The zoo – Natura Artis Magistra

Being at the zoo in Amsterdam was a bit bittersweet. Animals are kept in a unnatural way, captivated and far away from their natural elements. Keeping animals in a zoo is not natural, even though it’s been done for a long time. Thinking about this, it’s good to know that some of the animals that comes to the zoo is injured/hurt and would not have survived in the real life.

Knowing all this, it’s still pretty awesome to see all the different animals located in the zoo. There were so many exotic and interesting animals there; elephants, lions, monkies, wolves, zebras, wallabys, voltures etc.

We spent the entire day at the zoo and there wasn’t one boring moment throughout the whole day. I had lots of ‘wow-moments’, especially when we saw the gigantic and colorful butterflies and the zebras. There were also quite some ‘awww-moments’ too. How can you not go awww when you see penguins and baby elephants?

I took lots of photos at the zoo. You’ve already seen photos from the Aquarium. Here are some of the rest of the zoo.

 

 

Photo trip: Christmas edition

When I got up this morning, the sun was shining and the weather looked so good. I knew I had to put on my boots and go on a photo trip. Christmas is just around the corner and there is still some Christmas gifts to be bought. Normally the shops are not open on sundays, but the three sundays before Christmas all stores are normally open between 14.00 and 18.00. I had one gift I wanted to buy today. I also wanted to buy some Christmas cake.

I went downtown around noon. That let me have some time before the shops opened to go around the city photograph. I wanted to take advantage of the lovely light outside; that’s why I left two hours before the shops opened. As you can see on the photo above, the light was oh so lovely.

This phototrip is Christmas inspired. It’s December and soon the 24th, so there is no way around it. I can’t get away from the bicycles though; they are here and there and I can’t not photograph them, especially not the pretty old ones. You’ll see some in this post as well. The bikes I found today had all beautiful colors. Two of them where green, which is my favorite color, and one had this beautiful blue color.

As you can see, I captured a little bit of everything. I even got a photo of Tawakkul Karman from Yemen, who is one of the winner of this years Nobel’s Piece Prize. She, the two other winners came out of the Parliament Building when I passed it.

Walking around the city hunting for scenes/things to photograph is really fun. Getting home, connecting your camera to the laptop, transfer the photos and take the first look, is also really fun. It’s also quite exciting. Some photos you thought would be great might not be it and some photos surprise you by being great. I really like the post processing. It is fun to take an ok photo and make it great just by doing some post prosessing. Or doing some magic like my sister said, when she asked me to process the phots they’re using for this years Christmas card.

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