A Wealth of Opportunity

I know I’ve written about this before, but there is a wealth of photographic opportunity at our National Zoo. Our zoo is easy to get to, nearly always open, and free, but yet I’ve only gone there to shoot once. I just wish I knew the best time of day to go there to 1) avoid tons of tourists with their screaming babies and 2) to see most of the animals out and about instead of sleeping in their caves.

Someone who seems to be more motivated than me is Flickr’s tnt.dc. He/she has some great photos from the zoo, this amazing flamingo shot included. These birds are so exotic and have such amazing color. I love that you’re immediately drawn to the bird’s eye and then see the rest of the beauty surrounding it. The simple black background really accentuates the bird’s fantastic color.

It’s 10:30 on a Sunday morning. My golf partner canceled on me due to a hangover or lack of interest. Should I do my laundry for the week or pack up my camera, the 70-200mm, and a tripod? Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.

Update: 11:45 AM. I decided to go to the zoo to see if the animals were feeling photogenic. As I drove by the entrance on Connecticut Avenue, I noticed swarms of baby strollers, and many, many, MOTHERS. Evidently it’s a popular idea to go to the zoo on Mother’s Day. Is this what Mom’s like to do? I decided to brave it, but on my walk from my car to the zoo I stopped in my tracks. I forgot to bring any memory cards for my camera. Damn. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be today.

3 Comments so far

  1. Wayan (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

    Best time for the zoo – seconds after it opens or moments before it closes, during the week and in cloudy weather. Animals are out, people are not.

  2. Medusa (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    Oh my goodness what a beautiful bird and picture! I LOVE birds! :)

  3. yospyn (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    Beautiful capture, very warm pink color. Mt. Pleasant natives say they can hear the monkeys screaming early in the morning, I think Connecticut residents hear the same thing on the other side. Maybe they’re like urban roosters.

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