Thursday, February 11, 2010

FSO--Aquariums of the Toronto Zoo



Unlike last week's theme when I found "circles" where ever I looked and didn't even need to leave my home to complete the shoot out, this week (no matter how hard I tried) I couldn't find a single aquarium in my house.

Where in the Community of West Hill, where I live, could I find an aquarium?




Well there was only one logical answer.



The Toronto Zoo is actually located in West Hill, about a 15 minute drive from my front door.



And they have aquariums.



They have aquariums in their African Pavilion and their Pavilion of the Americas and in their Austro-Asian Pavilion.



The aquariums have graceful, colourful fish, and deadly dangerous fish....



fish that live amid colorful coral....



and one aquarium that is almost a mystical experience.



Of course while I was at the Zoo I ended up taking a whole bunch of other pictures. Now I wonder if I could talk Ginger and ChefE into making our next Home Town theme on Orangutans. lol

31 comments:

  1. did you notice that your mystical experience shot was of circles inside circles - we just can get far away from circles. Did you go now to the aquariums or are these archives... cause that would have been a very good thing for you to do. like my semi annual walk through the botanical gardens in Rio. Now I am going to add 'the zoo' to our topics list - what a great idea....

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  2. I went to the Zoo and took all those pictures this morning, Ginger. Being winter there was no car parking fee and entrance fees were also reduced since so many of the animals weren't on display. Still, there weren't many people there and I had a great time.

    I did see one woman with a telephoto lens for her camera that really made me jealous.

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  3. Wow, Barry, you got some terrific pictures. I can't decide which I like better, the turtle, in the first pic or those wonderful jelly fish thingies in the last!

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  4. Great shoot-out. My favorite is the last one!

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  5. how very cool. love the pics. when we lived in baltimore we used to go to the aquarium all the time. nothing really nearby now. thanks for bringing it to us!

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  6. Nice shot of a turtle taking a breath of air, and wow just look at those colorful clouds of fish! This sounds like a wonderful zoo. My current fave YouTube video is of an orangutan and a hound dog (look it up!)

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  7. Some great pics Barry I like the one with the coral. I didn't get anywhere that has a large aquarium. But I found a salt water aquarium in a doc's office that was pretty spectacular.
    QMM

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  8. Oh those are so beautiful! What is it about underwater life?
    A friend had a fish screensaver (years ago). I was stuck for longer than I'd care to admit! Thanks for sharing the aquariums at your zoo. There are none around here.

    hugs to you two-
    P

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  9. Visions of watery magic, very graceful, as if they already know the secrets of Tai Chi!

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  10. HI BarryLinda

    I love the jellyfish for their resemblance to the lotus flower head and the way they appear to be emitting cosmic rays!!!

    Happy days

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  11. The last one is really awesome!

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  12. Jelly fish, they are so fascinating to me, dangerous as I fell into one when I took my kids to the ocean for he first time!

    Nice shots...

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  13. Great photos, Barry! Jellyfish - I prefer the ones in the zoo. It is no fun meeting up with them while swimming.

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  14. Your photos are varied and beautiful! I can't decide whether I like the turtle or your mystical creatures the most. Please don't make any more silly suggestions for topics!!!! :)

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  15. Great shots Barry and Linda!

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  16. Loved the jellyfish shot - brilliant. And that long spotty fish looked fascinating. Another great post, thank you.

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  17. I love those jellies. It's so nice and relaxing to visit an aquarium - I wish we had one here.

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  18. The mystical circles are...well...mystical. I think they would have mesmerized me and I'd still be there, eyes wide. Looks like a great trip. And FSO or not, I look for an Orangutan post in the near future...

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  19. So you could have used those jellies for circles too. Those aquariums are full of so many fish and different varieties.

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  20. Little did I know, Rebecca! Of course that would have meant actually leaving the house.

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  21. I have a fondness for the turtle. Don't turtles look as if they contain the mysteries to all things in the universe? I'm being rather serious, I love their wise little faces. I realize that they actually have a brain the size of a pistachio, but they do look as if they've been around since the dawn of time, seen it all, and understood more.

    As you can see, I like the turtle :-)

    They're wonderful pictures, all of them. The picture of the more crowded aquarium made me think of Tokyo. I suspect I need more coffee, STAT. Be well, Barry and thank you for the fun pictures.

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  22. You go tme wondering about turtle brains, LOS, and I discovered the following amazing facts. The average human brain weighs 1500 grams, the average dog's brain weighs in (close your ears Lindsay) at 72g, the average cat 30g and the average turtle at a mere 0.3g (less than the size of a grape).

    However the turtle is a positive genius compared to the green lizard whose averge brain weight is 0.008g

    Totally fascinating right?

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  23. yes! the jelly circles are my favorite! what a lovely walk through your aquarium...i tried to find one in my home as well, but it was a bust. tough assignment!

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  24. A water ballet captured in photos. Beautiful. The jellyfish photo is my favorite. Cute turtle. He looks so happy.

    Hugs to Linda.

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  25. An interesting place indeed! You know I've never been to the TO zoo!! no not ever!!

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  26. That's an omission easily remedied Naturegirl. But wait for the spring when all the displays are open.

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  27. Isn't it Sarah! When I stumbled on this tank of jelly fish at the end of a dark corridor of aquariums, I couldn't believe my eyes.

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  28. Barry and Linda - fabulous job! I really liked that shot of the jellyfish....and the turtle!

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  29. Thanks Jen, with a sight as amazing as the jelly fish you just have to point the camera and click.

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  30. Oh, I'm glad I checked back! Fun turtle facts to be had. The Turtle is a comparative genius. I shall ask the advice of the very next turtle I see :-)

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