Happy Hippo - Aaaah... Life is good...


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Artis Amsterdam Zoo -collection
The Netherlands

for the children
Look, here is Tanja. She’s a Happy Hippo … she’s taking a bath!
Oh, yes, Tanja loves playing in the water. Especially when the sun is shining. Then she raises her head, and closes her eyes, and has this big, happy smile…
Aaah, thinks Tanja, … Life is good !

for the adults
Yes, here she is… Hippo Tanja, 48 years old. She has spent most of her life in this small square outside basin, or the inside animal shelter at the Amsterdam Zoo. How much better off (it seems to me) are her kins living in the vast marsh lands of Lake Victoria (Kenya) for example… But although she has to put up with a lot of glass and concrete, instead of the reddish African clay, this lady knows how to enjoy life! Happy with each little ray of the bleak European sun, she just raises her head up to it and… smiles… :D

Edited – Hippo Tanja died on 25 December 2009, at the age of 49 – The zookeepers and many regular visitors of the zoo will miss her …
I will always remember her as the ‘smiling hippo’ :D

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera.
Shot through glass

Park around the lake – collection
Gaasperplas, Amsterdam SouthEast

A winter morning – very misty and the sun just breaking through…
Eurasian Coot (wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Coot) on the water

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Pentax-DA 18-55 lens
exp.time 1/90 sec. at f/27
ISO 100
Focal lenth 26

TAGS : the Netherlands, Amsterdam, gaasperplas, landscapes, lake, water, morning, dawn, light, sun, mist, fog, golden, animals, birds Eurasian_Coot, wildlife_wild

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Featured in Even toed ungulates (Oct.31-2010)
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Singing in the bathtub

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