Catching animals off guard can sometimes cause them to run away, but if you’re lucky enough to catch them sleeping you can see just how vulnerable and peaceful they can be. Even though foxes don’t bring to mind any thoughts of vicious attacks, it’s hard to do anything but smile at this one’s slumbering face. It’s not a fair comparison since foxes are generally some of the cutest animals out there, but it makes me think of any animal having a nap and how gentle they can all seem.
Art museums are everywhere, but they are not all the same. While I’ve seen versions of Donald Judd’s Untitled sculpture in more cities than I can count, the body of work at a city’s art museum can vary as much as the weather while you travel. Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum is a fantastic collection of all types of art with great rotating special exhibitions as well. Along with all of the fantastic work on display, the museum itself is a perfect blend of classic architecture and modern design that make navigation only slightly confusing (which is saying a lot for a museum.)
Omaha surprised me last year with how much they have going on. This year I had to stop again, so we went to Gene Leahy Mall for sunrise. I love the views of the skyline from along the water and the morning light was great. There are lots of trails to take around this area whether you are biking or running or just out for a walk. After shooting some photos we went down the big slides they have built into the park (it’s true!) and then went for a run through Heartland of America Park and over the awesome pedestrian bridge into Iowa.
The Omaha Zoo has everything and birds are no exception. I believe this is a macaw. I should have made note of it, but that’s what my memory tells me anyway. Much like the monkey I shot at this zoo, I sense great sadness in this animal. The more I’ve had time to think about it, the more I feel like no animals should be captive simply for our enjoyment. Even if they are well-cared for, they are really just being held in a box so we can go look at them when we feel like it. They are gorgeous and incredible creatures, but they should be in their own environments, protected there, and maybe if we are lucky and careful enough we could visit them in the wild.
I love ocean creatures, but I’m usually disappointed at aquariums. I’m also not completely sure how I feel about zoos and aquariums in general concerning how animals are treated. On one hand I think it’s terrible that animals are confined to such small spaces and not able to live their lives in the wild like they should. On the other hand, zoos can rescue and revive a species on the verge of extinction, and I think they can raise interest or awareness about animals to a level that people might not get just by seeing them on TV. The Omaha zoo has several habitats that offer larger open spaces for animals to roam in some cases, and it’s just a really great zoo overall. It even comes with an aquarium, where I saw these awesome creatures.