Holiday Wrap-Up

3 01 2014

What’s this?

zoolights 2

What’s this?

zoolights 3

It’s Zoo Lights!!

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The Jacksonville Zoo hosts the “Zoo Lights” event for a few weeks around the holidays. (Cutest marketing ever, by the way, with a possibly-stop-motion penguin commercial.) I finally got to go on New Year’s Eve, its last night. Even though you can’t go now, I get the feeling they’ll do it again next year. See their current events here.

Prepare for some pictures with excessive grain (shooting with a 1600 ISO on a Canon Rebel is total bleh)….

Rudolph the Red Nosed...Dolphin?

Rudolph the Red Nosed…Dolphin?


This might fit in better at a Halloween event...but I still like it.

This might fit in better at a Halloween event…but I still like it.


Why not keep these lights all year round? Perfect for weddings, yes?

Why not keep these lights all year round? Perfect for weddings, yes?


Ugh the grain! The blown out highlights! But with a cormorant statue on top of the fountain, it had to be captured.

Ugh the grain! The blown out highlights! But with a cormorant statue on top of the fountain, it had to be captured.


Check it - wood carvings! We heard the chain saws from a distance and thought they were sculpting ice at first. Well, it's a Florida Christmas after all.

Check it – wood carvings! We heard the chain saws from a distance and thought they were sculpting ice at first. Well, it’s a Florida Christmas after all.


fire and ice

fire and ice


tiger? jaguar? I'm thinking jaguar, considering....

tiger? jaguar? I’m thinking jaguar, considering….


Real jaguar!! They gave it "presents" of food so it would come out and eat...I actually don't believe in using flash with zoo animals. This is probably weird, but I think it's kind of rude. Especially at night when it might hurt their eyes. But everyone was doing flash photos, and someone shined a flashlight on the jaguar. I took advantage of his light for a non-flash pic.

Real jaguar!! They gave it “presents” of food so it would come out and eat…I actually don’t believe in using flash with zoo animals. This is probably weird, but I think it’s kind of rude. Especially at night when it might hurt their eyes. But everyone was doing flash photos, and someone shined a flashlight on the jaguar. I took advantage of his light for a non-flash pic.


eating din din

eating din din


The only other animals you could see (being night and all) besides the jaguar were the giraffes. the zoo has like 10 of them or so, all of which were very active at night. This one was the youngest and came right up and stood perfectly still. I still had to amp the light way up post, but still a cutie.

The only other animals you could see (being night and all) besides the jaguar were the giraffes. the zoo has like 10 of them or so, all of which were very active at night. This one was the youngest and came right up and stood perfectly still. I still had to amp the light way up post, but still a cutie.


End of the show!

End of the show!

It was a cute event overall, not too expensive. They also had fire pits with smore kits you could purchase – lots of kids roasting marshmallows. Oh, and a “southern” ice skating rink (real skates, looks just like ice, but is actually plastic). Some other fun things too like a train ride….oh I guess the stingrays were awake too, because Stingray Bay was open, but you had to buy separate tickets.

Anyway, in 2014, I’m considering buying a new camera. I love my Rebel, but the ISO constraints are getting a bit frustrating. Still does pretty with proper light:

mmm...depth of field

mmm…depth of field

Upcoming art projects in 2014:
– mermaid sketches
– cute vulture stuffed animal
– more resin botanical pieces (emphasis on no-mold
pieces, more natural looking)
– more Euro paintings!
– more anthropomorphic animal paintings
– forest of tissue flowers

Of course I’ve got my big HR test coming up among other things so no promises of an ETA, but I’m looking forward to working on them. Happy New Year!

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