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Singapore’s Night Safari

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Sign points the way

Sign points the way

Recently when a friend of mine suggested that we go out to the Night Safari, I silently scoffed at the idea.  After all, there was enough to do in Singapore that is more interesting.  Finally, I relented, I mean, after all, sometimes you have to give in.  I had more friends join us for the night.

Well, I have to tell you that the Night Safari was fun, interesting and informative.  And  I will definitely  visit it again.  As you can imagine, the highlight of the night was riding a tram through various wildlife flora and viewing animals that did not appear restricted by cages or heavily fenced pens.  Their enclosures were so natural, it was hard to tell that the animals were enclosed.  You expected the rhino to come walking across the street.  By the way the tram is optional.  If you choose to, you can walk the Night Safari.  It would be a little too much if you had little kids, but wouldn’t be so bad if the children are a little older.

It is a different experience looking at elephants, rhinoceros, jungle cats and other animals seemingly outside of zoo enclosures.  The environment was very quiet and peaceful.  You held your breathe in anticipation of seeing more animals as the tram rounded each curve of the road.  And you were not disappointed.

Look, up in the sky.

Look, up in the sky.

Audience participation

Audience participation

After the 45 minute tram ride, we were just in time for the Creatures Of The Night show.  This show was a light-hearted event showcasing several animals performing tricks, some audience participation and a light ecological message about caring for Mother Earth.  Again this was enjoyable.

Cat's meow

Cat's meow

Monkeying around

Monkeying around

Finally, the food court, with its wide variety of local and foreign cuisine is really quite good.  I had Indian food and you could have sworn you were in India.  And the set plate was ample, more than enough food to fill me up. Afterwards, we had Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and this was the perfect way to end the night.

Liquid refreshment

Liquid refreshment

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Written by leolaksi

January 24, 2009 at 6:54 am

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  1. Leo, did you take these with available light? It gives these pics a special “theater” feel – very nice. I notice the cat’s spots are blurred. In digital photography, is the shutter speed and apeture variable to allow for more light? How does digital adjust?

    Grayman

    January 25, 2009 at 1:17 am

    • The photos were taken with available light. I normally don’t use flash and in this particular setting flash would not have worked as I was sitting at the top of the amphitheatre and out of the flash range. In any type of photography, the freezing of action is dependent on the movement of the subject, sufficient available light and the ability of the lens to take in light. In this situation, it was dark and the ocelot was in constant motion and thus very difficult to freeze action. In daylight it may have been ok. Leo

      leolaksi

      January 25, 2009 at 12:45 pm


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