Day 3! Our final day in Gatlinburg… We got up early and checked out of our little villa. Then headed over to the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. It was a rainy Monday morning so the usually bustling tourist town was fairly deserted. We intentionally saved the aquarium for Monday… Can you imagine trying to get a shot like the one above with 1000 little kiddies running around? So perfect and serene.. so empty. Just how I wanted it to be!
One of the first things you see when you go in are the Japanese Mudskippers. OKAY ONE OF MY FAVORITE ANIMALS EVER!!! YESSSS!!!! I have never seen a mudskipper in real life.. I was so excited, I could have died!!! Almost peed my pants!! If you don’t know what these little buggers are, check out this link and then you too will be obsessed:
THEY ARE SO COOL.
Okay, anyway… take a breather for a second.
Not claiming this to be a photographic masterpiece here, but just some fun pictures from our day. That funny one in the first picture is named Stevie. Personal favorite. We were there just in time to watch them feed the little guys!
These are Nautili.. nautiluses.. uhh.. Yeah that’s about all I know about them… something about a math equation, too…
I was also really excited to see that they had Sea Dragons!! Another personal favorite aquatic animal. I have been trying and trying to get a good photo of these suckers for so long. I tried at the aquariums in Niagara Falls, Seaworld in Florida, and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta… They are so hard to capture!! FINALLY. Finally, I got them! The pictures I’ve wanted! I can’t tell you how stoked I am about this!
So gorgeous. Maybe one day I can be a wildlife photographer, or a travel/destination photographer, where I get to go find these guys in the real world… Just dreams…
Alright! That wraps up the Gatlinburg vacation.. Again, sorry it’s been so long. Mad busyyy. Next pics are probably gonna be some production stills or something since that is consuming my life right now. Hope everyone is living a happy life and much love to all of you!! xo