Giraffe Portrait V:  Keep on Smilin' by Alison M

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August 21, 2010

It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday, so I decided to bring the children for a jaunt at the zoo. I must admit to an ulterior motive though (other than a wishful attempt to tire my five bundles of energy out and put them to bed at a decent time)… I really wanted to see my giraffe friend Guy.

At first he seemed to ignore me, looking for leaves on the opposite side of his enclosure. A minute passed, then two… Could he have forgotten me? So, I called his name again…

He strolled over, then bent down towards me… closer… and closer… his face about four feet from mine… and gave me another winning smile :)

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” Mother Theresa

Zoo of Acadiana
Broussard, Louisiana

Pentax K-x
1/180 sec.
ISO 200

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his Smile!!! :))))

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  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    LOVE this Smidge!!! I am smiling back too!!! :))) Fantastic photography!! :)))

  • Thank you so much Vicki! All credit goes to Guy and his addictive grin. So glad he made you smile too :)

    – Alison M

  • Michele Simon
    Michele Simonover 4 years ago

    What a silly grin :) Great capture!

  • Thank you :) Much appreciated :))

    – Alison M

  • Evita
    Evitaover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture !!! ☺♥

  • Thank you Evita :)) He is such a fun fellow to photograph!!

    – Alison M

  • martineroch
    martinerochover 4 years ago

    awwwww superb portrait :-)

  • Thank you Martine :))

    – Alison M

  • Val Saxby
    Val Saxbyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful portrait, He really is smiling at you. Val

  • Thanks a lot Val! I think so, too :))

    – Alison M

  • AndyReeve
    AndyReeveover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous smile Smidge from your friend.

  • Thanks Andy! It’s becoming his standard greeting for me, haha :)) Must be giraffe for “Hello Friend, ’bout time you came back to see me”

    – Alison M

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray :)

    – Alison M

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 4 years ago

    I would be working for treats for this lovely face. What do you bring him to eat? bon bons?

  • Me too, haha! Bon bons – now that’s an idea! lol. Actually, I buy treats for the kids – the snowball stand is just around the corner from Guy. They enjoy their frozen treats, and I get a few extra giraffe minutes before my troop pleads for the petting barn. Now I’m wondering if I could bring him a little something… :))

    – Alison M

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 4 years ago

    The zoos sometimes have foods you can get from coin-operated dispensers. What comes out looks and smells like rabbit food. Little alphalpha tubes. He m ight appreciate some leaves he can’t reach….that you bring from home, of course.

  • hmmm… there are some feed dispensers in the petting barn, will have to see how he likes the pellets :) Maybe he’ll give a toothy grin? :))

    – Alison M

  • Penny Odom
    Penny Odomover 4 years ago

    So darn cute.

  • Thank you!!

    – Alison M

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