Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Low Tide

I've been daydreaming about visiting the Monterey Aquarium for a longgggg time. Especially when I found out they had an entire seahorse exhibit!!!! Today was finally the day! A really awesome one too. I plan on over-loading this space with photos of sea horses tomorrow - but for now, I'd like to share a few nice photos from our special little pre-aquarium parking lot adventure. Actually no - not really a parking lot at all - but just free street side parking right near a cliff at low tide. And I think this might be one of the best low tide adventures to date!

So, this was the view from where our car was parked.

By the Car

And this was me trying to get down to the beach. I'm trying so hard not to lose my shoes/slip on that rock. My boyfriend has deemed these ballet flats the "worst adventure shoes ever"... And I agree... even though I still wear them every day! They're horrible city shoes too and hurt after walking around for a few hours and they're so stretched out I usually lose one running across the street... So, they're 100x worse when paired with ocean water and mossy rocks and sand!

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Once you made it down there it was like a little mini aquarium! Fat slimy sear stars, hermit crabs, snails, sea anemone, and these small shy fish that swam so fast and barely came out of hiding!! So much life in every little place, each step you took across the rocks had to be carefully chosen.

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And then there was a rock of mollusks... Or, as I like to call it - the rock of death!!! (I'm realllllllly allergic to edible sea creatures... like epi pen style)



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I ended up stepping on something I shouldn't have and got my right foot drenched - but besides that our little time on the rocks was as perfect as can be!!

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OH! And on our walk over to the aquarium there were sea lions!!! I wonder if any of those dudes used to call Pier 39 their home??? hmmmm...

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** I took photos with my new lomo lc-a+ camera too! So, hopefully they came out and I can share the film versions soon!!

47 comments:

Christina said...

Are those the seahorse ads that were all over San Francisco at one point? I wanted to go but couldn't make it. I'm excited to see the pictures in your next blog post!

Kennedy said...

i think that white dress is so perfect on you, and these pictures are incredible!

Jenny Hillman said...

Amazing! How lucky you are to be close to something so beautiful. :)

Amanda said...

Ahhhh how beautiful! I've been begging my boyfriend to take me to the Dallas aquarium but he keeps shuffling his feet because it's $20 a ticket. I saw the Boston aquarium and the big exhibits were penguins and jelly fish.

Every time I see those shells I think about being at the beaches of Normandy as a tourist as a kid. I saved tons of them because I thought the inner lids looked like mother of pearl.

love_again said...

BEAUTIFUL. You look lovely. Can't wait for the seahorse photos - such magic creatures!

Mens casual jacket said...

I really like your coat in the first photo!the scenery looks greta there too!

The Wandering Writer said...

Sounds wonderful! I absolutely love Monterey. You have to check out Carmel and Capitola (near Santa Cruz) as well! Oh how you are making me miss Northern California...haha

Natalie xx
(aka The Wandering Writer)

Julls said...

OMG,such natural beauty ! Lucky you.That place is like Heaven on Earth !

Roxanne Rosensteel said...

Oh I love the Monterey aquarium!! I feel so blessed to be able to visit there so often. I love the otter exhibit. I think the beaches are absolutely stunning too. You look perfectly serene and pretty. Your outfit complements the scenery nicely!

la fille dans la forĂȘt said...

so cute!! i'm terrified of sea creatures, but these photos are beautiful :)

ru.kurarin said...

this is such a beautiful location and you have the perfect feminine look to go with it. i especially love the rocks in the distance,and the way you look like you're holding something imaginary.

Erin said...

i love that dress. vintage?

Lacey Starr said...

Are there going to be seahorse pictures in your next post? I love those little creatures and completely mesmerized when I see them at an aquarium.

Sushi said...

Gorgeous photos! I just came across your blog today and really love it. Would you be interested in exchanging blog links by any chance? x Sushi

NiftyThriftyBeth said...

I LOVE the aquarium in monterey!

Elizabeth said...

wow, I used to live in the Bay Area (San Leandro) and seeing your photos just brought back a flood of memories, so cool to see.

kater said...

Oh man, I so would have lost my mine with excitement! Ahhh!

