Yesterday the kids, Little Sis (the teenager I mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters), and I went to a large zoo in a city about 100 miles away. It was a long day, and a very good one. It felt like April, not January--a great day to be outside. Here are a few highlights.
Little Sis took this photo of a gorgeous bald eagle. Reviewing the pictures she took today I was really impressed with her eye for photo composition. I need to encourage her to develop (no pun intended) that talent further.
It's hard to tell how big this python is without anything to compare him to--but let's just say it looked like he'd eaten more than his fair share of rabbits. He was by far the biggest snake at the zoo, and I found him fascinating. (And no, I'm not sure it was a male--but if it was a female, she's certainly lost her girlish figure.)
The most stunning sight for Little Sis and me was two huge hippos, swimming in front of us in a massive tank. These animals are just stunning in their size and swimming ability...really awe-inspiring.
Considering I have a relatively inexpensive digital camera with plenty of lag time between pushing the button and taking the shot, getting a neat photo like this requires lots of luck. Thank you, pink flamingo, for spreading your wings for me!
Little Sis took a picture of Chickie and me that I just love.
As Chickie and I were using the restroom, she made it abundantly clear that she didn't like the odor of a frequently-used zoo bathroom. When we got back outside, it was easy to convince her to replicate her "stinky face."
Too bad she has trouble expressing her feelings with that inscrutable face, huh?
Freecycle Resolution update:
8. Book on CD.
9. Chickie & Zoodle's matching Christmas PJs.