The past two years while visiting Port Clinton, we took the ferry over to South Bass Island & visited the Commodore Perry Monument. This year, with heavy clouds & rain the in forecast, we decide it's a great day to visit the Toledo Zoo.
The residents don't care if it rains, there is plenty of shelter, we won't have a rocky ride on a boat, and we get to see something new!
With inclement weather, we decide to take our little Canon Powershot. It really does a good job with outdoor photography. The downside is almost all the residents of the zoo, while in large open areas, are surrounded with wire fencing and or glass.
Getting the camera to focus on the resident rather than wire and/or glass proves to be more than a challenge. Most pictures get the "delete" button. Oh well!
Have you ever seen a bench with legs this good looking? Someone used their imagination!
The "Bird" house has some rather unusual residents as well.
This stately looking guy proves especially challenging to capture. The glass reflects everything - including me!
We love the Aquarium, and now I wish I had the SLR camera. I shove the Powershot next to the glass to steady it & hope for the best. Still couldn't do anything about the reflections, but give it my best.
The Toledo Zoo is accredited by both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). See, I told you it's really nice!
The old Toledo Museum of Science Building houses the Amphibian exhibits. These creatures are impossible to capture. Not only are they masters of disguise, but the humidity is very high, making their habitats foggy with moisture condensation. But perhaps one of the most interest things is that we learn Toledo was once nicknamed Frog Town. Years ago, this area was a huge black swamp. When drained to construct the canals (more on this at the end) billions of frogs emerged, hence the nickname!
With the zoo near closing time, we race around to see the big guys. Fortunately, the hippo turned my way just as I raised my camera. What luck!
Now out in the parking lot, on the opposite side of the Zoo sign, I find this historical marker. Here we learn the Erie and the Wabash Canals made Toledo the port city it became. Great history out here in the east.
And here are the rest of the pictures we took, that is, the one's that survived the "delete" button. If interested, be sure to go to the link to the web albums on the right to see them in full screen size. And remember, any picture on this blog can be seen in full size by double clicking. Just use the "back" botton to return to the blog.
For further information: The Toledo Zoo
Address: The Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo Ohio, 43614-0801
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