As members of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we have visited multiple times a year most years. Last year, as we all lived through the lockdowns and the global pandemic, the aquarium remained closed and we were unable to visit one of our favorite destinations.
This trip wasn’t quite back to normal (we had to book tickets for the aquarium ahead of time – actually back in April) and we had an assigned 30 minute window when we could enter. Once inside, a few things were different too, though much of the experience was the same. Outside of the aquarium, our trips normally include at least one night in our favorite hotel (the Hilton Garden Inn) where we love the cooked breakfasts, the sheltered outdoor pool and hot tub and the s’mores by the firepit each evening. We also typically enjoy local restaurants for dinners, visit the Dennis the Menace park and perhaps the beach or boating lake. This time we did a day trip, mainly focused on the aquarium visit, though we did get manage to get some other activities in too.
A photo interlude to lighten the tone & add some colour!
A little while back we took a Sunday drive down to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (one of my favourite places around here). This is one of the many photos I took while we walked around the aquarium – a shot of a leafy sea dragon. Aren’t they amazing!
These guys are relative newcomers to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, living downstairs from the Outer Bay exhibit along with the fresh water otters, the Asian Vine Snakes and a few other animals.
Next time I go I must take the tripod though for these guys as they stay perfectly still, making them a perfect model for a lower ISO setting (these were taken hand held at ISO 1600 to cope with the low light level).
Sometimes 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.
Finally catching up on uploading some of my recent photos to Flickr. Up so far are 40 shots from our camping trip to Big Sur (before the fires started), and a few of the shots from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, including these close up shots of the sea otters sleeping on the surface of their tank.