Outside the National Aquarium

It was a beautiful, quiet Sunday morning when I arrived at the Inner Harbor area in Baltimore, a place I have visited countless times. I was looking for a certain tall ship that was in town just days before but it had obviously sailed down the Patapsco River toward the open sea prior to my arrival.

So it's on to plan B, simply wander about and randomly select things that I found to be interesting and artistic. This is when I begin to look for geometric shapes and patterns, items that always play a strong role in architecture and art. In many ways these generally go unnoticed as we humans simply recognize the end result of what is before us and know that it is a thing of beauty. For years that is how I saw things before wanting to understand how these shapes and lines complimented one another to create interesting results.

If you like architectural photography, and I certainly do, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, like buildings found everywhere, provides a convergence of interesting lines and architectural styles. Luckily for me, there were few people milling about which allowed for some clear shots of the aquarium's surrounding exterior. I'll share a few of the photos taken on that quiet morning walk with you in this post.

We begin with this corner shot below.

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Reminiscent of the great pyramids, that atrium has always been an attractive feature. I caught an interesting sunset in it here. Some of you may even remember that image from 2012. 

Notice the colorful and decorative blue crab sculpture in the left foreground, donated by Marilyn and David Carp. The Blue Crab is a Maryland staple and a must-have favorite among many diners. 

If you've never had one of these or crab cakes, you're really missing out, but I digress. 

Next we'll move on to a set of windows on the other side of the building. The repeating pattern of the square windows created a red-trimmed grid of glass. Additionally, the morning light was reflecting rather nicely off of that glass, making it easy to raise the camera and grab a shot. I love reflections, often moving back and forth to find just the right angle to create something interesting to see. Passersby will sometimes look in the direction I am focusing in an attempt to figure out just what it is I am seeing. :-)

So far this impromptu walk has yielded some results. In this case it was the reflecting sun as a bonus of sorts. The number "4" indicates the pier this section of the National Aquarium is on. Let's press onward.

As we pull back and move to the right we encounter a fountain with dolphin sculptures. This is pretty creative since the dolphins are completely made of recycled materials. Take a closer look in the image below.

You may recognize a few once discarded items that have now been repurposed and given a new life. Recycling is a good thing.

Lastly, I leave you with this image of converging lines as stay wires from a suspended footbridge juxtapose the gridded windows and horizontal lines of everything around them.

So, while I literally missed the boat earlier, I was able to salvage some images for the effort. This only reinforces one of the first lessons of photography, "get out there and shoot something".

Until next time, thanks for visiting!