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Old Apr 2, 2011, 12:09 PM   #1
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Following on from my comments in the thread on the Raccoon Dogs (http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...-shanghai.html) I thought I'd post some shots of the scenery encountered whilst walking around this most verdant & almost botanical garden-like Shanghai Zoo. In the right areas of the zoo I've walked for 30 - 60 mins without seeing a single cage.

For me it is not only a great place to go to escape from a city of 23 million people but to find and photograph wild birds (and now mammals ) !

The zoo has undergone a profound change over the last few years, initially in response to visits by Jane Goodall (she of Mountain Gorilla fame) and her encouragement to modernise and improve the atrocious living conditions of the birds & animals and over the last two years preparing the zoo for the influx of visitors brought about by the staging of the 6 month long World Expo (which attracted 73 million visitors).
There is still some way to go - some animals are still kept in cramped, mundane or unsuitable conditions. However the improvements made are massive.

One of the very attractive aspects of walking around the zoo is the placement of benches, gazebos and other places to sit and contemplate or watch wildlife / birds, in sometimes the most unexpected and remote locations - often with not another human being in sight.

I apologise if some people have seen this first shot - the Zoo Plan - before but I think it helps give a sense of perspective. Note all the areas on the map that do not have cages or compounds of exhibits !

I hope you enjoy this walk around the Shanghai Zoo.





















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The last 3 photos that wouldn't fit in the original post !






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Looks more like a park then a Zoo. Beautiful scenery and great photos.

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beautiful shots...nice paths, where are the animals?
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Lovely tour, Thank You.
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I like the composition in 1,3,7 and 12. I like 12 best, The overcast sky created nice saturated colors and reduced the contrast in the forest allowing you to see more detail, Nice job

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Thank you Ed - it really does in places.

Thanks Lisa - I hope they were all still locked up in their cages !

Thanks Rodney.

Thank you Hans - #12 : I can see how you may have arrived at that conclusion, but actually I achieved that look by using muted fill flash. The sky was cloudless (see the shot of the cherry blossom) but as it was much darker along the paths in most shots I had to blow out the sky to meter properly for the trees & bushes.
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All lovely photos, but i especially love the composition in photo #2. the trees framing the water are great!
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Isn't it great how they have worked with nature to create such a beautiful haven!

Really nice series - especially like the mood & composition of the log across the water.
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Thank you Vole !

Thanks Mole .. yes, it is a shocker actually. You hardly expect to find this in China but it's brilliant. And only 7 miles from my office in downtown Shanghai !
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