I visited one of my best friends, Gail, in Portland Oregon last summer. She picked me up from the airport and we drove to the shore. We hadn't seen each other since 2020. Gail dropped out of college and moved back home. We had lived together for the first year and a half of college. Our room was a haven in overwhelming dorm life. So again, we fell into our routine of comforting silence and free-flowing memes.
The next day, we went to the Portland Aquarium. I have loved aquatic animals ever since I was young. I have always loved animals and I have always loved the water. Gail and I also both love photography. Running around the small outdoor aquarium trying to capture blurry pictures of sharks and fish through thick glass.
Then we entered the shark archway where the fish swam above and below us in blue foggy lighting. Though the photos we captured were blurry and out of focus. I really think we captured something about them.
Their languid movement, so calm and regal, reminded me why I love these creatures.
Gail and I spent a long time in that tunnel looking at the light falling on these ancient creatures.