ELEPHANT DANCE, “MENAGE A TROIS” IN LIONS DEN, AND MUCH MORE AT THE ZOO

Feb 26 – SYDNEY ZOO: OUR “WARM DOWN” AFTER “MADAM BUTTERFLY” AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

How do you come down emotionally after completing a marathon?

I should ask my Aussie friend Andrew that question. He is an accomplished world-class marathoner.

I don’t know what he does after a big race. But I would guess that he does not spend the next day in bed. Just vegging out. Probably goes out for a little run.

I am no marathoner. But in swimming, we used call that a “warm down.” That’s what you do an exhausting race.  You do a few laps just to loosen up come down emotionally before you shower and dress.

Sydney Zoo: Our “Warm Down” after the Opera

That’s how Elizabeth and I felt the morning after that high we experienced on Feb 25 during the “Madam Butterfly” performance at the Sydney Opera House.

So what did we do? We went to the zoo.

On our last day in Sydney, we walked down to the Circular Quay from our Darling Harbour hotel, and took a ferry to the Taronga Zoo. We thought it would be a good way to come down emotionally from the high the “Madam Butterfly ” experience represented the night before.

But first, we found a surprise at Circular Quay.  The nighttime breezes blew in a big cruise ship.

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Idefault-QE-19593 told Elizabeth that many years ago, at that very pier, I saw “Elizabeth II” (right), docked in front of The Rocks.  It was a spectacular view. 20090226ran8116382_037.jpgJust as was this one of “Mary II” (left) sailing past the Sydney Opera House.  Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 9.37.38 AMThe original “Queen Mary,” which saw service in WW II carrying the troops from the U.S. to England, is now a hotel in Long Beach, CA.  It is located right next to Howard Hughes’ “Spruce Goose.”  I went on board “Queen Mary” in 1983 when it was still a museum.

(For those who might not be aware, Queen Mary of England (1516-1558) was one of Elizabeth’s past incarnations).

And now, here are some of our shots from the leisurely walk around the zoo…

At Taronga Zoo

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Moving on…

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It is a good thing we did not know at the time that this Komodo Dragon also devours humans among some of his dinner favorites.

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The Python needed no narration from me. But I did point out to Elizabeth that we would have seen the Quokkas in their natural habitat had we gone to Rottnest Island near Perth.

Here’s more from the Aussie section of the zoo…

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DANCE OF ELEPHANTS

Elizabeth and I spent a long time watching this (female) elephant practice her dance routine.  Eventually, I got my camera out and made thie short video that captured her dance steps.

ELEPHANT DANCE AT SYDNEY ZOO – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – made on location at Taronga Zoo on Feb 26, 2015 –

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Menage a Trois in Lions Den

And I also took some shots of a rather regal looking lion family. At first.  Then a spot of trouble ensued among this “menage a trois”.

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 Sumatra Tiger’s Swagger

The Lion may be the King of the Jungle, but no animal walks with more swagger than a tiger. Check out this big Sumatra tiger as he was pacing through the woods impatiently.

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And then we came upon some mere Meerkats. Very cute…

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And then some mountain goats, rams as we would call them…

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We finished our walking tour with a sea lion show at the zoo pool.

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And then it was time to go back…

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Once back in the city, we took these two final shots of us on our last day of the fabulous trip to Australia.

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That evening, Feb 26, around 9:30 PM, we left Honolulu on a 10-hour flight back to Honolulu.  And now, a bit of the global travel trivia for those of you who have not traveled to or from Australia.

TIME TRAVEL BACK HOME: WE ARRIVED BACK HOME IN HAWAII 11 HOURS BEFORE WE HAD LEFT SYDNEY

We arrived home today over 11 hours BEFORE we had left Sydney!

How’s that possible?

It is. Because the global date line being in the middle of the Pacific. And we crossed it going BACK IN TIME.

As a result, we left Sydney on Thursday evening at 9:20 PM, and arrived in Honolulu on also Thursday at 10:10 AM.

Quirky, right? 🙂

“We did some kind of time travel,” Elizabeth remarked after we landed in Hawaii.

Isn’t that a fact.

 

 

Author: ALTZAR

Bob Altzar Djurdjevic is a writer, musician, video maker, thrice-ordained Inca-shaman, geopolitical commentator, business analyst, playwright-producer... He is also founder of non-profit organizations Stewards of the Earth (https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaiastewards) and Truth in Media (https://www.facebook.com/groups/truthinmedia.org/) ALTZAR shares his time between Maui, Hawaii and Scottsdale, Arizona. You can follow his blog at http://djurdjevic.wordpress.com/ and his travelogues at https://yinyangbob.wordpress.com/). Bob had also worked as a business consultant and advisor to top executives of large multinational computer companies for 36 years (1978-2014). He had spent 8 years working for IBM prior to starting his own business in 1978.

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