Cologne's Animalistic Qualities

1

I've fallen for the Cologne Zoo. The reason is quite simple: it's a real eye-catcher!

Actually, I’m no big fan of the zoo. I have not been to one in years and when I think of previous visits I remember only disappointing empty cages, screaming children in strollers, Guinea pigs in miniature little rooms, and the traumatic memory of my broken arm at the play area.

Sure, I’ve always found it interesting to observe the animals, but I’ve never really had that happy of a trip (except my times as a kindergarten trip participant).
That changed only the other day in Cologne. Since I am a born and bred Hamburg woman, I visited it only recently for the first time. My eight year old cousin had persuaded me to visit an aquarium in the rain and after I had to pay the full 14 €, We rushed through the zoo grounds.

I was blown away right from the beginning by the crocodile and hippo house. Scarcely has the door closed behind you, you stand in front of a three-meter-high glass behind which, if you’re lucky, a big hippo using a rope for what could be considered as dental floss. I was so stunned that I immediately pulled out my Yashica, handily dangling around my neck, and snapped on it happening.

Besides the beautifully managed enclosures, I was pleased by the variety of animals.
A Siberian tiger, a cheetah couple, funny at the sight of penguins, a bombastic rhinoceros, and many more…

The whole thing was much more fun the second time, having better weather.
This time I brought my friend, picnic goodies, and telephoto lens with me.
Have you ever sat undisturbed on a bench on a good day, munching grapes and enjoying the sight of pink flamingos or monkey ass?
For me, it was quite to my taste!

The aquarium is well worth seeing.
They have everything there, from a huge fish to the tiniest frog I’ve ever seen. It would not hurt to have a flash here. Even though I left mine at home, I was still able to get a couple good photos.

I can say this place for animal enthusiasts and traveling Lomographers alike: Wait for a nice day, pack a telephoto lens and off you go on safari!! Or at least something like that.

Have fun!

written by lisi on 2011-05-04 in #world #locations

One Comment

  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Super !

More Interesting Articles

  • La Sardina Dresses: Your Camera's New Clothes

    written by dopa on 2014-05-27 in #reviews
    La Sardina Dresses: Your Camera's New Clothes

    I love my La Sardina camera and it was my first Lomography camera. But as time goes by, I've seen how often it's been used and how much I've abused it. There is a simple solution for this: the La Sardina Dresses!

  • Hands-on Experience with the Lomo'Instant

    written by sanamiii on 2014-11-18 in #reviews
    Hands-on Experience with the Lomo'Instant

    What I got is the Lomo'Instant Black Edition. Its texture and finish is quite simple, and could work as creative space for someone who's into DIY and decorations. In terms of form, it is very handy and acceptable in size. I also love the camera strap that makes it easy to carry.

    1
  • The Agfa Clack: Ye Olde Film Eater

    written by dermanu on 2014-08-09 in #reviews
    The Agfa Clack: Ye Olde Film Eater

    My passion for old and analogue cameras hadn't stayed unnoticed among my friends and acquaintances. Which is why I've received cameras as gifts for many times now. My Agfa Clack is an example. It's about 60 years old, fully functional, and a real film eater.

    1
  • Shop News

    A quick guide to Inkodye

    A quick guide to Inkodye

    Shake well and apply to fabric. Blot out excess using a paper towel. Create your design using Inkofilm or anything that casts a shadow. Expose to sunlight or bright UV light for 10-20 minutes or until color reaches full saturation. Machine wash using Inkowash to remove unexposed dye. Double your exposure time in overcast weather. Enjoy the "wow" result!

  • What You've Missed: Petzval Launch Parties Roundup

    written by jillytanrad on 2014-09-17 in #news
    What You've Missed: Petzval Launch Parties Roundup

    Over the past month, we've been holding quite a few events in Lomography stores around the globe to celebrate the coming of the New Petzval Lens. That's right folks, the Petzval is now available in stores and our online shop, and it was more than enough reason to celebrate!

