(Sort of) Abstract Animals

I’m always looking for themes when putting together images for a post. Most of those themes are fairly logical and obvious, but sometimes I stretch things just a bit. This is one of those times.

I currently have quite a few animal images in the queue, some from the Minnesota Zoo, some from the San Diego Zoo, and some from our Canada/Alaska trip. These three caught my eye, because they are a bit unusual. The first two are from San Diego. The big cat had a mister in his enclosure and the droplets gave the image a dreamy effect.

This little fellow is a harlequin duck and I was struck by the graphic pattern of its feathers. It was sleeping and the pose, combined with the coloring, rendered it into a mysterious object. I was hoping to get a more conventional image, as well, but the duck had no intention of interrupting a good nap to pose for me. I can’t blame him.

The final image is a Rocky Mountain Bluejay I relentlessly photographed during our respite at Lake Agnes, following our grueling hike up from Lake Louise. His color was gorgeous in the sun, but he kept flying in and out of the shade and I had trouble getting sharp images. I deleted most of the blurry ones, but there’s something about this one that really appealed to me. I’m weird like that.