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Taking on the Zoo

Written by Echo Stenger on September 2nd, 2013 at 6:14 am

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Sunday before Labor Day I had hoped to take Angel to the Zoo, but when the weather forecast was 96° I decided against it.  The Hogle Zoo is rather hilly and means pushing a stroller because, you know, at least one of us can be comfortable.

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But that forecast was way off.  It was overcast and bordering on cool (if you’re not pushing a stroller up hills at least).

Zoos are a favorite destination of mine. It may not be an ideal world, but they give animals that would probably be dead otherwise a place to breathe, eat and hopefully endear themselves and their species to us. This one makes me cranky usually since it is always under  construction,  and did I mention the hills? My God, the hills!

But it’s a great chance to lug around a bag of lenses and take advantage of natural light.

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This time,  though I packed up all my gear and was ready to ignore everyone and do my own thing,  I decided to leave it in the car and rely on my new Galaxy S4 to more casually capture the day.
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Of course,  not every picture was a winner,  but just having fun with the built in camera functions was pretty cool.  I know the rhinos in the above picture aren’t captured well,  but hey! You can see us looking at them! Funness!

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We really hadn’t been to the zoo in quite a while.  There were many new attractions including a little area to cool off in water and a Lighthouse (sorta) slide.
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and otters…

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and a polar bear…

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grizzlies… but the winner was clearly the polar bear.

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Not that Lego penguins can’t hold their own.

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Or maybe these cuties.

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Or. .. the polar bear. 

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Photographed and published via Galaxy S4.

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EchoStenger.com began in early 2013 as a side project of Echoia.com. Namely, Echoia Photography. Wanting to expand to include more varied content, it seemed only appropriate to change the site's title.

It currently is an outlet for many of my interests and passions. I share my work in and write tutorials for Adobe Illustrator, review products (mostly purchased by me), experiment with my Silhouette Cameo machine (hashtag vector in flesh!), share my day-to-day and still post photographs on a regular basis.

Thank you for visiting and coming along with me as I grow and seek out beauty in everything.

I am a Christian mom, girlfriend, dog-mom, cat-mom and pseudo step-mom. I take up hobbies faster than I can put them back down. I am from Texas, but currently reside in Utah.

I. Love. Air conditioning.

Fiona Apple.

Angel : My seraph son. I’ll likely speak of nothing and no one so much. Born October 2009. He likes the color orange blue and almost anything Marvel.

Veda : Black. Lab-like. Born Summer 2008. A life changer. Full name and title: Princess Darth Veda Jane Sultanfuss Stenger. Usually just Veda/Veda Jane when she’s bad. Also ‘Monster’. In your way? Just say, 'Scoot, Veda.'

Trinity : Rescued from the pound about 9 weeks of age, Summer 2009. I call her ‘Wiggle Bottoms’, 'Dummy' (lovingly, of course) or ‘Little Bit’. Big time cuddler.

Li : Dog cat. Scarier than both the dogs put together.

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