Out of Africa

Yesterday I went to Colchester Zoo with some friends. It was a sort of graduate reunion, of sorts, so it was good to see some old faces! Ellie and I were there, plus Sarah and Jon, Kev, Andy B, Liz, and Liz’s friend Liz (not confusing at all…). The weather was very kind to us, considering it had been raining first thing in the morning! The zoo isn’t amazingly big, but the enclosures are a reasonable size, and the animals all looked fairly happy! A couple of them looked a bit lonely, particularly the White Tiger (which was stunning), but apparently that was his own fault for killing his mate…

I took a load of photos during the day, which I was very pleased with. You’ll find some of my favourites up on my PhotoLounge. I was taking photos all day, at every opportunity, but I figure it’s good practice – I’m doing wedding photos for Phil and Jenny next week, so I need to make sure I can get good photos every time in a mixture of different settings. It was so nice having a 10x zoom though, it meant I could get right in close to the subject despite being at a distance, and the quality of the camera really helped me to capture the scene exactly as I wanted! Even at full zoom the pictures are sharp and in focus, full of colour and vibrancy, and the 0.01 second shutter-lag means I can capture the moment with precision timing. Ahh, the wonders of technology! Definitely a worthwhile purchase there!

My other bit of news is that I’m leading worship again today, for the first time in what seems like ages. Berkeley rang me on Friday night and asked me if I would be prepared to lead worship for the evening service this week, as someone had pulled out at the last minute. As I was out at the zoo yesterday it’s meant that I’ve not been able to plan it until this afternoon, but everything’s in place now and I’m looking forward to getting to church! This will be the first time I’ve led worship at Orchard, so it’s quite exciting! Hopefully they’ll want me back again another time…

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