Let the cripples win lotto
Now before I get sent emails criticising my politically incorrect subject heading, I wish to point out that it is Andrew who uses the word cripple. It’s usually when he is jokingly trying to engender some sympathy… such as “that’s not fair, you can’t tickle the cripple”. Besides, a title of Let the people with physical disabilities win lotto doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Seriously for a moment, I think it would bring a little balance to the universe if people with disabilities did disproportionally win the lotto. I remember when I used to work at the then Royal Blind Society being quite aware of the difference a technology aid could make and all too often that they were unaffordable for some. The price of CCTVs and other magnifiers has come down over the years however I imagine they are still prohibitively expensive for some. Did you know that a manual wheelchair can cost more than many second hand cars?
We recently packed up the wheelchair and hit the road for a long weekend. Destination: Mogo Zoo on the South Coast of New South Wales. The zoo’s website describes it as having disabled parking and access. The only caveat is that the zoo has some “undulating areas”. I really thought the word undulating sounded so casual and relaxing that I did not give it a second thought.
I soon discovered that you could supplement the word steep for undulating areas and it would still be a reasonably accurate description. Unfortunately for us it had also recently rained leaving some areas of the dirt track boggy. Given the challenging terrain it was a while before I could relax enough to enjoy the zoo experience. The photo including in this post – that of a ring tailed lemur – was taken in a flat area of the zoo. I delighted in watching them groom each other; chomp on carrots and scurry all over their island enclosure. The pygmy marmosets were similarly fascinating in their interactions with each other. I think I fared quite well in my efforts to eliminate wire from my photographs. I tried to follow the advice of Ralph A. Clevenger as described in his book “Photographing Nature”, which was to use a large aperture (e.g. f/4) and a long lens. I was pleasantly surprised at how much of the wire I was able to eliminate by doing this. For some of Mogo’s enclosures I need not have worried. Giraffe, zebra, ostriches and deer are in large paddock areas and it’s easy to get a shot without needing to shoot through wire.
I still have a few more photos to upload – mainly of a Lion having a snack on a bone and a few of both bengal and sumatran tigers. I have started to think that I show hoarding tendencies in my photo keeping practices. I don’t NEED 20 photos of the same lion eating the same piece of meat yet I struggle to choose which one to keep and which to discard. (Can you tell that I’ve been watching Hoarders on Gem recently?)