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Cuteness overload

Last Wednesday I went to Blijdorp in Rotterdam for a day. As far as I am concerned, that is the most beautiful zoo in the Netherlands. At least from the zoos that I have visited. (Two more to go.) Extra reason to go was the news that Asiatic lions cubs were born. When I was there for the first time, there was little more to see than a hairy mountain sleeping lions at a great distance. Sigh!

After I had seen at a large part of the zoo, I decided to go back again. And yes, This time I was lucky. So beautiful! Unfortunately for me at a great distance (I really need a better lens!) I also had problems with the fence. The distances were just wrong, to make it invisible. That’s why I decided to try it from the inside.

The distance was even bigger, but I have pictures I thought ….. If nothing succeeds, I have at least seen and enjoyed the lions.

 

Aziatische leeuw - Asiatic lion

Aziatische leeuw – Asiatic lion

 

 

Aziatische leeuw - Asiatic lion

Aziatische leeuw – Asiatic lion

 

 

Aziatische leeuw - Asiatic lion

Aziatische leeuw – Asiatic lion

 

I have been watching for at least an hour. Then I was even more lucky. The animals came in. And they also came very close. You could touch had it not been fot the thick and not so clean glass. More pictures. And again I could enjoy the cubs.

 

Aziatische leeuw - Asiatic lion

Aziatische leeuw – Asiatic lion

 

Mother is beautiful too. A very strong looking lioness!

 

Aziatische leeuw - Asiatic lion

Aziatische leeuw – Asiatic lion

 

 

Aziatische leeuw - Asiatic lion

Aziatische leeuw – Asiatic lion

 

Father lion stays in the same enclosure as the mother and cubs. At the moment he came in, the little ones were quite curious. Just a peek around the corner.

 

Aziatische leeuw – Asiatic lion

Aziatische leeuw – Asiatic lion

 

 

Aziatische leeuw - Asiatic lion

Aziatische leeuw – Asiatic lion

 

But mother still finds it too early to really meet father. She let Dad know very clearly that he should not come any closer.

 

Aziatische leeuw - Asiatic lion

Aziatische leeuw – Asiatic lion

 

After all the excitement it was time to eat. The photo below was the last I saw. In the same position, the whole club fell asleep. It ended as it began. A hairy mountain sleeping lions.

 

Aziatische leeuw - Asiatic lion

Aziatische leeuw – Asiatic lion

 

All in all it was a beautiful day. Unfortunately, the photos are not qualitatively great. Very noisy and not really sharp. A combination of too great a distance, thick dirty glass, but also the settings could have been better. Conclusion: I have to go again quickly and try once more. I can’t wait long, because the cubs are growing fast.

It is very nice that there are 3 cubs and that things are going well. The Asiatic lion is a very endangered species. There are only about 600 left in the wild. Unfortunately, the other litter of lions has died in Blijdorp.

 

Allwetterzoo

Last August I went to Allwetterzoo in Munster, Germany. A beautiful zoo. I made one post about it, but forgot te edit other photos of that visit. So now I’m sharing a selection of shots of that day. There is more, so there is more to come.

To be continued 🙂

 

Syrische bruine beer - Syrian Brown Bear

Syrische bruine beer – Syrian Brown Bear

 

 

Syrische bruine beer - Syrian Brown Bear

Syrische bruine beer – Syrian Brown Bear

 

 

Kroeskop pelikaan - Dalmatian pelican

Kroeskop pelikaan – Dalmatian pelican

 

 

Baardagaam - Bearded dragon

Baardagaam – Bearded dragon

 

 

Perzische panter - Persian leopard

Perzische panter – Persian leopard

 

 

Siberische tijger - Siberian tiger

Siberische tijger – Siberian tiger

 

 

Secretarisvogel

Secretarisvogel – Secretarybird

 

 

Promotion videos

Today I made a number of promotional videos for my website. For me it was practice to see what is possible with Ripl. That is software that was initially only to be used on a mobile phone and the like. I had tried that before, but I found it inconvenient to always copy pictures to my phone. Now it can also be done on the PC. Very nicel, because there you have all the photos available.

I have taken a subscription (which you stop any day) on the pro version. At first it was disappointing. I thought: “is this all there is”. But I had not yet discovered all the options. There is a lot and it is very user-friendly. If you also want to try it, that’s free. It is also fun to play with. RIPL

Here under a number of test videos. I’d like to hear your thoughts about it. There is also sound. Lots of fun! 🙂  

 

 

 

 

 

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Composite

A composite in photography is an image that is made of two or more photos. I love playing wit photo’s. I use Photoshop to give them a black background. But I also love to give them a natural backgound. Usually try to find a photo of their naturalul surroundings (making sure it is a photo I’m alowed to use for this purpos). All photos were made in a zoo, writeen under the photos. Sharing a group of composites. Hope you’ll like them.

 

Siamang

Siamang (Dierenpark Amersfoort)

 

 

 

Roze pelikaanGreat white pelican

Roze pelikaan – Great white pelican (Artis in Amsterdam)

 

 

 

Gewone jaarvogelWreathed hornbill

Gewone jaarvogel – Wreathed hornbill (Ouwehands dierenpark in Rhenen)

 

 

 

Jaguar

Jaguar (Artis in Amsterdam)

 

 

 

Bauwi - Gorilla

Bauwi – Gorilla (Burgers Zoo in Arnhem)

 

 

 

Aziatische olifantAsian elephant

Aziatische olifant – Asian elephant (Planckendael in Mechelen, Belgie)

 

 

Sneeuwuil - Snowy owl

Sneeuwuil – Snowy owl (Ouwehands dierenpark in Rhenen)

 

 

 

Berberaap - Barbary macaque (Apenheul Apeldoorn)

Berberaap – Barbary macaque (Apenheul Apeldoorn)

 

 

Red

Red, the color of warmth, love and Christmas. Fits well in the time of the year. Some new photos and some older ones.

Red!

 

 

Anthurium

Anthurium

 

 

 

Roos - Rose

Roos – Rose

 

 

 

Kerstster - Poinsettia

Kerstster – Poinsettia

 

 

 

Dahlia

 

 

 

Dahlia

Dahlia

 

 

 

Passiebloem - Passion flower

Passiebloem – Passion flower

 

 

 

Roos - Rose

Roos – Rose

 

 

Anthurium

Anthurium

 

 

 

Roos - Rose

Roos – Rose