Zoo Day

I woke up this Saturday without any specific plans. I made a big breakfast and engaged in little house repair, but then sat at the computer doom-scrolling while trying to decide what to do with myself. I was checking the weather when it occurred to me to go to the zoo. Not with the kids. Just myself, and well, I decided it would be fun to invite Erin along. I wanted to take my time and take photos without keeping track of any children, or hearing incessant requests for ice cream or cotton candy.

When I was a teenager, I spent 3 summers volunteering at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita. The zoo was a formative place in my childhood. Some of my earliest memories are of the flamingos near the entrance, just past the place where you could rent a stroller, and just after that, the huge goldfish that swarmed under the bridge on the way to the Asian and North American farms (later to be joined by the African farm). I have several great stories from my time there, especially in the third year, when I served as a Junior Zookeeper under the SCZ’s Vet. Technician – from scanning prairie dogs like groceries to watching the vet reach his hand up to his shoulder up the posterior of a cow to clear a blockage. From my very youngest, I have had a love for animals and the zoo.

Although we moved to Colorado almost 6 years ago, I only first visited the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo last June, for Adelle’s birthday. While not quite as extensive as the Sedgwick County Zoo, it is a beautiful zoo on the hillside above the Broadmoor Hotel. The forecast for this afternoon was a sunny 48 degrees – perfect for a photographic foray into the zoological world. Of course, it being Colorado, I ended up with a chilly overcast afternoon, but it was enjoyable none-the-less.

At any rate, the purpose of my visit being photographic in nature, I came home with about 425 shots. So as not to demand of the internet any more than my small corner is due, and in respect of your time, I have down-selected to the following. Enjoy!

(Click any thumbnail to open gallery)

 

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