When we are in the area, we often swing by the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World for a bit. The hotel itself is a really cool place with an interesting design. The layout of the main building seems to be somewhat reminiscent of the Wilderness Lodge, but the Animal Kingdom Lodge has an entirely different feel to it. It is almost as if you are somewhere in Africa rather than in Central Florida. I could be wrong, but I would suspect the heat is somewhat similar in both places, so that adds to the illusion even more.
However, it seems like almost every time we are at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, it rains. Not sure if it rains because we go there, or if we go there because it rains and we can’t do things like swim in the pool. Based on what I see on TV, I would think it doesn’t rain nearly that much in Africa, but I guess I could be wrong.
It seems that those couches in the lobby are a good place to lie down and rest for a while, judging from the number of people there doing just that. Not that I am actually judging the people there doing that. Maybe their rooms weren’t ready yet, or maybe they were just waiting for the rain to pass before going somewhere, and they wanted to lie down for a minute. I can’t say I blame them, because afternoon naps are always nice when you can get one.
When we are there, we usually walk out to see what animals we can see. Because what is the point in going to the Animal Kingdom Lodge if you don’t go to see the animals? That’s how we know that it is raining, after all. Because if we just stayed inside the hotel, the rain wouldn’t make a difference at all. But we usually brave the raindrops (unless they get to be too numerous) to go see some animals.
This time around, we saw this one:
We hadn’t seen this one before, and as you can see, there is another in the background. Those were some impressive horns! I would definitely want to stay on the good side of this guy because those look like they could do some serious damage. However, I have no idea exactly what this guy is, so maybe someone could enlighten me.
I am often amazed at just how many different kinds of animals there are. Cattle, for example. Who even knows how many different varieties of cattle there are? And how do they keep up with all of them, anyway? The same goes for other common kinds of animals, like deer, dogs, horses, and so on. And let’s not even get started on birds and insects.
This world we live in is quite a complicated, complex place. And that is what keeps it interesting.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. - Psalm 19:1-2
About the Photos
I would imagine that you are starting to see a pattern here, right? Yes, I did use the fisheye lens quite a bit on this most recent trip, just for something different than what I had been posting lately. But I also used other lenses, such as for the photo of the cattle thing, just to get a closer view. Because as far away as we were from him, you wouldn’t have been able to tell much about him in a fisheye photo.
And although it isn’t quite as apparent here, this photo uses the same detail extraction filter that the recent Epcot photo used, although the filter usage was toned down slightly here to match the mood of the hotel.
Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Photoshop. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lenses: Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens and Olympus 14-42mm IIR
Date: June 10, 2016
Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Walt Disney World, Florida