Photo Challenge: Up — California Academy of Science

Looking Up From Steinheart Aquarium towards the Living Roof of CA Academy

Looking up from Steinhart Aquarium towards the Living Roof of the Academy

Sunlight filters down from the portholes on the Academy roof through aquatic plants living in 200,000 gallons of water to the floor of the Steinhart Aquarium 25 feet below the California Academy of Science main floor.

Above the aquarium is the 90 foot diameter glass dome that holds the 4-story rainforest.

Whatever the temperature outside, it is always 82-85 degrees ( and 75% humidity) inside the dome.
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Visitors follow a spiral walkway to the top of the rainforest where they look down on the forest canopy, but today I am looking up.

Sun Shines Through The Port Holes to Fill the Rainforest With Light

Sun shines through the portholes, filling the rainforest with natural light

Leaving the rainforest, a flight of stairs leads to the Living Roof of the Academy, and where the portholes gather in the light of the California sun.

The Port Holes Gather Sunlight On The Living Roof.

The portholes gather in the bright spring sunlight–Living Roof, California Academy of Science.

In the background is another San Francisco landmark: Sutro Tower.

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