Sunday, September 13, 2015

Having Fun With Lightroom

 Please indulge me while I get a little artsy with some photos I took at last week's excursion to the drive-thru Safari zoo...

 I love using the Lightroom software. It's great for quickly & easily organizing your photos and playing with different effects. Score another for Adobe!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day Safari

 We wanted to take a drive out of town, maybe find something interesting to photograph. There's not a lot within a roundtrip drive of here that we haven't already seen. We headed east towards Arkansas; at least it's a pretty drive and there's places to stop for lunch.

I saw a sign for the drive-thru animal park that I went to with my son & daughter-in-law a couple years ago. Hubby was game, so to speak, and took the exit.

The disadvantage of taking pix here is you have to get most of them thru the window. The rules are to keep windows up, don't feed the animals and don't stop. We had taken the convertible and the lady at the gate warned us, "don't stop - they'll lick the ragtop and stain it."

Of course all the cars in front of us stopped and some were even feeding the animals. Clearly it's been done before because several would stand by the road and approach the cars, like panhandlers. As they started coming towards us and we're trapped behind the stopped vehicles, I'm thinking "move! move! they'll poke a hole or drool on our roof!!"

The emus were especially comical. They would stride along the road, trying to look in the windows. Makes you feel like you're the zoo attraction, not them. The camels would just block the road.

It was in the 90s today; a little too hot for spending much time at the walk-around part of the zoo. And much too hot to put the top back down for the trip home.

Prairie dogs are always fun to watch. They also have camel rides for the kids. There's lots of deer, monkeys, kangas. The brochure says they have 80 species of exotic & domestic animals on 300 acres.

After we parked, I got out to change into walking shoes and this guy approached the fence and let out a series of hee-haws. Don't know what that was all about, but it was entertaining.

It was a fun, spontaneous kind of day. Just a nice time with hubby, driving, talking, listening to music, taking pictures and just being together.

The temps will feel like summer for awhile yet, but fall is just around the corner. My favorite time of year!!