I’m resorting to two-year old photos. Oy.
With much going on here in the world of the Dunnebackes – little of it blog-worthy – I haven’t gotten the camera out so frequently, nor have I really been anywhere I wished I had the camera. We certainly haven’t been to our local zoo lately, but – fear not – I did take a small load of photos on a trip to Potter Park Zoo with the family a couple years ago. Herewith are some of those photos.
Oh – before you dive into the picture portion of this post, let me tell you that every time I stuff a blog post with photos I have this internal debate with myself about whether the commentary belongs above each photo or below it. Is there a consensus out there about that? Is there a Manual of Style for blogging? Which do you think is more logical? Or just plain better?
Not having the answers to those questions, I proceeded blindly into this post, with the commentary above each photo. At least this time you know.
There’s something about a goat. I find them really interesting, and not just in context of wanting one so that he or she could take care of the weeds in our lawn. And the grass. So that I no longer have to use the lawn mower.
See what I mean? This guy is just handsome.
I’m not the only one in the family that loves goats, either. My Anna loves them more than I do, probably. Then again, she will love a five-legged wild boar with a misshapen face more than most people.
Peacocks get all the glamour and press, not to mention the modeling contracts, but peahens are just as beautiful.
The juvenile peafowl learn quickly how the zoo works, and where the snacks are most likely to be.
This young fellow is showing off his ever-growing number of deep azure feathers. Even before they reach that point at which they’re so beautifully colored, they have quite a regal look to them.
There seems to be a well-worn and peafowl-sized path through this shrubbery into the seating area at the zoo’s snack bar. I imagined this lovely lady scoping out the best location to strut and get rewarded with some greasy, terrible for you treats.
Of course, to most visitors, it’s the peacocks that are the attention-grabbers. They drew my camera’s lens in on this day, for sure, with their iridescence and magnificent azul-ness.
Incidentally, as I was mulling over this post and what I might do with these photos of peafowl, I saw that my friend Utham posted an absolutely gorgeous peacock photo on his blog Light Touch. Do pay him a visit, and stay a while to take in a good dose of his wonderful eye for storytelling with one seemingly simple photo.
Peafowl, of course, aren’t the only birds at the zoo. In the summer months, there’s a delightful “free-flight interactive aviary” in which one may feed the very friendly rosella parrots, budgerigars, and cockatiels. It’s a hoot.
As any good zookeeper will tell you, there’s no visiting the zoo without popping in to the gift shop. It was there that I found this clever sign.
Thanks for visiting, and until next time -