Saturday, August 18, 2012

Animal Kingdom

Last weekend we took a quick trip down to Florida to take the kids to Disney and decided to go the Animal Kingdom. I really loved it. We went early in the morning, so the animals were really active. This beautiful tiger was taking a nice swim in its ruined temple pool.
Here's another view of the tiger area. The attention to detail was really amazing! Walking through many of the ruined temples felt as though one was transported to a forest hidden very far away. Of course, the other people sort of eliminated the mood, but that's o.k.
This was in the Himalayan area. I liked how there were little markets and food stalls with items from the region.
There was also a dinosaur park, with a carnival and vintage looking rides. Max loved this huge dinosaur and didn't want to leave it.
Another little temple along the path. I couldn't help but admire all the gorgeous and carefully designed landscaping. One day, I'll have a huge yard with hidden ruins and tiny little spirit houses.
Look at this frescoe! I think I was supposed to be looking at hippos or something, but became totally bewitched by all the paintings.
This is a view overlooking a pond filled with an astonishing number of fish. I loved the colors and patterns the water made around the lily pads. I think I'll turn this image into a fabric design for spoonflower!
Now this is really cool, a hand carved tree! If you look closely, you can see animals sculpted into the bark and throughout the branches. I used to work in 3-d illustration, and this piece had to be a huge amount of work. The sheer volume of silicone needed to mold it....!
Our favorite thing of the whole day was the safari trip through the park. We got onto the truck/bus and the driver takes you through Africa. It was cool how it didn't feel like a theme park ride, since you were in a real truck on roads, looking at the animals without fences. I liked how expansive it felt, without all the usual bars and bland landscaping. The kids really enjoyed trying to find all the animals on the list and found it exhilarating driving through flooded roads and over rickety bridges with crocodiles floating beneath.
These ibex's were on the side of road, looking content. The park is so well designed, to have so many kinds of animals together, without any visible fencing. There were lots of huge rocks and moat type arrangements to keep the animals safe.

I love going to zoos and botanical gardens, so this was especially appealing to me. We spent the early part of the day at this park, but could have easily stayed all day long. Next time, I hope we do!


Jean said...

Dearest Cynthia:

Today you made my life so much more wonderful, and Jim's too.
I never know how to contact you properly, so I am hoping you will read this soon. Thank you for the package. You know I treasure your creations SO much, and have ever since I first came across them. It is not surprosing that I purchased more items from your store even as your package was arriving today to our PO Box. For a very important project! Only the best--your work! :)

I love your family very much and I think of all of you ALL the time, as I believe that you have the same sort of power on your side that we do. In our case it is helping us get through this.

The power of course is the power of love. You just GLOW with it and share it with everyone and it exudes from all that you touch and do.
love, jean xoxoxox and thanks, too

Cynthia Thornton said...

Thanks Jean.
You always say the nicest things to me!I'm so glad you liked your gifts. I hope you are doing well.

Jean said...

It is going slowly but keeping busy really helps, so that is what I do!
all love,jean xox