Thursday, April 11, 2013

Aquarium Photo Inspiration


Thanks to all of you who commented with your guesses about the locations where I took the photos I posted on Tuesday.  The answers are in the comments on that post but I'll add them here too.  We took a quick trip to San Francisco to visit our son and daughter-in-law and it was a great getaway.  I am still in "re-entry" mode with odd sleep patterns!

The first photo of the heart was taken at Union Square in San Francisco.  There is a large heart at each of the four corners of the square.  Photo no.2 is the Lone Cyprus from an overlook along the 17 Mile Drive in Carmel.  The third photo was taken in the garden of the Mission at San Juan Bautista.  It was so funny to us to see lilacs and cactus together (we certainly don't see that in Massachusetts and our lilacs are nowhere near to blooming yet).

Photo 4 is of the Transamerica building (with the distinctive pyramid shape) taken from Chinatown.  Photo five was also taken at the Mission in San Juan Bautista - part of the movie Vertigo was filmed there.  Photo 6 is the view of the Pacific coastline from Highway 1 and the final photo was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

One of my favorite exhibits at the Aquarium was the jellyfish.  There are so beautiful and interesting to watch.  There were all shapes and sizes - some big ones in large tanks like this and some incredibly tiny types.

The lighting and the vivid blue tanks create a wonderful chance to take photos.  The gradient of the blues in the background of this photo is especially pretty.

I didn't realize that I had captured our son's profile in this photo until I started to sort and edit my photos.  The jelly fish are fascinating to watch.

This photo shows an exhibit that really caught my eye - because it involved cutting out shapes!  Sorry for the glare on the image which makes it hard to see (at least it was a sunny day). 

This closer view of one of the bottles will give you a better idea about the artwork.  The piece is called "Message in a Bottle" and it was done by Australian artist Alison McDonald.  You can see some better images on her site HERE.

We didn't have a lot of time to spend at the aquarium but we really enjoyed having a quick look around.  They have a great website HERE if you want to check it out.  If you will be traveling to this area it is well worth a visit.

The jellyfish and the amazing colors of the corals and other sea life are a great source of inspiration for future projects.  I'll leave you with a few more photos to share some of that inspiration.

I hope you have a wonderful day!  It looks like there is still stormy weather for many parts of the country so please stay safe!

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  1. Such beautiful photos, Diane.

  2. Thank you Bobby. The colors and patterns are really amazing - and to think most of it is underwater!


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