Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “Zoo

Straight From The Dinosaur’s Mouth

Straight From The Dinosaur's Mouth

 

Long time Calgary residents might recognise the muzzle of the city’s favourite concrete critter, Dinny the Dinosaur. The 120 ton statue was built in 1937 and will be the only remnant after more renovations at the zoo. The majority of the other dinos are going to Drumheller.

This shot was taken in February 1988 on Kodachrome film.

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Olympic Colours 1988

Olympic Colours 1988

 

Although this image was  photographed outside, when I looked at the slide, it reminded me of a stained glass church window. Taken at the Calgary Zoo in February of 1988 on Kodachrome film.

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Panda Walk

Panda Walk

 

This will be another week straight from my archive. These slides all came from the same Kodachrome box with mounts imprinted with the Kodak Olympic Press Center, so I know they were all taken in February 1988. This was the last time the Giant Pandas visited Calgary. The Giant Pandas will return in 2018 http://www.calgaryzoo.com/media-releases/return-panda-magic-confirmed The Giant Pandas are on a ten year loan to Canada with the first five years spent in Toronto.

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One Leaf

One Leaf

The recent warm weather at the Calgary Zoo had snow melting in places. The layers of deposits in this unused enclosure were melting at different rates, exposing the strata. A leaf that had been frozen in the snow was being freed by the heat of the sun.

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Musk Ox Horn

Musk Ox Horn

The Musk Ox has one of the most distinctive horns in the North American animals department. I reminds me somewhat, of the African Cape Buffalo, in that it starts in the middle of the skull and spreads across the entire head. The shape however, is different. On looking at them closely, you can see that there is almost a wood grain pattern on the outside of the horn. The Musk Ox at the zoo seem quite passive but the lore of the musk ox is that they are active in their defence of the herd. Photographing a large animal through a fence can introduce a large number of distracting items. Using a long lens at a wide aperture allows you to narrow the focal point and reduce the subject area, leaving the distractions behind.

In the best light…


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