I recently went to the McClelland Gallery in Melbourne to photograph the sculptures in the parklands. I came across this sculpture and sat down near the edge of the lake to get a better photo. As soon as I sat down a number of ducks started coming out of the lake towards me, probably hoping I had some food.
This white polar bear appeared to be alone in his exhibit. Unless there was another one hiding or asleep in the cave. He roamed from side to side and took a dip in the pool. It was funny watching him contemplate getting back in the water though. He would walk right up to the waters edge and stare at it as if trying to decide if he would risk the cold water again. The picture above shows this contemplation. We thought he would eventually dive in but he didn’t. He kept walking away then coming back.
Since the recent birth of the new baby elephant, some of the spotlight has been taken off Mali. She’s still my favourite though. Some of you might remember the Mali trail my Mum and I walked last September around Melbourne. If not here’s the link to one of the posts https://deliciousfoodandtravel.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/mali-melbourne-zoo-2nd-weekend/.
Ever since completing that walk over three weekends I’ve wanted to see the real Mali. We didn’t get to see the new baby though. His viewing times didn’t fit in with our schedule unfortunately.
Below is a photo of one of the massive male elephants. You only realise how big they really are when you get this close. You wouldn’t want to get in their way.
A few years ago Melbourne Zoo built a new orang-utan sanctuary. Last time I was there they hadn’t quite finished it so I was really looking forward to see the completed sanctuary. There is a lot more room, both under cover and in the fresh air. It is separated into what looks like two areas or it might be one big U-shaped enclosure. It’s hard to tell.
There is a great education centre in the sanctuary but I couldn’t get near it. Being school holidays there were a lot of families around. On the other side I spotted a mother and baby resting together. It was a beautiful moment as the mother moved away, then the baby followed and they shared a tender, playful moment.
Meercats are my favourite animal at the zoo. I would really love to hold one but I suspect that would be difficult as they are feisty little creatures. They are just so cute!
There are three different displays of Meercats at the zoo. One has young ones and they just seemed to lie around. Another exhibit had some very feisty ones. There were five young ones. One stood on top of the rocks ignoring what was going on. The other four were play-fighting. It was so funny to watch. They pulled off some great wrestling moves worthy of a spot in WWE.
Our second weekend looking for sculptures of Mali started the same way the first weekend had started: catching the train in to the city. This time we got off at Melbourne Central to locate the two we couldn’t find last week. I discovered they were inside the shopping centre. From there we walked to Chinatown where we found my favourite Mali: Rusty Mali. I love this one because it would have taken a lot of time to accumulate the rusty materials. There were so many different materials. There were beaters, nuts and bolts, springs and even a tap on the nose.
We walked over to a few hotels that were displaying the sculptures in their forecourts, then over to the Treasury Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens and Parliament House. The weather was a little cooler this weekend and was perfect walking weather. We walked north, south and east covering around 14kms.
The painting on the two photos above is just amazing.
Close up detail of the design. This sculpture is called A Pattern of Orange-bellied Parrots.
More amazing artwork