Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Zack's Adventure -- The National Aquarium

Zack and I rarely have plans.  We DO have a couple of camps lined up, but as far as a calendar full of "we're going to do THIS on THIS day" -- no.  Part of it is because Zack has learned to go with the flow when it comes to my headaches (and it makes me sad that he even has to), but most of it is because this is just how Zack operates.  It's funny, because Zack likes things to be very structured at school, but during the summer, he likes to be spontaneous.  We call them Adventure Days.

Zack on our Adventure

I do, however, draw the line at staying at home all week long, so I deemed yesterday an Adventure Day and asked him what he wanted to do.  For about the 15,672nd time, Zack chose the National Aquarium.  Since we'd been to the aquarium 15,672 times, I decided THIS time I'd teach Zack how to properly use his camera.  Inexplicably, he's too shy to let me show his work today, but I'll share our day with MY photos.

First, I caught him taking photos and video of the bubble tubes at the entrance to the exhibits.

Now, you'll have to excuse my photography.  For one, it's darned dark in there.  For two, that child (and the fish) rarely stand still.  And three, I'm for the most part taking photos through thick glass.  But come along with us, won't you?

I caught a quick shot of a shark going by in the massive shark and manta tank.  My favorite rescued three-legged sea turtle was alas, taking a nap out of sight.  I love that turtle.

We both loved the anemone exhibit.  Remember my post about seeing the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef at the Smithsonian?  That's what this is like, but the real thing.

This has got to be the ugliest, grumpiest looking fish I've ever seen.  Zack and I called this the "Get Off of My Lawn!" fish.  (And yes, he really is blue!)

We took a quick break after the Amazon display (hot, humid, and more hot.  I can't believe I ever used to live there.)  We sat high above the Baltimore Harbor and I took this cool shot of a propeller (tarted up with Picnik).

Finally, we hit our favorite exhibit -- the jellyfish.  Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of Balance is an amazing exhibit and I wish I could have taken better shots of everything.  The lighting was such that without a tripod and a killer SLR camera (and the know-how to use it), I had to take a bazillion shots just to get these half-way decent ones.

(blurry,and the water was full of tiny particles)

Stunning, right?

We finished the day with a trip to the Barnes & Noble across the walkway from the Aquarium for one of these for me:

..and then we thought we lost the car in the parking garage, which is very typically Lori Anderson.

I hope you enjoyed the trip!


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. I have never seen jellyfish up close and personal, they are amazing. Looks like you and Zack had a great time!!! Here's to more fun summertime adventures.

  2. Fantastic pictures! My attempts a photographing fish at the local aquarium always turn out blurry, and not nearly so interesting as your photograph of the shark.

    Looks like the two of you had a great day.

  3. Lori, what a FUN trip to the Aquarium. We missed each other at the Inner Harbor by one week!
    Taking pictures in that environment is sure tricky - indoors, glass, movement, poor lighting, etc. You managed to get some great shots!

  4. What a wonderful adventure. I wish I could have gone with you two. I would love to see the photo's Zack snapped. If he's anything like his mom, his photo's will be awesome.

    I love the anemone shot. What beautiful colors.

    Books and coffee, what a great end to the day's adventure.

  5. I live very near the National Aquarium .Like Zack, I love the place. But I haven't visited for awhile . Thank you both for the tour!
    Zack we'd love to to see your photos or maybe one of your wonderful drawings!
    m.e. :)

  6. Thanks for sharing your day with us. I loved the photo of the shark in the manta tank I thought that would make a wonderful watercolor. Treasure these days with your little "Wide eyed Boy"

  7. Looks like you had an awesome day. I love the photo of the orange fish, think you said it was a shark, and the way the light played on the water...very cool. The bright pink jellyfish is awesome! All in all, sounds like you two had an exciting adventurous day.

  8. Love the photo of the orange shark, with the way the light played on the water, and the bright pink jellyfish. Looks like you had, and enjoyed an awesome adventure day!

  9. What an awesome adventure! I love the anemones. They remind me of those tissue pomanders that i've seen, um, only everywhere since I've started wedding planning. :)

  10. Oh my what a jellyfish. They became quite popular in Germany during the Soccer championship because one of them always picked the winner of the matches correctly a day before the match. It was amazing.

  11. I'm an idiot. It wasn't a jellyfish it was an octopus. But it is still amazing, isn't it? :-)

  12. Amazing photos, I really enjoyed those! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy every minute with Zack, they grow up so fast.

  13. Thanks for taking us along on your adventure! I really like the pictures. Sound like you both had a great time.

  14. "Get Off of My Lawn!" *hehehe!!!*
    That is AWESOME!!!

  15. I have GPS on my phone just so I don't loose my car! My husband laughs at me when I use it to direct to the right car in the right parking lot but as least we don't wander around now looking for it.

  16. Love the photos of the beautiful sea creatures! Looks like a fun place, I will have to check it out sometime.


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