All crea­tures great and tall

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

Photo bomb­ing is quite the thing and there are web­sites de­voted to this jolly pas­time, whether ac­ci­den­tal or with in­tent. Dogs seem to be adept at sidling into bridal pic­tures and even cows get into the act at coun­try wed­ding shoots while the groom and his girl are dis­tracted by doves let loose and cas­cades of cham­pagne. Some of the photo bomb ex­am­ples on the in­ter­net are rather rude, as you could imag­ine, while oth­ers are ridicu­lously funny, up there with the likes of blooper shows on telly.

This gi­raffe at Syd­ney’s Taronga Zoo looks like a rub­ber­neck­ing in­truder. Some In­sta fol­low­ers have ac­cused me of the sort of app alchemy that lets you su­per­im­pose im­ages but they over­es­ti­mate my tech­ni­cal abil­i­ties. If I could do that, I would have that sil­ver fox Mark Har­mon from NCIS in all my shots and we wouldn’t be hang­ing out at an­i­mal en­clo­sures.

On Easter Mon­day, my daugh­ter-in-law Ella and I did the Roar and Snore overnight pack­age at Taronga and slept in snug tents (ours was named Lit­tle Pen­guin, which made us feel ex­tra cosy), wak­ing to an un­ri­valled panorama look­ing south over Syd­ney Har­bour — coathanger bridge, Opera House sails, the whole corny post­card lot. Our morn­ing alarm call was the cackle of kook­abur­ras fol­lowed by in­dige­nous zookeeper Leon on the didgeri­doo mim­ick­ing the melo­di­ous call of the mag­pie and the bo­ing-bo­ing bounce of the kan­ga­roo.

Af­ter break­fast it was off to meet one of the gi­raffe keep­ers and ven­ture “back stage” to feed her long-necked charges a morn­ing meal of let­tuce leaves. Their tongues were raspy and moist with saliva and they ate with gusto. I lined up twice, like a wide-eyed kid, and then snapped this su­per­model of a gi­raffe (those eye­lashes surely are pasted on each morn­ing) just as it posed against the city skyline. Some­times you re­ally are in the right place at the ideal time.

On other oc­ca­sions, and par­tic­u­larly back in the days when photos were de­vel­oped and pro­cessed at labs and we all waited ages to re­view our hol­i­day rolls, I have been as­ton­ished by the re­sults. Look there, be­hind me, peep­ing from be­hind a thorny aca­cia, is a lioness not quite con­cealed by the cam­ou­flage of yel­lowed grass. Lit­tle did we know that toi­let break in the Serengeti could have turned into lunch.

Fol­low on In­sta­gram: su­sankuro­sawa.

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