This past Saturday was my #treatyoself weekend after endless hours of studying for my Japanese test last weekend. Essentially 4+ hours a day for 6 months.
So I took myself to Disney, had lunch with some animal keepers at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, met this charming tortoise named Chappy, fed him a banana, got two new nicknames (Devon, glorious Devon and Devonce) and then went to Hollywood Studios and the Magic Kingdom to revel in the glory of sparkly lights (and riding my three favorite rides). If you've never fed a tortoise a banana, you are missing out.
Does it matter if I passed the test or not? Nah. It doesn't. What matters was this year I was able to accomplish something that I would not have otherwise had I stayed in DC. I miss people and things there but not that person who was just slugging by, completely overwhelmed and stressed. It's nice, being able to do something just for me.
Have you seen the infamous handprints when walking out of #FlightOfPassage in Pandora? These handprints belong to the three creatives behind Pandora - World of Avatar: JC=James Cameron, writer/director of Avatar, JL=John Landau, producer of Avatar, and JR=Joe Rhode, Disney Imagineer. Do you know where to find them? Tune in later for my tip of the day, I'll give you a tip on where to find them! 😉🖐️ #WaltDisneyWorld#AnimalKingdom
Red fox sleeping – During my 17 years as a professional wildlife photographer I have only ever worked professionally with wild birds and mammals. In the early days that was considered an unusual stance and I was forever being told by the great and the good within the business that I’d have to work with captive species if I wanted to survive. There was one person however, one of the true greats of wildlife photography, that had never worked with captive subjects and that was @thomasdmangelsen. A former winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year he was, and remains, a true inspiration, not only for the work that he has produced over the years but also the way that he has gone about his work, with compassion, honesty and integrity. That’s not to say that I have any great ethical problem with people who do choose to work captive subjects, far from it but for me honesty has always been the bedrock of my own work and as such it’s what I admire most in other photographers. If an image is of a captive animal then be honest and say so. If the image, as this one is, is of a habituated, urban animal then the same applies. Likewise if an image that you capture is inspired by the work of another then again I think that the honourable and respectful approach is always to namecheck them. This image then is of a fox from Formby Point in Liverpool where I used to go to photograph a small colony of red squirrels. I could see straight away that the resident fox was used to people and after he’d made his daily rounds of the car park, scrounging whatever tit-bits he could lay his paws on, he would head back into the forest for a sleep. Living in the countryside as I’m lucky enough to do I’ve never met a habituated urban fox since so it was nice to be able to capture some unusually intimate images of these often wary mammals. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety
He may be a hidden fellow, but there’s no hiding my love for him.
And there’s no hiding my love for this Dapper Day look. This is one of the most relaxed Dapper looks I’ve done, and yet it was still impactful. Even though several other park goers thought I was a cast member (“Ma’am do you work here? No? Oh... well you look like you do.” 🤔) and only a handful of people knew who I was supposed to be. But #disneybounding as Minnie Mouse in the cartoon Hawaiian Holiday was so much fun! I loved wearing this bound in Animal Kingdom with all of its lush greenery and picture perfect backdrops in Harambe Market.
If you want to try your hand at Disneybounding but don’t know where to start click the link in my bio and check out my @amazon link and my Disneybound Idea Board. So many of my pieces come from there including this entire outfit!