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Aquarium.....Aquarium

Yesterday morning, we thought we'd do something different and walk around the tourist area of North Shore. We ended up at the Texas State Aquarium. The TSA is a massive building, all with glass encased aquariums showing the sea life of animals and mammals that span the globe. Tho, as I state below a lot of the exhibits are, for now, no longer open due to construction. It's been over three years since we've been there; the last time was when my sister and brother in law visited us. The establishment was jammed packed with people. Local people mostly. I don't particularly enjoy being in a crowded area, but we were there, so what the heck....we paid our entrance fee, and I walked right to the Flight Exhibit. Naturally. But, it was a two-fold experience. One, only ONE bird was in the exhibit...BUT!!---two, it was a BALD EAGLE!! I haven't seen one of these birds of prey since we left Colorado, twenty plus years ago. So, that was exciting.



Her name is Grace. She is being rehabilitated here at the aquarium after being found with an injured wing. It will be a thrill, in the future, to read about her release back in the wild. I hope she recovers fully.


After taking pictures of her and marveling at her beauty, we ventured around the property. The city and the aquarium itself is adding another HUGE exhibit area so a lot of the usual areas were cordoned off and little else to see but the fish, the turtles, the dolphins, the otter, the alligators, the stingray, and a few waterfowl. So, I'll just share some photos:

While waiting in line....I figured this was as unique a fence as there ever was, and thought of Ms. T's "Good Fences"...so will share this now.

Rope and pier fence that surrounds the cafe area by the Aquarium's entrance


Stingrays




Bottle-nosed Dolphins


Roseate Spoonbills


Shark Tank


Lionfish [poisonous]


Salt water fish [I have no idea the species] and Sea Turtle


Shark and Blue fish tank


Walking around the grounds, there are several bronze sculptures. Here are three, turtles, heron, and bird of prey. Note the dappled skyline...






♥ ♥ On March 1st, 2016, it was my first year anniversary of the three stents heart surgery/heart attack, that makes me a survivor!! ♥ ♥


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  1. Hello Anni, wonderful series of images from your aquarium visit. The dolphins are always a favorite of mine. I like the sculptures too. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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    1. Hope you've had a great week too...and thanks Eileen.

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  2. Congratulations on having made such a fantastic recovery from your heart attack, Annie. We see so many bald eagles here that they have become common, but still magnificent. I love the story of Grace and hope she will return to the wild. Love the aquarium pictures, too. :-)

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    1. Grace definitely captured my heart!!! :-)

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  3. Wonderful photos! I love the sculpture of the two turtles.
    I know what you mean about the extra day messing with survival time counts. I began chemo for Leukemia on March 1 two years ago, so today, Feb 29, it has been two years.
    Just think about the babies born today, no "real" birthday for four years!
    Have a great week!
    Lea

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    1. I think the turtles are MY favorite too.

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  4. I love to visit anything that is "nature", and this looks like a great spot!

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  5. my hubby had 2 stints in 2002.. congrats on your first year after stints. love ALL the critters today. can't pick a favorite. i have plans to go to our aquarium because they have opened a new otter habitat. ours cost 19.25 to visit and that is the senior rate.. i do have a favorite today. that would be the owl header... same owl but even more AWESOME like this. LOVE IT

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    1. Yes, it's expensive here too.

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  6. We are fortunate to often see a pair of bald eagles flying across the lake and, once in a while, stopping for a snack. I do like the bronze sculptures.

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    1. How exciting...to live in an area where the eagles fly free!!

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  7. Wonderful shot of the bald eagle!

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  8. So wonderful that you have survived a year, and you will probably live many more. My former boss had had a massive heart attack before I met him. That was in 1987...it had been a few years then. He lived many years after I met him.

    I would love to meet Gracie!

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  9. Amazing shots! But Grace is simply gorgeous! Such a beautiful bird!

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    1. Definitely gorgeous eagle!! Thanks Mary

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  10. Congratulations on your wellness anniversary! Your journey has been and is inspiring .... Thanks for sharing it.

    Good luck to beautiful Gracie!

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    1. Thanks Sallie. I too hope Grace has the luck and returns to the wild to be free.

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  11. Ah, congratulations on your wellness anniversary indeed, Anni! You are indeed an inspiring lady!! I hope you have a grand new week!! Enjoy!! And, of course, I do love your pics for the day, as always!! Terrific shots of the bald eagle!!

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  12. I know it sounds a bit redundant, but I, too, congratulate you! The photo of the eagle is really amazing! Have a grand week!

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    1. Thanks for the sentiment Cathy.

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  13. amazing, thank you for sharing

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  14. A happy anniversary day. So glad you made such a great recovery.
    Awesome photos of that eagle. Such an amazing creature

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    1. She was amazing. Thanks Ann

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  15. Congratulations on surviving your heart surgery and it is great that you are still sharing your photos and experiences with your blogging world!
    The photos of the eagle are magnificent. I hope it has a full recovery and is able to fly free again.

