….we drove east…..and north, and east…..and east.
Heron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
And found a new zoo!! Ohhhh…..Oh 11 zoos in 12 days just got bigger!!
Zoo # 11 of 11 zoos in 12 days. The National Aviary, Pittsburgh.
Should we drive a few 30 miles out of the way to tack on another zoo? Why not? More like, Hell Yes!! What better way to breakup a 600 plus driving day but with a visit to ANOTHER zoo, a surprising and charming 2 hour visit at that, at the National Aviary! Seriously impressive Pittsburgh, Bravo… You had us at The Pittsburgh Zoo, we might just have to come back to your fine city again! As my co-pilot pointed out though, this DOES throw off the symmetry of 11 zoos in 12 days! With one maybe 2 to go, I’m not sure what to make of 12 in 12 days, or 13 in 12…. Do i hear 14 in 13?
Canon G7 and iPhone
This week features a week long adventure as a fan, spectator, and visitor at the Winter Olympics in Whistler. Gotta love those connections, i had a wonderful week with AP friends wining, dining, and enjoying all that makes the Olympics a wonderful event. This particular selection highlights the highlight of my visit to the Whistler Sliding Center (WSC) to watch the 2-man women’s bobsled finals. Great sport, amazing access, and unbelievably sore calves from hiking the entire length of the track and back. See it a little bigger. And what adventure would be complete without a Prague sighting?
Canon Mark IIn, 100-400 zoom lens and Canon G7. It wouldn’t be a complete visit to a new area without visit to a zoo within its 200 mile radius! The Greater Vancouver Zoo, kind of on the way from Seattle to Whistler, is a great leg stretcher! A nice ambling path that doesn’t dead end, the zoo has a nice collection of North American animals and random hoofstock. Stop if it’s on your way, the arctic wolves are cool and the hippos are cute!
Canon G7, Iso: 400, Manual (M), 1/2s, f/4.0
Folks wait in line for their turn to climb on, pose and be photographed with the olympic rings in the Village Square of Whistler, B.C.. A wonderful collaboration of efforts, the line works and flows in that the person behind you is expected to take the photo of you with your camera (while not running off with it as we all fear) returning it as they walk up to pose for their photo as the person behind them readies their camera! Nifty!!
Motion Thursday. Wow these women are crazy, and wow these sleds go super fast!! I had to laugh at so many people trying to make a photo with their point and shoot digital cameras and phones. To actually get a sled in the frame, you have to push the button well before you even see the sled, but when it works, it’s cool!! If i had a looney for every time i heard, “oops i missed it” id have enough for the 3-foot stuffed Quatchi!
If you know me, you know the Olympic experience wouldn’t be complete without proper recognition of the mascots!! Side note: If Quatchi’s name was Mukmuk, i’d have bought the 3 foot tall stuffed likeness. Im sure Continental Airlines is relieved because I’d have demanded to carry him on. Photo memories are the best souvenirs!
Canon G7, Iso: 100, Manual (M), 1/60s, f/8.0, Exposure compensation: -1.
As waterfalls go, Shannon Falls, just south of Squamish, B.C., is one of the best i’ve seen! All things working for it, big, pretty, flowing, easily accessible, multiple clear vantage points, excellent waterfall noise, well done Shannon!