|Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey CA|
The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California is one of our favorite places to visit. It’s a wonderful, large aquarium situated on the rocky shores of Monterey Bay. Once a cannery for catching and packaging fish, the aquarium now displays a plethora of local sea life with goals of education, exploration, and teaching conservation.
|Art, Matthew, and Kayli learning about seaweed at one of the touch pools.|
It may be a long time before we are able to visit California again so, I wanted to be sure to take several photographs. This was my first year with a more professional camera instead of a pocket digital or a camera phone. I was going for as many vivid and clear photographs as I could manage with my amateur photography skills.
|Monterey Bay Aquarium on the shores of Monterey Bay, California|
Photographing sea life is fun. The colors, habitats, and species of creatures seem endless. It’s also difficult to get a clear shot. They move…fast. Even the anchored ones can’t stay still. These submarine sea critters don’t know the meaning of sit, or stay, don’t hold a pose, and don’t vogue.
|Open pool with floating magnifying lenses for looking but not touching.|
Fortunately, during this trip, they were feeling cooperative. I was amazed how many animals approached the glass where I was poised, crouched with my camera. And they actually stayed still long enough for a few nice photographs. I was asked by other people how I was getting the animals to pose; as if I’d done it on purpose. No, it was just a happy accident that added some attractive sea life to my photography portfolio…