Eager to enjoy the first beautiful day of spring, my coworker and lomo-friend Clairessa and I set out to spend some film at the Toledo Zoo!
When the first warm and beautiful signs of spring begin blooming after a long winter in Northeast Ohio, we all get anxious to get out in the sun. For some weekend fun and a break from work, I went with my fellow Lomographer, Clair (@Clairessa) and my boyfriend Brody for a nice Lomo Sunday at the Toledo Zoo.
The zoo is a nice place for families to spend the day. It is nicely arranged with everything in a comfortable walking distance, and with 9,000 animals there is plenty to look at! We wandered at a leisurely pace, checking out polar bears, seals, penguins, wolves, water fowl, reptiles, elephants, giraffes, meerkats, large wild cats, birds of prey, and a variety of primates.
I got to try my Asahi Pentax K1000 loaded with Lomography Redscale XR for the first time, with mixed results:
I also got some snaps from my trusty Diana Mini loaded with some Kodak BW400CN:
In the middle of the zoo is the Carnivora Cafe, where you can grab lunch or some refreshing snacks in what used to be the large cat house – cages still included! We got some wraps, chips, and nice, icy cool lemonade.
After lunch and much-needed rehydration, we finished up one more leg of the zoo and even found some Lomo animals!
I had fun spending the day with Clair and Brody, and it was great to take a trip with a fellow analogue fanatic. Different points of view is what makes a Lomo location fun!
Clair snagged some exposures too – you can see her results by visiting her Lomohome @Clairessa!
Due to tired feet, after a few hours of walking under the sun, we didn’t make it to the aviary, aquarium, or butterfly garden. Sadly, some of the exhibits were closed for construction, and we couldn’t see some of our favorites such as hippos, rhinos, or zebras. Overall, I think we had a fun and successful trip, and I would definitely recommend taking a day to visit the Toledo Zoo. It is a friendly, clean place with lots of animals, and tickets are reasonable at $11 apiece. I recommend going in the spring or fall when it isn’t too hot, or you might get exhausted with all that wandering around!
For more information, you can visit the Toledo Zoo’s homepage at http://www.toledozoo.org .