Good Morning

Morning Clouds

Isn’t it wonderful? No hot sun beating down, the air is fresh and moving and I am stitting outside on the porch enjoying it with my computer. I am now using my Mac more as it is really a lightweight computer, I can carry it everywhere and do not need to attach it with the cable to the electricity It has enough power for a few hours. And it seems that the heatwave is now at the end of the tunnel. Good summer weather is OK. It began with a great show of flowers. At the end of the two months of tropical weather we now all have brown lawns where it used to be green and crops shrivelling in the fields.

Swans with boat 07.08.2018

At least we have a river running through it and now and again a couple of swans show up, although through the heat wave the humans have also discovered the river as being a place to cool down.

And now for part two of my circus adventure. Yesterday was another hot day but it was the only chance I had to get into town whilst the circus is staying. Tomorrow they are on the way to the next town. I arrived at the smaller ticket office and noticed it was equipped with a slope to get in and out of the zoo. I waited until it was empty and drove up. I asked the ticket lady if it was OK to go ahead with the wheelchair. She said no problem, and when I gave her the entrance money she said she would make it half price for me and kept an eye on my manipulations until I got into the zoo part.

Zebra 07.08 (4)

This was my camera’s first meting with a zebra. They are such photographic animals with their design. There were a few of them walking around, the hot weather did not seem to bother them so much. They seemed to get on quite well with the dromedary camels and shared the same space.

Camel Dromedary 07.08 (3)

There was not such a great variety of animals to be seen. I think the circus has cut down on the elefants and big cats. I just read that the circus Knie decided no longer to have elefants in their circus show. They still have them in their headquarters in Zürich, but only for breeding purposes and for the public. They will no longer be performing in front of the public. They said it has nothing to do with public protests, but an internal decision.

The main animal in this circus seem to be the horses.

Circus Horse 07.08 (2)

They had many in the zoo, each in its own individual box with its own food parcel. It has always been a speciality of this circus and they are not the sort of horse you might see in the local stables.

There were also some goats, but difficult for a photo as they preferred to stay in the shade. Of course there was the usual pony rides for the kids.

Cicus Knie Zoo riding ponies 07.08.2018

It reminded me of my younger days when I would be at the seaside with mum and dad for the holidays and I also had my experience on pony rides.

I did not stay too long, but long enough to get some photo material. It was a hot day. As I approached the exit and again had to roll up the ramp to leave, a very nice gentleman appeared and gave me a helpful push as it was a little at the limit of the wheelchair. When I left there was another golden oldie waiting with her wheelchair but it was mechanical and she had her own pusher with her.  Of course we exchanged a few words, and she said it was not so difficult after all. I again realised how you see the world with different eyes when in a wheelchair.

As I looked back, I was sure the camels gathered together for a farewell.

Camel Dromedary 07.08 (8)

11 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Great animal photos. It is fun to photograph something different and especially animals you don’t usually see. There are not so many circuses in Australia as there used to be. I guess the expense of travelling around the country by road and rail has become too much. Most seem to have phased out animal acts except for horses too. I have mixed feelings about this. I never did like to see elephants standing on one or two legs balancing. I used to worry they would fall and hurt themselves. In fact I do like to see animals at the circus but I don’t like to see them doing unnatural things like that. The high wire and trapeze are exciting but acrobats and clowns not so much for me. I think the best non animal act I saw at the circus was a juggler who could spin an enormous pile of plates. That was clever.
    Glad it has cooled down for you at last. Let’s hope the worst is over now. Here there has been so much rain in the last 24 hours that my garden resembles a sponge.

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    • I am not really a circus fan, I just like to take photos with a difference. We do have a smaller circus, but our national circus is the main one. They used to have the more exotic animals, but no longer. It is not so much done today to humiliate the kings of the animal world, which is a good thing. The artists are very clever, but it does not interest me so much.
      It is still warm here, but nothing as it was. We are now waiting for the monsoons

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  3. I really like the dromedaries. I have rarely seen two-humped camels. Israel had a LOT of camels because we had a lot of Bedouins who kept herds of camels — but they were all one humpers. They also got loose sometimes and there were terrible accidents when a car or bus hit a big camel. Wasn’t good for the car or the camel.

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    • It was really something different for my camera, although I would have like to have seen some elefants or tigers. Now I have to be content with the dogs I see taking a bath in the river to cool down. My dad would tell me tales of Israel (he always called it Palestine as it was then). He spent some time there in the war. Just an East London bloke that had only seen such animals before in a zoo. I remember him telling me about the arab that turned up with fresh eggs to sell in the middle of the desert. He said you couldn’t see a chicken anywhere.

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    • Elephants were always part of this circus, bu a couple of years ago they stopped having them in the ring. The circus have quite a large home in Zürich and are still breeding them. I think since one of the elephants escaped in the town of Zürich and took a walk along the street they decided it was not such a good thing

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