Photo of a sleeping tiger. Caption reads: “I’ve been tired all week.”

Tired post by Iris Carden

One thing about living with lupus is that anything that takes any amount of energy takes time to recover.

I’ve been tired all week, because I went to the zoo just over a week ago. My daughter and I bought annual passes for whenever we’re looking after my granddaughter (my other daughter’s child.) It’s a cost-effective way to entertain her, and do something interesting ourselves.

So since I’ve been tired, and most things have been a struggle this week, all I’m going to do for today’s post is show you some photos of animals we’ve seen on our zoo trips.

Jabiru: a grey stork, with pink markings on its face.
At first we didn’t see this majestic jabiru, which hid behind a tree.
A koala sitting on a
You can’t visit a zoo in Australia without seeing koalas.
An otter standing on all four paws.
I love watching otters, they always seem so playful.
Photo of a crocodile, leaping from the water for food thrown by a handler.
Crocodiles don’t hunt far from the water, but they can leap up out of it.
Aldabra tortoise.
The Aldabra tortoise can live eighty years, but became endangered because ships crews hunted them for easy meat.
Meerkat sitting up on guard, in an aloe plant.
I think meerkats are adorable, this one is on watch, fro its perch up in an aloe plant.
Elephant, in an open, grassed area.
Even a single elephant is rather a lot of elephant.
Sulphur-crested cockatoo, sitting on a branch, looking over its shoulder.
This sulfur-crested cockatoo demanded attention. He posed for pictures (I have lots of him in different poses.) When we went to move on and look at other animals he called out to us: “Hello! Whatcha doin’?”
Five turtles, sunning themselves on a log, over their pond.
How many turtles will fit on a log?
Tiger, lying on a wooden platform, in dappled shade from
And, of course, adding in that tiger that was in the featured image. On our third visit we finally got to see the tiger, the first two times, the crowds were too dense for us to have a chance to see them. (It’s hard to see over a crowd from a mobility scooter.) Only one tiger was out in the viewing area, but we did get to see one.

I confess I’m not a great photographer. Among the photos I didn’t show you were the slightly out-of-focus ones where a red panda had been the instant before I clicked the shutter. There were also a number of just-missed shots of the binturongs (cat-bears), and the rear end of a disappearing wombat who didn’t want to stick around for a photo. I’ve got some photos from a distance, where the animal featured is a tiny speck, which I took on the first visit, before I learned that while my mobile phone has a great camera, it just doesn’t have the zoom capabilities of my old single lens reflex.

There are lots of things that can leave me so tired that I need a week or more to recover, at least the trips to the zoo we’ve had over the last couple of months have been good ones.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


  1. I’m sorry to hear that you’re feeling tired, Iris. It’s completely understandable to feel that way Remember to take the time to rest and take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. Your writing and creativity are appreciated by many! The photos were beautiful!

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