December 16th, 2006


Butterflies...and cubs next week, Inshallah

Today I did my usual walk to the Zoo, and decided to spend time in the Insectarium, specifically, in the butterly area...and I managed to get some pictures (that Tamron lens works WELL as a macro lens I must say.) I had such a great time.

The email I sent to the Zoo guest services got an "out-of-office" response, so I talked to someone at the information desk and soon got to meet someone in the Education Dept with my request to see the cheetah cubs. I was told that if Steve Bircher, the curator, ok's my request, I can...wheee!

Came back walking briskly in the cold, through the gloaming (ha, that's a nice old English word for twilight!)...came in thoroughly chilled and am nursing a hot cup of coffee as I type. Life has such simple, unalloyed, great pleasures to offer...

Am still unable to drag and drop from Picasa to the Flickr uploader; will try later tonight, or on Monday.

Success with Flickr...Bird pics from St Louis Zoo

While I was trying to figure out Flickr on Linux and why the "uploadr" wouldn't work, I noticed...that I could now EMAIL my pics to Flickr!!Wow! So here come the pictures of some birds that I took at St Louis Zoo, on the 14th of December...

NOW...please remember, these were taken with a lens entirely new to me, and a situation entirely new to me (indoor, low-light photography) the usual disclaimer stands redboubled...these are documentation shots of exotic birids, not great photographs of them!

Also, the wire of the bird cages got in the way and you can see them as stripes down the pictures...there was no way I could avoid that!

Here's the Bateleur Eagle (its shadow on the wall behind makes the left-hand side look a little weird):

Bateleur Eagle, St Louis Zoo IMG_0749.JPG

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I got FAR better pictures of butterflies yesterday...the Tamron lens works really well as a macro lens! Will post them next week...!

Feedback welcome....