View 57: Winter at the Zoo

Red Fox curled up for warmth at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.

Red Fox curled up for warmth at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.

The thermometer was reading 12 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill at -18F last Saturday and, of course, I choose to go to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. The zoo is running their annual winter photography contest with free admission for people who show a coupon and their camera. I figured since it was a typical central New York winter’s day, it was a good day to get winter photos at the zoo.

I took over 300 photos during the day but can only submit 2 for the contest. After culling out the days take, I looked at what was left and the Red Fox (above) and Caribou (below) photos kept catching my eye. Though both needed cropping to tell the story I wanted to convey, I think both photos show what winter life is like for these animals at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

A camera shy Caribou at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.

A camera shy Caribou at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.

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11 Responses to View 57: Winter at the Zoo

  1. montucky says:

    Those are both great! I wouldn’t mind having a fur coat like that fox has right about now!


  2. Julie McLeod says:

    Both excellent shots! Good luck in the contest!


  3. Great choices! I really like the fox.
    Good luck in the contest!! When do they announce the winner?


  4. mrgrosky says:

    Great shots, Scott. I love the caribou one, especially. Did you think about possibly cropping in just a bit tighter on its face? Just a thought, Mitch


  5. sorrentolens says:

    The fox is a great shot! Especially with that one wary eye peeping out. Very nice.


  6. Laurie says:

    These are beautiful…the first one is just precious.


  7. Rico says:

    Goodluck with the contest. Sorry I wasn’t able to participate in the Assignment. I’m setting up my new website, and I want to post it there. Next time then.


  8. karma says:

    Lovely, cozy foxes!


  9. Mitch says:

    I like the red fox picture the best; something about sleeping animals and me. lol


  10. The contest entry deadline is next week. They’ll be announcing the winners on February 20th. Thanks for the good wishes and luck. This is a great promotion by the zoo to get people there in the middle of winter. Even in the harsh weather the day I was there, many other fellow photographers and families were walking around and enjoying the zoo.

    I am very fond of both these photos. The Red Fox showed a great adaptation to the harsh winters his species lives in. The Caribou brought a little humor to a very cold and blustery winter’s day. He played peek-a-boo for 20 minutes with me. 🙂

    MrG, I see what you are saying. However, I like seeing the Caribou’s leg, body and neck and decided to submit as is.

    Rico, that’s okay. Maybe next time. Don’t foget to send me the new link to your blog when you have it ready.

    Mitch, yeah, what is with that? (Sorry, folks, a little inside joke here. Mitch likes to email out lots of photos of sleeping animals. He even found a website with videos showing animals and babies falling asleep.)


  11. I vote with the majority – the fox wins. Great shot.


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