Friday, 23 November 2012

an evening at the zoo

melbourne zoo building signage i animal flags zoo On Wednesday night, John and I were lucky enough to be invited along to a preview of I, Animal at Melbourne Zoo. I can't remember the last time I went to the zoo and it is not something that I normally think about doing, but this particular trip sounded like it could be special and interesting. And it was!

We got to the zoo at about 6.30pm, just as the sun was making everything yellowy gold and the winds were getting fresh. After a warm day I was suddenly glad I'd brought my coat along. It's a really beautiful time of year here just now, with warm (by our standards, and hot by my old London ones!) bright sunny days and gorgeous sunsets, coupled with plunging temperatures and cool, clear blue nights. Beautiful.

melbourne zoo sunset We bumped into some familiar faces in the queue, including the lovely Cheryl and Lou. We put on our i-pod-like devices and headphones, which reminded me of the ones at MONA – which makes sense, as the same company made them! Just like when I visited MONA, my initial reaction was oh, no, can't really bothered, which disappeared with my first press of the button. Great graphics as well as great information. It is a bit odd, at first, putting on headphones and not being able to talk with your friends anymore, but it puts you in the right frame of mind for the tour almost straight away. busichic cheryl melbourne zoo crowd palm tree We chose our animals from the menu, which put us into groups, and we were on our way. I chose the giraffe. fighting extinction melbourne zoo elephant Part of why I don't go to zoos often is because I find it sad to see these beautiful animals in captivity, so far away from their homes. Of course, the positive reason of this is the fight against extinction. The Zoo is a Not For Profit conservation organisation and runs breeding and recovery programs for threatened species. Knowing that it isn't just gawping at exotic animals makes it a very different experience for me – a good one! lion First up: lions! zoo floria evening melbourne zoo It is very lush in the zoo, and lovely to walk around in the evening light. piggy beasts Piggy Beasts! Or actually peccaries – skunk pigs. They have retro crooner hairstyles. rhino horse spaceman zoo seeing is believing zoo I am not going to spoil it for you, so if you want to know why there is a space man in this enclosure, go see it! zebra Zebras. koala and baby kolala A first for me: I've been in Australia for just over nine years and this is the closest I've ever been to a koala! I don't have the best eye sight and couldn't see it at the time, but look closely: there is a baby koala nestling under that right arm! giraffe nom sunset giraffe Noble, majestic giraffes – and their waggly comedy tongues. It was feeding time. sunset trees dunlops Then an even less expected bit of the tour. John and I sat down. Unexpected for the blog, too, is my choice of footwear. Lots of walking means dunlops for me. palm tree sunset moon Amazing clear night sunset. Palm tress and a small moon! carousel horse And then something I was so looking forward to: the amazingly beautiful carousel! I think it's been even longer since I went on one of these than it is since I last visited a zoo! I was overjoyed at going on this and quick to hop on a grey horse. The music played added to the magic; Smashing Pumpkins! carousel hoof carousel view carousel mirror detail carousel flowers giraffe painting carousel More giraffes. carousel floral details peacock A peacock sauntered over to have a look. peacock up a tree But by the time we got off the carousel, he had gone... flown up into a tree! And yes, this is his bum. elephants sunset mali me and mali elephants me carousel Does the jaunty angle of my name tag offset my causal footwear? No? Oh well. Note to self: aim for straighter pinning of tags in the future. I'd unintentionally matched my dunlops to my coat, and to my vintage dress, but it was too cold to take my coat off so you'll have to take my word for it! I have been thinking about shortening this coat a little, so it flares out more, what do you think? melbourne city view zoo And then it was home time. This view of the city is amazing, and I wish I could photograph it better. It is only a couple of km from the city (although it took a 45 minute car ride from the city thanks to Melbourne's rush hour traffic, boo!) but there is this pocket of huge open grassy spaces and running and bike tracks. It's a beautiful bike ride through this part of Melbourne, and I recommend it. And I highly recommend I, Animal, too – it really was such a special evening. zoo floria b

22 comments:

Miss Fairchild said...

Unfortunately that is the same reason I am not a big fan of Melbourne zoo. I grew up in Sydney and Taronga zoo always seemed less cagey. But the kids love Melbourne zoo and my Nana bought us a season pass. We need to try to visit more. I love your coat! I would love to find a nice pink trench.

Jessica Cangiano said...

The warm, summery light throughout these fun zoo snaps is so immensely peaceful and pretty. It looks like a fantastic zoo, and a place I'd very much enjoy seeing, too (especially the koalas - soooo cute!).

♥ Jessica

Iliska Dreams said...

I understand why you would want your coat to flare, however it is a great length now.

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Micaela // Drifter and the Gypsy said...

The light in these pictures is phenomenal. Makes me want to go to the zoo too!

Ahka Vintage said...

I think the carousel would have been my favourite part! I'm glad it didn't have the 'zoo' feeling to it - that's why I don't usually like zoo's - wild animals should be free, but it's catch 22 - they need protection too. Oh well. Plastic horses that go round and round would have to suffice for now!! x
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Kati said...

Lovely photos - thanks for sharing!
-Kati

Rusty Hoe said...

Smashing Pumpkins on a carousel sounds like magic to me. It's been a while since I've bee to the zoo too, but I always feel like an excited little kid when I do go. Looks like a lovely way to spend the evening.

Tors Grantham said...

Great pictures, I think the last time I went to the zoo was when I was living in Australia back in 2003ish but you've given me a hankering ... I'm not even sure if Cardiff has a zoo!

I love the length of your coat now, but can see why you're thinking of shortening it. For me it would depend on whether I want to be covered up more from the elements or would prefer to show off what I'm wearing underneath a little but either way I think it's a fabulous coat

Kitsune-kun said...

aw sounds so fun!

Katie Frank said...

omg <3 you had so much lovely time!!! <3
and these photos show it!! <3
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cecylia said...

I'm so gutted that i didn't get to go. I was stuck in traffic...so not used to driving during peak hour. i was wearing my mouse flats and a lion belt too :D
You looked adorable, as usual, Love the carousel shots!

Melissa said...

This looks like such a great time! I'm glad you got to take advantage of the opportunity.

<3 Melissa
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Vickie said...

gorgeous photos, sounds like a fun evening :)

Milex said...

aaay

Harlow Darling said...

Oh wow! Those photos of the carousel are just stunning!

Did you take all of the pictures with your 35mm, even the animals? Sorry for the camera noob question, I'm just on the lookout for a good lens that takes nice photos of wild life but is still compact, well, more compact than the telephoto lens :D

esme and the laneway said...

Harlow Darling: Thanks! Yes, everything on the 1.8 35mm. I'd love another lens for the animals (and interiors!) but the 35mm is the easiest to carry about :) And I love talking about camera stuff, I've a lot to learn! :D

cecylia: that sounds so cute! Yes that traffic was outrageous..!

Tors Grantham: thanks! It's not a warm coat so I might just shorten it! Good points :)

Rusty Hoe: me too! x

Harlow Darling said...

Wow, I have to say I am surprised! I was in a camera store trying lenses the other day and tried the 1.8 35mm and just wasn't sure about it! Probably because I'm not used to not being able to zoom and I just felt like I wouldn't be able to get any full body shots with it, or even animals, put you've proved me wrong because your photos always look amazing! But oh, I tried the 50mm lens in the store and it was so amazing....so magical!

Valerie said...

Such great pictures, you have a gift! I especially like the carousel ones.

esme and the laneway said...

Harlow Darling: hehe it was the 1.8 50mm that I used to use that I found more difficult, as I couldn't fit as much into the shot! It took me a while to get used to the no-zoom thing, and indoors at home I usually use my 18-55 for full body shots. But oh, for a 1.4 35mm..! <3

Valerie: thanks! Then again carousels are so amazing they make it easy to shoot nice photos :D

ourdailydress said...

I've never been to the Melbourne City Zoo, but may I recommend the Healsville Sanctuary? It has a focus on Aussie animals and an animal hospital attached. You can pat kangaroos ect and it doesn't feel cagey at all!

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Melanie said...

I love zoos :)

Love,
Melanie ~ www.mlncrd.com

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