Sunday, May 22, 2011

Waterwatching in a big way

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the world's biggest.  It contains a total of 8.5 million US gallons (31,000 m³) and the largest single tank in the world (6.3 million gallons or 24,000 m³). The smallest fish in the big tank is really big. The largest—whale sharks—are about 30 feet (10 meters) and growing.
This week the aquarium might also have set the record for number of kids on school field trips. They were so excited that at times we wished we had earplugs. In spite of crowds and the sound level, we had a great time. (Our top tip for dealing with groups is to look at whatever is less crowded. Kids' groups move quickly and there are always lulls between groups so eventually we saw everything in reasonably calm surroundings.)
   One of my favorite tanks held lots of jellyfish drifting about.
I also liked the colorful Brazilian river fish. I feel inspired to stitch a temari with these colors. I seemed most attracted to creatures with stripes and spots.
See what wonderful things you can do just with stripes and a limited palette!

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