One of my favorite things to do is to visit aquariums. If I can, I visit on a weekday in the early morning. I find it peaceful, educational, and relaxing.
I grew up within close reach of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. To this day, it remains my favorite. I associate it with happy childhood memories, the early hopefulness of marriage, and I just simply love the seaside communities of Monterey and Carmel. If I ever win the lottery and become a zillionaire, that’s where you’ll find me living. I’ll be in a cute little cottage with my many books, writing in front of a window that overlooks the sea.
One can dream.
I have visited the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, the Seattle Aquarium, and been through Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to name a few. But for this week’s Photo Challenge, I have chosen pictures from inside the Aquarium of The Pacific, located in Long Beach, California.
This week’s theme “A Face in the Crowd” explores how faceless portraits can still express emotion and tell a story. It asks:
“Without facial expression, can you tell how someone is feeling?”
For me, these photos tell a story of awe. Of discovery. The day I took these photos, I wondered if seeing such a grand fish would have a lasting impact on the small child. Might he one day be the next Jacques Cousteau?
I am currently living in the desert. To visit an aquarium, I will need to make a visit to Phoenix. I have, however, discovered a pool of stingrays at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. And immediately, it became yet another happy place and memory.
Perhaps my fascination with aquariums can best be summed up in this quote from the famous French Explorer:
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
– Jacques Cousteau
Good. Not that I needed a reason for it, but it’s great to know that visiting aquariums will be a happy, lifelong pursuit.