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Monday, July 22, 2013

Comic-Con 2013 - San Diego

Here are a few pictures from Comic-Con International 2013 in San Diego. Heather and I went on Saturday - we didn't have tickets to get inside the Convention Center, but you really don't need to go in. There is so much going on all around the area that you don't feel like you've missed much at all.

There were all sorts of great costumes, and all sorts of great people who really enjoyed being there.

You could get your face painted with war paint at the Mad Max video game exhibit . . .

. . . or lose your head altogether, like the Headless Horseman.

There were promotions for several TV shows, including Bates Motel and Vikings.

It looks they're already working on Sharknado 2, a sequel for Sharknado.

The streets of the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter were filled. This is by far the biggest convention of the year, and draws huge crowds.

Click here to see a few more images from Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Big Cat, Little Cat, Big Duck, Little Ducks - San Diego Zoo

I spent pretty much the whole morning, and a good part of the afternoon, at the Malayan Tiger enclosure at the San Diego Zoo today. I got there right at 9:00am, and headed straight for the tiger. Danai, the older female was out in the morning, but I didn't get any shots I really liked. Connor, the young male, came out around 2:00pm. Some days I get a lot of pictures, other days, not so much. This was looking to be one of those "other" days, right up until I was on my way out around 3:45pm. I was with some friends most of the morning, and after we all left the tiger and headed over to check out the mandrill, I decided to walk back there one last time, even though he was in the opposite direction from the exit, just in case. It was a good decision.

Here's a shot of the new Fishing Cat, taken this morning on my way to the tigers.

I only got one shot of the Mandrill, and he was a long way away. I've got lots of closer shots of the Mandrill in previous blog posts, but I've not seen this big guy in quite a while.

This is baby duck season, by the way.

Click here to see more images from today, Saturday July 13, at the San Diego Zoo.

Early Evening With Tiga The Tiger

I was able to get out of work a little early on Wednesday, July 3, and the afternoon sunlight was nicely diffused by a layer of high clouds, so I decided it would be the perfect time to spend the early part of the evening with Tiga, one of the female Malayan Tigers at the San Diego Zoo.

Not long after I arrived a duck landed in the pond. It didn't take Tiga long to notice. She practically flew down there, but in the end she didn't feel like getting her feet wet, and the duck just paddled around like there was no danger at all.

She did keep a close watch on it, however.

Even when they look relaxed, the tigers still manage to keep track of everything that is going on around them.

As it was getting dark in the canyon, she came down close, almost too close really for the long lens I was using.

Click here to see more images of Tiga, one of the female Malayan Tigers at the San Diego Zoo, on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. This gallery also has some images of the mother and son Jaguars, and one of the Hippos.

Malayan Tigers and Amur Leopards - San Diego Zoo - June 30, 2013

I've spent a lot of time at the San Diego Zoo over the last few weeks.  Here are some images from Sunday, June 30.

Danai, the almost-20-year-old female Malayan Tiger was out in the morning.

I seem to spend most of my time with the tigers, but the other big cats are fun to watch too. The Amur Leopards are not as active as they were when they were cubs (see some of my earlier blog posts from about a year ago), but they're still great to watch.

Around 11:30 the keeper came by and tossed a fairly large cow femur bone across the pond to Danai. She seemed to really enjoy her mid-morning snack.

Later in the day, after Danai went in for the afternoon, Conner came out.

These next shots may look a bit strange, all that fuzzy green stuff in the foreground is a bunch of out-of-focus fern plants that are right in front of the railing overlooking the pond. They're just out of reach, so I can't pull them out of the way, or push my lens past them. Here's Conner, wading around in the pond.

Click here to see a few more images from Sunday, June 30, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo.

San Diego Zoo - Sat, June 29, 2013 - Tigers, Red Panda, Peacock, Fishing Cat and More

I had a pretty good day at the San Diego Zoo on Saturday. Just inside the gate I came across this peacock showing off.

Conner, the just-over-two-year-old Malayan Tiger was out.

After a while Conner decided to go take a nap, so I wandered over to the Red Panda, who was doing the same, but at least in a visible spot.

After a little walk, I went back to the Tiger enclosure to see if anything was going on.

Turns out it was time for swim.

Soon it was time for Conner to go in for the afternoon, he took one last look over his shoulder before heading up the hill.

A little while later Tiga came out.

The new female Fishing Cat was out. She's a very nice looking cat.

Click here to see more images from the San Diego Zoo on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

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