Saturday, September 13, 2008

Art in Motion




I've never liked jellyfish. In fact, I've always feared them...until I saw the jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium: Jellies: Living Art. I was blown away. The colors, the flowing and undulating movement, it was all amazing. The silence accentuated their beauty and I could have spent all day taking it in.


I still wouldn't want to swim with them, but now I appreciate their beauty. Nature can be so truly incredible.
















































Have you ever been to Monterey Bay Aquarium?



Camera Critters


32 comments:

├╝berburber said...

OH, they're so beautiful and soothing to watch. poetry in motion. That exhibit really mesmerizes. It's a perfect symphony for the senses when they have classical musical playing. ; )

├╝berburber said...

p.s. I adore being first!

Kat said...

I love jelly fish. Well...looking at them, not swimming with them. There were a bunch of them in the water with us in the Bahamas a few years ago. We managed to stay away.

Have you ever watched Survivor? This past season they had a "reward" of swimming in jelly fish lake. The jelly fish that are in the freshwater lose their ability to sting. And there are gazillions of them in the water. It looked gorgeous - I would love to swim with them then.

Misty Dawn said...

WOW! This is beautiful beyond words, my friend. What an absolutely fantastic post (yet again)!

Justine said...

Aren't they just spectacular? Why does something so beautiful have to be so damn poisonous anyway?

Justine :o )

Karen said...

Jellyfish are so awesome, as long as you are looking at them, with preferably a sheet of glass between you. Don't like swimming with them so much, though.

I've been stung, back in NZ, by the 'Blue Bottle' jellyfish. They don't kill, but they really hurt. I think it's known as the 'Portuguese Man'O War' in the US ...

Hope all is still well with you re Ike...

Nikki-ann said...

Wow - Stunning!

bobbie said...

Aren't they gorgeous? And isn't that the best aquarium in the world?
You could spend a week there and not see it all.

Gledwood said...

Disgusting critters! ... Yet ever so beautiful ...

Norm said...

wow! excellent set photos! very beautiful..

Krystyn said...

Jellies are super cool. Great pics.

scargosun said...

I don't particulary want to get sting by one but they are truly a sight to see. We had lots of the kind that don't have strong venom at the Cape and you could catch them.

ratmammy said...

i just love to look at jellyfish, but i dont think i want to encounter one....

i beati said...

you are right ultra beautifull sandy

Veggie Mom said...

Did you take these shots? They're incredibly artistic--you could sell them for a Pretty Penny, I'll bet! When we see Jellies at the beach, I'm the only one who will go in. The kids have some weird notion that they're going to be "surrounded," sorta like in "Finding Nemo." I've never been stung yet, and have seen some incredible sights!

Lane Boyz Mom said...

Awesome shots!!

I am not a fan of the jelly fish, well, of what they can do to you, but they are beautiful creatures and well, I still LAUGH OUT LOUD (seriously) when I think back to the time when one stung my X husband on his upper thigh, yup...I laughed then...and am still laughing now! HAHAHA

OK...I know that sounds rather mean, but uh....well I am mean that way, LOL

Giggle! said...

awwwww I'm a little weird! I love all animals deadly or not (but you know that!)

I've been hospitalised from being bitten by 2 red back spiders while saving them!!!

And stung by a jelly fish by doing the good deed of cleaning up the beach!!! (I thought is was a plastic bag ffs) So I picked it up to throw in the bin and it's tenticles wrapped around my arm! Very painful!

That's what I get for a good deed eh? And I STILL felt sorry for the jelly fish because it had died! :-( xx

Cristin said...

They really are beautiful.

I can't look at them without thinking of 'Finding Nemo' though... I had to have seen it 100times by now...

Jen said...

Thanks for sharing. Nature is truly incredible.

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

Sea World in Orlando has a jellyfish exhibit and it is truly beautiful.

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

(as are your pictures, of course!)

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Great photos of the jellyfish!

Adrian said...

Wow, did you take those pictures? Those are really gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

amelia bedelia said...

We went to Florida a few years ago, and while at the beaches, my youngest was stung by a jelly fish. bad experience....he spent the rest of the vacation swimming at the hotel pool! Nice pictures, though.

goodfather said...

Nice jellyfish pictures! We just went to the Seattle Aquarium today, lol. We saw some jellyfish, and a giant octopus.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Jellyfish ARE pretty incredible & freaky all at the same time. These pics are good ones!!! I hope you're safe in TX with Ike?

Giggles comments up there make me want to visit her. WOW!!!

Mama Dawg said...

I'm fascinated by them, too.

I'm actually fascinated by ALL sea creatures, but there's just something about jellyfish. Almost mythical.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

I'm with you. they are beautiful, but I wouldn't want to swim with them.

twobarkingdogs said...

Very nice photos! Thanks for sharing!!

Alex said...

I caught your post on google alerts. If you like the jellyfish at the aquarium, you might be interested in Jellyfish Art. They make high-end custom jellyfish aquariums. There are good pictures and video at www.jellyfishart.com/category/jellyfish.

CrystalChick said...

We get tons of little ones at the Jersey shore and they are not so nice especially if swimming near them or accidentally stepping on one. But the pictures are so beautiful!!! Really neat.

Angie's Spot said...

Those pics are gorgeous! Jellyfish are one of my fave animals to see live and in photos. Such elegance in their movement.