I haven’t taken many pictures in June, mostly because I didn’t feel like it, and also because there wasn’t much to take pictures of in the first place.
Mainly I’ve been stalking bumblebees (do you think they’re going to sue me?), and tried taking pictures of them mid-flight.
The best day of the month, well, of the whole year so far, was yesterday when I visited the Berlin Zoo again, and for the first time in my life saw our baby panda bears (Pit and Paule) for real (and not just on video)!!! (In case you want to have a look at one of the videos, click here)
Berlin has been lucky in having one of the few zoos worldwide that are allowed by the Chinese Government to have pandas, and late last winter two panda babies were born here.
Because of the Corvid crisis however visitors were kept from seeing the pandas as it was feared too many people would stand too close to each other, and thus increase the risk of infection.
So imagine my surprise yesterday when I saw people waiting in line in front of the panda garden! Fortunately the line wasn’t very long, and after 15 minutes I was granted access.
Oh, the joy I felt! It came as a surprise to me that I was so giddy with excitement and happiness since, hey, I’ve been watching videos of them quite often recently. But it’s so very, very different to see them for real! I couldn’t stop smiling and ooh-ing and aww-ing at everything they did, which was surprisingly much because they were playing around with each other and their panda mama.
I was so giddy that I fear my pictures are lacking somewhat in their usual quality, like when I took pictures of them standing in front of the window with the sun behind my back! 😉
But I’m including them anyway, because they’re the only ones I got. 😀
Maybe not as cuddly as the panda bears but I was fascinated to spot it anyway, a juvenile Bearded vulture!
And the King vulture was beautifully posing for me and very patient:
As always, I make sure to visit the sea lions when I’m at the zoo:
And it is as if this White-necked raven knew, that I was planning a wrap-up for Tracy’s Corvid Challenge and put himself in the limelight:
And this was it! Hope you enjoyed this post, and I look forward to reading yours!
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The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
- Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
- Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
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