Saturday, January 24, 2009

Tennessee Aquarium

I am in a nice hotel room, alone, with true high speed internet (which is giving me new perspective on my home's "high speed"), good reading and a room coffee machine equipped with Starbucks beans. Nicolas is very excited to be going to some very interesting farming sessions and the kids are at Mindy's, where they spent the night. Leaving their home at 11pm last night, with us, was just way too early for them. Who can blame them.

It is so quiet and I have to say I'm enjoying it. But I'm glad they'll all be here soon to swim with me in the hotel pool.

Yesterday the kids and I went for the first time to the TN Aquarium. It is fantastic. There were many unexpected sites.

A sea dragon:

A duck, hitching a slow ride:
In the beautiful butterfly atrium Gillen easily attracted many of these owl eyed wonders.
Jesse tried for about fifteen minutes and was getting really frustrated when finally,not only did one rest for a while on his finger, it even traveled for several minutes on his head:

There was a narrow escape from a shark attack:

I have to put in a plug for my favorite animal. Maybe I can follow up the bee book with one about the frogs.
Time to go get in the water ourselves!


helenw said...

Don't you love the sea dragons? And that second picture is where Ray broke his tooth - he went in and came out and was disoriented and bashed his face on the glass. Horrible!

Sandra Dodd said...

That photo with the starfish is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Christy said...

Nice pictures! Looks like a good trip.

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Madeline said...

Helen, I'd forgotten about that! I can see now how it happened. Yes, I loved the sea dragons, so much.

Thanks Sandra! I was excited to catch that moment.

jodi said...

wow all your photos are gorgeous. love them. enjoy your time away...and have a coffee for me!