Friday, September 21, 2012

Hogle Zoo Close-ups - Abstracts In Nature

Green Tree Python at Hogle Zoo

Every time I go to the zoo, I take my camera.  I can't help it.  But how many pictures of the giraffe or elephant do you really need?  Certainly, I have amassed enough for a lifetime or two.  But still, the lure of trying to get a really great shot beckons, and I carry the camera around and click away.

Cottonmouth snake

So, this time around I decided to zoom in a bit and focus on the amazing colors and textures in nature.  The reptile house in particular gave an abundance of patterns and shapes.  The variety of art in nature is truly amazing.

Tiger at Hogle Zoo

This tiger's coat would blend in with the sandstone of southern Utah.

Indian Star tortoise

From fur to feathers, shells to skin, the lines, shapes, and textures are an inspiration.

Can you guess what this is?

If you said porcupine quills, you are right!  These spiny shafts trail after the porcupine as he walks by me in his enclosure.

Beaded texture of a gila monster

The gila monster is a particular favorite with his contrasting colors and bumping skin.  It is almost as is he has sequins.

Giraffe at Hogle Zoo

The patterns on the giraffe probably act as camouflage in the savannas of Africa. They stand out in sharp relief in the mountain region of Salt Lake City.

Snake at Hogle Zoo

A snake's skin, when amplified, doesn't look smooth.  The texture of artfully placed scales forms incredible patterns and designs.


My personal favorite is this abstract canvas formed by a colorful butterfly wing.  It could hang in any museum.  So, next time you are going to a familiar place and are facing the choice of "to photograph or not to photograph," consider a different angle.  You might be surprised what you find if you take the time to zoom in!

1 comment:

  1. love the butterfly and the star tortoise. Nature is truly the most amazing artist. That is why I always use good reference material for my paintings. You can't make this stuff up!