View Full Version : International Butterfly Show & Newport Aquarium


mADD mike
06-13-10, 08:42 PM
The wife and I went to Cincinatti last weekend to see the International Butterfly Show at Krohn's Conservatory. First, the conservatory is a pretty cool place with a variety of plants and areas like deserts, rain forests, etc., all inside. It is free. The butterfly show is a yearly exhibit that lasts a couple of months. They let hundreds of butterflies from Japan loose this year, inside of course. You get to go in and see them, take photos, and of course, they land on you. They liked me, particularly my green shirt and my bald head. It was fun, and we took lots of pics.

Then we went to the Newport Aquarium and started off with something that most have probably never done there. It is called "penguin encounters", and you get to go behind the scenes and hang out with some penguins. They limit the group size. I think there were 9 of us total, about 4 different small groups. We got to see them up close, pet them, and they would walk around us while we sat on benches. They like to walk up and investigate people while they sit, particularly their shoes and fringes of clothing. They are curious creatures, and it was cool to have them walk around in a small space with us.

Afterward, we went through the aquarium for the first time in quite a while. They now have a "frog bog", which was new to us. It really seems like they've added a lot more aquatic creatures, expanded the jellyfish section, etc. So, I thought I'd share some pics.

mADD mike
06-13-10, 08:45 PM
First, the butterfly show and Krohn's Conservatory:

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o99/shemwelljr/Krohns%20and%20Newport/TheNatti6-6-10057.jpg

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mADD mike
06-13-10, 08:49 PM
Okay, and now the Newport Aquarium:

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o99/shemwelljr/Krohns%20and%20Newport/P1060152.jpg

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shysmile
06-13-10, 10:11 PM
Gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing.:)

danelady
06-13-10, 10:26 PM
Fantastic! Thanks for posting,Mike!

meridian
06-13-10, 10:44 PM
Hangin' wid da 'Guins! that Rocks! :)

Nice shots of the butterflies and those jellyfishies! :eek:

Went to a butterfly thing like that in NYC a few years back inside the American Museum of Natural History.

It was pretty small, like a trailer-style diner, but there were hundreds of butterflies everywhere! It was so cool! :)

mADD mike
06-14-10, 09:54 AM
You know, those penguins were quite interesting. We thought it would be cold in their area, but then we found out that they were Gentoo (?) penguins from South Africa. Obviously that wouldn't be quite as cold as we think when we think penguins. They were neat little critters.

I'm glad you guys like the pics. Taking them through glass at the aquarium was difficult. We have a lot more pics that just didn't turn out well, with reflections from other displays, or just blurry, etc. I think it took us about half the aquarium to figure out the best angles to take pics at so that they didn't blur so bad. And really, with the movement of many of the fish that we saw, we never could catch them. I guess our point and shoot cameras aren't fast enough to capture them. I must have wasted 50 pics trying to catch a couple of beautiful salt-water fish that had the coolest coloring, or the lionfish that was so cool.

Someday I'll invest in a DSLR....................maybe. I have a hard time pulling the trigger on that one because I've never used one and I'm not one to really get deep into something and study every aspect. So, I'm not sure if it would really do much better for me. If I had someone show me how to use it, I would probably learn, but just reading about it won't do much for me. I get bored. Almost like I've got some disorder that messes with my concentration in certain settings.:p

danelady
06-14-10, 10:02 AM
I also love the jellyfishy thingys! I remember how in the movie 'Seven Pounds' the Will Smith character loved them so much and committed suicide using one...yikes!

mADD mike
06-14-10, 10:14 AM
I also love the jellyfishy thingys! I remember how in the movie 'Seven Pounds' the Will Smith character loved them so much and committed suicide using one...yikes!

Never saw that movie (don't have the attention span for movies), but that sounds pretty harsh.

At the aquarium, I could sit and watch the jellyfish for hours if I had time and there weren't a billion screaming kids around with their clueless parents not watching them jump in front of me. It is my favorite area of the whole place. I love watching them move through the water.

Nyarlathotep
06-14-10, 11:03 AM
I also love the jellyfishy thingys! I remember how in the movie 'Seven Pounds' the Will Smith character loved them so much and committed suicide using one...yikes!

Well, I guess I can cross that one off my Netflix queue, now, can't I?

danelady
06-14-10, 12:37 PM
well, i guess i can cross that one off my netflix queue, now, can't i?

ooops!!!!!

FrazzleDazzle
06-19-10, 03:56 PM
These are beautiful, Mike! So colorful and clear and sharp. Nice memories of an awesome trip, I'm sure. Glad to see you having fun with the camera, Mike! :=)

meridian
06-19-10, 08:26 PM
Someday I'll invest in a DSLR....................maybe. I have a hard time pulling the trigger on that one because I've never used one and I'm not one to really get deep into something and study every aspect. So, I'm not sure if it would really do much better for me. If I had someone show me how to use it, I would probably learn, but just reading about it won't do much for me. I get bored. Almost like I've got some disorder that messes with my concentration in certain settings.:p

Mike, join a camera club in your area. Let the people at the club show you why a DSLR is a great choice or not for you. A point and shoot with manual controls or controls you can override like the Canon S90 can also be a great next step up.

There's a dude named Ken Rockwell (http://www.kenrockwell.com) who writes about DSLRs and while the hifalutin types think he's crap, I think he tells the truth about how much people need to spend top get the right gear for them. Not everyone needs full pro build or features!

Although these days there are a lot of great choices in compact cameras as well.

For me photography has been a great way to "focus" my talent and energy. I love photography and don't know what I'd do without it -- maybe play more guitar! :)

mADD mike
06-22-10, 10:44 PM
Mike, join a camera club in your area. Let the people at the club show you why a DSLR is a great choice or not for you. A point and shoot with manual controls or controls you can override like the Canon S90 can also be a great next step up.

There's a dude named Ken Rockwell (http://www.kenrockwell.com) who writes about DSLRs and while the hifalutin types think he's crap, I think he tells the truth about how much people need to spend top get the right gear for them. Not everyone needs full pro build or features!

Although these days there are a lot of great choices in compact cameras as well.

For me photography has been a great way to "focus" my talent and energy. I love photography and don't know what I'd do without it -- maybe play more guitar! :)

I'd love to join a camera club. I just don't have the time to devote to much outside of work lately. I'm trying to reconcile that, but we have been given notice that 5 clients are moving out of state, including our 3 largest, over the summer. One moved today to Toronto, another moves to Toronto (they're related) in a few weeks. So, we've had to hustle to pick up other jobs to fill in the gaps that will be created. That has left us with more work than we care to handle right now until things settle down. Lately it seems that all we do is work, but I'm working for a change there.

Anyway, if I had time, I'd consider a camera club. I think that the real reason that I would want a DSLR is for the increased shutter speed. I often find myself wanting to take pics of something that is in motion, and ending up with a blurred picture. I doubt that I could get into it enough to really utilize the many functions that I'd be paying for on a DSLR. I also like the ability to zoom with various lenses even farther than I can now with my 10x optical zoom.

In the end, I'm pretty happy with what I've got. But, I noticed a huge change in the quality of photos between my current Panasonic and my old Sony, so I just wonder what a DSLR would do in making them even better. I'd love to learn Photoshop and such to touch up pics, but having the time and money for that is probably not going to happen either.