I took a random day off on Tuesday with the determination that I would have a random day out of the house wandering about. With that goal in mind I found myself in the zoo parking lot and ready to disembark at 9:03am. It is surprising just how easy it is to park at the zoo at 9am on a Tuesday.
First I took myself off to the oceans section of the zoo. Several times in the past I’d thought it would be nice to get some pics of the small selection of life aquatic but I completely failed to properly estimate the difficulty of the lighting conditions. It was all I could do after an hour to reel off a few even decent pictures.
Luckily, the giraffes did not share this problem. Their distinct chewing motions make for grand portraiture that reminds me strongly of the toothless bald guy on Benny Hill who was repeatedly patted on the head.
Not far off from the photogenic giraffes, we have the walking corpses of the animal kingdom, the Marabou Stork. These guys look like their faces are rotting off and their posture is comical to say the least.
The lawn at White River is a popular venue for concerts. The Indianapolis Nilharmonic was playing John Cage’s 4’33” the morning I was there. Quite magical.
There is a small urban garden across from the Indiana State Museum. It’s interesting but I was most impressed by this artichoke flower.
In general, I despise parking garages but the views are astounding.
And the Citizen’s Gas Thermal plant which supplies steam to many surrounding buildings is quite an eyesore.
Further wandering, I found myself down by the circle only to realize that they were in the midst of an event. Apparently the statue at the top of the circle city monument has been down for repairs recently and on this day they’d planned to replace it. This never happened because the wind was too strong, but it did cause quite a crowd to gather.
Cops doing crowd control were certainly jovial…
And there’s a lot of history in the face of this homeless gentleman…
We’ve become a very camera-focused society. (no pun intended)
And finally the lady herself. She’s a lot bigger than she looks.
And that was the day that was…