worth the extra price of admission. I devoted a day each to the American Museum of Natural History (with some astoundingly life-like exhibits) and the Cloisters (where The Met was hosting a show called ‘Heavenly Bodies’ – combining the imagination of the modern fashion world with Medieval Catholic art and architecture – on till October 2018).
WALK: Finally, you’ll see so much more of the City if you take the time to walk around. There were so many little sights and experiences I stumbled onto just because I decided I was going to pick a point and then just explore. If you have the time and the proclivity do so – It’s a pedestrian friendly City and one where sometimes you’ll see so much more when you don’t know where you’re going : )
PS – A special thanks to my friend Kate for letting me use pictures of her from our visit to the Heavenly Bodies Met exhibit at the Cloisters.
It won’t be a terrible surprise to any followers that yet again, following a hiatus post the April poetry-writing flurry, the thing that brings me back to posting is an urge to share more photographs from yet another Zoo visit : )
A couple of Cheetah lazing in the summer sun
A lone Chimpanzee sulking in the sun
A wonderfully playful Meerkat at Whipsnade
A Common Sergeant landing on a nearby leaf
A Patagonian Mara pops up
This post features shots from a visit to the Whipsnade Zoo which I first visited back in 2015. There were wonderfully familiar sights, but also some new experiences with the Zoo having finished renovations and extensions that were still coming up in 2015. Not to mention the acquisition of a few new animals – such as the beautiful new Amur Tigress (unfortunately not pictured here as she spent a majority of the time having a nice little nap in the corner of the enclosure).
Come at me bro!
An Amur Tiger licks his lips in anticipation of lunch
This Ring-taiedl Lemur looks like its seen some things!
A Tailed Jay
A rather insidious African Dwarf Crocodile gives us the evil eye
Watchu Lookin At!
It was a wonderful day… for many a reason. A gloriously sunny day. Some fun sightings. Fresh air and (relative) peace and quiet… Though I hope these humble offerings help highlight at least one, the most important one even – these glorious and gorgeous and amazing creatures!
A Lioness in the sun at Whipsnade
A gorgeous Banded Orange Butterfly at Whipsnade
A proud Peacock settled into some comfy grass
A Crystal Clear Chrysalis in the Butterfly House at Whipsnade
A Blonde Haired European Brown Bear
A gorgeous Tiled Jay at the Whipsnade Butterfly House
Alright I definitely have to get more organised about posting my photographs after a session/trip… Because here we go again. Posting from the back log – This time from my visit to the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens (again sometime in 2016 while I was living in England). Hopefully from now on I learn my lesson and post more regularly. As a bonus though, this post is particularly Otter-heavy… So gets ready for the awwwws : D
This Burrowing Owl does not look happy to be caged up!
A Cotton Top Tamarin having a cheeky scratch
This Prevost’s Squirrel is terrifying!
I’m just a sucker for a cute group of Meerkats
A vibrant and (I’m sure misunderstood) Tarantula
I wonder if my painter can reproduce the funky markings of this Tokay Gecko
What is this Oriental Small Clawed Otter shielding its friend from?
Does this Frilled Lizard remind anyone of an iconic movie scene?
If you don’t see a Ring-Tailed Lemur performing Hamlet, you’re mad!
Hey I have a rock! High Five!
A wise old looking Six Banded Armadillo
Compared to the other Wildlife Parks and Zoos I had occasion to visit the Cotswolds was definitely one of the better ones. Being somewhat out in the country meant that it had large spaces and bigger enclosures for most of the animals, and a really large selection too. Though if you’re a “completionist” like me be sure to pack a lunch and some comfortable walking shoes, because it will take you all day to check out the park… and there are many animals you’ll want to visit repeatedly depending on the time of day.
The Great Indian Hornbill
A gorgeous and poisonous two-coloured Dart Frog
A shy, aloof Pallas Cat
A rather angry and determined looking Male Galapagos Giant Tortoise
An Oriental Small Clawed Otter rolling around in the sun
A pair of Giraffes having a tussle
A beautiful Blue and Gold macaw
A pair of Oriental Small Clawed Otters… kissing?
