I’m in the midst of a rather hectic but fun family-oriented long weekend here in Tacoma. I haven’t taken nearly as many pictures as I’d intended, but here are some dramatic pictures taken last night at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo during Zoolights, an annual event on our calendar that everyone agreed seemed even more spectacular than usual this year.

Here are a few of my favorite shots taken with my hand-held Canon Digital Rebel using available light:

There’s just no getting around it, the elephants are probably my favorite animal at the zoo.

Though I had to agree with Leslie that the figures surrounding the aquarium were also rather spectacular:

Undoubtedly, though, the most ooohs and aaahs all night were received by the Zoo’s brilliantly lit center tree: