Halloween at the Zoo

….it started out chilly but when the sun came out the layers came off

Going to the zoo during the week on Halloween had its perks. There was lots of parking, the line-up to get into the zoo was very short and we didn’t have to push through crowds of people to see the pandas. The downside is that a lot of the refreshment stands and rest areas were closed. The mono-rail wasn’t operating and some of the animal enclosures were closed.

We arrived late morning and we needed to bundle up to stay warm. Out came the hats, gloves and scarves. As soon as we entered the grounds we could see that staff had made an effort to decorate for Halloween.

Our first destination was the panda pavilion. The pandas are on loan here from China and the original two successfully mated to produce two cubs. The young cubs are already two years old and are almost the same size as their parents. In March, Toronto will have to say good-bye to the pandas when they move to Calgary. I was thrilled that I was able to get so close to get some great shots.

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As we walked from the Giant Panda Experience towards the Polar Bears and then to the African Savanna, the sun came out and we shed our hats, gloves and scarves. The pathways are beautifully laid out as they wind through forests of orange, gold and red. There were many interesting animals along the way but this post would be far too long if I mentioned them all. I’ll save that for another day.

WPC – Pedestrian

….how would you interpret this week’s WPC theme of  pedestrian

pe·des·tri·an
[pəˈdestrēən]

NOUN
  1. a person walking along a road or in a developed area.
    synonyms: walker · person on foot · foot traffic
ADJECTIVE
  1. lacking inspiration or excitement; dull:
    “disenchantment with their present, pedestrian lives”
    synonyms:dull · boring · tedious · monotonous · uneventful ·

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People Watching

….something I’d like to get better at

Not just watching people but taking pictures of people going about their normal lives. I’m somewhat hesitant to take pictures of strangers but I getting better at it. As for the quality of the photos, well that’s another issue. I’m not likely to try to get a shot more than once if the first one isn’t to my liking. I’ve tried cropping some but sometimes using the zoom on the iPhone doesn’t always produce the best quality photo.

 

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Walking Paths & Trails

…..a great day at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton

I must have known that Cee would come up with a challenge involving walking paths and trails.  Yesterday, while walking through the rock gardens at the Royal Botanical Gardens I took a lot of photos of the beautiful foot paths and trails that wound through this scenic gem in Hamilton.

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