Color is hard to come by in these parts in January and February, at least bright, saturated color. A look out the window at monochrome and muted shades does not particularly entice, and reading the subzero temperatures confirms it. So when I saw Lorianne post her photos from a winter visit to the New England Aquarium, it spurred my desire to go there last weekend.
Being a Saturday afternoon, it was fairly crowded with families, but aside from the petting tank (ie, the shark & ray touch tank - no, not the kind that bite) most tanks were reasonable accessible. My camera is not particularly good in low light conditions (and alas D forgot his at home), but I managed to get a few good shots among the oodles of blurry ones. The top one, of Myrtle, the 80-year-old green sea turtle who has lived at the aquarium for roughly half her life, is now my screensaver on my laptop, bringing me joy at work every day. There are at least a couple of other smaller turtles in the Giant Ocean Tank exhibition, but Myrtle is clearly the queen of the tank.
The penguin exhibit is always a big attraction, and since it was feeding time, there was raucous noise - not just from the hordes of children visitors. ;-)
Speaking of feeding time, D and I spotted lots of potential meals in the tanks among the inedible but interesting-looking species. So after our visit, we crossed the street to Legal Seafood for a late lunch.
You can see more photos from the aquarium here.