Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blue Shadows iris and a Tour of the Birch Aquarium

Blue Shadows Iris by Nancy Medina
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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.
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