WPC: Narrow in Indy

Earlier this summer, my husband and I took a 3-day trip to Indianapolis, a city I’ve driven by a few times but had never explored. I was pleasantly surprised to find many interesting things to do in Indianapolis. The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is narrow. These are pictures of some narrow things we saw in Indy:

Indianapolis has its own canal walk. It’s not as extensive  as San Antonio’s, of course, and on either side of the canal are many condo buildings, so there is not so much commercial traffic. In front of a rather upscale condo building, there was a long stairway, and in the middle was this narrow stairway of water, ending in a small pond at the bottom. It looked very refreshing on that hot evening.

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Stairway and cascading water lead up to this undoubtably high priced condo building.

We went to the Children’s Museum (see earlier post about the magnificent Chihuly exhibit there), where, in the Egyptian exhibit, there was a very narrow mummy:

Mummified cat
Mummified cat: Cats were sacred animals for the ancient Egyptians, so they mummified their departed felines.

The write-up on the Indianapolis Zoo attracted me with its description of the various ecosystems. A rare and beautiful animal was the Greater Kudu, with its most distinctive marking, narrow white stripes.

This adult kudu has a mane on his neck and beautiful curved horns.
This adult kudu has a mane on his neck and beautiful curved horns.

Meerkats like to get themselves into narrow tunnels, both above and below the ground.

A meerkat emerges from a tunnel. More meerkats are visible under the surface.
A meerkat emerges from a tunnel. More meerkats are visible under the surface.

It was sad to discover more evidence of zoochosis, as in most zoos. The cheetah has created these narrow paths with his pacing within his enclosure. (The cheetah was lying down near the fence on the far right, invisible in this picture.)

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The cheetah enclosure. Well-worn paths indicate excessive pacing, a sign of zoochosis.

The most interesting zoo exhibit were the orangutans, which, unlike many of the animals, have ample room to explore. The orangs are allowed, for instance, to climb narrow ladders like this one, all the way up to a platform on top. When they climb down, they may be able to access another orangutan enclosure.

Orangutan up on a high platform
Orangutan up on a high platform

 

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