Many moons ago, I had a reef tank.
Then I had TWO reef tanks.
Then I moved to a new place, and everything was dead the first morning at the new apartment.
Animals that I had kept for many years.
Many purple, blue, and yellow tangs, clowns, anemones, coral, shrimps, tons of snails, 200+ pounds of live rock, and ~100 pounds of live sand. As well as other animals I have forgotten with the passage of time.
To see all these animals dead–and all at once, was devastating.
After a while I started up one tank again. I came home one day to the beautiful (new) Blue Tang lying on the floor. She had jumped out of the tank and died on the floor before I found her.
All the deaths were just too much for me.
I sold 2 100-gallon tanks, a bad ass skimmer, 2 metal halide lamps, and tons of customized plumbing (built by moi!), all to a guy from Tahoe with 10 kids.
When I saw this cloud, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a Ribbon Eel. I never kept a Ribbon Eel, but I could spot one in a line up with one eye closed.
A Ribbon Eel seems to always have her mouth wide open to the water’s surface.
Clouds that make familiar shapes make me happy.
Someday I will spot marching elephants. Just like the ones I saw on Sesame Street.
I hope there will be a camera nearby. Like the day a Ribbon Eel appeared from the clear blue sky.
Focal Length 40 mm
Shutter Speed 1/800