why i love the (dallas) zoo

I have always loved animals as far back as I can remember. The first job I ever wanted was marine biologist, photo-journalist, then vet, then to own my very own zoo.  so cute huh.  not sure how I ended up working in social services except I suppose I applied my ability to empathize to the human race as well. I haven’t gone to a zoo for over 4 years so I told the hubs it was time for a little date day the other weekend.  I was happily surprised at how much I still enjoy visiting and learning about animals. Especially Gypsy, this sweet lil african elephant.  Her tail was bitten off by a bull years ago so she has a little nub. And thusly, she reminds me of my kitty of the same name, Gypsy, who has a crooked and short tail!  small world hee hee.  Here’s a look at our Dallas zoo. (all photos taken by me:)

Gypsy, the African Elephant (so cute right?!)DSC_0138 DSC_0131 DSC_0141 Loved this guy! Never been so close to a giraffe like this, amazing!DSC_0151 DSC_0159I chickened out on feeding them but how sweet is this girl?
DSC_0166 DSC_0171 DSC_0197this gorilla was just chillin doing some yoga poses.  feels good!
DSC_0212 seriously scary crocs!DSC_0238 another fave moment: this chimp hooting as us right before throwing a decent sized  rock (look in his right hand) at the wall! they have amazing gestures + facial expressions!DSC_0296 _Snapseed DSC_0286 _Snapseed DSC_0278 _Snapseed DSC_0269 _Snapseed DSC_0261 _SnapseedDSC_0270DSC_0297 DSC_0342 _Snapseed DSC_0328 _SnapseedFlamingos have always been a fave of mineDSC_0332 _SnapseedDSC_0360 DSC_0373 albino crocs apparently don’t live long in the wild due to their inability to camoflaugeDSC_0381 these snakes are gorgeous (behind glass that is)DSC_0383 DSC_0394 _Snapseed DSC_0417 _SnapseedDSC_0395DSC_0420DSC_0389 _SnapseedDSC_0400DSC_0419DSC_0433 DSC_0448So that’s that my friends.  How do you like the zoo?


My sister-in-law is engaged! Photos

I’m super excited that my sis-in-law got engaged recently and her and the fiancé let me take lots of photos in Florida!  I mean, these two are super amazingly photogenic as you can see…Like I’m jelly.  But even better I just love these guys and am ecstatic to have them as family.  So. Happy!   Congrats again you two!DSC_0216engagementengagementengagementengagementengagementengagementDSC_0255DSC_0263engaged DSC_0459 DSC_0485engagement engagement engagement engagement