08 March 2009

An afternoon at the aquarium

As a special treat, Tracey Brookshier took me to the Monterey Bay Aquarium after we finished teaching on Friday. What a feast for the eyes! The aquarium is famous for its jellyfish exhibits and rightly so. I need to go back with my good camera, the jellies are hard to photograph with a point-and-shoot.







I found myself completely captivated with a tank of sea anemone. The colors were amazing. I feel a new series coming on...





Some of the pictures I took were disappointingly blurry - the leafy sea dragons (unbelievably cool and surreal-looking), the river and sea otters, and the sand dollars (we stared at these a long time while they moved in s l o w motion) so I'll need to try again next time. We bumped into some of my students who were practicing their observational skills at the aquarium before their flight home.

After we had our fill of the fishies, we headed to Cha-ya, a Japanese tea, art and antique store in an old part of Monterey, where I found origami paper, small dragonfly dishes, a couple of pretty chirimen bags and a tiny metal jizō statue (that caused my luggage to be searched at security the next day, I guess it looked more menacing in the x-ray machine than it does in real life!) Then on to an art supply store for a paper fix, gorgeous handmade paper with Thai writing on it, a vintage-looking map and more handmade paper with newspaper inclusions. And finally back to Tracey's house for a home-cooked meal with her family. All in all, a fantastic ending to a fantastic week.

8 comments:

Samantha said...

I love visiting new aquariums! I'm glad you got to do that and you snapped some pretty cool pictures.

So I think a Maritime Center outing is most definitely in order. Their jellyfish encounter is pretty cool - a floor-to-ceiling cylindrical tank full of some truly awesome jellies!

Carol Sloan said...

I love going to the aquarium in Gatlinburg TN. You stand on (or in our case off of)the conveyor belt and/ortakenhrough a long tunnel that has the aquarium above and around you. It is AWESOME! Groups get to spend the night there...WE saw a group of girl scouts going in and we actually envied them...

Karen L R said...

We've been to that aquarium twice. It is amazing. I loved the indoor kelpbeds that sway and dance with the currents outside. How did they do that?

Great show yesterday!

KarenLR

norma said...

These are amazing pictures. And you took them with your point and shoot? Fantastic!

2009MovieWatching said...

I especially love the first picture

Natalya said...

beautiful! can't wait to the art these will inspire...
PS your picture on my blog today!

Vivien said...

These are great pictures, Jane. Can't wait to see what you create.

We love the Monterey Bay aquarium, too. The last time we were there, they had picture frames around some of the openings for the jellyfish tanks, making it look like moving works of art. Very cool.

Plain Jane said...

Leafy seadragons are my favorite!! I've never been to the monterey aquarium...lucky you.