Thursday, March 17, 2011

SWF at the National Zoo in DC

Happy Saint Patricks Day!!!!

For my skywatch I have a few shots I took while visiting the National Zoo in DC last weekend. It is one of my favorite zoo's to visit, the exhibits are just wonderful. 

                                   One of the budding trees at the zoo

This was the first time I caught the one of the orangutans using the O-line. The O-line is a transit system for the orangutans to use to travel from the Great Ape house to the Think Tank. It is wild to be there watching the orangutan climbing on these ropes that hang right above your heads. And that they can use these to go from building to building.

 We stopped to watch right under the O-line as the Orangutan climbed and hung on the ropes. This time the female used the O-line to go to the next tower and stopped to wait for the male to come along too.

                              Not the prettiest skies, but it was a nice day with warm temps.

But the male had other ideas and stayed in the yard outside the Great Ape house. We were told by a worker that the female will not go all the way to the Think Tank by herself .. so we watched as she made her way back along the rope to the tower in the yard.

She wasn't going anywhere without her man. LOL!

These are  for my Skywatch Friday  post and I hope you enjoy.  Click on my link to see more awesome shots from around the world. Thanks to the Skywatch host: Sylvia, Wren, Sandy, Klaus and Fishing Guy

Also,  I appreciate your visit and comments. I hope everyone has a wonderful St Patricks Day and a great  weekend.


  1. Fun to watch. Maybe she's why it took women so long to become independent. ;)

  2. Oh, I love zoos! And what great shots! I love the Orangutans! The skies make a great backdrop for them! Looks like a fun day! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Eileen, with some sun, hopefully!


  3. Wow cool captures and skies Eileen.
    Happy SWF. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Looks like someone was having a good time!

  5. Wonderful shots of orangutans i n action. He is really having good time.

  6. Monkey in the sky! Sounds like it should have been a Beatles song. But great pictures and interesting behavior by the Orangutan.

  7. Oh how I would love to see this, I had read about the o-line in a long time ago.
    I am still amazed at the power of the water in that header but I know it pales in comparison to the tsunami.

  8. Fun shots of female orang utan. She didn't like being alone :)

    Thanks for dropping by, Eileen

  9. We have some of these splendid animals in the Zoo at Melbourne - would really like to see them in the wild. When you see them up close you know that the distance between us is both measured in miles and is very small.

    Cheers - Stewart M

  10. I’m used to seeing squirrels run along telephone wires in my world but I’ve never seen an Orangutan. The freedom given this animal is great. But its hairy sight overhead could be a little disconcerting. Thanks for sharing this interesting part of your visit to the zoo.:)

  11. Fantastic shots at the zoo. Happy weekend!

  12. Well really I think that girl has the right idea (I'd do some things without a man, but on that rope, I don't think so ;>).

    Lovely pictures.

  13. Fantastica foto !
    Buona serata.
    Myriam :)

  14. Beautiful captures at the zoo. I enjoyed all your photos.

    Have a great weekend.

  15. I would rather be scared if I would be supposed to do the same "walk" on the line:)


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