social morays

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Sometimes you just need to escape to Long Island Sound for a day and spend some quality time hanging out with eels and jellies and delicate pipefish and sea dragons, you know?

My “year of aquariums” (I’ve visited four so far!) continued this weekend with a trip to an institution in Connecticut that claims the title of the “best aquarium in New England”–and as I happen to have visited all the other aquariums in New England, I tend to agree. I appreciated the focus on the local ecosystems of Connecticut waters and the opportunity to take my best photograph of a moray eel yet! (You’ll have to click through to see him in all his glory: though if elongated, toothy fish don’t charm you as much as they do me, perhaps you should sit this one out…)

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It’s hard to believe it’s almost October! I enjoyed the windswept, liminal beauty of the riverbanks tucked behind the aquarium.

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I would happily add this macroscopic octopus decal to every surface in my home, if I could! (The same goes for that pink jellyfish silhouette that’s hiding just out of frame against the bricks.)

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Smile for the camera, green guy! (In my head and in the vein of fourteenth-century medieval romance, I’ve dubbed him “The Green Knight.”)

Successful aquarium photography is such a struggle for me – the combined optical effects of water, glass, dim light, and swiftly-moving creatures challenge me every time! I’m pleased to have captured this open-mouthed moray, though. Am I improving, or was it just sheer luck? Most likely the latter: but I suspect I will have to continue visiting aquariums to further test that theory!


4 thoughts on “social morays

  1. IdleEmma September 24, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Making me want to visit an aquarium even more now xD

    • Mailbox Mermaid September 25, 2017 / 7:07 pm

      Someday you will, my friend!! Such aquarium joys await you [at some indeterminate time in the future!] 🙂

  2. Loucke September 24, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Aquariums are so fun! That moray eel photo is some National Geographic level photography! Well done!

    • Mailbox Mermaid September 25, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Oh goodness, that is high praise indeed, thank you! A childhood spent reading National Geographic is certainly the source of all my nature photography inspiration. Luckily that little guy decided to stay still for a second! 🙂

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