Mesmerized

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There’s something to be said about staring at fish in a tank. Their constant motion tends to hypnotize and lull you into a catatonic state of mind. Sort of reminds me of a cat staring at a fish bowl.

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Here Fishy Fishy

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the more impressive aquariums I’ve seen simply because of the layout and the way exhibits are organized according to the local habitat. The kids enjoyed getting up close with some of the inhabitants of the seas and I’m pretty sure some of them ended their visit with dreams of becoming a marine biologist one day or at the very least, learning how to scuba dive.

Another Day At The Races

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As we were leaving the Monterey Bay Aquarium,¬† I saw this door leading to another room which somehow piqued my curiosity. I entered the room and was amazed with what they call the “Circular sardine exhibit”. It’s this huge, circular glass wall which allows you to look into their Open Sea exhibit which is the largest tank in the complex. So it was only appropriate that I pull out my fisheye lens (WTF) to take this.

Pitcher Perfect

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And this will be my last pic of a pitcher plant in all it’s glory. Is it obvious I find them fascinating? I’m simply captivated by their form and the fact that they are one of the few known carnivorous plants.

Deep Purple

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So I was away for a bit on a business trip and immediately after, headed for Osaka, Japan with my wife and my siblings and mom. My first time in Japan and even if I didn’t shoot as much as I wanted to, I still had a great time. I’ll be sure to post pics of my trip soon.

I don’t know the name of this plant but it sort of reminds me of a purple tiger. Whatever it is, it looks beautiful.

Welcome To The Neighborhood

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I liked how this turned out despite the cartoony effect brought about by HDR. It somehow fits in with the misaligned row of apartments. And speaking of HDR, what’s with all these new televisions and computer monitors being HDR enabled? Doesn’t this wreak havoc for content creators who want people to see their work in the same way as they intended?

Anyway, you just gotta love San Francisco. I know I do and despite what they say about the cost of living making it impossible for ordinary Joes like me, it’s still one of the places I wouldn’t mind moving to if I had the means. Ah well…dream on.

First Pitcher Of You

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I really don’t know why I used that as my title. “Lotus Eaters” ring a bell for anyone out there? Anyhoo, here’s an image showing you the relative size of the pitchers. And on the right, you can see some more hanging from a different plant.

Get The Pitcher?

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Within the Conservatory of Flowers resides a treasure trove of interesting plants and shrubs in various stages of bloom. They had a decent collection of pitcher plants arranged around a pond and in other places and I just had to snap a few of these beauties.

At The Conservatory

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The San Francisco Golden Gate Park – Conservatory of Flowers was one of the cooler places I saw on this trip. Call me a nerd but I used to collect orchids so I was fascinated by what I saw both inside and outside of the building.

Amoeba Music

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I think this is one of the more famous establishments purveying in music especially vinyl records. I just thought their storefront exuded a great SanFo vibe especially in this area. I did kick myself in the butt later on after we had left for not even entering the store to just browse through what they have.