You fit in so perfectly :D

Annie, Time Enough for Drums said...

What a fun adventure, and I adore your dress. A.

Lizard said...

The seashore is so beautiful! I would love to visit there one day!

MissKellie said...

How fun! :D I love tide pools, they're so fascinating!
I haven't been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium since I was about six years old, but i'd love to go back someday! I remember that it was an amazing place! :D Can't wait to see your seahorse pictures!

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Eyeliah said...

oh no! It's hard for me to wear sneakers and runners when I really should too, I've worn out many balley flats in the past few years.....

wecouldgrowup2gether said...

starfishes! how magical

emma wallace said...

How magical! I love those photos (and your adorable dress!). I can't wait for the seahorse pics!

P.S. I featured your blog in a "Most Memorable of 2009" post!

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the spectator said...

Seahorses and dragonflies. They both have that beautiful ethereal quality.

Happy New Year! :)

Ashley said...

What an amazing place to go to! Your dress looks beautiful. Can't wait to see the photos from your lomo! It looks like a sunny day, so I am sure the lomo pics would look fantastic!

Low sky said...

your dress is adorable!

Clockwatcher said...

beautiful photos and gorgeous dress! i have ballet shoes like that too--finally had to throw them out after I wore holes at the toes.

Marcheline said...

Wicked cool! Love the sea lions - wish there were closeups of them... have any to share?

Sam Made said...

Oh this is my idea of an adventure! I love the sea and tide pools and sea anenomes. Lucky.

hannah said...

what an amazing beach! so many creatures, it looks barely touched by humans. perfect for an adventure!

Mathilda said...

this is amazing!!!! Where is it exactly? Probably not England. Or anywhere else in Europe. Oh no, poor me :(

Toosdai said...

oh i love the aquarium! even the word sounds all whimsical, doesn't it? i recently visited the academy of sciences in san francisco, and documented it on my blog:

http://merci-me.blogspot.com/

Jessica said...

These are kinndaa the best pictures ever! I love 'em all--including the mini aquarium and you in your a-dorable and all things lovely dress! Shucks...and sea lions!! Take me thereee! xx

stephanie renee said...

so enchanting and that white dress looks amazing on you!

TheBirdsBeek said...

went to the monterey aquarium when i was a child, best part was when i walked out in the ocean there was a baby sea otter with a star fish in his hand, cutest thing.

by the way i just saw you and forest bounds video on youtube, you guys are very unique

Laurel said...

Oh you are so lovely. I also just watched your little video with Alice on Etsy - wonderful!

Happy New Year xx

Wireless ISP software said...

When I was a kid, we live near the beach these photos brings back old sad happy memories. Especially those sea shells and starfish I and my friends use to collect shells and make a necklace out of it.

Accounting Software said...

Nice post, I’ve always wanted to live near the beach, doing things like these photos you posted is just so relaxing.

Silk Ties said...

Great pics! I love your dress!

Meaghan Kelly said...

you're stunning against that backdrop, and what a backdrop it is! I've been so behind on commenting, but your Winter uniform has inspired me to seek one out for myself, I don't look so good in cream colored lace, so it'll be something else, but it's all thanks to you. and your new couch looks like the coziest little nook to work from and relax in!

happy new year! xo

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Novie said...

Beautiful photos!

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JC said...

Oh em gee, these photos are so amazing. I'm just totally transfixed by how gorgeous the colors are. Also, all that bubbling oceanic life! Beautiful beautiful!

Sadly, the seahorse exhibit wasn't open yet when I went to the Aquarium, but I could have spent hours with the jellyfish.

kate maggie said...

i love love love these pictures.

you look so pretty in that white dress. x

the NEO-traditionalist said...

I just came across your blog and Flickr page and am beyond smitten by your fantastic vintage style. I actually went to boarding school in Monterey and visited the Aquarium practically weekly for our science classes : ) Anywho, I just posted about your amazing style on my blog. I hope you don't mind...? I just know the Neo-Trad readers will adore you!
XX Kate

Felicia_Ceballos said...

your pictures are AMAZING

I mean they always are but today you outdid youself

kendal croix said...

so very pretty.

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