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The Aquarium

March 11th, 2012 (04:56 pm)

I've posted pictures of the Vancouver Aquarium before but, this time, with a lot of patience (!) I managed to take some blurry close-ups of the sea turtle, a dolphin, and the Beluga whales...

I've been trying to photgraph this little fellow for years, and this is the very best picture I've ever got, mainly because my camera is slow, so I have to guess where he'll be by the time the shutter closes, and he's always dodged me until now!

He's so cute!

In the tropical section, there's this strange, ancient-looking, almost human-sized fish, who lurks in the darkness (hence the picture's murky, and only shows his head; he's a bit like a pike):

He looks scary, but he's actually quite friendly. Last year he had a companion, but it must have passed away.

It was persisting down outside, so here's a sea otter, seen through a very wet lens:

And here's a Beluga (or possibly, two, because it's hard to tell them apart):

I sat for ages, with my camera trained on a particular bit of water, clicking just before the whale came into the viewfinder... And, of course, the little boy just had to step into the shot!

Here are the Belugas with their trainers, getting ready to perform for us (again, it's very rainy):

And, finally, a family waving a big, furry, dolphin toy managed to lure a passing dolphin up to the window. I'm not sure whether he was just perplexed, or whether he recognised it as an invitation, but he stayed for quite a while, and I managed to poke my camera through a gap in the crowd, and snap him:

Pity he wouldn't fit in my aquarium at home.


Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: March 11th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
ani HHGTG fish

I love aquariums like that. Watching the large (and small) fish and mammals is so relaxing isn't it! I think my favourite is the dolphin :)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 13th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)

I love the dolphin, too. It was a real privilege to have him come up so close.

Posted by: Ree (reetinkerbell)
Posted at: March 11th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
Balloons Fullest

Animals are about as difficult to get good photos of as children, especially under water because they can move so much faster and tend to not stand still the way land animals do. Still, I think you were well rewarded for your patience, because you certainly got some good shots!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 13th, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)

Thank you :-)

diificult ... especially under water

Plus, the camera tends to focus on the glass! I don't use flash, because I don't want to blind the fish, but it would reflect off the glass, anyway.

Posted by: Ree (reetinkerbell)
Posted at: March 13th, 2012 09:11 am (UTC)
Art Nouveau - Alfons Mucha

Yeah; it's difficult enough with the lights already in the room, because even if they keep it low to prevent such things (and for the animals sake) they are often visible, if only because it's lighter where you are than what you're taking a photo of. I have plenty of photos taken of objects in windows (like at museums) and then when looking at the photo on my computer, I see that I'm visible in the glass. LOL

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 14th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)

I see that I'm visible in the glass. LOL

That happens to me, too!

Posted by: Ree (reetinkerbell)
Posted at: March 14th, 2012 09:37 am (UTC)
Balloons Fullest

I have one that looks kind of funny, because my sister asked me to get a photo of a beautiful Chinese inspired dress that was in a window when we were in Italy last, and since I'm reflected in the glass, it almost looks as if I'm wearing it (not well, of course).

Posted by: sistermine (sistermine)
Posted at: March 11th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)

How lovely. These are evocative shots, and it sounds like you're having a fabulous time.

I have visited Vancouver on one of my two trips to the Americas - my partner works around climate change so we are very stingy about transatlantic flights (and don't' have the time or money for a sea-voyage!) - so this makes me happy to remember all the lovely things we did whilst we were there.

I have a friend who spent a year teaching at Stanford and a year at UBC - a decade apart - so both trips were arranged around visiting her. Good times!

Glad you're having your own good times.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 13th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)

Vancouver's wonderful, isn't it? I went to UBC yesterday -- to the Museum of Anthropology -- and I was thinking then how wonderful it would be to be there for a year.

I lived on a boat for 15 years -- no engine, no cooker, no running water, very little electricity -- I reckon I still have some carbon footprint in the bank :-)

Posted by: sistermine (sistermine)
Posted at: March 13th, 2012 10:53 am (UTC)

Oh yes, I remember the Anthropolgy Museum was fascinating. It had someone carving a totem pole, and there seemed a bit of a struggle about what the museum was and what (and who) it was for. And a lovely garden.

Ha ha, living on a boat sounds amazing - and difficult? The carbon footprint is an odd thing, and it certainly sounds like you've done your share there. I don't mean to lay on the guilt-trip (except on myself. I think of it as a personal budget, and then I choose what to spend it on. I flew to Berlin last year after much wrangling (I was only going along for a fun weekend, though the friend I went with was working), and decided I had to earn it by saving elsewhere. I gave up having endless hot baths, and switched to a vegan meal twice a week. I think I'm just about paid up now... ).

Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay. Keep sharing the photos!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 14th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)

decided I had to earn it by saving elsewhere.

That's a good idea!

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: March 11th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)

The dolphin is cute - but the belugas are beautiful.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 13th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)

They are, aren't they? And joyful. Sitting watching them is very uplifting.

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