|Some of the other species found flitting around the conservatory|
|So many beautiful and colorful blossoms "butterfly food" !|
The baby bison in the images caught Lone Elk Park staff by surprise. Born January 3, it was certainly a much earlier than expected arrival in the Lone Elk bison herd!
|Lone Elk Bison|
The World Bird Sanctuary offered up multiple opportunities for close head shots of the varied assortment of raptors and other birds that reside there. I have to admit though - although I greatly respect all the hard work performed at the World Bird Sanctuary - it's always hard for me to photograph the birds in captivity. I've spent far too much time afield to truly enjoy seeing the birds tethered or held in the large flight cages.
Please don't think that I don't fully understand the need for all of the rehab and conservation work that the World Bird Sanctuary performs - I do and I also understand that these birds need to be exactly where they are - getting the best of care. It just tugs at my heart a little to see a magnificent raptor tethered.
All in all I would say the outing to the city was a great success as everyone returned home with memory cards brimming full of beautiful images. Now I'm convinced it's time to plan a trip the Missouri Botanical Garden .....