On Saturday we went on a family outing to visit Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna, Sweden, and I must say that I was rather disappointed with the zoo. Sure, it’s a smaller zoo but still there were a lot of things they could have done much better.
To begin with they could have made it easier to actually see the animals, some of them were nowhere to be found and others could hide away entirely. The pygmy hippopotamus couldn’t be seen anywhere, the red pandas hid themselves entirely in the foilage of large trees and the mane wolf could totally obscure itself from view just to mention a few. When I visit a zoo it’s to actually see the animals.
The facilities left a lot to be desired as well. Many of the compounds where separated from us humans by acrylic glass and in some cases they actually had real glass, but none of them were non-reflective glass making it quite difficult to see (and photograph) what was behind. Not to mention how dirty the glass panes were, there were a lot of hand smears obscuring the view and it wasn’t just a couple of hours of smears but days worth of it.
One of the main reasons for me to visit and shoot was the great cats, but in all but one compound they were just laying flat down motionless. In other words, no tigers, lions or cheetahs were captured which rather annoys me. If they at least had somehow made it a little easier to overlook the compounds it wouldn’t have been so bad, maybe an elevated vantage so the view wasn’t obscured by the topography
I’m sorry to say, but I’m not so sure I’ll visit this zoo ever again.
Keeping animals in captivity at a zoo may not be ideal, but I don’t have the means to go galavanting all over the place to shoot wildlife so for me this is the only way. Yesterday we made a family trip to visit to Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna, Sweden, and I got some nice shots which I will be sharing at Instagram so follow me there and keep an eye open.
Not many images were shot and posted during December 2020 due to the lousy weather (it was grey, grey, grey and grey with a couple of shades of grey thrown in the mix as well) and also due to the constant pain in my back and joints which gets worse with cold and damp weather. To finish my little tour of the images of the year I instead give you my personal favorite image of the year 2020.
It definitely is winter here now although no snow has yet fallen, they however said in the forecast there may be some of that pesky white stuff coming by the end of the week. One thing we will never see around here though are rein deer, for that we are too far south. One winter I lived in Pajala way up north and there you could trip over them in the middle of the city. I always thought rein deer were big things having been around moose all my life, but they only reach my waist.
What a day it has been. Installed a couple of plugin modules to the blog script and with my luck two of them didn’t play well with each other. I wanted exactly those two as there aren’t any other with just those features I wanted so there was only one thing to do, sit myself down and start doing some reprogramming to get them to work together. It has taken me over 12 hours of rewriting the modules as well as changing necessary bits of the script itself. Hence the massive silence from my end today.
Someone said once that you should never work with kids and animals when making movies, I guess the same goes for still photography. The other day when I was shooting the pooch with the Pierrot/Pajazzo doll I actually had to shoot 30 frames or so before I got one with them both in the right positions.