On the last afternoon of my trip of San Diego, the conference wrapped up early and we had about 9 hours to kill before getting the red-eye back to Columbia at 11 pm that night. As soon as I’d seen the schedule (weeks in advance) I knew exactly how I’d be spending that free afternoon. San Diego Zoo has been on my list of "places I want to visit" ever since I lived in LA. I promised myself that no matter what happened when I lived there I would get to see the zoo, even if I had to fly or take a bus down from LA (I had no car at the time). Two weeks before I left LA I was telling my then roommate over breakfast how not getting to see the zoo was the only regret I had after a year in LA. Then in an act of pure spontaneity she announced “why not go today?” and so we did. It was fantastic then…..so I knew it would be even better this time around with even more time to explore.
Most of you already know how much I love zoos, mostly because I love taking photos of animals and zoos offer such a fantastic opportunity to get close to animals that I will never get a chance to photograph in the wild. Every trip is different and there is always one or two animals that stand out from all the others as being better/easier to photograph on a given trip. This trip that prize goes to the Giant Pandas and the Polar Bears….I took at least a hundred of each bear but I’ve only shared my absolute favourites here.
I definitely think I have a contender or two for my “take 5 photographs I’m really proud of” goal from this bunch.