Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Selections # 136

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.
Frog Ponds Rock is rather neglected of late, with Kim writing quite a bit over at The Shake.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

Kath and Andrew often join in as well, although Kath has been quite busy lately and unable to join us.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have photos from AQWA, the Aquarium of Western Australia.

The below ground section is a huge aquarium with a tunnel for people to walk through with fish of several kinds swimming around and overhead and it is all mostly blue. 
So most of my photos look blue.
This area is called the Shipwreck Coast and features lots of limestone reefs for the fish to swim through and around.

I've no idea what type of fish this is, but I was entranced by the near human face as it looked at me.

Another fish I don't know the name of. I was too busy watching fish to read many notices.

I loved the Loggerhead turtle, probably my favourite aquarium inhabitant.

Here he is swimming straight towards me.

Grey Nurse Shark

From here I went back upstairs to see some of the other areas, such as the Far North Coast, described as one of the world's most remote regions and features baby saltwater crocodiles and colourful coral reef fish.

Clown Anemone fish

baby saltwater crocodile.

I moved on to what is known as the Danger Zone...

and saw Lion fish

and sea snakes.
And other things, but those photos are for another time.

The Great Southern Coast area had...

leafy seadragons,

and pineapple fish,

while the Perth Coast had


in so many different varieties. More varieties than I've ever seen.

Taking photos here is quite difficult,

1. since the fish move fairly quickly
2. every time you get an area in focus a child climbs up and glues him/herself to the glass spoiling your view.
I didn't really mind, the kids all had a great time seeing so many exciting things. Just as I did.


  1. Oooh. What a treat to be there - and thank you for sharing the fun.

  2. beautiful. I'm sure it was refreshingly cool in there ... which I would appreciate probably more than you would right now. I wish we had a closer aquarium here.

  3. Thanks. I would never have seen this. Even if there I could not have gone in the tunnel. Fish in tanks works for me.

  4. What a terrific place to spend some time. Thanks for taking us with you. (I especially loved the 'Nemo' fish.)

  5. They are very exciting looking fish and you do get up close to them in the tunnel tanks.

  6. Elephant's Child; there was much more to see there than I originally thought.

    Letting the Words Escape; it was quite cool, I remember being quite comfortable with my jacket on.

    Joanne; the tunnel is quite large, it has a moving walkway to take you around the tank or you can step off onto the path and walk around yourself.

    Delores; I stayed on the moving walkway and went around twice, then stepped off and waited for fish to swim around for better shots at them. Then I went back upstairs and followed the arrows to other areas.

    Melesworld; there were fish there I had never seen before or even heard of, like the pineapple fish and that one with the face.

  7. WOW. Those are amazing. And behind the scenes I'm sure there is a huge amount of effort keeping the area clean and kept-up.

  8. Happy Elf Mom; it was an amazing afternoon, I didn't see any "background" work going on, that probably goes on when it isn't open to the public. I did see the feeding of the stingrays though.

  9. Serene.

    I remember taking our son there years ago. The leafy seadragons were my favourite :)

  10. These are great photos River and I think the blue hue is interesting. I too like turtles

  11. Fabulous sea creatures and your photos are terrific in spite of the difficulties you had to overcome (should children be described as 'difficulties'?)

  12. Vicki; serene is the perfect word, I could have gazed at the turtle for hours and I love leafy seadragons too.

    Andrew; I wasn't sure the photos would look okay until I uploaded to the computer.

    jabblog; children are never difficulties, they are challenges.

  13. That is very blue isn't it? I love seadragons and clown very favourite. It's amazing how the coral doesn't harm them but does other fish.
    Is this the one at Hillary's? We went there just after it opened many years ago. I believe there is a hands on section for children and my little great-granddaughter loved it when she was about 3. Once again, thanks for sharing some beautiful photos.

  14. These photos are great. You did so much better than mine from my recent aquarium visit, I found it impossible to get good shots. I have similar photos of sea dragons and loggerhead turtles but not nearly as good!

  15. Wonderful photographs! When I visited the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago a few years ago I just wanted to sleep! Always thought an aquarium would be an excellent addition to a bedroom.....

  16. Mimsie; yes, this is the one at Hillary's. They still have the hands on section, but I didn't get photos of that area. I wouldn't feel comfortable having photos of other people's kids here on my blog.

    Jackie K; I took dozens of useless photos and only kept the good ones. I stayed down in the shipwreck coast section for almost an hour.

    Gillie; that's a good idea, drifting off to sleep while watching the fish, just need to be sure the lighting is soft.