Thursday, January 27, 2011

Embrace the Camera: Jan. 27th

We began our trip to the zoo with a family picture...Lily clinging to her dad as usual while I zone out looking up at the sky. We rarely get the chance to get a family shot during these trips, but I think this is a keeper.

Have you been to the zoo? If so, I don't need to tell you how awful the flamingos smell. You wouldn't know it, but I was holding my breath during this took skill to smile through the stench.

We went to visit the carefully hand painted statues which will be auctioned to raise money for the L.A. Zoo. They were located in the Elephants of Asia enclosure. Unfortunately, I don't know how long they will last since parents kept allowing their children to climb these statues and pretend to ride them.  

Petting the elephant on the left...attempting to ride the elephant with dad's help on the right. I really wish I would have thought to pan out more, but you get the idea.

I didn't catch any of the monkeys in this one (besides the two out of the enclosure), but this was taken minutes before a gorilla came up to the window to show everyone their urinating abilities. The kids loved it.

My favorite image of the day

The giraffes were extremely close to the public, if you were tall enough I can bet you would be able to touch one. The elephants spent their time either showering themselves with water...or dirt.


Lily looks bored but I love this image all the same.

These little guys are a bunch of hams...they LOVE the cameras and attention.

A quick 'pick-me-up' and finally...she crashes. We loved the zoo!


  1. I love it! Completely agree on the smelly flamingos (we usually rush through them too)...and yes, the kids trying to ride those beautiful elephants..i told my kids "don't even think about it"..heehee...and we love the meerkats at the "entrance greeting" as my kids have come to call it....glad u guys had a wonderful time! next time u plan to visit, give me a heads up, i have many guest passes to spare..

  2. Your pictures are FABULOUS! I especially love the family portrait... I think it's a keeper! Seriously though, I too love that close up pic of Lily. Looks like an amazing day ~ stink, dirt, urination and all :)

  3. Gabby: No kidding about the flamingos...if you stand still for too long your stomach will churn. Thanks for the generous offer, I might take you up on that. :)

    Wendy: LOL! know you've had a great day when you have stink, dirt, urination and all. ;P

  4. What IS up with the flamingos??? (insert pic of me plugging my nose)
    That close up is amazing!

  5. adorable pics :) and i'm completely jealous you can go to the zoo in January without snow gear. ugh.

  6. Aww Lily is so cute, looks like a super fun day at the zoo. We love the zoo too!

  7. i love your commentary about the feelings exactly about the place. :)

    glad you joined us this week---love the pictures!