While we looked at animals, I experimented with getting myself back in the picture a few times, and one of my shots actually turned out pretty well. A little reflective action. Even though the San Francisco Zoo is fairly small, we have yet to make it all the way through to see everything. Our trips so far have been only about two hours, with some of that time spent at the huge playground modeled after zoo animal habitats. Right outside the playground, Goen chanced upon one of the resident peacocks roaming around the zoo and tried to get closer to it. I didn't notice it until he was quite close. I don't know how aggressive peacocks are, but David and I both rushed to get to him before we were forced to find out.
The evidence of Spring was abundant. We saw a giraffe calf, a baby gorilla, and, of course, the flamingo chicks that hatched a week ago. Being so close to such beautiful little creatures is an amazing experience. The flamingo chicks were already mimicking their mature counterparts and standing on one leg, quite steadily I might add. I enjoy photographing the interactions among the family members (the gorillas especially). But time was short. We took a quick family shot of our own (we have so few!) and then, with baby on papa's shoulders, we walked away from the zoo. But we definitely walked away with a little more knowledge, a little more appreciation, for the animals we share this planet with.
Oh, and, in case you were wondering, David did remember to get bread and the chicken salad sandwiches were delicious!