Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Photo Shoot

Our friend and Kelly Miler Circus' official photographer Rick Purdue came out this past weekend for a photo shoot with the tigers. He sent me this sneak preview last night - can't wait to see the rest !


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hot Weather !

It has been pretty warm in the southern Michigan / northern Indiana region for us ! To keep cool, the tigers have plenty of fans running, in addition to lounging in their pools and playing in the running water. Once it was time to move inside the Big Top for practice and shows, the girls had to get a "wash down" and some drying time after making a mud hole of their yard.

My 14 month old and my two year old demonstrate, "Sharing is caring." Or, their own rendition of Areosmith's "Monkey on my Back."


Aerial View - Kelly Miller Circus

A fascinating YouTube video shows an aerial view of the Kelly Miller Circus taken in Grand Haven, Michigan, two weeks ago. The video can be seen in its entirety here :


The first still capture below shows the midway area where the public enters the tent for the performance. The left semi is the concession wagon. Directly across is the animal compounds - elephants under the blue awning and assorted hoof stock under the red. The red wagon with the white clown face is the ticket office, directly in front of the novelty stand. To the left of the tent, under the red and yellow awning, is the cookhouse which provides two meals everyday for the performers, workers and families.


The second image shows the backyard. The semi ( painted with an elephant on both sides ) is the generator truck which provides the show with power for 12 hours each day. To the right under the white awning is the tiger compound. The white lines circling the tent and dividing off from there are the water hoses.


The last image shows a better view of the animal compounds.


As can be seen with these photos, there is no "off-limits" areas on the Kelly Miller Circus. The animals can be viewed all day from outside the public safety barriers. It is pretty neat to see an overall view of the show from a different perspective.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Watseka IL

Enjoying the beautiful weather. I think this is as close to "back to Africa" as the tigers will get - a belly full of bunny and "hiding in the woods." ( yes, I know tigers are not from Africa. Yes, they ate carcass meat this morning ).