I know I have a post in the works for the San Diego Zoo, and this is not the San Diego Zoo, but the zoo in Fort Worth, Texas.
I did visit the San Diego Zoo on my California vacation, and it was amazing. But, I must tell you, visiting the San Diego Zoo only reinforced the fact that the Fort Worth Zoo is a contender for one of the BEST. There, I said it.
And I thought it while I was there.
And maybe, it’s just pride for the city I have worked in all my life.
Or maybe, I had an easier time photographing the animals.
I’m not knocking San Diego Zoo. It IS spectacular. And they have bears. Polar, and Panda, and Koala – oh my!
Just sayin’ Fort Worth Zoo is pretty darn cool too.
Take a look at my past trip, and see if you agree.
My last visit to the Fort Worth Zoo was in May, Mother’s Day, for a Wildlife Photography class.
I took my daughter, since it was Mother’s Day, and we spent the day with the animals.
I loved practicing what I learned in photography class.
Like shooting through the glass.
full face in your face,
Sometimes, it takes great patience to get the shot you want. Animals move and change quite often. That’s why I love going by the same area more than once, I can, usually, get something completely different each time.
We watched this Falcon wake up. He had ruffled feathers and only one eye open. He was honestly pretty ugly. For a few minutes, I thought he was sick, but in an instant, he changed to fierce.
I hit the shutter at just the right moment and got this shot.
He looks so slick!
With prompting from one of my UTA Cont. Ed class teachers, I entered into the Fort Worth Zoo Photo Contest.
The hardest part was picking the five photos to enter. But I did it. And I didn’t think I would win. For one, all the entries were really great. Some mind-boggling good. I was just glad I had the courage to enter my first photo contest.
The winners were announced Friday.
My photo won 3rd Place in the Bird Category.
I am so proud, happy, and honored. There were hundreds of entries. I’m glad my patience (and practice) paid off.
If you are near Fort Worth, Texas and haven’t visited the zoo.
I’d like to see your photos and hear what you think.
Is it one of the best zoos?