Nervewracking Scavenge

Posted on | January 29, 2014 | 11 Comments |

I really enjoy finding and knocking off Scavenger Hunt locations – I keep a long list on my phone of various ones I hope to do, and I always have my camera with me in my bag. (It helps that I’m happy to take photos of myself by myself, although I have a variety of friends and lovers who enjoy being partners in crime!) And while I frequently get comments on posts about how brave I must have been to get this spot or that location, it’s rare that I find it particularly scary or difficult; usually it’s about timing and determination.

The aquarium was different.

Kelly Tarlton’s is the aquarium in Auckland, and it’s a tourist destination for both Kiwis and international visitors. I’ve been to it a number of times with friends and extended family, and when Delilah and her family were here I was happy to go with them – the Auntie Dee detached division. It’s quite a different experience to attend with young children, as opposed to adults: seeing it through excitable eyes was pretty awesome, and I had a blast, even as I was tired out extra-quickly.

The whole time that we were there I was hopeful I could find a spot and take a scavenger photo – I’d even dressed for it! But there were kids and security cameras everywhere, and the last thing I wanted to do was upset a child or get myself kicked out. Discretion was what I needed.

We spent a lot of time with the penguins:

curvaceousdee penguins kellytarltons

Had fun pretending to be eaten by a giant shark:

curvaceous dee shark

Watched the live sharks being fed; saw the stingrays floating around; sat on a giant turtle (in the toy area); oohed and aahed at the many seahorses; were amazed at the fish of all descriptions, and generally had a lot of excitable fun.

I was beginning to despair of finding a spot where I could get a photo. And then, just before the gift shop at the end, I saw them: large upright aquariums leading to the seahorse rooms – with just enough space behind them so you could walk around to see the other side (or go around the back and take a photo). The family had frayed into the gift shop one way and seahorses the other. Still, there were people coming and going all the time. Could I do it? I was nervous as hell.

Still, it was now or never.  I took a deep breath, looked around and crossed my fingers, then slipped around to the back of the aquariums. I desperately hoped my pull-down-top-hold-out-camera-take-photo plan would work.

I took the first picture, and glanced down at the camera. I’d missed, dammit – all I could see was my throat. I looked around and still the coast was clear. Time to try again. Please please please let this one be in frame …

It was!

curvaceousdee boob flash

I pulled my top back up and scurried around to the main walkway. The timing was tight – people were just beginning to walk through, and a few looked at me funny. Yikes!

As a treat for my success I asked Delilah to take a photo of me with the giant stuffed penguin toys, in the gift shop – and then whispered in her ear what I’d just managed. She was gratifyingly impressed. I was pretty impressed myself. What a day!

curvaceousdee penguin


I was on quite a high after knocking off that location. But boy was I knackered!

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11 Responses to “Nervewracking Scavenge”

  1. Mia
    January 29th, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

    Dee your are amazing – what a fantastic capture and a fun day out in the process!!

    ~Mia~ xx

  2. SilverDom
    January 30th, 2014 @ 12:19 am

    I don’t know how you do it. Well done.

  3. Marie Rebelle
    January 30th, 2014 @ 5:21 am

    I can totally imagine your nerves, but you did it! You did it! Good for you Dee! And you look perfectly satisfied in the last photo 😀

    Rebel xox

  4. thisgirl
    January 30th, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    amazing! but i just wanna say pick up a pick up a penguin 😉

  5. Twisted Angel
    January 30th, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

    Yeah see I would have had a heart attack. Love the shot. Glad you all had fun. We have one about 2 hours north of us I would love to go see but have yet to be able too.. grrr

  6. Hylas
    January 31st, 2014 @ 11:17 pm

    You know, that penguin would fit in well with the rest of my family…. *hint* *hint*

  7. Molly
    February 1st, 2014 @ 6:10 am

    I failed this one in the summer but we did have our kids with us and no matter how hard I tried to lose them they just wouldn’t be lost.


  8. Dee
    February 5th, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Mia – *blushes* You say the loveliest things!

    SilverDom – You know, I don’t know how I do it either :)

    Rebel – It was such a relief to have managed it!

    thisgirl – I think it’s safe to say that most of us want to pick up a penguin. *grin*

    Twisted Angel – I’d love to know what you think of it if you do go…

    Hylas – Do we need to visit?

    Molly – That does happen! I completely understand – it was a fluke I managed it, and only because there were two parents and they weren’t my kids, I think. I was very lucky indeed.

    xx Dee

  9. John
    March 8th, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

    Looks like a really fun day. Is that a real shark? 😉 I like the penguins too.

  10. Kraken Kranium
    March 15th, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    Did you get to visit the part of the giant squid’s tentacle and the naughty little octopus’ enclosure? She’s quite the escape artist, apparently! <3

  11. Dee
    March 16th, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

    John – Alas no (well, yay no) not a real shark – but one they use for photography and such. The penguins are great fun!

    Kraken – I think so, yes. I do love me the tentacled creatures!

    xx Dee


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