Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Detroit 2014 IV (7/30/2014)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
We checked out of the hotel and picked up Laura to drive to BASF offices in Southfield, MI. From there I continued to the Detroit Zoo (1928) in Royal Oak.
Bird House (1930)
Wildlife Fine Art Gallery
Bullet Elephant (1995) by Mary Engel
Cossypha niveicapilla/Snowy-headed Robin Chat
Lontra canadensis/North American River Otters
Holden Reptile Conservation Center with
Flying Pterodactyls by Marshall Fredericks
This python is making his own bridge
Gyps rueppellii/Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture
Camelus bactrianus/Bactrian Camel family
Equus ferus przewalskii/Przewalski's Horses
with lots of flowers
Ailurus fulgens/Red Panda hiding in a tree
Panthera tigris/Tiger napping
Macaca fuscata/Snow Monkey
Split log fencing
I heard numerous parents telling their children to get off the fences and wondered how long these fences could hold up. Then I saw volunteers building new fencing.
No one is going to climb on these fences
Volunteers build a fence
Pavo sp/Peahen & chick
The giraffe enclosure
Cynomys ludovicianus/Black-tailed Prairie Dog exhibit
Cervus elaphus/North American Elk
with Christmas ornament?
Arctic Ring of Life
Inuit inukshuk/cairn
Concrete snow in the Arctic Ring of Life
Carousel (2011)
Part of the Horace Rackham Memorial Fountain (1939)
by sculptor Corrado Parducci
Horace Rackham Memorial Fountain
named for the first president of the Zoological Commission
After the zoo, I went to the National Shrine of the Little Flower (1931-1936), also located in Royal Oak, MI.
Stations of the Cross Garden
Crucifixion Tower in Art Deco style
Two weeks after the first Church of the Little Flower was built in 1926, the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross out front. The tower represents a cross they could not burn.
Church (and tower designed by architect Henry J McGill)
The church is made with granite and limestone
interspersed with stone blocks from the American states and territories
It was time to pick up Kent and Laura, drop Laura off at the airport, and head home.