I took my camera to the zoo last week, but didn't have much luck capturing any decent images of any animals. I didn't even get a good shot of the zoo's relatively inanimate Roosevelt Fountain. The fountain, according to the zoo web site, "honors one of the country’s most enthusiastic conservationists: President Theodore Roosevelt. Alfred Hamill, founding trustee, was the guiding spirit behind the creation of Roosevelt Fountain, which was dedicated on May 14, 1954, in the presence of some 700 dignitaries.
"Prior to the celebration, Sylvia Shaw Judson, noted sculptress and wife of then Chicago Zoological Society president Clay Judson, created four statues that still stand today as symbols of the President’s character: statesman, naturalist, hunter, and soldier."
I need to give those statues a closer look sometime, since I think they're the ones ringing the plaza whose focus is the fountain itself. They aren't statues of the president himself -- I would remember that -- but I can't remember exactly what symbols Judson used.
A riot of gorgeous flowers surrounds the fountain this time of year. Lilly was able to capture it.
I think those are coneflowers. The fountain is barely visible in the background, but who cares. The original image reminds me of a picture for some glossy, photo-heavy calendar.
Lilly also hand her hand at some animal pics, and came away with some good shots. Such as a small tower of giraffes.
And a feeding zebra.
I took at least one pic that I like, if only for sentimental reasons. My family in front of the penguins.
I took that pose because I remembered another photo I took, similar in background, but when my family was a little smaller than it is now.
Yuriko and Lilly and the Brookfield Zoo penguins, circa 1999.