Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vacation Favorites - A Visit To The Bronx Zoo

Two weeks worth of vacation was well spent for house hunting and other fun day trips along the way.  We're under contract for a house in Orlando so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well over the next weeks with inspections and all the other usual house purchasing stuff that is yet to come.  I will say though, this house is perfect for us and the way we live so, hoping all goes smoothly.  The best part is, I will have a really big studio space, which I am thrilled about.

One of our fun day trips was to the Bronx Zoo, a favorite place of ours to visit that we just haven't had all that much chance to do as of late, due to Chris's busy schedule.  This week though, on an absolutely gorgeous, warm day, we journeyed to the zoo and had a thoroughly wonderful time.

One of my favorite stops was visiting the swans, they are just so beautiful.  You never know, maybe a swan painting is in order for the future.

One of Chris's favorite spots is the bird house......these toucans are just so pretty and we stood watching and photographing them for a long time.  They too I think, were watching us in return.

I love the polar bear habitat as well.  This guy looks like he is ready for a good nap though, it was a warm afternoon so we just snapped a few photos and moved on.

This grizzly bear was very active, no nap time for this guy.  He paced constantly and it was a bit challenging to get a good photo.  Then all of a sudden, he sat up against this tree and looked right at my camera as if to say "go ahead and take my picture".  This is one of my favorites of the day.

I have to say, I went a bit crazy chasing peacocks all over the zoo, every time I saw one, I was in hot persuit.  This ended up getting me some great shots. 

They were so friendly too, they would come right up to everyone.....looking for food of course, which is always a good reason but none the less, it helped me get some sweet picture of them.


holly said...

How exciting, good luck with the inspections!

And looks like a fun time at the zoo. Loving the toucan photographs!

NeereAnDear said...

I immediately thought painting when I saw your swan photos!! I cant wait to see when you do one ...I must say too that your photos are outstanding !! Love that grizzly pose!

Welcome back ... you were missed !!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Congrats on the soon-to-be new home!
The zoo looks like a great time and I can see these becoming beautiful paintings!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Congratulations on the house Ruth!!! That is so exciting! The pictures are beautiful. I love how the black bear is posing for the camera. Too cute! Peacocks are incredibly beautiful so I would have done the same thing chasing them around!!! Have a wonderful week ahead. ~Val

PandaPantz said...

Haha, the toucans are my favorite! I will never get over how hilariously adorable they are.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Ruth, I am so glad you found a house perfect for you and your sweet family. Having a great studio space has got to be exciting too.
Good luck with everything I hope all goes smoothly and you make a great transition.

Love your zoo pics too. The swans are gorgeous and I too love painting them. In fact, you saw a pic on my sidebar which was a study from an artist I enjoy. I painted that one for a gift with my cottage roses on a scalloped round tray.

The bear pics are awesome too. They look like you could give them a hug, but NOT!!
My hubby loves the birds too.

Enjoy the process of the move my friend and have fun along the way.
I know too well the work involved.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Lisa Topps said...

Wow, you got some wonderful pictures! The very first of the swan is my fav!