Day 2 in the Bay was gloomy, foggy, rainy and sciencey. My brother, Dad and I went to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco to mostly check out the Steinhart Aquarium. For some reason I thought I’d never been to Golden Gate Park or the Academy of Sciences…but I had been there before the remodel and whatnot. My Dad explained what it used to look like and I remembered that I’d been there several times in elementary school. The new building is very modern, and the living roof is pretty awesome. There are tons of exhibits and there is definitely a lot to see…the planetarium, the aquarium, a rainforest exhibit, natural science and animal exhibits (stuffed ones/real ones – penguins!!), a Native American pottery exhibit thingy and the living roof. We only spent a few hours there, but here’s some photos from the day.
The shot on the left is prohibited. No photography allowed of the Leafy Seadragon. Sorry Aquarium dude – I promise I stopped taking pictures of “no photos allowed” exhibits after you warned me. The seahorse on the right isn’t special apparently. You could take pictures of him all day if you wanted. He’s just a “regular” seahorse, as if even those aren’t weird enough.
This is an albino alligator or something..I dunno – I didn’t read his placard – oops.
People with baby strollers, by the way – are some of the most oblivious people on earth. When I have babies, I’m going to carry them on my back like they were meant to be carried.
On the way home, my Dad pointed out every 5 minutes how beautiful the Bay Area is, and why I should live here. And also why I should have gone to San Francisco State or UC Santa Cruz. And I should have. UC Santa Cruz, when I graduated high school, was the perfect fit for me. I wanted to be a Marine Biologist, and although I BOMBED my Biology classes at UNR, I think I would have done well with Marine Biology in a place that actually has that program. Just maybe. I wonder what life would have held for me if I had chosen that route…chosen Santa Cruz. I don’t know if I’ve ever told anyone this, but before my Mom moved to Reno, UCSC was my school of choice…and I would have gone there if I hadn’t followed my mom to Reno. Life is ridiculous that way. One little, or big, choice can send your life spinning in a completely different direction. And who knows what the right direction is or was? I’m a graphic designer/photographer in the high desert. I wonder if I would have ever had the capability to be a scientist on the high seas? And I wonder where I will go from where I am now….after life has handed me some heavy blows and as I sit and reconsider everything in my life EXCEPT Photography. That’s one thing I know that’s meant to stay.
Tomorrow, I have to head back up to Reno. I hope it doesn’t snow. Last time I drove through the pass in bad weather, I smashed into a huge wall of snow and raised my insurance rates. Not really looking forward to driving in bad weather through there again. Before I leave, we might head back to the city or do something else…if we see anything cool I’ll blog about it.
In photography related news – I booked a last minute wedding on April 17th for the wonderful Brittany & Glenn! I’m so excited to meet with them and discuss the details of their wedding. I also have invites to do for my next e-session couple and save the dates for Robert & Aenne are underway, although I don’t know which photo(s) we’re using – pssh, details! I’ll post photos of those finished products once they are in the mail.
And this post by Elizabeth Kitchens makes me NEED a Kelly Moore bag. All day in SF, I was wishing I could kind of, you know, put my camera away! I love my Shootsac – A LOT – don’t get my wrong..but Kelly Moore’s bags look like purses, and have more room than the Shootsac. Elizabeth also inspired me to write up a review of my Shootsac, so that will be posted in the next few days.