We’ve lived in Richmond for 13 years now and had never been to the National Zoo in the beautiful Woodley Park neighborhood in Washington DC. I wanted to go there to get some photography practice, so we went up on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The weather was perfect and while the park was crowded, I didn’t feel that it was TOO crowded. It was a very nice day.
John and I like to park at the Franconia-Springfield Metro station and take the train into the city. It’s a great station for ease of parking on weekends, but the downside is that because it’s the south end of the blue line, it takes forever to get where you’re going. I don’t think we’ve ever gotten to our destination in less than a 1/2 hour. It took us an hour to get to the zoo. We had to change from the blue line to the red at Metro Center. There are only a few short blocks to walk from the Woodley Park station to the zoo. The admission is free but if you drive, you have to pay to park. The maximum fee is $20, which in relation to the admission is not a bad deal, but we like taking the train.
This zoo doesn’t compare to the San Diego Zoo (but according to friend and co-worker Megan who was just there, the SD Zoo looks rundown and every bit its age) and I’m trying to remember what the Los Angeles Zoo was like the last time I was there, which has to be at least 25 years ago. I wanted to get there early enough so that the animals wouldn’t be sleeping off the heat of the afternoon. So it was about 11am and except for the armadillo, all the animals were still pretty lethargic, nevertheless.
I brought all my camera gear and used 3 of my 4 lenses. I handed my G10 to John and he snapped away, too. I saw one guy there with an awesome lens on a monopod, wish I could have talked to him about his pictures. I saw another guy with another awesome lens but he was handholding. Wonder how that worked out for him. Probably fantastically; being an awesome lens means it was fast glass, much faster than mine.
I am really impressed by my G10’s zoom feature. Compare these two shots. The first one is from the G10 and the second one is from my DSLR with my 55-250 zoom lens @ 250mm. We were standing at about the same spot:
We had both cameras set at ISO100 and shot on program mode. You can see that the G10 overexposes a little more than does the Rebel.
So here are some shots John took:
This picture just begs for a caption. What do you think these two are talking about?
I love the meerkats, they are sooo cute.
Now here are some of my shots:
Now, for the armadillo. This little guy seemed to be having a panic attack or something, he would not stop moving. So thanks to the G10’s video mode, John shot a few frames:
We spent about 3 hours at the zoo before we felt we’d seen about everything and were ready to go home. This guy was stationed on one of the blocks between the zoo and the Metro and I have no idea what he’s all about. But because he’s so colorful, I had John take his picture: