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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Last week, on Tuesday, we went down and bought season passes to the Aquarium as one of our Christmas presents (the other present to ourselves is a Wii!)

I was definately worth it -- visiting just twice in a year pays for the passes ($120 for 2 adults and if you have kids or grandkids that includes 2 free kids passes for the little ones).

We havent been down there in about 7 years, because the last time we went it just had a weird vibe -- there were fire alarms going off and stuff leaking from the ceiling and we just didn't have a very good time.  

They've cleaned it up a lot since then,and added new exhibits like a freshwater area for otters and a third area to view the open ocean exhibit from ground level.  

The most exciting part for me was the aviary, of course.  Jason's present to me was a teleconverter lens for my camera that gives me telephoto capabilities -- perfect for wildlife photography.



Monterey Bay Aquarium Aviary

Jason was delighted that they added two amazing cichlid tanks, since that is his passion.


Cichlids

You can check out the rest of my photos (I'm still editing and uploading) in this flickr set.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas in the OC!














Just got back from a mini-vacation visiting my parents and brothers in Orange County.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Bliss

Bokeh Bliss

On vacation until Jan 5th. Ahhh...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Icarus


Icarus

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
by William Carlos Williams

According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring

a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling
near

the edge of the sea
concerned
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings' wax

unsignificantly
off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning.

Christmas is coming...


Gooseneck, originally uploaded by sgrace.

You-know-who is getting fat.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

December is Here!


Hospitality, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Bad Mojo


Bad Mojo, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Unfortunately, this complicated marinade voodoo could not overcome the ineptitude of Al Davis. I hope he doesn't smite me or something for writing this.