I tagged along with my ex and our two kids yesterday, to Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo. The three of them have been there before, multiple times, but I’ve always avoided it (with the exception of the Zoo Lights event last December…but I didn’t see many animals that night.
It’s just that I tend to feel sad at zoos. I feel bad for the animals – that they’re stuck living in confined spaces…that they’re not free. Even life in a quality institution like the National Zoo still equates to life in a cage (and yes, I know they’re not in actual cages there. But still…it’s hardly the wild.)
But I went to the Zoo yesterday anyway. My daughter really wanted me to go. She passionately loves animals and wants to be a vet when she grows up.
(I should say, she wants to be a vet on the weekdays and a marine biologist on the weekends. [She’s 5!])
So to please her, and also to get some good photography practice in a different environment, I went along.
And you know what? Some parts of it did make me sad. But some parts were absolutely fascinating. (And some, heart-wrenchingly, were both.)
I have a bit to say about this – and I took a ton of pictures that I want to put up as well. So I think I’ll spread my thoughts/impressions out to a few posts.
But for now, here are some of my favorites of the photos I took.
(And for the record: if you find yourself in the DC area, the Zoo is VERY worth a visit. Interesting, interesting place. Lovely to walk around too – like a park. Trees, waterfalls, flowers. Really nice.)
And, while these next two aren’t the greatest shots (pretty dark!), I have to include them because they comprise my favorite happening of the day:
We saw a cheetah from a distance…and thought that was plenty cool.
We finally moved on and were heading around the corner, down the path – and that’s when we realized what he’d been looking at:
More zoo thoughts soon!