I was worried that my shutter release might be rusted in place. I haven’t used it for a month and no serious photography for two months. A root canal put me out of action for one weekend. Other opportunities were impacted by …. life ….. and by the heat. Yesterday I was bent and determined to get out. Some thought was given to Gettysburg until I spent some time Friday morning on an outdoor project which made it clear that a weekend trip in this heat was not a “cool” idea. So, instead, a short trip to the Philadelphia Zoo which I haven’t visited for too many years. Yes, it was hot, but it was a pleasant experience until I finally gave in to the heat and, wilted, returned to the airco. My first sight was this handsome fellow above, doing what we all should have been doing … cooling off.
I had hoped to see the elephants but this was the best I could do.
The zoo had to relocate its elephants; one to the Tennesee Elephant Sanctuary in 2007, and the last two to the Pittsburgh Zoo in 2009. The problem? Money. The Zoo concluded they needed $22 million to build a proper environment, and it wasn’t in the cards.
The big cats were next on my list but they were, prudently, sleeping. It was a good idea.
This fountain also seemed like a good place to be.
The heat began to have its effect on me so I skipped the face-painting opportunity and called it a day. BTW, I enjoyed getting there via the Philadelphia Phlash trolley which runs every 12 minutes on a 27 stop route from Penns Landing out to the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall.