When I first moved to Tampa, Adam actually didn’t join me until a week later. I had our pup Bella with me, but I had a week before classes at the Iron Yard began to explore my new city. Where to start, where to start? I stuck to my usuals and did what I generally do anytime I end up in a new city, which was check out the zoo.

I’m not the best at being alone for long periods of time, and I start to crave social interaction pretty easily. Contrarily though, I’m not overly comfortable going out and doing things on my own. Not exactly the best setup is it?

One thing I have found I’m comfortable doing alone is fine-tuning my photography skills. I don’t mind venturing out to do something solo if I have my camera on me because I feel like less people are wondering what I’m doing by myself at a place where most people show up in flocks. In this case, that place was Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, which is such a short drive from home now.

Below are some of my photos from my solo trip to the zoo. If you’re in the area and looking to check out the zoo, they have a wonderful deal to buy a one day ticket that actually gets you in for the rest of the year (with a few blackout dates).

Clouded Leopard at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Flock of Greater Flamingos at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Palm Tree with Leaves at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

String of Lights at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Path with String of Lights at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Manatee Eating Lettuce at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Manatee Floating at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Whooping Crane Perched at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Whooping Crane Perched at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: EF 24-105mm f/4