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    1. Thanks Mick....and yes, I do hope she can fly free again!!!

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  16. I am glad to see that you are here and enjoying life.This is a great set of pictures.

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  17. Congratulations on your 1 yr anniversary! I'm so glad you are living life abundantly.
    That lionfish is certainly unique!

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  18. I love to visit an aquarium as I am a long way from the sea..Michelle

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    1. Thanks for hosting Michelle.

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  19. glad I visited you today, and congrats for surviving one year.

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  20. Like you, I enjoy going to the museums, aquariums and zoos at times to just relax and learn. Wonderful series of photos....and I'm so out of touch with Texan birds but to see that a Black Phoebe is considered rare over there was interesting. Made me do a little research. They are quite common down here during the winter months. Have a great week! And hopefully that Eagle will fly again! PS. Like your owl and webpage design here.

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    1. In the decade living in Tucson, I had never seen a Black Phoebe. Didn't know they were that common there!!

      Thanks Chris.

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  21. I am so pleased that your heart problems haven't stopped you form enjoying all the amazing things nature has to show us. I really like the look of that bald eagle by the way.

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    1. Thanks Findlay, it's always a pleasure having you visit with me.

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  22. I'm so grateful that you are now feeling healthy and able to be outdoors (and indoors) photographing the Nature that you love. Stay well! Love the eagle shots and that hibiscus resting on the fence.

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    1. Thank you Barb, I'm happy to know you enjoyed the photos and post.

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  23. beautiful bloom to augment the rope fence. :) i hope the eagle recovers fully, too.

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    1. I thought so too Ms. T. Thanks, and thanks for hosting.

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  24. Hello Anni!:) An artistic fence scene, and lovely pictures of the sea creatures and sculptures. Stunning eagle captures too, what a beauty!

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  25. what great photos and that is a wonderful anniversary!

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  26. Those sculptures are gorgeous. They were a nice way to end your post. So sorry you only had one bird to see, but I agree with you...what a wonderful experience to get to see Grace so up close and personal. Enjoyed seeing the fish, too. You always give us such wonderful posts. Happy weekend ahead.

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  27. did you have to do anything for your health? diet? more exercise or what? i am glad you are a survivor!! that is great news. i will say Congrats, hope that is the proper thing to say there!! love your fish shots. love your header too! ( :

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    1. :All of the Above" Beth!!
      And, thanks.

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  28. Such fantastic sea life at the aquarium! Loved seeing all of them, and that bald eagle Grace! When the construction is over, it looks like it will be an even more wonderful place!!!

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    1. It's reported 1000s of more square footage going to be added....the Amazon Forests and sea life. Can't wait.

      Thanks Marie.

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  29. Beautiful photography and love the fish net fence ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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    1. Thanks Carol...and happy week [what's left of it] to you too.

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  30. Happy Anniversary from your surgery. It's wonderful you've done so well.
    I agree seeing the eagle would be thrilling. - Also seeing all the fish and animals there. Your fence is unique and the pretty flower growing nearby was just delightful.

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    1. Thanks for all your kind words Ida.

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  31. Oh the tree at the Aquarium's entrance looks like our Shaggy Bark Hickory trees here in Canada. I love them. Your images are incredible. Hugs B

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    1. Also congrats on your surgery anniversary that is another incredible thing. HUGS for that.

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    2. ps....it's a palm tree [they look like this when the fronds have been trimmed after dying off...which is common]

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  32. Your photos always bring joy, and your aquarium pics are a fantastic. I am not one for crowds either but it's a rare event for me to go to the aquarium and we always seem to have loads of company with everyone milling around us. Worth it to see all these incredible sights.

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary Anni :)

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  33. Hi Anni, congrats on good health. Grace is a beauty, good luck to her.

    When I was little (junior H.S.) I worked in a pet shop.

    I'd say your first saltwater fish is a tang of some sort. And those are Raccoon Butterflyfish and Blue Damsels in the 2nd saltwater fish photo.
    ~

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    1. Thanks...and thanks again....for the fish IDs.

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  34. Wow! Grace is one gorgeous eagle. Love all the aquarium pictures too. Congrats on your one year anniversary. That's awesome!

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    1. Thank you for everything Lois.

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  35. Lovely photos of the creatures and the sculptures! Congratulations on your anniversary.

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  36. A great series of images Anni! I love the Bald Eagle.

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  37. It looks like an amazing place to visit. I just love your images of the eagle!

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  38. Happy anniversary.
    Stopping by from Good Fences and I'm glad I found you. I'd lost track of you for a while.
    I hope you'll come share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-walls-of-san-juan.html

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