Frank B. Baiamonte

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Peacock

Peacocks can be quite territorial, and will definitely let you know when they think you are intruding into their territory.  This guy was coming straight towards me, and was less than 2 feet away when I decided that I didn't want to see if he could scratch the front element of my lens.


       

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Landscapes in Black & White

I recently got some new software and thought I might convert a few older landscape photos I had into black & white, to see how it worked.

First up, Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana.


Next, Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia.


Finally, 17 Palms Oasis, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California.


       

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Something Different . . . Sort Of

This is what happens when your lens is too long, and you can't get everything you want into the frame.  Oh well.

   

Saturday Morning with Connor

I spent Saturday morning with Connor the Malayan Tiger at the San Diego Zoo.  It's always fun to watch him when he gets the run of the lower enclosure.  

The first thing he did when he came out was to hunt around for all the pieces of food that the keeper had stuck in various spots, some of them easier to get at than others.






There were a couple of mallard ducks floating around in his pond, he never quite tried to get them, but every now and then he would check to see just where they were.



On my way to the exit I noticed some particularly nice light on the Flamingos.



Click here to see a few more images of Connor the Malayan Tiger from Saturday morning, March 26; and click here to see some images of Cinta and Berani, his younger brothers, from early evening on Friday, March 25.
        

Happy Easter, and a Public Service Announcement

I get Heather a chocolate Easter Bunny every year.  If you decide to get an Easter Bunny for your special someone, be careful where you leave it . . .

. . . because you just never know when the neighborhood cat is going to show up.


You can see my earlier Public Service Announcements by clicking on the tag below.  If you're wondering where the inspiration for this particular one came from, and you have a good sense of humor, and you're not squeamish, then you might like to click here.
    
Happy Easter everyone!
      

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Day With The Tigers

I spent all of last Saturday hanging out with the Malayan Tigers at the San Diego Zoo.  Here are a few pictures.

Connor was in the small enclosure behind glass, so most of my pictures are of brothers Cinta and Berani.



At one point Cinta got into a discussion with his brother over who should get the best spot to watch their older brother Connor from.  These may be a little blurry but I still like them.








Cinta is quite an intense cat. That sequence above only lasted a few seconds, was quite loud, but was soon over and they were back to being friends. Typical brothers I think. 


On my way back up to the exit I stopped for what I thought would be few minutes at the Fishing Cat. Somehow that turned into over an hour. He really is fun to watch.


  
Click here to see a few more pictures from the San Diego Zoo on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
     

Monday, March 7, 2016

Saturday at The San Diego Zoo

Here are a few from last Saturday at the San Diego Zoo.  I actually spent some time with some of the other animals, not just the tigers.

Here's an Allen's Swamp Monkey to start things off.



Phyllis conveniently moved into a sunlit spot a few minutes after we showed up.



I did spend several hours at the Malayan Tigers, but they weren't doing much at all.  These flowers are right next to the information sign at the tiger enclosure.



I would normally try not to include a fence like this, but she was practically over my head in the new cat walk tunnel, and it was too good to pass up.



This heron was looking for pretty good reflected in the pond.



I was packed up and ready to head home at 3:00pm when I realized just how nice a day it was, and decided to just hang out until closing at 5:00pm.  The Lions always put on a good show late in the day, and once we change the clocks next weekend it will be a while before we get that opportunity again.  I only got one shot, and then went to check on the Jaguar cub.



The new Jaguar cub, Valerio, was lounging around outside while his mother hung out in the den behind the big viewing window.  The little guy is not so little any more.  He'll be a year old in a few days.





One of Heather's cousins has a cat who, when he meets someone new, will roll onto his back and try to trick them into thinking he wants his belly rubbed.  It's a trap.  I suspect that would be the same thing here.





I'm pretty sure that the squirrels are not part of the official Zoo collection, but they sure do have a lot of them.  People get really excited to see them too.


   
Click here to see a few more pictures from Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the San Diego Zoo, including, no surprise, a few shots of the Malayan Tigers.
      

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About me . . . When I'm not working I like to be out exploring and photographing. I do this blog just for fun, and to be able to share these images with friends. I hope you enjoy viewing these images as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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Header image: Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Cibola, Arizona. End image: Downtown San Diego, California skyline from Coronado Island. Profile picture: Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, by Heather Baiamonte.