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Thanksgiving Eve

I am thankful for many things -- my wife, my job, our cats, our dog, my new car, my old truck, my friends, my imagination, my mother, my mother-in-law, good food, Obama won a second term, chocolate, and so on.

I am thankful for a warm house, a comfortable bed, and having enough -- enough of everything. We may grouse we never had extra money for "frivolities," but we have enough.

I am also thankful that when we went to the zoo a couple weeks ago, I managed to snap this picture of our male Siberian tiger:



I got a few other really nice shots, too. The male lion was actually yawning here:



The lioness was unimpressed.



Words: 45,427. Almost done! I want to finish before I board the ship, although Mom plans on keeping me busy Saturday (we board the ship on Sunday); then all I have to do when I get my minutes so I can upload and verify. I doubt I'll have the chance to do it on Sunday before we leave (verification starts Sunday).

You're very welcome:

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cornerofmadness
Nov. 22nd, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
i love those pictures, especially the tiger. that is such a great expression.

you're doing so well. good luck
wildrider
Nov. 22nd, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
He was taking a bath and I just kept snapping pictures hoping for that elusive cat-tongue shot. I squealed with glee when I saw I got it (digital photography is such fun).

Thanks!!! You, too!
cornerofmadness
Nov. 22nd, 2012 05:41 am (UTC)
very cool. I can't ever get big cat pics without the fence in the way

thanks
wildrider
Nov. 22nd, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
I have that problem with the Mountain Lion and the Jaguar, who are in caged enclosures, but the tigers and lions are in a large enclosure with a moat, the walls topped with wrought iron that you can slip the telephoto through, so if they're being cooperative, you can get some really good pictures.

They're building a new enclosure for the tigers, though (Phoenix Zoo is finally moving toward a "themed area" thing, so they're taking the tigers out of the place they've been next to the lions FOREVER, since that's now mostly "Africa" and moving them over next to the elephants, more "Indian/southeast Asia" location); we'll have to see what it's like when it's done.
cornerofmadness
Nov. 22nd, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Part of my problem is my impatience. They do have cage-free viewing areas but people hog them up and I get mad and move on.

that's interesting. I'm betting the elephants are just gonna love smelling tiger all day long
wildrider
Nov. 22nd, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'd love it if they'd do that for the mountain lions -- although they usually are sleeping during the day. The wolves would be nice, too -- our big Mexican wolf was out and doing things when we were there, but I couldn't get a good picture because of the fence and all the natural landscaping that makes the enclosures awesome for wolves but horrible for viewing...

I assume they'll do something to keep them separate enough; Disney's Animal Kingdom did a splendid job with keeping the predators separate and yet all the themes together. Currently the tigers and lions are pretty much right next to the giraffes, baboons, and lemurs, and I haven't see much trouble there! :)
cornerofmadness
Nov. 22nd, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
yes that is the irony the enclosures that are animal friendly are less friendly to those wanting to see them.

this is also true. they're probably very used to all the smells
nutmeg3
Nov. 22nd, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
Beautifully put. And I love the photos, especially the tiger.
wildrider
Nov. 22nd, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
Thanks! *hugs*

He was being VERY photogenic, when he lounged there and started bathing. I just kept taking shots to capture that elusive "cat tongue" picture!
ljs
Nov. 22nd, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving, with cats big and small, and Bo, and Barb! [hugs]
wildrider
Nov. 22nd, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving! *hugs!*
emerybored
Nov. 22nd, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
Do I remember correctly that he's named Jai (or the Siberian that was at the Phoenix Zoo back in '06 was)? That enclosure was always great for taking kitty photos. The African plains exhibit was awesome except for the fact that the giraffes always hung at the very back where you could only get really bad shots of them.

"I want a deep fried turkey" is now in my head. Thanks SO MUCH.

I hope you, Barb, and all the furry ones have a great thanksgiving!
wildrider
Nov. 23rd, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
He might be Jai, I'm not sure. There was a zoo volunteer talking about him, but I missed his name.

They've opened the back now to actually be a giraffe feeding station, but it costs money to feed them so I didn't go up there.

Tell me about it. They posted it on our Intranet at work on Monday, and we were singing it all week!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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