Keep The Light On

This weekend’s adventure was the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.

DSC_4370_edited-2The place had more kids than an elementary school playground. Bravo, parents!

DSC_0611_edited-1I find it quite difficult to take decent pictures in aquariums. I mean, how do you know if that jellyfish is the size of a Volkswagen or a loaf of bread?

SAMSUNGHow do you provide a sense of scale without a human in the frame?

DSC_4308_edited-1My personal preference is for the critters that light up.

SAMSUNGβ€œRing the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
― Leonard Cohen

 

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  1. These pictures are amazing MK. There is so much to appreciate in nature. I love the quote too, it speaks beautiful wisdom.

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    1. Thank you Karen. Aquariums fill me with delight and surprise. Leonard Cohen is inspiring. I find his song “Hallelujah” so moving.

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  2. so surprising pictures !

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    1. Thank you Bernie! A delightful place it was.

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    1. Thank you Rajiv. Some are tiny living jewels. Some are huge and fearsome. A wonderful place to visit.

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  3. Photo #2: are they really phosphorescent or is it a trick of lighting? You got some amazing shots despite being behind glass. The details in the jellyfish are amazing. The dots behind them look like stars and they are celestial bodies!

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    1. No trick photos or special lighting, Eliza. All the ones that look phosphorescent ARE that indeed. The little jellyfish in the last shot is called a comb jellyfish. Its lights actually “run”. Hard to describe, but check out the little video here on Wikipedia.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ctenophora
      My cellphone seemed to do a better job than my fancy camera. It was so dark inside, and so many of the fish darted around pretty fast, so I picked the shots of the slow moving fish. You’re right, the big jellyfish scene looks very celestial!

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      1. Wow, that link was crazy! Definitely a space alien! πŸ™‚

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  4. You got spectacular photos! They’re so crisp and clear – brilliantly done!! Love the poem that lights it all up! ~SueBee

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    1. Thank you Sue! (there were a lot of “too blurry” to wade through). Glad you like the Leonard Cohen.

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