Into the Blue


I´ve been to the Berlin Aquarium this week and thought I´d share with you some of the photos I made there.

But because I made quite a lot of photos, and because I don´t want to overwhelm you with all of them at once, I´m going to split these into several posts. 😉

I have to admit that I didn´t make a note of what I was actually photographing, so if you´d like to add certain informations you´re welcome to do so and I will edit them into this post!

Hope you enjoy it!



Don´t ask me why but I´m fairly sure this fish was male.  I felt a bit like being scrutinized by The Godfather/Marlon Brando himself, what with the downward turned lips and him making me an offer I couldn’t refuse (Him: “Take my picture.” – Me: “Yes, sure! Of course! Instantly, sir!”).  😉


What ya looking at?
The Godfather (Oct. 2018)


Much more beautiful but probably far more deadlier than any Godfather could be, a jellyfish:


Transparent beauty
Transparent beauty (Oct. 2018)


And in this case I´m sure this particular jellyfish was female, because she danced quite beautifully in front of me for several minutes, tempting me to keep up with her ever changing poses.


Transparent Beauty (Oct. 2018)


More striking even was this particular jellyfish, a real diva in pink:


pretty in pink
Pretty in Pink (Oct. 2018)


And what I also love doing is watching people watching animals… and taking a picture of both of them without them noticing! 😉


yellow fish
Transfixed children glued to the window pane and eye to eye with a blowfish (Oct. 2018)


And above some of the water tanks there´s also some very beautiful stained glass art to admire…


stained glass


flying fish
Flying Fish (Oct. 2018)
A lobster (Oct. 2018)


To Be Continued… 🙂



Published by Sarah

Artist & Illustrator

83 thoughts on “Into the Blue

    1. Thanks a lot, Marlene! 😄 And don’t worry about catching up, that can be very exhausting and you need to spend your time and energy for your own lovely projects! ❤

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      1. Thank you, Sarah. I was mentioning you to my German/blogging friend, Sabine at lunch today about your art. She’s at incahootswithmuddyboots. It’s interesting how we bloggers all end up following so many of the same blogs. Our hearts seem to know where we should be. Have a great weekend. 🙂

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    1. Hehe! I’m not sure if Marlon Brando would have appreciated the comparison but he really looks like him, doesn’t he? 😉
      Jellies are fantastic to watch, aren’t they? I would even call it hypnotic or mesmerizing. 😊


  1. I love the trips to Aquarium, Sarah 🙂 Aren’t these jelly-fish exquisite? I love watching them in all their glory, and they always put me in a philosophic mood. They look like a sad piece of dirty jelly when washed ashore… I try to put them back in water but it never works. Hope they have a comfortable life in Aquarium 🙂

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    1. I couldn’t agree more with you, Inese, they’re exquisite creatures! And it is always shocking to see them turn into that sad piece of dirty jelly when out of their natural habitat. I’ve never heard that putting them back into the water works, maybe if you’d happen to be around while it just happens but otherwise I think they dehydrate too quickly. I hope too that they have a comfortable life at the aquarium but it’s difficult to tell really. ☺ xxxxxxxxx

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    1. Thanks so much, Gill!
      So, you´re also one of those people who can see faces everywhere. 😉 I do this all the time, give me any kind of pattern and I can sure point out at least one face. LOL! 😀

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  2. Your pictures are so beautiful, Sarah (is there anything you do that isn’t?) I love aquariums and sea creatures – they’re so different from the things that live on land. It’s like another universe altogether. I can’t wait for more!

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    1. Thanks so much, Diana! And believe me, there are lots of things I do that aren´t beautiful, I just take care not to post any of these! LOL! 😀
      Under water really is like another universe altogether, isn´t it? Sometimes, in my dreams, I can breath under water and get to swim like a seal – it´s pure magic but happens not often enough for my taste. 😉

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      1. Your spirit guide, perhaps. That’s what someone told me once about dreams like that. I used to scuba dive and swim with schools of fishes, feed groupers, and glide beside turtles. It was an amazing feeling. I’d love to do that in my dreams. 🙂

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      2. I like the idea of a spirit guide! Scuba diving is so cool, you must have seen such beautiful sights! Hope the feeling you had whilst doing it will come back to you in your dreams soon!
        Have a lovely weekend! ☺

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  3. Only you can imagine seeing the Godfather, a dancer and a diva while looking at a fish and jellyfish. I love your creativity! Your photos are sublime too. Those jellyfish shots are very impressive indeed. And thanks for the trick to get pictures without reflections. I will try this trick on my next visit to an Aquarium. Keep well dear friend.

