For the record …

… the zoo is way more fun with a 5-year-old in tow. Especially when you use the 5-year-old as an excuse to do all the extra stuff your parents couldn’t afford to let you do when you were a kid, like riding the zoo train and feeding the parakeets and making a pressed-penny souvenir and buying pink lemonade in a purple sport bottle shaped like a gorilla.

Happy accident: I’d forgotten my digital cameras when we went to the zoo, so I gleefully seized the opportunity to go lomo with a 35mm disposable from the zoo gift shop.

I stopped by Walgreens on the way to church tonight and dropped off the film for one-hour processing. By the time I returned an hour and a half later, my pictures still weren’t ready, because the machine had thrown a fit and kept spitting out 4×4 squares instead of 4×6 rectangles, and the technician had only just figured out how to fix the problem. He made me a set of the usual 4×6 prints you get for $6.99, but I liked the square prints so much that the photo tech let me have them for free.

They look awesome: hypersaturated, a little grainy, a trace of lens distortion (hooray for plastic lenses!) … I wouldn’t have noticed without the funny dimensions, but these images are very evocative of the 126 camera Mom and Dad used for taking pictures of me at the zoo when I was 5.

I’ll post pictures when I get a hand free to scan them. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a good way to kill a summer afternoon, I highly recommend a trip to the zoo with a cheap camera and a munchkin….