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SeaWorld-San Diego
What is there to say about SeaWorld? It's an ocean adventure without ever leaving land. The fact that this one is in San Diego just complements the enjoyment. How we interact with these creatures is extraordinary. I found myself wishing I could do what the handlers do. To share that environment with a Dolphin...
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Oakland Zoo
This is a large collection. It is a compilation of three visits to the Zoo. I've never liked seeing animals caged or restricted. Like most folks, I've become aware of the plight of animals trying ot survive in the wild in today's world of poaching, trophy hunters and habitat encroachment. As a result we are members and supporters of the Oakland Zoo. The Zoos in this country, at least, are dedicated to preserving the most endangered of the earth's species. The work they do in this regard is fascinating and so so necessary if we are to help these marvelous creatures to continue. The images made of the city, the airport or the harbor were made from the Gondola ride or the patio of the restaurant on the new California Trails section of the Zoo. If you come away from this shoot thinking that I spent an inordinate amount of time with the Lions...well, you're right. WOW! For the second visit I got there early and they were up an about...playing with each other. OMG the noise they make when wrestling and the speed they can attain in short distances was amazing. These three lions are brothers and that's probably a good thing. Man they beat the pants off each other. I was literally shaking from the sound of the roaring. PHEW!
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
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