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An unintentional trip to the zoo?

These guys are so cute, aren't they?

Meercats are so cute, aren’t they?

My last day in Kraków started rather damply.  The plan was a woodland walk and, when we arrived, I was immediately captivated by a red squirrel.  He, though, was quite determined to evade me and disappeared through a fence.  The woods were, coincidentally, situated next to Kraków zoo, and I surmised that I might find more red squirrels inside.  Looking through the gate, I decided that a visit might be worthwhile.  The flowerbeds alone looked rather beautiful.  So- in we went!

See what I mean?  The rhododendrons were gorgeous!

See what I mean? The rhododendrons were gorgeous!

 The kookaburra was one of my favourites of the captive species

The kookaburra was one of my favourites of the captive species

This guy seemed determined to vie with the flowers

But this guy seemed determined to vie with the flowers

When he treat us to this display!

When he treated us to this display!

While the pelicans seemed more intent on personal grooming

The pelicans seemed more intent on personal grooming

Nothing was going to compete with these rain dropped beauties!

And nothing was going to compete with these rain dropped beauties!

But for adorable, these guys took a lot of beating

But for adorable, these guys got my vote

And antelope always make me smile

And antelope can always make me smile!

You know what I didn’t find, though?  Not even a single red squirrel.  Maybe the roaring of the lion scared them off!   So I settled for more rhododendrons.  Well, they are my favourite plant!

Aren't they lovely?

Aren’t they lovely?

I’m never too sure about zoos, though I know some of them do great conservation work.  I hate to see big cats caged, and the noise coming from the single beautiful lion indicated that he felt the same way too.  Paula was at the zoo in Zagreb earlier this week.  Why not ask her what she thinks?

Then you need to pay a visit to Cate at Show My Face.  She’s our generous hostess for Six word Saturday.  Are you going to play?

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98 comments

  1. They make a right bally hoo of noise at times Jo , but I do love to see a peacock show off 🙂
    I’ve not been to a zoo for …. can’t remember … I do think some have sharpened up their act Jo but I still feel uncomfortable seeing big cats caged and lack of room or more natural surroundings for other large species I’ve seen in the media.

  2. I’m with you all the way on the adorable giraffe selection Jo! And note curiosly that your pelicans are VERY different from ours, which are black and grey along with their white. yours are much prettier 🙂

  3. Wonderful pics, Jo. We used to have peacocks and yesterday there were kookaburras everywhere abound the trees at the RUC (they woke me up in the morning) 😀

  4. I’m partial to your flower shots, although meerkats and twin giraffes have much charm. I’m glad you liked the kookaburra – a reminder of home, where they perch on power lines and horizontal branches, preferably dead ones. On the move today – Ljubljana to Bled. I’ll be able to post a Monday bus ride – and a lake walk too, if I don’t fall asleep!

    1. I will be so jealous (but with you in spirit 🙂 ) if you post a Lake Bled sleepwalk., Meg. I imagine it to be totally beautiful, and not dissimilar to the area I just visited. Excited just thinking about it! Take care.

  5. a happy zoo trip Jo! fancy seeing a kookaburra!!! odd that we both posted peacocks today 🙂 …. and yes I had kookaburras in the garden recently … I guess you are back home again now?

      1. hi Jo …. I will be meeting Marianne in Malaga about 1pm on 5th June … is it too far for you to come too? we fly out on 6th ….

      2. Aw, shame! So close and yet so far, Christine. We don’t arrive till mid-evening on the 4th and Malaga is a 3 hour or more drive away. I really can’t ask Michael to do that, both ways, on what is intended to be a relaxing week. So sorry! I’ll have to settle for enjoying your impressions on the blog. 🙂

      3. If it’s meant to happen, Christine 🙂 Do you know that Viveka is meeting Nia in a couple of days time? What a lovely world we have!

  6. I am torn about zoos as well. Sometimes they make me sad but the grandkids sure enjoy seeing the animals. Your rhododendron are lovely but I can’t spell it!(had to look again at your words)

  7. Thanks for the unexpected zoo visit. I love meerkats too – they are so comical. Peacocks are very dramatic, but I think they are quite full of themselves with all their bright colours and showing off! Loving the rhododendrons too – I saw some beautiful ones recently, but couldn’t get close enough for photos.