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    1. Thank you so much! I´m so glad you enjoyed this post, Dominique! And that little trick to avoid reflections will help so much next time you go to an aquarium!!
      And I really don’t know how these – The Godfather, the dancer and the diva – ended up in this post, somehow my mind always seems to draw connections between things. 😀
      Have a super-wonderful weekend, dear friend! xoxo ❤

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      1. You are an artist and your brain makes instant links that sometimes you can only understand with a certain distance. Let go and continue to trust your intuition. So far it has been very efficient. Once again congratulations for your wonderful work! Take care of yourself dear friend and keep well. xoxo

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      2. Thanks again, Dominique! And also for the advice to just let go and trust my intuition – I will definitely try! 😊 Have a lovely weekend and get well soon, my friend! Xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Rosaliene! It does feel a bit like out of space and not from this world every time I visit the aquarium. There´s still so many things in the deep seas that we don´t know about, and I think, I quite like that. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! I must say, The Godfather was really something. 😉 A bit intimidating though, like he knew exactly what I was thinking – lol! 😀 Also made me want to drop into a curtsy and retreat with three backward steps!! 😀

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  4. Simply gorgeous, Sarah! Those jellyfish, oh my goodness, yes dangerous and painful, but simply exquisite. I love aquariums, peaceful and beautiful (well if the kids aren’t too noisy, lol). I love the people-watching picture. I do that sometimes, my last one was at a rock concert with people holding their hands up (so cool!). I have to say though, I’m absolutely smitten with the Godfather, and I also must say the name fits. He looks a bit like I do on Monday mornings 😀

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    1. Thanks so much, Lana! And you´re so right about kids in aquariums – lol! 😀 I normally try to go in the afternoon but you never know. 😉 And once I´ve been there during the holidays – man, it was so full you couldn’t get close to the tanks!!
      And The Godfather? He really was quite something. 😉 And don´t get me started on Mondays! LOL! 😀
      Have a wonderful week! xoxo

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  5. Ha ha, I do agree with your thought about Godfather although I still have a reservation in the back of my mind that the fish could be “she” (a wicked witch perhaps) 🙂

    Oh yes, taking pictures of the audiences is fun as well too.

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    1. Thank you very much, Tracy! I just had a look online because I was curious and I think this one is a Blue Kitumba Moba or Cyphotilapia frontosa. Being married to an encyclopedia must be very handy sometimes. 😉

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      1. That makes two of us. We sometimes find jellyfish washed up on the beach, often en masse. I must admit, that does make swimming in pools (especially heated ones) more attractive. xxxxxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne! A friend of mine told me a wonderful trick to get shots without reflections, you just need to press the lense of your camera directly to the glass! The Godfather fish is quite the character, isn’t he? I felt quite intimidated! 😂

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  6. Sarah, you got great photos of these creatures. Your captions capture the moments. The jellies are spectacular – there’s so little to them and yet they float and dance and drift – enchanting. You remind me – I have to get up to see the aquarium near us. Do you know who the stained glass artist is? Incredibly talented and imaginative. You have lots of inspiration for your own art. Will we see you paint some fish or jellies? Looking forward to more photos from your visit.

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    1. Thank you very much, Shari! Sadly I don’t know who the artist was, only that these originate from 1913!! They were kept in the cellars during WWII so they escaped destruction.
      I’m not sure if I’m going to paint any fish and the jellies though as I have a feeling I can’t do their beauty justice. Also I’m working currently on a still life with different pumpkins, all very autumnal. 😊 I think the lovely rich colours from your card inspired me to it. 😉

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  7. Your photos are so beautiful Sarah. My favourites are the jellyfishes and the stained glass art. I am well squinted with jellyfish from where I come and I definitely advise to watch at a safe distance. Swimming into them is not a beautiful experience. 😊 .


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    1. Thank you very much, Miriam! I can imagine that swimming into them is less than advisable. 😉 Although I was endlessly fascinated by their beauty I was very glad there was some glass between us! 😁

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    1. Me too, Jill, they’re lovely places to relax and wonder at the beauty of nature, aren’t they? Thanks so much and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! That blowfish was quite the flirt, always looking back and swimming right to the pane. 😄

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    1. Thank you very much, Chris! I think it was you who gave me the tip of putting the camera’s lense right to the pane to avoid reflections. And it worked so great! So at least half the praise belongs actually to you! 😄

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