Friday, May 6, 2011

Too Many Pictures (Again)

The other day we found a flyer for the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Having lived here for over 40 years, you'd think we'd have heard of it. I guess there's always new things to see and do.

Situated on a gorgeous campus, it's located right on the ocean at the northern edge of Sana Cruz proper.

Outside the main facility
is the complete skeleton
of a blue whale.

It beached itself just north of here
some 30 years ago.
Now that it has a new home,
other species have moved in.

Here's a whale of a tale.
Or a tale of a whale.

Inside the center,
there are lots of exhibits,
but my favorite place was the tanks.

In the tanks,
my favorite was this little octopus.

Today I learned
that I don't know how to take pictures
through glass . . .

I know that there are settings I could have used,
but not knowing what they are,
I ended up having to fix these in the computer.

Both Terry and I
spent close to an hour watching this guy,
he was really active.

They also have a huge tank of jellyfish.

And some of the most beautiful anemones
I've ever seen.

I could look at these forever.

They're like ballet dancers,

or hula dancers,
swaying in the breeze.

As always,
you can click on any image
for a larger version.

As we were leaving,
we made a quick trip
through the gift shop.
Lovely glass . . .

These glow in the dark!
If I wasn't getting rid of everything,
one of these would have come home with me.

We finished the day
with a walk along the cliffs,

then my allergies kicked in,
and we had to come home.

This is what I felt like,
with my eyes all swollen shut.

In spite of my allergies, we had a great day. The admission to the center is only $4 for seniors, a great way to spend an afternoon.


Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Never too many pictures and you once again have managed to take some spectacular shots.

Your new lettering on your blog has messed up where we leave comments.

Jerry and Suzy said...

Hey, you're through the glass but fixed on the computer pictures were absolutely fine! And we liked your ballet or hula dancer analogy. The Seymour place looks very interesting -- would love to visit that someday! We had never heard of it either. Ah, the value of reading others' blogs!

Me and My Dog said...

Looks like a really cool place to spend a day. Great photos! Too bad about the allergies, hope they are gone soon. :)

photowannabe said...

So sorry your allergies are giving you fits. I think we are all in the same boat.
Steve is really suffering since his outdoor photo shoot yesterday.
Love your great pictures of the marine life. I could watch those critters forever too.

Donna K said...

I think your photos looked fine! So at least you can fix them if they are not. That looks like a great place to spend an afternoon.

Aeagles said...

Love the photos of sea life! I would be tempted to buy those glass items also but like you, am getting rid of stuff. Allergies are bad here on the East coast as well. I guess it was all that rain, snow, etc.

Handmade Crafts Done While RVing Blog said...

Kimberly and Jerry are so right - never too many pictures!! Wow some major amazing photo shots you took!! Love it...

Happy Mother's Day!!