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Virginia Zoo and Azalea Gardens

Discussion in 'Nature' started by LeeOsenton, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. LeeOsenton

    LeeOsenton Mu-43 Button Clicker

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    Jun 25, 2010
    Hayes, Virginia, U.S.A.
    Lee Osenton
    I snuck off to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk and then to Azalea Gardens. My agenda was to enjoy the weather since summer is winding down here and to become more comfortable with my recently acquired Olympus E-P3. These images were taken with the Panasonic X 45-175mm or the X 14-42mm. The closeup shots were taken with the X 14-42mm and a Raynox 150. Appreciate your feedback and opinions. ~ Lee

    The train wasn't crowded but the day was nice so we walked.
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    The Red Pandas are one of my favorites.
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    This guy was wandering inside the bonobo cage.
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    The tiger swam right up to the window.
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    A very interesting garden and pond.
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    Welcome to Azalea Gardens
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    Sizzling color
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    Plenty of butterflies
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    Another flower closeup
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    Found a hidden waterfall on my way back.
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  2. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    Ahhh, the Norfolk Botanical (aka Azalea) Gardens. Weather should be pretty decent until mid-to-late October. I miss home....

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. Herbie

    Herbie New to Mu-43

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    Sep 9, 2012
    Nice work!
     
  4. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    I will make a note next time I am in Norfolk to visit there. Especially like the red panda (aka "firefox"), also one of my favorites.

    I take it you like the EP3 over the G3?
     
  5. LeeOsenton

    LeeOsenton Mu-43 Button Clicker

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    Jun 25, 2010
    Hayes, Virginia, U.S.A.
    Lee Osenton
    Haha, old habits die hard. Once you are familiar with the convoluted Olympus interface it is hard to operate a "normal" camera. The P3 was a used impulse bargain to go with my G3, but instead it has become my daily driver and the G3 is gathering dust. The G3 is simply a better camera, but after an Olympus SLR and an E-PL2 I am just stuck in Oly mode. Hoping the G3 can find a better home and I will buy another lens.

    Lee
     
  6. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Never seen a Red Panda before...:smile:
     
  7. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    Ditto! I learn something new every day here :biggrin:
     
  8. LeeOsenton

    LeeOsenton Mu-43 Button Clicker

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    Jun 25, 2010
    Hayes, Virginia, U.S.A.
    Lee Osenton
    They are becoming popular with zoos; you may have one in your area. I want to go back to see them again before winter. Our zoo lets them run in trees that hang over a bridge. He was about 10 feet over my head when I got that shot. I haven't seen them jump yet...

    That photo is cropped to remove blown out sky. I am thinking about trying fill flash so I can reduce exposure but not loose the detail in their faces. No choice but to shoot up into the sky; any suggestions?

    Lee