Zoo Excursion: Temple and Safari Park

Halfway up
Halfway up the stair climb to the statue at the top of a mountain.
This is the beginning of the Senior Level Two spring excursion.

Almost at the top
Almost at the top!

Statue
Statue at the top.

Flower girls
In the woods above the statue, Daniel tucks a gardenia behind Cherry's ear.
To complement this scene, Sophie is practicing her new skill. Loudly.
I've just taught her how to whistle with a blade of grass. Oops.

Girls in dappled light
Girls in dappled light, left to right:
Sophie, Stephanie, Stella, Daniel, and Cherry.

Tour guide
Hi! Hello! Welcome to the Wild Animal Safari Park!
I'M AN OSTRICH!!! IN YOUR FACE!
I'll be your tour guide this afternoon! Hi! Yes, hello!!
Just follow me! No, better yet, how about I herd you warily in front of me?!

Hey Cajhne, remember our Saliva Safari(tm)?
Well, this was better, because this time, instead of croutons and kefir,
there were actual wild* animals... and we could wander amongst them on foot.
(*for some values of "wild")

Emu kid
Walking around the park.
Oh my gaad, that shaggy melodramatic kid is so totally emu.

Camels
Mammy camel and baby camel.

Peaceful deer
A peaceful, serene deer scene...

Peaceful peninsula
...peacefully trapped on a peninsula, as kids serenely encroach.

Fording the river
Fording the water feature to get away.
Hey, yannawanna play Oregon Trail?
No? Aw, come on, don't frown! I was just teasing!

Zed is for zebra
Zed is for /zeh-brah/.

Zebra close-up
*scritch-scritch*
I don't recall ever before having scritched a zebra.

Pin-striped tails
Pin-striped tails on the zebras.

Miniature mustangs
Minature mustangs-- these skittish horses are /tiny/.
The foal is only about the size of a breadbox.

Hrrrm?
Hrrrm? I see you have returned for more camel pics.
Yes, it is still siesta-time in the shade.

HULLO?!
HULLO?! CAN I PLZ B IN UR PIX?!
The scrawny emu kid is starting to get really annoying.

Emu pics
Yeah, okay, fine. There. Emu pics.

Fur mosaic
Fur Mosaic: Dapples and Stripes Forever.

Peacock
Hey, excuse me, would you please hand me that feather?
Ooh, and your crest feathers are so shiny blue... hum, I can haz?