A beautiful Peacock with its vibrant plumage
An African Crested Porcupine, just out for a stroll in its enclosure
Pardon the date in the post. As it should make evident, I took these pictures a while back on a visit to Chester Zoo in England. The trip was a fun from what I recollect. Unfortunately it was also cold and shaky hands make for bad photography. So while it was somewhat memorable, it wasn’t all that successful.
A large Bornean Orangutan just swinging about
Looks like Human aren’t the only ones with dirty habits, as this Great Sumatran Orangutan shows!
A straw chewing Radiated Tortoise, out on a stroll
A rather grumpy looking Baboon, with his beautifully marked blue snout
A magnificent (and huge) Great Hornbill, shot through its mesh enclosure
An interestingly spotted Salvador’s Monitor lizard
A hungry Andean aka Spectacled Bear noshing down on some yummy cucumbers
A Sumatran Cub enjoying his lunch
A rather sad-eyed Emperor Tamarin
Still I’ve picked out a few worth publishing from the batch. Certainly a few gems in there I’m happy to add to the collection. Hopefully next time, if there ever is one, I’ll do the Zoo and its “Islands” justice.
A young Great Sumatran Orangutan
A beautifully camouflaged green Dart Frog
A pair of Radiated Tortoises
A pair of vibrant blue Dart Frogs
A gorgeous Blue Morpho Butterfly perched on a branch overhead
A vividly coloured Caiman Lizard
I wish I had more to say on the visit. But time and other factors nudge me away from reminiscing. So hopefully these few shots speak for themselves.
Right, well, another Zoo post… I’m really making a habit of these aren’t I? Well… No regrets!!! : D
Here are some of my favourite shots from a visit to Marwell Zoo, in the English county of Hampshire. Tickets were quite affordable, compared to say ZSL, but then it was quite a drive away to get to. It wasn’t the sunny day one hopes for on a visit to the Zoo, but then it is England ; p
A speedy little Egyptian Tortoise
A Stern Looking Secretary Bird
A Family of Desert Mongoose
A shy White Rhino
A Beautiful Amur Tiger
An Ocelot has a nice mid-day nap
An inquisitive looking Red Ruffed Lemur
A sleeping Madagascar Tree Boa
A lonely little Dyeing Poison Frog
An Amur Leopard blending seamlessly into the “jungle floor”
A sleeping Madagascar Tree Boa
Quite honestly, Marwell was amazing. The animals had great enclosures and I’m sure during the summer it must be quite a sight to see many of them roaming in shared habitats. If you love near by or are planning a trip in that direction, take a day and go. You won’t regret it.
If you’re a long-time reader of this blog you’ll know that I like, once in a while, to try my hand at photography. Now, I am by no means a professional. Barely even an amateur. But I do manage to get the odd picture or two that I can look at years on and feel quite pleased with.
One of my favourite things in the world to photograph is animals, and while I’d much rather photograph them in the wild, being a city a boy I rarely get the opportunity. So it is a delightful treat when I convince a friend to accompany me to the local Zoo.
An inquisitive looking Meerkat
A female Sea Lion leaps though the air
A sleepy Lion wakes from his 21 hour nap…
Lynx on a Log
A lone European Wolf snoozes in the sun
A European Brown Bear out on a walk
A Red Panda munching on some bamboo
An African White Rhino grazes nearby
A playful Wolverine tosses about in his enclosure
Knowing of my love for the furry, slimy, scary and cuddly, a very dear friend decided to take me to Whipsnade Zoo, located in Bedfordshire. And I must say, if you haven’t been, you really should try to get out there. It is just breathtakingly gorgeous and seeing so many of the animals roaming in their large enclosures really warmed my heart. Many of the smaller herbivores were even roaming free about the whole compound, which was an especial treat! It may not be the great plains and jungles many of them are accustomed to, but it’s nice to see them being treated well. Or as well as can be hoped.
A Ring-Tailed Lemur mid-jump
A Red Panda snoozes in the tree home
A Wallaby stares me down…
A Cheeky Ring-Tailed Lemur
A Ring Tailed Lemur out at play.
A rather stern looking Pink Flamingo.
An African White Rhino striking an epic pose on the horizon!
A Sea Lion breaks through the surface of his cool blue pool
I hope some of these pictures inspire you to patronise this establishment for yourself. And take it from me, if you’re a real animal buff, get the ZSL Membership – 3 trips to either Whipsnade or the London Zoo and it’ll have paid for itself.