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Pics! Roses, Orchids and Komodo Dragons, Oh my!

Brie

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We hit up the Woodland Park Zoo yesterday, and for the first time I actually went into the huge Rose Garden.. For some reason, I always miss peak blooming season for them so never go in there. The garden is huge! Never realized how big it was! So glad I decided to pop in for some photos... Also spent alot of time photographing a few orchids in the tropical rainforest building... They had Blue Vandas in bloom! What drove me crazy though is as I stood there photographing these gorgeous orchids, SEVERAL groups of people went by and full on GRABBED the vanda flowers, like they weren't real or something! I about screamed my head off. Not like, feeling with a couple fingers type of grabbing, but grabbing like a baseball. Ugh! Anyway, luckily I was able to get photos before someone totally destroyed them. :p I dunno why the zoo put them within such easy reach, right over/by the walkway. Anyhow, ontop pics!

Roses, I didnt think of photographing their tags until like, halfway through taking photos.. So I have no idea what types these all are. lol. oops.

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I took this photo with this type of lighting effect in mind... Very.. Snow White. or Beauty and the Beast. lol.
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Others from the garden...

White swan echinacea
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White Dahlias
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No idea what this is, but thought it was really cool.
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Purple Cape Daisy and friend
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Brie

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And now for some photos from the zoo...

BLUE VANDAS! Wooo!
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Spider orchids
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Yellow-rumped Cacique. This bird had the coolest vocalizations EVER. If you wanna see a whole video of them, check this out.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMdjtGjWhe0&feature=related They appear to be SUPER good imitators, similar to crows and mynahs. I stood in the bird dome for a good half hour just listening and watching these guys.
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A pretty male White Tailed Trogon
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The endangered Western Pond Turtle
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And I actually cought one of the Komodo Dragons doing something other then their favorite past time of SLEEPING. lol.
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wow.... beautiful pics

ummm Komodo just wants to be friends with ya, betting you taste like rancid chicken LOL
 
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