Friday, July 20, 2012

the Jellyfish

Consider this a memory post.  I'm posting a lot of pictures, even though they aren't of that much interest to most of you, but they'll be here so Terry and I can remember a great day.

The jellyfish, what can I say?  I really do love them.  Translucent, ethereal and sublime, I find them endlessly fascinating.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium 
pulled out all the stops for this exhibit

Here we go with the jellies.

These next two are a series of one jelly
captured in motion.

They're so smooth,
yet raggedy at the same time.

I can't remember for sure, 
I think these are crown jellyfish.

Most of these look much better
if you click to enlarge them.

I'd never seen black jellys before.

These are upside down jellyfish.
They live on the ocean floor.

So fluid

They also come in polka dots

These next shots 
are just because I love their motion

This reminds me of Mikhail Baryshnikov,
flying across the stage.

Just one moment later . . .

They also had a lovely art exhibit.
This was made from a plastic soda bottle.
Much better use of a plastic bottle
than throwing it in the trash.

I had pictures of Sea Dragons last time,
but had to include another .

This isn't an exciting picture, 
but I loved the "look" 
on the seahorses face.

I'm including this picture 
because if I ever get another aquarium, 
I want it to look just like this.

I took this with the extreme zoom on my SX40.
(most of these shots were taken with my iPhone).
I've never seen a seal smile before.
What a sweet face.

It was a truly wonderful day,
reminding me,
once again,


Russ Krecklow said...

Love these pictures, Kate. A smiling seal, who would have guessed. Thanks for sharing such neat and interesting photos.

photowannabe said...

Delightful, Kate.
I remember a jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Aquarium. Took my tour group there many eons ago.
I was fascinated by the very tiny ones that almost seemed like fireflies scooting around.

Donna K said...

Who would have known what an enchanting variety jelly fish come in!! I like that sea dragon...beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos!

Pam and Wayne said...

Your photos made me want to hop a plane and get out there for a close up look of those jellyfish. Hard to believe you got such great photos in such dim light with a phone! Ever time you mention your iphone you get me thinking that might be what I get next!