I’ve been to the National Aquarium in Baltimore more times than I can count. It’s always been a place to learn about and see so many of the creatures that I would never have the chance to otherwise. However, once my partner and I had kids to share the experience with, the aquarium became a sanctuary. A place for our children to wonder, dream, and stare starry-eyed at a world much larger than their home.
When they got older and showed more interest in animals than in Transformers or Hot Wheels, we were outside in the woods or at the aquarium searching for “critters.” My daughter especially has been always drawn to everything living. Everything. Insects, spiders, snakes, whales, rabbits, frogs, birds, all were awe-inspiring and special. I would venture to say that 90 percent of the books on her shelf are animal-related education or at least star some sort of anthropomorphic creature.
With that in mind, and since I have been taking pictures at the aquarium whenever I go, I thought for this photo essay I would ask my daughter, Mary, to join me and ask her a few questions about one of her happy places.