Thursday, October 23, 2008

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

We have been to the Aquarium before but it's been years since the last time and it is nothing like we remember it. Near the entrance there was this lovely sculpture of sea otters.We had to go under a big old Blue Crab which was hanging from the ceiling as we walked in. It was a very impressive sight.

This was a painting on the wall in one of the exhibits we entered.
Not sure what kind this snake is but he was safely tucked behind glass. There were a few other reptiles on display. For those of you who are interested in investigating further, you can find out all about the snakes of Virginia right here.

An exhibit dedicated to duck hunting and the carving of decoys, and later there was a man actually carving a decoy.

Homemade Snapper Soup?
I had to smile at this one. My money is on the duck!

Gregg and I took a walk along a wonderful nature trail that meanders through salt marsh and woodland preserve between the Aquarium's buildings. We didn't go up there this time but there is a 30-foot observation tower where you can get a great view of Owls Creek from tree-top level.
One of the photos Gregg took of me when we were hunting for those wild mushrooms. We met a couple of ladies who must have been concerned we were going to take them home to eat, but we assured them we were only interesting in photographing them.
Gregg and I had a great time along this walk. The skies were overcast and it had been raining before we arrived, but for as long as we were outside the weather was kind and we didn't get as much as a sprinkle.
This is a great place for parents to bring their children. Gregg took this photo.
There were a few squirrels around gathering nuts. This one was running off with his lunch.
This was one of my favorite trees, it's leaves were turning a brilliant red, eye candy for the soul.
Owl Creek.

Gregg and I both agreed that this was one of the most enjoyable experiences and we can highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting the area. We definitely want to go again but probably will wait until the Springtime. Fall is a beautiful time to visit but we look forward to revisiting when the spring flowers are blooming.


  1. It does sound like you had a great trip. On the mushrooms, other peoople look at us photographers kind of weird sometimes. They just do not understand the beauty of what you can see up close.

  2. Linda, thank you for the nice comment and for visiting.

    Leedra, isn't that the plain truth. We get a lot of interesting stares as people walk by. Photography just opens up our eyes - and our minds - a little more than most.

    Both you ladies have a great weekend.

  3. Looks like a wonderful place to go walking and I LOVE to walk. :-)

  4. Glad you made it there on your visit to's an incredible Marine Science museum! I know they sponsor a whale watch in February, I think, and I always wanted to take the grandson on that while they were here in this area. But, even without the whales, it's an awesome place, and he did go with his Grand-daddy once.

  5. Denise-Thanks for taking me places I can't go without your help. As always I loved the trip!