A Few Pics for the Weekend

A chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) yawns and displays his canines at the North Carolina Zoo.

It’s the holiday weekend and time to take a break from all the serious issues we have to deal with on a day to day basis.

So, for this post I’ll just give you a few pics I took a few weeks back at the North Carolina Zoo. These guys seem to have the right attitude. They are chill’n out and making the best of their situation. It’s probably a boring life from their point of view, but on the other hand, there’s no leopards sneaking up on them in the dead of night either. (more…)

A Lucky Day Trip to the Zoo


Female Eclectus roratus

Once in awhile, you have a lucky day trip and catch some tropical color at the zoo. Getting an image you like is often about luck more than good management. Photography at the zoo is proof positive of that statement. You just never know what you’re going to get. (more…)

Time for a Trip to the Zoo

Hamadryas Baboon - Papio hamadryas

It’s the time of year to start thinking about Zoo photography. The great thing about the zoo is that you almost always come back with at least one great pic.

Zoo’s have everything to make an amateur photographer excited. Lot’s of animal behavior going on in a confined area. There are always places to rest and get refreshments. Places to shelter if it rains.  Sometimes the best shot will the zoo visitors. (more…)

Big Cats – Inspiring Photo Subjects

Amur Tiger

Big cats represent primal forces. When you see one, even if it’s captive, the human response comes from deep inside the most primitive parts of our brain. Our alertness level perks right up. Instinctively, you sense something powerful and dangerous is nearby. Your DNA knows which one of you is more likely to be having the other for dinner, and not as a guest. (more…)

Guest Post – Mean Streets of Melbourne

Entrance to Luna Park
Here’s a brief photo essay that I made on the Mean Streets of Melbourne.  All taken as a passenger in a fast moving car zipping through heavy traffic on a hot Saturday evening.  It covered the Melbourne suburbs of Elwood, where I lived in the late 1970’s, and St Kilda which is the suburb on the city side of Elwood.  In the 19th century St Kilda was a luxury beach side area of grand houses, many of which still stand today.