Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Off to the Zoo

A few weeks back during vacation week, we had an overnight visit from two of my nieces. This was the first ever visit where my niece (CC) drove herself and her sister without their mom. I'm starting to really feel my age. I met CC when she was about 9 months old. Now is she is driving an hour and a half to visit my kids and me. And accompanying her is my goddaughter who I held in the hospital hours after she was born....twelve years ago. UGH!

We decided to head to a local zoo the next town over. The kids hadn't been there in a while and it is truly an amazing spot. The zoo was created in the owner's backyard and has expanded year after year. The selection of animals is impressive and the grounds and animal enclosures are very well maintained.

The kids got small bags of food to feed the animals and off we went. I snapped pictures of some of the animals along the way.

This fox was so beautiful and healthy looking. Not like the ones I see running around town.

The giraffe wasn't too excited to be photographed..... :)

This black leopard was my favorite. When I first walked up he hissed at us and then laid down to rest on the roof. Awesome eyes and paws.

All of the kids were excited to see the crocodiles (or alligators?). This was the only enclosure where I didn't have to battle with a cage to take a picture.

This pony had the most amazing eyes. As did many of the other animals.

These guys were looking pretty stately and ready for a pose.

Mr. Camel.

Had to watch out for these guys when we were trying to get a good look at the giraffes.

Toward the end of the walk through the zoo we came upon some large enclosure of awesome birds. What a display of colors and varieties.

Loved the eyes on this bird - some variety of duck.

A black swam.....

Not sure what this one was, but the color was stunning.

I just learned that this is a wood duck. So cool!!

There were several peacocks but this was the only one who gave a show.

Another cool one.

And I wish we could have seen this owl out of his house!

My kids and nieces were nice enough to pose for me next to some of the statues....

There was a little time for swinging and climbing before we left.....

It was a great afternoon with some of my favorite people!


john said...

...the giraffe shot made me smile :) looks like it was a great time!

Paula said...

That was great. Like I went there myself. What a nice break from work.