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MMDT 14 -- AQUATIC COLORS

Is my subject fish, aquatics, aquariums or colors? I think it might be aquatic colors. I could have added some stamped aquatics that I colored with Copics, but I was having too much fun with the real deal. It so happens that our planned zoo trip with the grandkids turned into a visit to the National Aquarium in Washington, DC. We were better equipped to handle moderated air conditioning than the heat and humidity the day promised to visit upon us.

 

The night before our excursion, I made a mini album for each grandchild to document the trip. Four-year-old Brayden is looking while he walks into the aquarium. I used my Brother Label Maker to note the date and location. We met our daughter-in-law with grandchildren at the Aquarium around 1:30 PM.  You can see that Morgan, 2, is in the stroller. Her pink shoes are rather distinctive are the only thing visible. She too is looking at her pink mini-album.  

 I called these two “Blues Brothers” – a fantastic contrast to the greenery surrounding them.Though we got there in time to see the shark feeding, we decided that too many people were crowded around the glass to see much, so we started poking around on our own. I got some great shots of the residents  in the aquariums, but  chose to focus on fish for this particular series page. I  was enraptured by color, form and texture.

 

I call this fellow “Sad Sack.” He reminds me of Eeyore of  Winnie the Pooh fame. You can almost hear him say, "After all, one can't complain. I have my friends. Somebody spoke to me only yesterday. . .” Of the three pictures I took of this species, i thought this sole fellow looked the most Eeyoree of them all.

 

I call her Shades of Purple. Of course, I don’t know if she’s a “her” or not, but I choose to touch the feminine side of this sweet aquatic creature. In real life, her lips are as yellow as her tail. I could touch it up with my Copics, but I don’t think I will.

I call this one, “Up Close and Personal” or perhaps “In Yo’ Face!” He appeared to stare at me so long that I had to snap the shot . . . or maybe he was just staring at the camera!

 

This one I simply named “Yellow Fish”. I love the curvature of his snout and how the background almost matches my Bahama Blue grid paper perfectly. Maybe my collection/series is Aquatic colors. Regardless, the high point of the day was spending time with our first outing with  the grandchildren – all three of them. Next summer, perhaps we'll visit the larger Baltimore Aquarium!

Shared by Diane Cook on July 16, 2013 | Memory Date: July 16, 2013
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How in the world did you get those fish to stop and pose for you? The colors are great and the children will have a great memory with your mini albums. Of course "Shades of Purple" is a girl. Her lips look so girly.
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  July 31, 2013 at 2:55 am   
Diane-This is a great page. The photos you managed to capture of all of the colored fish are amazing and really brightens up your layout. Very nice job.
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  July 28, 2013 at 4:19 am   
I too love tropical fish and these are beautiful! Really nice job of capturing the looks and the colors! Love your names! Sad Sack and the Blues Brothers are very cool! :)
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  July 25, 2013 at 7:40 pm   
I just love the aquarium. And the pictures work so well on the bright blue paper.
Posted By: Tonnya Sayah  |  July 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm   
Great job photos of the fish! Bright colors, funny story, and nice to see your family getting in on the page. The mini albums for your grand kids was a great idea:)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  July 23, 2013 at 12:31 am   
I love the bright colors on this page!
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  July 22, 2013 at 1:55 am   
I love this page Diane! I like how you gave all the fish names too! Too funny! Great idea for a series! Colors are great and I really like the page pattern. Nicely done!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  July 18, 2013 at 12:23 am   
Your fish series is so colorful! The varieties are so very different from each other and what we're used to seeing. Bet the grandkids really enjoyed the day out exploring this underwater paradise! Thanks for sharing this underwater series. It was a great idea!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  July 17, 2013 at 12:30 am   
Thanks. For some reason they looked sharper when they were smaller . . . or maybe it's just my glasses.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  July 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm   
Fish are not the easiest subjects to photograph but some how I also can't seem to resist trying. I enjoyed reading about the names you gave the fish - and the Eeyore quote for "Sad Sack" - too funny.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  July 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm   
     

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