A couple of weeks ago we went to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and then later to
I have always loved the zoo and have always enjoyed photographing the animals and plants. We are zoo regulars, but this was our first trip since Elliot got his first camera (for his birthday), so we both had fun taking a bunch of shots. The primates were entertaining as usual – especially the chimps and the orangutans.
Years ago I took multiple shots of an orangutan that was literally posing for me. He first picked up a branch, placed it in his teeth and grinned at me for the shot. When he heard the click of my camera, he repositioned the branch and struck a new pose for me and waited. As soon as he heard the click, he moved away and got a different type of prop (a stick, I believe); then he returned and posed for me again. He must have posed, including different facial expressions, five or six times with each of his movements triggered only by the sound of my shutter. It is one of my favorite zoo memories. Another favorite was the time that my mom came with Elliot and me (when Elliot was little), and we watched a hippo emerge up the ramp of his pool, and then go potty – straight into the wide open mouth of his pen-mate who was lined up single file behind him. The sound of Elliot’s laughter is unforgettable. We all laughed our heads off. It really was a hysterical sight to see!
A few zoo shots.
A few shots from Olvera Street - love these colors!
I loved these purses when I was a girl!