Just Jelly

Happy Monday! I know it’s been awhile, and for that I apologize. I’ve missed you, and I do hope you’ll forgive me for my absence. 😉

Today we head back to the National Aquarium to take a closer look at  jellyfish. Contrary to popular belief, jellyfish don’t just float along with the ocean currents, but rather pulse their umbrella-shaped bell to move in any direction. Their stinging tentacles are used to capture prey; in fact, some jellyfish have tentacles up to 100 feet long! Existing in every ocean, they’ve been around for over 500 million years, which makes them the oldest multi-organ animal. Pretty darn cool if you ask me!

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Washington, Reflected

Of the many notable landmarks in Washington, DC, the Washington Monument certainly has to be most recognizable. Standing 555 feet 5 1/8 inches, it’s not only the tallest point within the city, but is also the tallest stone structure and stone obelisk in the world. Its cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848, but its capstone wasn’t set until December 6, 1884. Between the years 1854 and 1877, construction was put on hold due to lack of funds and the American Civil War, creating the change in stone color you may notice at about 25% of its height. It is currently closed to the public due to damage that occurred during an earthquake and Hurricane Irene in 2011.

While we enjoy the festivities that Independence Day has become known for, let us take a moment and be thankful for the revolutionary men and women who created this nation: the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed today’s post and have a great weekend!

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Stars and Stripes Forever

The Fourth of July. Independence Day. America’s Birthday. Whatever you care to call it, today is the day we remember how far we’ve come as a nation. Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent or not into politics whatsoever, you can’t help but feel a sense of unity today. What better way to represent my American pride than with a few images of the Stars and Stripes? (Disclaimer: these were obviously taken at the same time, at the same location. I couldn’t pick a favorite, so I’m sharing all three!)

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you all have a fantastic (and safe!) Independence Day! As always, please feel free to leave a little love below. 🙂

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The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

“Abe” – The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

In honor of Independence Day, I’m taking a break from Baltimore and instead bringing you some images from our nation’s capital. Today we visit the Lincoln Memorial. I think the photo speaks for itself, don’t you?

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Above the Surface

One of the things I love most about the National Aquarium is its variety. Yes, I love the sea stars, fish, and all the other creatures that live in the ocean, but it’s just as fun to see other animals as well! As soon as you step through the doors into their Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit, you hear the many species of birds calling to each other. You notice their brightly-colored plumage, and feel the brush of their wings as they fly past you. If you look closely, you might even notice some Golden Lion Tamarin monkeys or a Two-Toed Sloth in the trees. I’ve been to the National Aquarium about a dozen times, and I’ve yet to spot all the species of birds–guess I’ll have to keep going back! 🙂

In addition to the Upland Rainforest, you can also visit Australia: Wild Extremes. I hadn’t yet seen this exhibit since it opened in 2005, but I can certainly understand why it won the “Best Exhibit” award from the AZA in 2008. There’s a lot to see, including freshwater crocodiles, turtles, snakes, lizards and birds. There’s even a Laughing Kookaburra; Australia’s national symbol who makes a sound I won’t likely forget!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a most excellent weekend!

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Look, But Don’t Touch!

In addition to the thousands of fish on display, the National Aquarium features several amphibians. These poisonous frogs are among the most deadly creatures on earth, but luckily they’re found only in the tropical forests of South America. Including in this group is the Golden Poison Frog, whose skin secretes enough venom to kill 10 men. I don’t know about you, but I was glad they were kept safely behind the glass!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and be sure to check back for more aquarium fun coming soon!

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Under the Sea

Intrigued by the ocean and all its creatures, the National Aquarium in Baltimore has been a source of enjoyment for me since I was a child. From the sea stars and anemones to the sharks and dolphins, I love learning about what exists within the world’s waters. In fact, I even majored in marine science while I attended Coastal Carolina University. Today’s gallery gives you a sample of what you might find on a visit to the aquarium.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into the National Aquarium. Stay tuned for more adventures both above and beneath the surface! 🙂

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