Saturday, April 4, 2009

Weekly Winners - 04-05-09

Weekly Winners is hosted by Sarcastic Mom.


Some of my favorite photos from this week. Most of these come from the photo class I took at the zoo.* We had a private viewing of some birds of prey and overlooked the elephant yard.

Redtail hawk:

Mom Rose-Tu, two aunties and the new baby, Sam.


American kestrel:

Barn owl. We were informed that owls are not really all that smart. Don't you love the heart-shaped face and the glittery feathers?

Bald eagle:

A different kind of zoo. There's a blue one, and a pink one, and a green one and a yellow one and they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same. ("Little Boxes" by Malvina Reynolds). Actually I thought these - houses? condos? - were quite attractive, but those song lyrics were begging to be added.

More ice skaters:

The train station viewed through a sculpture across the street.

*Here's a bit of synchronicity about my trip to the zoo today:

I'd wanted to do a photo shoot at the zoo for awhile, particularly birds and elephants. I just hadn't found a good time to go.

Laurie had a class this morning at the Children's Museum, which is on the zoo property. Her class started at 8:00 and since it was so early on a Saturday, I told her I'd drive her there (I rarely go out of the house before 10!). Then I thought, I'll just check the zoo website to see what time it opens. It didn't open till 9. BUT! there was a photography class scheduled for this morning, starting at 8:00! So I wandered over there with my camera after I dropped Laurie off, just to check it out, to see if I could still get into the class. Sure, no problem.

So this class of 15 of us had the zoo all to ourselves for the first hour. They took us to a private wooded area and brought out - you guessed it - birds -- birds of prey mostly, a couple of exotics for some super close-up shots. Not only that, the area where they took us is directly in front of - you guessed it - the elephant viewing area over the elephant yard. We got to see the early morning routine AND the newest baby, Sam.

I thought it was all synchronicity at its finest.


Tara R. said...

Cool idea for a photography class. You got some great shots. Love the elephant photo.

Laura said...

What a lovely set. I am liking those houses too :)

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

You got some great shots. I love the redtail hawk shot.

Rachel said...

I love, love the elephant shot and the ice skating shots.

Great winners!!

tiarastantrums said...

amazing amazing amazing - love the animal shots!


Ahhhh I love the elephants! They are my fave.

Jientje said...

Gorgeous shots, as usual Terri! I love the elephants and the birds, and one of my favourites is the train station viewed through the sculpture, very very clever shot!

Smoochiefrog said...

Loved the hawk shot!

bob said...

Wow. More please!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

O.K. WOW!! with the zoo pictures! My daughter and I both love that song...and those houses are kind of cute in a "my neighbor is really really close to me" kind of way...and the skater is just to cute!

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