Earlier in the day I'd gone to the zoo with Anita and R----, her grandson. The original plan had been for me to pick him up in Redmond, but with one thing and another, Anita dropped him off with me, and I said "Would you like to go to the zoo with us?" and she said "yes," and I said "Mind if I bring my camera?" and she said "no," so it wound up being MORE tiring for her than if she and Riley had just gone home after their morning errands.
Well, Riley seemed to have a good time, and so did Anita, and I certainly did, enjoying both Anita's and Riley's company. I was also really glad another adult was there, because it'd have been a handful on my own. We saw elephants, tigers, orangutans, gorillas, wild African dogs (very pretty!). Riley was most excited by the things he could climb on and around.
The giraffe paddock is across the visitors' path from the Savannah exhibit, and we went past just as the keepers were blocking off the path to bring the giraffes home for the night. That was really cool, we got to see the giraffes a lot closer than we would have otherwise. A crowd gathered and there were frequent questions of "What's happening?" and "They're going to bring the giraffes home."
The first sighting was of a giraffe head reaching to grab some leaves from a bush near the path. Backlit by the sun, the giraffe's head and the leaves formed a shifting abstract pattern. When the giraffes ambled across the path, all the chattering stopped. I felt in the presence of something big and ancient.
After that, it was pretty much directly back to the car.
Today I'm off to take pictures at a free pet clinic downtown, and tonight to take pictures of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence before Gay Bingo. I'll be back in time for dinner with intelligentrix and slave_driver before they head back to the Big Easy.