So yesterday my daughter’s mother was off getting Honeymooned by her new husband so we all took off for St. Louis. In general, when I vacation it tends to be simply going from place to place, wherever the wind will blow. In this case, with three kids along, I let them go wherever they would blow. Whenever asked, “Where are we going?” my steadfast answer was, “you tell me.” Simply put, it was my job to keep them fed and away from the police station. Aside from that, whatever the popular vote called for was in order.
The first destination requested was the zoo. I handled parking and after that the kids were in charge of selecting destinations, planning their time and, most amusingly to me, navigation.
At some point Amanda will stop giving me these silly looks because inevitably they’re captured forever.
Eric is looking stoic as always.
First order of business was the primates, I’m always struck by the soulful humanity in their eyes. It astounds me that any hunter could ever look into these eyes and think it was right to kill such a creature in cold blood.
Their hands are practically human.
And in some cases, their faces almost prayerful.
And touchingly somber. Pity they’re locked up.
Izzy, of course, finds a way to get attacked by a tree.
Little bowling pin prairie dogs. Amanda asked, “Are prairie dogs supposed to be that fat?!” Sadly my knowledge of prairie dog dietary needs is woefully insufficient to speculate.
One mustn’t forget the flamingos.
or the pelicans…(?) either.
The penguin house was cool (no pun intended) but rather dark for much good photography. However there was no shortage of silhouettes.
But the puffins were slightly better lit.
I realized while editing a series of rather dull zebra photos, that I’ve neglected textures as of late. It seems well nigh time to put that to rights.
Mr. Camel has rather a grievous overbite.
And caught in the right instant, ostriches look to be laughing…
… but they quickly become shy after their outbursts.
Since the children somehow showed up with no proper footwear and only flip-flops available for several miles of walking, this fountain was a godsend for tired, hot and grumpy feet.
Various St. Louis landmarks are in evidence.
This scene struck me as rather apt, though depressing. All the children have run away to play, leaving only their shoes and water bottles behind…. well, that and all manner of electronic gadgetry.
Arches in relief.
I put on my most friendly voice with the front desk clerk to move us up to the top floor. She stated categorically that “none of the rooms have a good view” but this view from the hallway is nothing to sneeze at. I’ll just set my alarm for 5:00am and we’ll see where the sun comes up amongst this tangle of humanity.
And that’s the day that was.