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All zoos are both beguiling and repellent. ~ Thomas French


Orangutans are a semi-solitary species with very slow life histories. They travel, eat, and sleep in the forest canopy, making a new sleeping nest most nights. Orangutans have a high level of intelligence which manifests itself in tool-use and the making of tools in the wild. Orangutans exhibit many socially learned traditions that are passed down from generation to generation.  You can read more about Orangutans at Orangutan Foundation International.

Phoenix Zoo, Orangutan Forest


Phoenix Zoo Rose Garden, Phoenix, AZ

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We should remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us…[They] cannot speak for themselves. ~  Harriet Beecher Stowe


The Phoenix Zoo is a regular haunt while the weather is good.  Needless to say, we made what was probably our last trip of the season over the weekend.  The Children’s Trail led us to a koi pond covered in a carpet of lily pads, and this single blossoming water lily.  It was so striking I had to take a series of shots as we passed through.


No, really…it’s a Baja Fairy Duster.  I couldn’t possibly have come up with a better name for this flower, although I had no idea what it was when I shot it.  I just knew they were gorgeous to photograph – delicate and bold at the same time and Kat gave me just enough time to shoot 3 or 4 frames before she had to get to the Petting Zoo. In a beautiful coincidence, we studied the Baja Fairy Duster in Kat’s class at the Botanical Garden the very next week after I took these shots.