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Through the Lens: An Adventure at the Houston Zoo

In the heart of Houston, Texas, lies a sanctuary where the wild meets the whimsical – the Houston Zoo. Nestled amidst lush greenery and echoing with the symphony of nature's melodies, this haven is home to a vibrant tapestry of creatures, each with their own story to tell.


As a storyteller armed with my Nikon Z9 camera and Nikkor 70-200 Z, I embarked on probably one of my more memorable trips to this zoo, eager to capture the essence of its inhabitants. Little did I know that my lens would bear witness to moments of pure hilarity, boundless joy, and unexpected mischief.

As active and energetic as the elephant calves were, the lazy lounging gorillas stole the show with their antics. Teasing and poking each other with a mixture of affection and mischief, they reminded me of my siblings and I in a perpetual game of tag. Through my lens, I captured the warmth of their bond, a testament to the power of companionship in the animal kingdom.

My shoot began with the cheeky meerkats, masters of mischief and masters of posing. Like characters straight out of a comedy, they struck poses reminiscent of the iconic scene from Titanic where Rose states “Paint me like one of your French girls, Jack”, beckoning me to capture their antics in all their glory. With each click of my shutter, I immortalized their playful spirit, forever frozen in time.

Next, I found myself amidst a flurry of excitement as the pair of baby elephants frolicked amongst their rope toys. Their trumpeting echoing through the air as they chased each other with boundless enthusiasm, their joy infectious and impossible to resist. At times it seemed as if they knew where my camera was, and exactly what I wanted them to do. Allowing me to capture them at their most playful and endearing moments.

As I approached the rhinoceros enclosure, I was greeted by a sight that made just about every passerby laugh: the solo rhino making funny faces! With their wrinkled noses and expressive eyes, they seemed to revel in their own uniqueness, unapologetically embracing every quirk and imperfection.


Photographing giraffes at the zoo is like capturing elegance on stilts, with a dash of mischievous charm thrown in. As I aimed my camera towards the towering beauties, two adolescent giraffes decided to put on a show, their long necks entwining like a graceful dance. With a wink to the camera and a playful flick of their tails, they seemed to say, "We're not just tall, we're tall and awesome"

The tiger enclosure was my next stop. As I ascended the ramp to the viewing deck, my eyes locked onto a magnificent creature lounging amidst the lush greenery, its orange and black coat shimmering in the dappled sunlight. With a regal air, it watched me intently, its gaze a mix of curiosity and quiet authority. Capturing the essence of this large cat would require patience, respect, and a keen eye for detail. 

From there, I headed over to the flamingo pond, I was immediately struck by the ethereal beauty of these majestic birds. Their graceful forms glided effortlessly through the water, their delicate pink feathers shimmering in the sunlight. Among them, one particular flamingo stood out like a beacon of elegance. With its regal posture and strikingly vibrant plumage, it seemed to command the attention of all who beheld it. As I trained my lens on his royal highness, I was captivated by his serene presence, as if he held the secrets of the universe within its gaze. In that moment, I knew that I had found my centerpiece for this adventure.


As the day drew to a close, I couldn't help but feel grateful for the opportunity to witness and capture the magic of the animal kingdom. Through my lens, I had glimpsed into the souls of these remarkable creatures, each one a testament to the beauty and diversity of life on Earth. For in the end, it is not just about capturing images, but about capturing moments – moments that remind us of the wonder and awe that surround us each and every day.

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