  8. Some zoos are definitely better than others. We have one in Toronto however we also liked the zoo in Calgary Alberta.

  9. Hi Jo ~~ I’m loving your Polish treck. (I’m your number 2003rd of 2488 followers.)
    I have no 6WS again but soon may start again. Only have the iPad here with me and it doesn’t post real easily.
    Just to let you know we’ve been in London since we landed at Southampton on May 3rd.
    But now, yesterday plus, we are touring using a rental car here in Wales. We picked the car up in Shrewsbury and have been driving since. Tuesday and Wednesday on the way back to London we will stop to visit friends in Northampton. Finally we should leave for home on the 31st.
    I wish we could make it up to visit with you guys but probably couldn’t make that. We might visit with “Soulbrush” but she lives in London so that would be easier. We’ve visited before.
    ..

    1. Many years since I was in Wales, Jim 🙂 Hope the weather was kind because the scenery is beautiful. I know the main thing is to see your lovely family. Make the most of it! The hugs never go far enough.

  10. I can see why the kookaburra is one of your favorites, Jo…he’s so cute and fuzzy! I love the zoo, it’s always been one of my favorite places.
    Thanks for sharing your fantastic photos!

    1. Fuzzy! 🙂 I think that’s the photograph, Jill, but don’t tell, will you? Somebody online had a beautiful kookaburra photo the other day- in the wild! I think it might have been Christine at Dadirridreaming. I can only photograph the captive variety. Happy days 🙂

  11. Hi Jo, I love the mix of the beautiful birds and gorgeous flowers! What a wonderful treat to see the peacock display. I agree, the giraffe is a big winner, love, love the capture!!

      1. I thought I saw only two there 🙂 I took several shots of the giraffes at the San Diego Zoo, none turned out good 😕 I really like your capture.

  12. I saw a red squirrel in a park in Hanover a few weeks back too. You never see any in the UK, just the grey vermins. Maybe the red ones are two a penny in mainland Europe?

    1. As usual, that’s only half the story, Sue 🙂 I think the rest will probably make my Monday walk. Still spoilt for choice! Life ok with you? Spring sunshine, may one hope? It’s been glorious here today.

      1. Oh I look forward to the walk Jo! Yes we have spring and we went for a lovely run along the river where I spied the first baby goslings. The leaves are poking their noses out of the buds. Truly a miracle of nature. 🙂

  13. For me, any trip to the ZOO is wonderful! I even enjoyed this virtual visit! Thank you, for such lovely photos to enjoy with my fresh cup of coffee this morning.

    1. Oooh, coffee! It’s teatime here- must be time for another one 🙂 My Saturdays often have caffeine overload (until it gets to wine time!) Glad you liked the trip, Karen.

  14. 😀 My cats were really quiet Jo ;). Thank you for the mention. You know I also have some cute pics of meerkats – they are the cutest, funniest creatures 😀 I LOVE THIS POST 🙂

    1. Mostly the cats were sleeping, Paula, but the big fella was downright angry. I guess having all that prey around and not being able to reach any of it must be quite frustrating!
      Yeah, who doesn’t love mischievous meerkats 🙂 I know you’re into our animal friends but it’s not something I take many photos of. I usually only manage to catch a tail or an eyebrow!

      1. It takes some practice 😉 Thank you for your nice post Jo. I could watch animals all the time – it is the kids and mostly the parents I have problems with in a zoo. My great wish is to visit the zoo in Vienna which is supposed to be the oldest and best in Europe 🙂

  15. The flowers are absolutely beautiful Jo. And what a treat to see the peacock in all its glory. One positive about zoos is that it is often the only way children get to see live animals. I would love, though, that there be a standard set so that animals are treated with dignity no matter where in the world the zoo is.

    1. They mostly looked fine, Colline, and everything was clean and well cared for (including the rhodies 🙂 ) but I wasn’t sure if the cats had suffficient space.

  16. All of them are just so beautiful Jo and you’ve captured all of them so well. Great flower shots! Just like you I also don’t like seeing the big animals caged but well, sometimes it’s the only way they are going to survive. I have mixed feelings about it.

    Thanks for the lovely walk once again hon and have a great weekend. 😀 ♥ Big Hugs ♥

    1. The cats didn’t appear to have a lot of space, Sonel, but the compound for the wolves was big so maybe there was more than I could see. I didn’t linger long as I felt so sorry for them.
      Many thanks! Happy weekend to you too. 🙂

  17. A lovely visit. I’m with you on being ambivalent about zoos. There is a lovely one near here which does great conservation work, captive breeding and release into the wild, but it still makes me feel uncomfortable. Meerkats are incredibly cute on the screen, but I gather that this has led to a lot of people acquiring them as pets and then finding that they’re agressive and distructive in the home.

    1. I think my last was San Diego, Gilly, and that was about 15 years ago! I remember the grounds there were lovely too. I might have been to Edinburgh zoo since but I can’t remember exactly when. 🙂

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