  • My First Lomo Affair: Crismiranda and her Fisheye No. 2

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-07-03 in #lifestyle
    My First Lomo Affair: Crismiranda and her Fisheye No. 2

    The shift from using a Pentax MX to a Fisheye No. 2 was quite a big leap for her. Although some of her first photos came out underexposed, it didn't stop her from loving and shooting with this wide-eyed camera. Find out more about Cris Miranda and her First Lomo Affair with a Lomography Fisheye No. 2!

  • Simple Color Gels or Filters Holder for the Diana Mini's Flash

    written by grungyjodie on 2014-04-25 in #gear #tipster
    Simple Color Gels or Filters Holder for the Diana Mini's Flash

    I've always been looking for a really simple solution to hold my color gels of my Diana Mini's flash WITH the camera and make them easy to grab when I want to use them. I also wanted something to keep them from getting damaged. Let me show you how I found a simple way to make it.

  • Shop News

    Change the View in an Instant

    Change the View in an Instant

    Extend the Borders of Instant Photography with the World’s Most Creative Instant Camera System Packed With Fun Features and say hello to the Lomo'Instant Camera! The Lomo'Instant is the perfectly sized Instant Camera to take wherever you go! It’s the most creative way to shoot fantastic photos which you can share anywhere and with everyone in an instant.

  • From Russia with Love: Motorama Shoots with the La Sardina Splendour

    written by zonderbar on 2014-08-04 in #people #lomoamigos
    From Russia with Love: Motorama Shoots with the La Sardina Splendour

    I don't know many bands from Russia but one that I've been admiring for years is Motorama from Rostov-on-Don. With catchy tunes and adorable videos, they took my heart by storm and that of fans from all over the world. Because of their Russian origin, Motorama is of course familiar with Lomo products. Reason enough to let them become our latest LomoAmigos! Enjoy the interview with singer Vlad and check out their B&W photos, taken with a La Sardina Splendour.

  • Lomography x National Portrait Gallery Rumble WINNERS!

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-01-06 in #news
    Lomography x National Portrait Gallery Rumble WINNERS!

    We had a staggering 1110 entries to this rumble. We have picked our way through all of them and were very inspired by the quality of all your photos! It was a real challenge narrowing it down to just 3 winners. Find out who won this great competition.

    1
  • Introducing The New LC-A+ Instant Camera!

    written by shhquiet on 2014-08-01 in #news
    Introducing The New LC-A+ Instant Camera!

    The Lomo LC-A+ is famous for a good reason: it delivers an amazing, distinct effect that makes every photo a unique masterpiece. Now you can enjoy this in an instant with the new LC-A+ Instant Camera!

  • Shop News

    Full Focus on the Framing

    Full Focus on the Framing

    Shooting with the Lubitel 166+ is an experience on it´s own. The waist level finder will help you to compose your frames perfectly.With the possibility to use 120 and 35mm Film It offers unlimited creative possibilities deemed to be an analogue masterpiece. Get your legendary Lubitel 166+ in our Online Shop!

  • Awesome Albums: 250 B&W by bccbarbosa

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-05-23 in #news
    Awesome Albums: 250 B&W by bccbarbosa

    Today's featured awesome album is a collection of simple yet eye-catching black and white Polaroid photos. If you're in the mood for some patterns, bits and pieces of architecture, and dreamy seascapes in monochrome, you should check out this album!

  • Why Paris is One of the Best Places on Earth, by a Parisian

    written by alexintheskywithdiamonds on 2014-10-20 in #world #locations
    Why Paris is One of the Best Places on Earth, by a Parisian

    Paris - the real Paris. You have to live it. But most of all, you have to shoot it. This is a day in Paris, by a Parisian.

    1
  • Agfa CT Precisa 100: Simply Perfect For Street Photography

    written by abecd on 2014-08-28 in #reviews
    Agfa CT Precisa 100: Simply Perfect For Street Photography

    There are a lot of reviews about this film which mostly mention its blue hues, among other precious qualities. But do you know that it is also a perfect film for candid street photography?

    1