We stayed with our friend, Jo, who lives a short distance from the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Since the zoo is free of charge (like all the other Smithsonian Institutions), we often took our daily walk there to see animals (and observe people watching the animals). How lucky are we to stroll in with no payment and decide which exhibit we’d like to see on our daily walk?
Last visit it was birds and elephants. This day we chose the Small Mammal House, cameras in hand.
Practice makes perfect, they say, and photography in the Small Mammal House is challenging, so we need more practice. Most of these critters move quickly, stay up high, and are behind (smudged) glass. Did we also mention the lighting is usually pretty awful for photography?
We took our time to photograph the tamarins, meerkats, lemurs, and monkeys. Still, the light was too dim and the action too fast to get any photos we really liked.
Since we need more practice we will go back. Outside the Small Mammal House, we happened upon a clouded leopard at feeding time. What luck! The trainer told us about this beautiful animal as tidbits were offered on the end of a skewer and poked through the opening of the fence.
We don’t often set out to photograph people and hardly ever animals. It’s an interesting challenge for our new year.