Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blue Shadows iris and a Tour of the Birch Aquarium

Blue Shadows Iris by Nancy Medina

The Birch Aquarium is a part of the Scripps Oceanography Institute.
Carlos and I visited when I was in San Diego for my solo art show in April.

As you enter the building, you see these amazing fountains.
I wish now I had taken the time to read the name of the sculptor.

If you look closely you can see the hummingbirds feasting
on these wonderful plants. There were dozens!

Although the seahorse exhibit was featured, the real show stealers
at Birch are the kelp forests. The educational center told the story of
how the ocean creatures that live in these kelp forests
are disappearing. Our visit took place just weeks before
the catastrophic oil spill in the Texas Gulf.

It breaks my heart and I cannot even watch the news,
to think of these beautiful creatures dying, and their
habitats destroyed, likely permanently.

There is a kind of poetry to the movement and the waves
and a perfect serenity to the underwater life that is so foreign to us
land creatures.

The back terraces of the aquarium look out over the Pacific Coast.


Linda Popple said...

Your painting is beautiful! Lovely colors and I like the composition.

Love the photos, too! I agree that it is unbelievably sad about the oil spill. Each day that passes without resolution is heart breaking.

Sunny said...

Hi nancy,
These are some great photos and such a bright and pretty painting

Margaret said...

The photos are amazing - can't wait to show my children! ...I used to be for off-shore drilling...

Ralph said...

Just amazing as always you capture the colour and the very essence of the floral

Autumn Leaves said...

Beautiful lone iris, Nancy. Just exquisite! I am with you on not being able to read or watch anything on this oil spoil. It breaks my heart as well. It makes me so angry just seeing the Dawn dishwashing liquid commercial where they are cleaning rescued animals (though I am so thankful that rescue efforts are made). It shouldn't come to that. The kelp in the tanks reminds me of underwater corn stalks!

Ruth Welter said...

Beautiful photos Nancy and I love the Iris...this is such a lovely time of year to become inspired. My Irises just finished blooming.


Gary Keimig said...

great photos Nancy. Thank you for the tour.
I am afraid too for the devastation happening and to me so senseless because we will not work our way out of a carbon economy. Why can't we put together a Manhattan project to [say]extract hydrogen from water economically?
Your Iris painting is just spectacular

Unknown said...

Linda thank you. I agree, each day it just gets worse. I pray they will find a solution or something to stop the leak.

Thankyou Melanie! I appreciate that.

Margaret the Birch Aquarium was perfect for kids, a lot of interactive educational tools. Carlos had a blast (my husband is a big kid). LOL

Thank you Ralph! you are so kind to me. : )

Sherry, me too, I think most of all, it is the plight of the animals that cannot defend themselves from our technology that breaks my heart.

Ruth, I thought about you at the Weston Gardens the other day...

Gary up where you are I hope people are more open to progressive energy ideas instead of the old ways as you have so wisely noted. It is my fear this event is going to be the bad example held up to the world for generations to come, but the ones paying the price are the innocent animals.

Marie Theron said...

You live in a lovely place, Nancy! I loved the painting in my favorite Nancy Medina Palette: violets and greens! Thank you for the sharing on Fb,I had many visitors!

Archie and Melissa said...

oh my gosh nancy!

to think i was just in san diego and did not know to visit this wonderful place!

thank you so much for sharing it!

i cannot wait to go bac!


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

What fabulous pictures.
This oil spill is wrenching. Every day it gets more upsetting and the pictures from Louisiana are devastating. The animals and plants and the people who fish for a living. I can't believe that something could not be done earlier than this.
I'm going out on a limb here but, I'd pay more for better energy to run my car with, if it were available.