Kings of the Park

The main attraction at the Yorkshire Wildlife park are the Lions. They have three Prides with about twelve lions in total.

Lion

The park launched a massive rescue of Lions from Oradea Zoo in Romania. The Lions were suffering and the Zoo needed help to ensure the Lions were able to live in better conditions than they could provide. In stepped the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, who created a 9 acre enclosure split into 3 areas. You can see the Lions are well and settled. A story with a happy ending.

Lions

Fantastic animals.

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Monkeying Around

Next up from the Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Squirrel Monkeys. These were fun to watch, especially when people got too close. They have a reputation for being thieving little buggers and someone nearly lost her sunglasses.

squirrel monkey

squirrel monkey

Although not monkeys, I thought I’d throw in a picture of a couple of Ring Railed Lemurs. They were all hiding in the trees and this pair were cuddling in the trees. They do look comfy.
ring tailed limurs

So Long, and Thanks for All The Films

It’s been a while since I did any Kodak bashing, but the latest news from Rochester is that part of the business up for sale will include its consumer film emulsions. Interestingly, they still plan on producing motion picture film, and there is some debate about whether Kodak includes its professional films with its consumer films!

Whatever it sells off, and whatever it keeps, I think it is safe to say that Kodak is officially dead. Everything that made Kodak great is gone or going to the highest bidder, and judging by the difficulty they’ve had selling off what should be a very lucrative patent portfolio, one has to wonder how they will ever sell an unprofitable part of the business.

The really annoying thing for me though are the number of anti-film/film is dead/ why would anyone use film comments circulating off the back of the story. Well Kodak’s film stock may be going bye-bye, but Ilford are turning a profit, Fuji are doing okay, despite whittling the range down, and there are plenty of Eastern European companies making film. There’s even Lomography, and let’s face it, any company who’s livelihood is built on selling cheap plastic cameras to people who’ll pay a massive premium for them is going to make sure there’s film available.

Kodak may be dead, but film lives on, despite the naysayers.

Simples

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster has only been around a few years, but its ethos of animal welfare and conservation can be seen all across the park.

The first post from the day out are of the Meerkat area.

Yellow Mongoose
The first pic is another Yellow Mongoose, looking less Joker-like.

Meerkat
Next to the Mongoose are the Meerkats. (in fact the Mongoose and Meerkat’s seemed to be mingling quite happily.)

Racoon Dog
This little chap is a Racoon Dog and it walked over to its den and lifted its head up to watch me fiddling with my camera. By the time I composed the shot, it laid down, so I stayed and waited for it to lift its head up again. It obliged.

Meerkats
And lastly, because there’s just something about Meerkats that is adorable, here’s another Meerkat shot.

Under the Bridge

There’s graffiti and then there’s graffiti. Sadly, around Leeds there tends to be more ‘so-and-so waz ere’ graffiti than Banksy. That said, I’m a big fan of graffiti done well. Inner city train journey’s are certainly made less boring with a variety of graffiti.

graffiti on the bridge

Clearly the tagger has a certain style and flair with the spray can, and I like the green and blue used, but it does lack a certain pazazz. The one below is on the same bridge and is a typical example of common-all-garden inner city graffiti, which is why people view graffiti as a blight on the urban landscape instead of the art form it can be.

graffiti under the bridge

Compare the shots above with this snapshot from Memphis. Wouldn’t our cities be brighter with more of this?
Memphis mural

A shame, because Leeds, like a lot of cities, has a lot of dull, grey concrete that needs livening up.