‘National Zoo’ Posts(6)

The quick brown fox jumped over the good, but lazy Parker family.

easter morning

Sunday, 4 April 2010

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sparklet and i spent easter morning at the zoo, in a noble effort to give mommy another couple of hours worth of sleep.

as mid-day naps from baby seem to be in short supply, both mommy and daddy are a little strung out.

of course, that didn’t stop us all (and i mean *all*) from staying up to watch baby momma’s baylor lady bears serve as a speed bump on UConn’s way to the championship game.

i’m sad to say, but easily the best part of the game was when 6’4″ tall espn reporter rebecca lobo put her shoes back on after towering over uconn’s descended-from-garden-gnomes coach during a halftime interview … even with her shoes off, the camera man couldn’t find a way to keep them both in the same frame.

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easter morning


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zoo portraits, part 2

Monday, 18 January 2010

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ECPA20100118_1374, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
this is the three month edition of baby sparklet’s zoo portraits. we found a little bear near the bottom of the zoo, and each time we’ve visited, we stop and take a picture. considering how close we live to the zoo, we should have 200 of these by the time she turns three.
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updated: zoo portraits


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Monday, 28 December 2009

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photo of the week // week twelve
well, baby sparklet finally started caring/waking-up for something about christmas … and all it took was a trip to Zoolights.

the big win for sparklet so far has been the lights on the christmas tree, and each night she stays completely enraptured with them for hours on end. in hindsight, i guess it makes sense that she’d be pretty happy with a place where every free shrub/tree/building is covered in them.

i wonder if we can potty train her at 12 weeks if we wrap the bathroom with christmas lights?

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first trip to the zoo

Sunday, 8 November 2009

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photo of the week // week four
we’re in a strange bit of indian summer that is reaching deep into november, but nobody in the sparkler family is arguing.

we figured when baby sparklet arrived it would be waaay to cold to spend any serious amount of time outside, and frankly i didn’t think that baby mommy would be up for the hike down there and back.

we didn’t spend much time in the zoo — baby sparklet is just starting to look and focus, mommy still isn’t 100% — but we did find a hidden little statue that we’re going to try and swing by for photos each visit.

i’m really excited that we’re up and moving around. i feel like i’ve been waiting eight years to take my daughter to zoo …

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photos: first trip to the zoo


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photos: national zoo

Saturday, 19 September 2009

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[National Zoo, Washington, DC]
ECPA20090919_0087, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
quick trip through the zoo. the last time we went, i got *really* great pictures, and then proceeded to have my camera stolen at the bar afterwards. no where near as good pictures this time, but at least we all came home in one piece.

We Love D.C.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

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Well, it’s been exactly one year since we moved to D.C. proper, after a combined 20 years of living around the periphery (well, I did 2 years in Glover Park, but that hardly counts). so, in the spirit of the new(ish) local blog We Love DC, the lady sparkler and I spent a walk through the neighborhood recounting why we love this place.

National Zoo
Denizens of Mount Pleasant refer to the Zoo as their “backyard” and in a lot of ways it is. I know more about the Prairie Dogs than I do some of my friends. Free summer concerts on lion hill, winter solace because the tourists stay away, spring babies, and the best fall foliage in the city.

Free Stuff
It’s easy to take this for granted, but we are reminded everytime we leave the city … everything in D.C. is free. From concerts, to movies on the mall, to museums, to monuments. The first time the lady sparkler and I went to NYC together, we just couldn’t shut up about the $18, $25, $30 tickets to see anything of culture. No wonder they are so grumpy up there.

Kennedy Center
Truely the greatest “monument” in D.C., the Kennedy Center presents an amazing array of theatre, music and culture to the city. Sure, we should give a shout out to the Woolly Mammoth, Arena, Signature and Shakespeare Theatres too, but the top class productions in D.C. are good enough to rival those of other major cities around the world.

A decade ago, “food” would certainly not make an area top list, but D.C. is now home to quite a few decent restaurants. Maybe they aren’t the most daring menus on the planet, but the food is top-shelf and the service is legitimately okay. Going out, we have had as many great meals as we do mediocre, and that’s a step in the right direction.

Urban Parks
It’s hard to believe in a city, but we really have trees and parks all over the place. Rock Creek is enormous, and just about every intersection of the big avenues has a park of some kind. Large and small, these parks are one of the reasons DC-ites are out and about so much.

RFK Stadium
While a source of scorn for a lot of people who just don’t get it (D.C. United’s owners to name a few), RFK Stadium is the last great municipal stadium in use in the country, and one of the truest places to watch a ballgame in the country. No doubt: we will cry if it ever gets torn down.

Meridian Hill / Malcolm X Park
Parisian fountains in the middle of the District … who can argue with that? Almost by definition, spring starts in the city when the park’s fountains are turned on, and it plays host to everything from picnics to drum circles. The best news, is that ten years ago it wasn’t save to think about entering the park. Now? Oasis in the city.

Mount Pleasant
I loved Mount Pleasant before I even knew what it was. I got lost here in the late 90s and again in 2005, both times thinking it was the most beautiful neighborhood in the world. I’m here for the amazing. She is here for the farmer’s market. It’s a win, win.

Now, the one reason we hate this place: no one stays here … in the last 4 months, we’ve lost a handful of our closest friends to Seattle, Boston and now Mississippi. Mississippi?!? When you start losing people to the deep south, you have to wonder how great your city actually is … but why we hate D.C. (politics, interns) is a posting for another day.

spring has (preliminarily and tentatively) sprung

Sunday, 4 May 2008

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panda-porn, pt I, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
i have to lead with the panda-porn, well, just because … but this is actually only the third best thing we saw while we soaked up spring in our backyard (a.k.a. the national zoo).

in second place, we saw a river otter do 50+ flip turns in the five minutes we were watching. he just kept going and going. i’m thinking maybe we need to put in for a bigger pool for him … maybe something Olympic sized.

the pièce de résistance was seeing an orangutan actually use the so-called “o-line” around and above the Zoo. now, i have been coming here rather steadily since moving to D.C. eleven years ago, but i have never seen any animal actually using those cables they have strung above the sidewalks near the ape house. today? there they were … and they even dropped poo on the tourists.

truly, a perfect day.

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National Zoo, Washington, D.C.

photos: zoolights

Friday, 21 December 2007

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IMG_7564, originally uploaded by [ecpark].

Photos: National Zoological Park, Washington, DC

Saturday, 11 November 2006

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The National Zoo just opened up a new Asian Trail, and I haven’t had a chance to check it out before today. My parents are in town, and we decided to take advantage of an “indian summer” day by spending it outside.

The featured image for today’s entry is probably one of my favorites in recent memory. The pattern and the sunlight … Every once in a while you just get lucky.

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National Zoological Park, Washington, DC