In May of 2015, my husband and I decided to take a short trip to Mystic, Connecticut. We were only there for four days; however, we managed to go to a lot of amazing places. On our first full day there, we went to Mystic Aquarium. It certainly is not the largest aquarium we have been to, but it was still a lot of fun and there was so much to see. Here are just a few of the pictures I took while we were there. The first is of a sand sculpture we saw, followed by one of the many penguins we saw, and finally two different jellyfish we saw. If you have the chance to visit Mystic Aquarium, I highly recommend going!

 

seaport_sculpture

ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/400

mystic_penguin

ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/250

mystic_blue_jellyfish

ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/160

mystic_red_jellyfish

ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/160

 

weeping-rose

f/1.4, 1/160, ISO 800

During my 365 Project, which I’ve subsequently ended, I captured this rose photo. My husband had bought me roses one day and every time he does this I have tendency to hold onto them until they are wilted. Don’t ask me why, it’s just what I do. This particular one looked like it was weeping to me, so I felt the need to convert the picture to primarily black and white to represent that. And if you were wondering, yes, this is either the same flower (or came from the same dozen) as the one from the Winter Rose photo.

orange-yellow-flower

f/2.2, 1/200, ISO 40

I saw this orange and yellow flower when I was at the store one day. I wish I would have thought to look to see what kind of flower it is, but I’m sure I’ll come across it again at some point. Either way, I loved the way it sparkled and couldn’t resist taking a picture of it. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me. So, I used the next best thing, my cell phone. Here is the photo I captured that day. Though I think the picture would have come out better with my camera, it’s not too bad overall.

first-snowflake

f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO 3200

I cannot tell you how long I have been attempting to get a photo of a snowflake. With all the snow we have been getting lately, you would think that it would be easy, but getting a snowflake’s picture is not that simple. Finally I got the technique down, at least to some extent, and was able to capture this photo. It’s not as clear as I would like, but hey, it’s my first time coming anywhere remotely close to being able to take a picture of a snowflake. I’m going to keep trying as long as we’re getting snow and maybe one day I’ll be able to master the process of taking a picture of a snowflake. Practice makes perfect after all!

  • February 24, 2015 - 11:01 pm

    AnonymousNice image. I finally got a few nice snowflake shots by laying down a small piece of black velvet on a picnic table when I knew there was snow coming (I wanted the surface to be cold). Once the flakes started falling, it was just a matter of taking a lot of shots as they landed and hoping to get lucky. It worked out pretty well.ReplyCancel

  • March 9, 2015 - 5:12 pm

    AnonymousNice Picture! I like this shot.ReplyCancel

banister-block

f/1.4, 1/125, ISO 3200

My dog is adorable, there’s no denying that. In the morning, she has tendency to approach me and stick her head through the banister in order to lick me as I come up the stairs. I could say that this happened when I had my camera with me, but of course it didn’t. With a bit of persuasion and treats, she approached the banister and stuck her head through, or attempted to at least. She didn’t stay there quite long enough, but I was able to grab this shot of her, which is probably as close as I’m going to get. Normally she will stick her head through on her own, but I guess some days she needs a little something to persuade her.

geese-snow

f/4.0, 1/250, ISO 200

Don’t geese fly south for the winter? Apparently this group didn’t get the memo, lucky for me! There’s a field that I drive past nearly every day on my way to work or to the store and some other places. Usually the cows are in the field and sometimes sheep, but today I found geese spending time there. I was happy that I had decided to bring my camera with me today because on the way home, I was able to capture this shot of the geese with the setting sun.

golden-snitch

f/2.0, 1/50, ISO 800

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, which means I have a lot of collectibles. This is one of them, The Golden Snitch. I got it for Christmas from my brother a few years ago, at least I think it was my brother. If it wasn’t him, I’m sure whoever did get it for me will inform me of my mistake. Either way, wandering around my room, I found this and decided it was time to take a photo of it. I kind of wish I had a metal Golden Snitch, that would be awesome. I wonder if they even make them, guess it’s time to investigate.

homemade-pasta

f/2.0, 1/160, ISO 800

For those of you who may not know, I received a Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas. I got this crazy notion in my head one day that I was going to make homemade pasta for myself and my family. The problem was that I didn’t have the pasta maker attachment, so I borrowed it from a friend and set out on a new adventure. It took me a little while, but I finally figured out the right amount of dough I needed and how flat to make it. The pasta came out really well, a little think, but it tasted like something you would get from a restaurant (or the store). I hope to try again in the future and hopefully I’ll just keep getting better.