Seeing life through the eyes of an animal

I have eyes similar to an animal. Being someone who has studied biology will lead  you to think that way. In biology life is characterized by how complex the organism is; something can be unicellular other things are complex and multi-cellular.

Yet, with much study you learn to appreciate life at all levels and you realize how living organisms sustain other living organisms. This past weekend I went to the Brookfield Zoo and appreciated life on all scales from the tiny naked mole rat to the large African elephant.

Here is my photo journal of this experience (using a simple point-and-shoot 8 mega pixel camera):

baby giraffe

baby giraffe

Who doesn’t love babies? This is no exception. This little long necked patterned herbivore, was so cute I had to take its picture. I guess everyone needs a time to rest and lay down even baby giraffes.

Cassowary

Cassowary

Cassowaries are very unique flightless birds. I love their beautiful blue and red necks, which indicate  their aggressive behavior (when provoked). Nature has many of these signs can you read them?

A more ordinary beast

A more ordinary beast

Cows have always been an infatuation of mine. Perhaps because they are taller than me or maybe because I always wanted to live on a farm.  Living in an agriculturally rich state like Iowa might do that to you.

A beloved beast

A beloved beast

Sorry this image is hard to tell what it is;  there is a little girl and a dolphin (in the left hand corner). While perusing my images this was a favorite. Not because its composition is the best but because of its content. This image speaks to me about what I think a zoo is; its a place for us to discover the animal in us. When I was a very young girl I loved whales and dolphins perhaps because I viewed them as birds of the sea; and I love birds! Dolphins can swim quite deep (not always to the bottom) and they can dive out into the air (opposite of a bird can do into the sea). Another thing I noticed was that the dolphin viewing area was a busy exhibit, unlike the naked mole rat’s. Can you image why? We often like to relate to and watch things that are beautiful, even though at times we are not. Who wants to call himself or herself a rat?

Looking at the great apes

Looking at the great apes

Oftentimes, when we observe the great apes like the gorillas above, we can see ourselves. This is because they are the creatures that are most like us. They are within our same taxonomic order and therefore share many of our same characteristics. Due to this fact they are  the most fun and hardest animals to watch. Sometimes it shows us the cage we have put ourselves or others have put us.

grizzlybearA very dangerous and beautiful animal. The grizzly bear is powerful, but not indestructible. Like most carnivores they are misunderstood. They eat others to survive. They were given sharp teeth and claws to kill for survival. They normally don’t kill animals when they are ticked off, so don’t fear them because of what they eat. But do leave them alone!

Kitty taking a stretch

Kitty taking a stretch

Another carnivore but less misunderstood. They are the cats. These is not your everyday domestic short-hair, but they are often loved because we keep their distant relatives in our homes. (Sadly, not me I’m allergic.)

mandrill

Looking down at a mandrill

Keep your distance. This beautiful primates’ colors warn you of what it bares in its mouth. Just one quick yawn from this primate will bare his secret; large teeth. These animals are omnivorous (they eat both plants/fruits and small animals).

A higly textured friend

A highly textured friend

Herbivores come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes like this rhinoceros above they have large horns. A less obvious distinction for this animal is its armored appearance. Do you like those textures? (Sorry they are hard to see).

A wild favorite relative

A wild favorite relative

As you probably have read between the lines. I love horses, and due to this fact I love zebras. Their stripes express to me the epitome of the freedom I see in the horse.  However, they are not a horse they are a zebra. They could be seen as a symbol of race relations like  Jerry Seinfeld would suggest for the black and white cookie.  Not only could they be considered a symbol they are also blinding. A lion is blinded by a herd of zebras, but not by a single zebra running. What does this say? I don’t know and I don’t pretend to.

Hope you enjoyed the photographs, or at least what I said about them.

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