New Year Fireworks

There were official fireworks planned on the 1st of January, held by the municipal authority of Prague. And therefore I grabbed my camera, tripod and cable released and headed for Vitkov. Vitkov is quite a big hill in Prague with a former mausoleum (now it is museum) on top of it and it offers great views on centre of Prague, especially Prague Castle and Letná. And Letná is a park from which all the firework rockets were fired.

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New Year’s Eve Celebration

Just like the last year I was spending New Year’s Eve in area called Divci Hrady in Prague on western side of Vltava river. My goal was to take fireworks panorama just like I did last year but with a few improvements. But my plans were ruined by weather conditions, as thin fog (or smoke) covered most of the area and it was getting worse and worse… So I took at least some photos and fortunately they came out quite well, given the conditions. Here is one of them:

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Late Afternoon in Prague Zoo – Part III

The weather these days is cold and sunny, only few degrees above 0 and that makes perfect conditions to go outside and take some photos. Yesterday, I went to Prague Zoo again, only about two hours before all the visitors would have to leave the zoo. And it was really cool, everything was lit with golden light, especially the exhibits on the southern hillside and there I took most of the photos. All these photos were taken when the sun was just above the horizon and therefore the colours are very warm.

Eurasian Wolf (Canis lupus lupus)

Female Boja is the last member of the wolf pack that lived in Prague Zoo.
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Brown hyena (Parahyaena brunnea)

This was the first time I saw a hyena in their exhibit.
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Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus)

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Red panda (Ailurus fulgens)

I was very lucky to see red pandas in their outside exhibit as they usually go outside in the early morning hours.
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Red kangaroo (Macropus rufus)

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Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

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When I was leaving the zoo, I saw these white blooms near the exit. Although it is winter, they looked like they came into bloom recently.
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Late Afternoon in Prague Zoo – Part II

The weather these days is cold and sunny, only few degrees above 0 and that makes perfect conditions to go outside and take some photos. Yesterday, I went to Prague Zoo again, only about two hours before all the visitors would have to leave the zoo. And it was really cool, everything was lit with golden light, especially the exhibits on the southern hillside and there I took most of the photos. All these photos were taken when the sun was just above the horizon and therefore the colours are very warm.

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

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Flamingo

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)
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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

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You can expect last part of photos from this set tomorrow… I hope…