Days Out

Visiting the fishes and penguins.

Last week my brother had some time off work so he and my sister-in-law came to visit, and then I went with them to the National SEA LIFE Centre, Birmingham. Me and my brother last went just after it first opened, so about 18 years ago. I’d had a couple of trips to visit more recently planned but they’d both fallen through so when they asked me to go with them I jumped at the chance.

I went armed with my camera, as usual, and snapped away as we walked round. I also took a few pictures for Instagram as we went – turns out my phone camera found the odd lighting, magnified and curved tank walls easier to cope with than my camera. Things that I saw and loved included (click on pictures to embiggen them):

My whole set of photos is here on Flickr.

The things that were top of my list to see were all of the Finding Nemo related fishes, and the gentoo penguins – they only arrived in Birmingham this spring. I had forgotten that they had giant sea turtles, but fell completely in love with the one swimming around the glass tunnel. I lost track of time whilst standing, watching it gracefully glide around – that tunnel was the most relaxing place I’ve been in a long time. The biggest surprise of the visit was the jellyfish area, watching them move was a completely hypnotic, and again relaxing, experience.

I was fascinated whilst walking round to read about all of the conservation programmes that the centre is currently involved with. They’re doing a lot of really good work, it was nice to be able to read about the successes they’re having.

It was a lovely day spent with people I love, doing something a little different. Something to do more of I think.

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Week in Pictures – Weeks 19 and 20.

This year I’m taking part in two photography challenges, a Photo a Day one and a themed Photo a Week. Each week I’ll blog a slideshow of this week’s photos.

A double post again this week because I’m a bit rubbish at remembering these things. The theme for the weekly photo in week 19 was Windows, I took a photo of the fabulous window display at the launch for Tanya Byrne’s excellent debut novel Heart Shaped Bruise. The theme for week 20 was Water, I had two pictures for this, one of my teabags which are my favourite thing to add to water, and one of a drop of water about to fall from a tap – I tried very hard to photograph is mid fall but never managed to time it quite right.

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Week in Pictures – Weeks 17 and 18.

This year I’m taking part in two photography challenges, a Photo a Day one and a themed Photo a Week. Each week I’ll blog a slideshow of this week’s photos.

Argh I can’t believe I haven’t posted a single thing here in a fortnight. I’ve been working pretty flat out on assignments over the last couple of weeks, I’m currently finishing the 5th one I’ll submit in the space of a fortnight so there hasn’t been a huge amount of brainspace left for blogging. But I wrote a load of posts on the train yesterday so things should get back to usual. Or maybe even better than usual.

So, the theme for the weekly photo in week 17 was Wildlife, I was a bit short of real living wildlife so I took pictures of the wildlife filled painting I see every time I open my bedroom door, and a penguin adorned cover of one of the many wildlife journals we have at work. The theme for week 18 was Clouds, I grabbed a quick snap of the clouds on Monday in case we didn’t have any more blue skies through the week and was surprised at how effective the picture was.

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Week in Pictures – Week 16.

This year I’m taking part in two photography challenges, a Photo a Day one and a themed Photo a Week. Each week I’ll blog a slideshow of this week’s photos.

The theme for the weekly photo was Rainbow so I took the opportunity to treat myself to some jelly beans. I’d planned to make a rainbow out of them but as you can see the colours weren’t very evenly distributed in the pack so I just had to make the best job I could. And then eat them all.

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Week in Pictures – Weeks 14 and 15.

This year I’m taking part in two photography challenges, a Photo a Day one and a themed Photo a Week. Each week I’ll blog a slideshow of this week’s photos.

Anyone who can count will see that I’ve managed to fail my Photo a Day challenge. I missed a couple of days in week 14 for no good reason other than I completely forgot to take a photo. Hopefully I won’t forget again, but we’re not even close to the halfway stage so there’s every chance I will.

The theme for the weekly photo in week 14 was Games, I submitted two photos for this – one of some of the tiny Doctor Who game pieces I own (amongst other bits of Doctor Who memorabilia) and one of the many wooden puzzles that live in my parents’ house. The theme for week 15 was Easter, I managed to submit the full three pictures for this theme – a hot cross bun, the way I spent my Easter evening, and an eggcup that I received this year.

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Week in Pictures – Week 13.

This year I’m taking part in two photography challenges, a Photo a Day one and a themed Photo a Week. Each week I’ll blog a slideshow of this week’s photos.

The theme for the weekly photo was Shoes so I waited until I got back to my parents’ for the Easter break and photographed my mom’s favourite sparkly shoes – my footwear is all very boring and practical.

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Week in Pictures – Week 12.

This year I’m taking part in two photography challenges, a Photo a Day one and a themed Photo a Week. Each week I’ll blog a slideshow of this week’s photos.

The theme for the weekly photo in week 12 was Cemetaries, I struggled a little with this one as each time I’d planned to go and visit the lovely little one near my home I had other things I had to do. In the end I went with the photo of my iPod playing Pantera’s Cemetary Gates, a track I’ve loved for a long long time.