Black and White

Friday, December 26, 2014

Xmas 2014


Leslie and I had a really nice christmas. Our great friends Ron and Lena invited us to join them at the San Diego Zoo. On Xmas morning we heard the animals receive presents that they open. Although we got there early I confess I didn't see a lot of that. We had a fantastic day in any case. Everybody seemed to be having a good time, even the elephants.

It is hard not to have a great day at the zoo if you call yourself a photographer. I lugged my Nikon D7000 around with the Sigma 50/500mm on a sling. It was easy yesterday. A lot of shots presented themselves. I sort of focused on the eyes.

The tiger lay right by the window and made it simple for us.

The big silverback gorilla grabbed a willing consort and gave himself a christmas present, vigorously making love in front of a slightly stunned audience. Afterwards he ran over and tapped the window gently above my head, a simian highfive.

We took the skytram over the zoo that gave us a nice view of the surrounding city. The day was pretty beautiful although we did get a few sprinkles while we were up top.

All in all it was a great time. Of course the people watching is really great too.

I have a lot of shots to process and to ponder. Afterwards we headed to Jasmine for dim sum but the wait was ridiculous so we called Spicy City who said, come on over we're not busy but they lied so we ate korean/chinese next door which wasn't so memorable but our friends are so we made the best of it.

We drove back to Fallbrook, stopped at the shop and then headed off to Bill and Jean's for her special Christmas lasagna dinner. Fine day had by all.


Helen Bauch McHargue said...

Great shots. Love the tiger in particular.

Helen Bauch McHargue said...

As eyes predominate in the photos, I'm hoping yours are healing on schedule?

Blue Heron said...

Quite well, thanks for asking, Helen.

island guy said...

Enjoyed the photos very much. Loved the one of Muddy!

Anonymous said...

Nice set of pictures.