Clown Fish & Anemone

Clown fish & Anemone

Leaving the zoo in favor of the aquarium, a clown fish nestled in an anemone… If you look close, this is a really poor picture as, in my experience, most from an aquarium are.  There’s piles of chromatic aberration around all the anemone ends at the bottom, but I think it’s from the aquarium glass, not the lens that’s the cause.  Too bad really, because I like the overall look of it… Maybe I’ll have to go back to the aquarium some day.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 85mm, f/5.6, 1/13 sec, ISO 400

Western Lowland Gorilla

Wenstern Lowland Gorilla

One of the female western lowland gorillas.  Not as good a shot as the others because of the obvious nature of the man made habitat, but oh well, I felt the gorillas needed fair representation here.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-s 18-135mm lens @ SEL 18-200mm lens @ 85mm, f/10, 1/13 sec, ISO 400

Grevy’s zebras

Grevy's Zebras

Two of the three or four Grevy’s zebras that reside at the zoo with their little Mohawk manes.  Pretty standard really, except that we call just call them Zebra’s and don’t care what variety they are.

Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18-200mm lens @ 200mm, f/11, 1/15 sec, ISO 100

Sichuan Takin

Sichuan Takin

The second most infamous zoo animal (according to me) the Sichuan Takin.  Noted mainly for being a giant goat with very oily fur.  Other than that, I’m not sure what’s really special about it – it doesn’t exactly look like it would make a good pet.

Picture taken with Pentax W60, lens @ 25mm (140mm eq), f/5.5, 1/20 sec shutter, ISO 200 – which fully explains any lack of quality in the picture.  It was a marvelous waterproof camera for it’s time, but couldn’t hold a candle to a ‘real’ camera on dry land.



One of the zoo’s lionesses – I don’t have such a good picture of the male, he was too lazy and just laid around all day.  OK, he was also very old and has since died, plus, laying around all day is pretty much a cat’s job I think.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-S 18-135mm lens @ 135mm, f/7.1, 1/200 sec shutter, ISO 1600.

Chilean Flamingos


Flamingos… Chilean Flamingos. I didn’t know there were multiple kinds.  Apparently the Lincoln Park zookeepers are aware of the special diet they need to keep their plumage nice and bright.  If I recall, this was taken on a pretty dull, overcast day which was probably good for limiting the contrast (noting the lack of shadows) and glare on the water.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-S 18-135mm lens @ 135mm, f/10, 1/500 sec shutter, ISO 1600.

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

For a few years, we thought that the polar bear exhibit was just a mean joke because there was not and, as far as we could tell, had never been a polar bear in the habitat.  Then one showed up, and she looks sad (at least in this picture).  Apparently she’s gone again, as the picture was from 2012 and there’s a 2014 note that she’s moving to another zoo while the enclosure gets remodeled.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF 70-300mm lens @ 225mm, f/5.0, 1/80 sec shutter, ISO 100.

Amur (Siberian) Tiger

Amur Tiger

OK – Thanksgiving and the shopping holiday are over,  back to normal.  Here’s one of the zoo’s amur tigers, which apparently used to be called Siberian tigers but the name was changed to better reflect their natural range.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF 70-300mm lens @ 235mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec shutter, ISO 100.