The Tennessee Aquarium located in Chattanooga, Tennessee is housed in two buildings located beside each other on the riverbank of the Tennessee River. One of the buildings is for predominately saltwater exhibits (the “Ocean Journey”), and the other is for predominately freshwater exhibits (the “River Journey”). An admission ticket to one building includes admission to the other building with a short outdoors walk to go from one building to the other. I began my visit by going to the “Ocean Journey” first. Inside, an escalator takes you quickly to the top floor of the building where there are a number of aquatic exhibits as well as many orchids and a butterfly exhibit area.
My cold camera met the near jungle environment with its high humidity and I was out of photographic business until I got my lenses to unfog many minutes later. Spent the time looking around, speaking to volunteer staff and another photographer who was, likewise, waiting for his camera equipment to warm up. Although this blog series is about a public aquarium, this first in the series will focus on mostly the orchids and butterflies found in these upper display area.