THE PORTLAND ZOO::PART II

I have to start this out by saying that if you plan on taking photographs at the zoo be sure to bring a camera or lens that has some sort of zoom capability. I brought my 50mm lens, which is not a zoom, it's a prime lens meaning my legs are my 'zoom'. Being that I couldn't run into any enclosures I didn't get very many good shots of other animals. The large cats and elephants were out of the question, ditto for the giraffes and zebras.  I am not going to cry over spilled milk, I knew I was going to Portland and I knew I was going to the zoo, I should have been better prepared.  The last photo is my favorite, I only had one opportunity to shoot the hippo and it was right up against the glass. Shortly after I released the shutter a group of kids came barreling around the corner and the hippo quickly retreated. I am sure that will be the last time I will ever be that close to a hippo in my lifetime.  Beautifully constructed exhibits like where the hippo was is what made me fall even more in love with the Portland zoo. There was the illusion of closeness to the animals, yet their was a safe distance for both the animals and the patrons. It's a really interesting place and hard to imagine it was started by a pharmacist that used to house the animals in back of his store. Yes,  you read that right.

Spiral Style (March 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM)  

Gorgeously rich photos. The hippo photo is my favorite. Amazing editing. I love it. You caught these animals at perfect moments.

Miss B. (March 7, 2012 at 9:32 PM)  

Thank you:) That's my fave too, I love that hippo mug!

Connie @ Daydream In Color (March 7, 2012 at 11:51 PM)  

These pictures are incredible! I've been to the Portland Zoo a few times now, but your pictures make me feel like I've missed out! Haha. Now I'll have to go back with a new set of eyes...

diane @ a spot of whimsy (March 8, 2012 at 7:45 AM)  

my goodness, you are a gifted photographer. these portland zoo photos are phenomenal! and when i finally get out to portland, i am absolutely going to this zoo!

Susan (March 8, 2012 at 8:27 AM)  

Wow, you are so talented. These are amazing, no matter the lens!

Miss B. (March 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM)  

Thank you Diane my ego thanks you, hah! I do hope if you make it out to Portland you don't miss this zoo it's amazing! Thank you Susan *blush*!

Michelle P (March 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM)  

Oh gosh! Look at that soulful monkey! Stunning shots - the road trip was so worth it.

Miss B. (March 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM)  

Michelle-

That monkey was proof to Ace that zoo's are depressing. He kept asking me if that monkey looked happy, I can't argue that he doesn't look like he's in the best mood.

Mrs Soup (March 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM)  

I just KNEW you would love the zoo!! And truly, our zoo is one of the best and happiest places for the animals. The Bald Eagles (for example) are both rescues that have been rehabbed. One is new, in the past, there was a different second one that was released into the wild a couple years back and is thriving. Their conservation programs are fantastic!

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