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Back to the Bush at Busch December 22, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Travel & Leisure.

On a sunny Sunday, we went back to Busch Gardens to wander around the Edge of Africa.

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On the way we spied some American Alligators emulating Nile Crocodiles.

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This cheetah slowed down enough to let me capture his spots.

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We saw giraffes feeding at elevated stations.

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With flamingos pausing and reflecting in the foreground.

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The expanse of blue sunny skies framed the scene better than the rain on the plain puddling into the train on our first visit.

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I don’t know where the zebras hang out. ย We didn’t see any.

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We did bump into one of BFF’s cousins. ย “My what L~O~N~G arms you have, Gus!”

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Overhead, roller coasters screamed along twisted rails.

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While brave riders flailed their arms with glee.

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We saw a few bizarre sights in the bazaar.

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And also some intriguing portals.

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And lanterns ensconced in the branches like ensnared parachutes.

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Or tiny UFO’s for Pod People.

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This meerkat sentry was on high alert.

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Perhaps due to the proximity of a pride of lions.

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Elephants loitered about, swinging their trunks.

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As they laughed out loud at inside jokes!

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Flamingos strutted their stuff in shades of pink and peach.

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While this tiger topiary unsheathed its claws.

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And bared its teeth!

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Shops dotted the landscape, bedecked in “bling.”

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And poinsettias added festive cheer to this zebra drawn sleigh filled with elves.

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Flower filled boats drifted through the lagoon keeping time with a festive holiday tune.

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Beside a tree blanketed in a sea of poinsettia.

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Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Rainee - December 22, 2014

Beautiful photos Nancy.

nrhatch - December 22, 2014

Thanks, Rainee. We walked around for miles snapping periodic pics. At the end of the visit, we were bushed! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

2. Val Boyko - December 22, 2014

Lovely captures Nancy!

nrhatch - December 22, 2014

Thanks, Val. I realized the limitations of my “point and shoot” as I tried to capture long-distance shots of giraffes & flying coasters. WHEE!

3. NancyTex - December 22, 2014

Busch Gardens is one of my favourite theme parks! Fun photo essay!

nrhatch - December 22, 2014

We’ve been to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg Virginia many times over the years. This year, we visited in Tampa for the first time.

Looking forward to seeing your Christmas PJ’s pic.

NancyTex - December 22, 2014

I’m hoping the result of the women’s cut fitted pjs (think long johns) doesn’t prove to R-rated for the camera when the 2 men put them on. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - December 22, 2014

Haha! If it’s too R-rated for the camera . . . they’re apt to make Mr. Claus blush redder than his suit.

4. Jill Weatherholt - December 22, 2014

It’s been years since I’ve been to the zoo. Thanks for taking me along, Nancy! I always loved watching the giraffe’s and the chimps. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - December 22, 2014

Thanks, Jill. Monkeys are fun to watch . . . especially in comparison to slow-moving sloths.

5. http://theenglishprofessoratlarge.com - December 22, 2014

Lovely trip through the Gardens. Thank you. Happy Holidays!

nrhatch - December 22, 2014

Hope your holidays are Merry & Bright . . . and overflowing with Peace, Hope, Love, Joy & Light!

6. jannatwrites - December 22, 2014

Yeah, I bet it was more enjoyable without the rain. It does look pretty! (Of course, my favorites are the pride of lions and the cheetah. I love kitties ๐Ÿ™‚ )

nrhatch - December 22, 2014

Me too, Janna. We also saw a few gorgeous tigers. Spectacular beasts. Hard to imagine why anyone would ever shoot one for sport.

7. Tiny - December 22, 2014

Thanks for taking me along to see all the animals and the festive decorations! It’s been about 4 years since I got hubs to go there last as such a trip is a bit much for his heart these days. I hope to go there with grandkids when they visit in the spring. Warm wishes for a happy holiday!

nrhatch - December 22, 2014

Have fun planning fun excursions for your grandkids, Tiny. I’m not sure we’ll go back to Busch Gardens any time soon ~ in the 2 visits, I feel we saw what we wanted to see and did all we wanted to do. Most days, I’d rather wander the beach than through a sea of people at an amusement park.

That said, we do want to visit the Lowry Park Zoo this year ~ we haven’t been and have heard some good reviews.

8. diannegray - December 22, 2014

These are fantastic shots, Nancy. I love going to places like this. I remember when we took the kids to Taronga Park many years ago my son couldn’t stop laughing because the monkey’s were picking their noses (I guess you had to be there) ๐Ÿ˜‰

nrhatch - December 22, 2014

Haha! Better that than some other monkey traits ~ like playing “Toss the Feces.” ๐Ÿ˜›

9. Silver in the Barn - December 22, 2014

I really like the little parachutes or tiny UFOs or lanterns….whatever they are, they’re good!

nrhatch - December 22, 2014

They would add an extra serving of *bling* at a garden party.

10. Valleygrail - December 22, 2014

Thank you so much for the visit to Africa! It was fun and informative. You always are such a great tour guide!

nrhatch - December 22, 2014

Thanks, VG. I’m not sure you’d want to rely on me as a tour guide on a real safari. I prefer my creature comforts over sleeping around wild critters that ROAR in the night.

11. Barb - December 23, 2014

Thanks for the trip round the ‘zoo’, you must have walked miles – and you got some great photos Nancy! Love those poinsettia.

nrhatch - December 23, 2014

Yes! We walked and walked and walked, which is a good thing to do between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I wore a pedometer on our return visit, but didn’t get an accurate reading.

The poinsettia are so cheery!

12. Grannymar - December 23, 2014

Thank you for sharing the blue sky, I had almost forgotten what it looks like. I have been living in rain soaked soggy fog for days now, with a promise of lower temperatures tomorrow to clear the skies.

nrhatch - December 23, 2014

Hope your skies clear tomorrow ~ winter gray and soggy fog always dampen my disposition.

13. Pix Under the Oaks - December 23, 2014

You two find the coolest things to do! I enjoyed the pictures Nancy!! A Zebra pulling a sleigh.. had to make your day ๐Ÿ˜€

nrhatch - December 23, 2014

Thanks, Pix ~ living here makes it easy. There is always more to do than time to do it.

I found that Zebra charming! As you say, he made my day.

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