Blue, So Blue

JellySometimes hard to believe that these jellyfish are real. They look so alien, especially against that very blue background. This is not of the clichéd orange ones from the large tank, but one of the less photographed ones in the smaller exhibits before you reach the jelly fish wall.

I will have some more photos uploaded soon from the more artistic jellyfish exhibit downstairs in the outer bay side of the Monterey Bay Aquarium too, which is soon to be closed to make space for something new. Many of those creatures are even more surreal than this one.

Blue Tail

Blue TailWhile hiking back down the valley view trail in Big Sur during our camping trip a few weeks back, we spotted this little lizard with a very blue tail! It’s not exactly going to help keep him hidden among the leaves and twigs, so I wonder why it is blue? A warning perhaps that he’s not tasty…

Still, he sat still long enough for a couple of photos which makes a change!

Alien Landscape

Alien LandscapeIn fact, not a landscape at all. These are jelly fish, which all sit together in what might be called upside down (relative to the orientation of other species) on the sea bed.

These ones were photographed in one of the hemispherical tanks that are part of the Jellies as Art exhibition at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Tree FrogsUploaded some photos from my visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium a few weeks back (heading home from Big Sur). The frogs were something I hadn’t seen there before. In the Flickr stream though you’ll find some jellyfish photos. What visit to the Monterey aquarium would be complete without the clichéd orange and blue jellyfish? But there are also some other types from the Jellies as art exhibition area that you might not have seen.

Oh, and don’t miss the otter photos.

Schmap iPhone Guides

Alexander & BaldwinTried to blog about this a couple of days ago, but that was when Flickr was having problems, and blog posting seemed to be one of the things that wasn’t working!

Schmap have now launched a version of their online city/region guides formatted for the iPhone. This is a very handy tool since you can access it over the iPhone’s cellular connection while you’re actually traveling (I don’t normally carry my laptop around when on vacation, but I do take my mobile phone with me).

No special URL needed (though I’d like it if one was available); the site will automatically give you the iPhone version when you visit from Mobile Safari.

Got Power?

Got Power?As seems to be the case in many airports these days, there is Wi-Fi coverage all over the lounge area in Terminal 3 at London’s Heathrow, but you’d better make sure you have a full charge on your batteries if you plan to use it as even at the dedicated BT and T-Mobile hotspot ‘zones’ the power sockets have no juice.

And forget finding sockets anywhere in the main waiting areas – there’s none to be found (they’re all hidden under special covers in the floor). I have to wonder what the point of providing the Wi-Fi is if they don’t also provide the power for the laptops.

Still, it did work well for a quick connection from my N95 earlier – I connected to the BT Openzone, fired up Truphone and made some free international calls to let people know I’d arrived safely!

McWay Cove

McWay CoveYellow sandy beach, waterfall, clear blue water and a beautiful sunny day down at Big Sur. What could be better? Well, it would have helped if the trail from the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park parking lot to the observation deck had been open, but as it happens you can get almost the same view from the road above the cove.

This is the Nokia N95’s take on the view; the ones from my 20D will be coming later (once I have them off the camera). The rest of the day was spent driving back along the coast towards Monterey, where I stopped off at the aquarium, then back down south a little into Carmel for the sunset and dinner.