Anytime you are in Monterey, CA, you need to get to the aquarium. Going in and looking at the exhibits and sea life is the whole point, but the coronavirus has ended that pleasure. Instead, we got to see it from the outside, like little kids looking in a window, but the windows and doors are shuttered.
More Metropolis, FM2n, and 100mm.
Another sea-going model mammal suspended from the ceiling at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Above it all, again, from a different vantage point over the madding crowd.
Taking a snap in a restaurant or cafeteria or coffee bar is always interesting just because people are interesting. Catching people in poses, talking to one another, is an endless source of material. A moment caught – a position – an expression – a movement.
In a touching pool at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, these rays fly around under water. You can reach in and touch them – a silky, velvety sensation under your fingers.
I’ve been so busy playing with my scanned negatives of late that I have not followed up on posting more photos – digital this time – from our trip to Monterey last month. I finally took another look at some of them, and sorted them out. Yesterday’s “On the Roof” was the first one.
Here, the back side of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The tide comes in and out here, and as you can see, you can stand above to look at the shoals below. Sea life, both plant and animal, can be observed here. From where I took this picture, docents have spotting scopes and binoculars so you can look out into the bay. There, seals and otters can be found on rocks or scooting around..
The Aquarium is one of those places that is always worth a visit. Some people like Disneyland – me, I prefer places like this, just because I find the natural world more satisfying than an expensive and crowded playground.