Monday, November 4, 2013

Norfolk Zoo in Virginia


Gregg and I have been away spending the weekend with our family down south.  We left real early on Friday morning at 6.30 a.m., stopping off at Krispy Kreme and Starbucks (practically next door to each other), something we always do as they are just down the road from where my in-laws live, and arriving for breakfast laden with doughnuts and coffee.  


It was a busy and enjoyable weekend.  We saw our niece, nephew and great-niece one morning, had a very enjoyable dinner with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law at a lovely Italian restaurant.  With my in-laws we went to the beach looking for sea-shells one day, went out to lunch at a favorite restaurant another, visited Norfolk Zoo and for the rest we stayed home having a fun time enjoying my in-law's company.


We arrived home two hours ago and I thought I would share a few photos from the zoo.  The first photo is my favorite of the Red Panda from when we walked down the path near his enclosure.  He is able to walk across a tree trunk right over our heads, and turns around and repeats the process several times.  He attracts quite an audience.


There are two wonderful sculptures that I like at the zoo.  One is at the entrance.  It is an African elephant created by Matthew Gray Palmer of Friday Harbor, Washington.  He calls it "All Things Within All Things".  Not only does it hold a golden butterfly on the tip of its trunk, if you look closer you will see the elephant is made up of thousands of aluminum butterflies (10,000 to be exact), and if you look at that golden butterfly more closely, it is composed of two elephants.  You can see more photos and watch a video of its construction if you click here, also here to read an article at the zoo's website.




Here is my other favorite.  A tiger standing in the front of the Trail of the Tiger exhibit.  The tiger sculpture was erected in honor of the two beloved Siberian Tigers Shere Khan and Shaka Khan.  


You can read their story here.


Below are photos I took of one of the two Malayan tigers according to the website.  The exhibit now houses Kadar and Tahan.  It was fun to see them so clearly.  According to what I read, "Malayan tigers are endangered and recent counts showed there may be as few as 600 in the wild.  It is perhaps the smallest subspecies of tiger, with an average weight of nearly 300 pounds for adult males, and just over 200 pounds for females.  They are found in the tropical forests of the southern and central Malay Peninsula."






We were also very lucky to get some decent shots of the African Lions.  I read the following on the website's information page.  The male lion weighs 364 pounds and its mate weighs 344 pounds.    African lions are found throughout the south Sahara desert and in parts of southern and eastern Africa.  










When we first arrived we heard the male lion roaring.  He was very vocal!    


He almost looks like he is smiling in this one doesn't he?


I came across this cute garden ornament nearby of the toucan.  It looks like it is made of an old tire. 


The ladybird looks like an old bowling ball and the jack o'lantern is also made from an old tire.


The scarecrow is there ready and waiting for the zoo's train to roll by.

I'll have more photos from the zoo at another time.

33 comments:

Carole M. said...

sounds like a nice time away with your family and great photos from the zoo; the tiger my favourite

Arija said...

Glad you had such a nice weekend and I absolutely love those big pussies!

Linda said...

What wonderful animals! Love the red panda… reminds me of a raccoon. And the sculptures are fun to see.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi, WOW---those sculptures are fantastic... I liked them almost better than the animals!!!! ha...

Looks like you had a great visit with family...

Hugs,
Betsy

Indrani said...

You have such cute captures, but I liked the yawning lion the best. :)

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos for today but my favorite is the Red Panda.
Greetings, RW & SK

gigihawaii said...

These are great photos, Denise. I really enjoyed looking at them. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your in-laws.

Cloudia said...

what splendid photos you got! I'm blown away




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Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Denise fantastic shot sof the animals and the sculptures.

Valerie said...

The markings on the tiger's face are so distinctive. I can never decide which I like best, tigers or lions. Sounds as though you had a great time at the zoo and with your family.

Adam said...

cool tiger

eileeninmd said...

Hi Denise, what a nice weekend. I love the zoo photos, the sculptures are cool! And I love the cute Red Panda. Great shots, have a happy day!

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Denise,
Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures, the animals are very beautiful. I'm delighted by so cute friend in your new header!
I also love the elephant sculpture!
Léia

Mimsie said...

Thank you for sharing all those wonderful things. There are far too many to comment on separately. I have photos of my granddaughter and her daughtet taken with a red panda which are delightful creatures.
Yes, that is definitely an old bowling ball and how clever to make it into a ladybird.
You certainly had a wonderful day out.

Kerri Farley said...

Oh i just LOVE that Red Panda.....and the sculptures are AWESOME!! Sounds like you and your hubs are enjoying his retirement :)

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful animals! i love the bowling ball! so cute!

TexWisGirl said...

meant to say, that elephant sculpture is really something!

Antonette Stiebritz said...

Great photos! Tigers are my favorite and you got some really good shots!

Tanya Breese said...

these are great! love how the lion is smiling for you and wow on that elephant sculpture! our closest zoo to us is the north carolina zoo. the boys were supposed to go for their 5th grade field trip there but the weather was terrible...gonna have to take them one of these days!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Denise, you and Gregg have been doing what we are now doing, visiting family. We are currently on a family visit road trip with stops in NJ, RI, and CT before heading home next Mon. We have never been to the Norfolk Zoo, but may have to include it on a future adventure.

Karen said...

I enjoy a trip to the zoo! Terrific shots!

Out on the prairie said...

I buy a zoo pass each year so I can just stop in and find new treasures when traveling

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Love the whimsical art. I wondered what happened to my old bowling ball….
So funny, just yesterday, David asked me where Red Pandas come from, so we looked it up. Nice zoo shots, I like the tiger standing behind his sparse vegetation best…

"Tiger, tiger, burning bright,"

Elephant's Child said...

Gorgeous. I adore tigers, and am still jealous of one of my brothers whose volunteer work with a local zoo allows him to hold red pandas.

Anni said...

Denise....I LOVE going to the zoo!! And your photo shares are terrific.

Linda Gross said...

The photographs from the zoo that you shared were fantastic. The red panda is so pretty! We have red panda at the Erie Zoo, too; always a lot of people looking at it. I think they have such a pretty face.

Michael (Light-In-A-Box) said...

Denise, truly awesome photos, wow, I wish my photos from the the zoo were that good! I see you two are still always on the run.
Take care. : )

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fantastic zoo! And your photos are so good (you could be their publicist!); plus I love that sculpture (all things within..) what an amazing idea;

Gert Jan Hermus said...

A very beautiful series1 ;-0

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Jennifer A. Jilks said...

What a fun trip! I love the photos.
Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

jabblog said...

You took some wonderful shots. The Red Panda is amazing - I've seen one before but never close enough to study the head. The Malayan tigers are so beautiful - stunning coat pattern.

Linda@arichtapestry said...

Glad you had a good time with the family and your zoo shots are wonderful. I imagine the red panda was very entertaining. The sculptures are cleverly made. I like the elephant one best because of the design and imagery.

Kay said...

Wow! This is really a fantastic zoo! I love that sculpture of the elephant with butterflies.