Last weekend, we visited the ‘Noorder’ Zoo in Emmen, but the only photo that I found interesting was not of exotic beasts. The hippos, elephants, leopards and what not are simply too exotic to make an interesitng picture. It is as if you are seeking the effect of stupefying your audience if you show these pictures. To make a picture convincing, you have to downplay the “surprise” effect of the zoo animals and do something surprising with a “normal” subject: an anti-zoo picture, as it were. My candidate is shown here: an ordinary grey heron–a bird that is getting all too common in the Netherlands–but if you ask me, crisply sharp with good colours against the blue (patch of) sky and in an unusual perspective.