There are very few things in life that fill me with greater joy than a visit to a museum in good company. This museum in particular transforms me from a 31 year old woman into a very excitable girl. Walk with me…
Leaves Turning in Fall Sun – Upper East Side of Manhattan
Stone Bridge around 77th Street – Central Park
Tree Roots in Central Park
Fish Guts Treated with Photo-reactive Colours
Tiny Spiders in Alcohol
Red Spider in the Spiders Alive! Exhibit
Spiders Alive! was a good exhibit, but didn’t have too much new or exciting information about the creepy crawlies that I didn’t already know, for the most part. However, there were many tanks of the amazing arachnids and many pretty pictures.
Peacock Spider – my favorite
Orange Spider whose name I have forgotten
Diorama of a Chipmunk Nest – don’t you love dioramas?
Hall of Biodiversity
The Hall of Biodiversity is my favorite part of the museum. When I walk into this darkly lit room, I transform into a giddy little girl, so excited to see pressed flowers in frames, fish swimming through the air, acorns on a string, blown glass jellyfish and cast brass bacterium. Nowhere else can you take a turn around one room and walk through the Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species of most creatures on Earth. In my dreams, I would have a house that looks like the Hall of Biodiversity…a seemingly living, breathing account of life on Earth, how it relates and how it has changed.
Don’t you want to visit? Maybe you should.
Ehrmagerd, this museum and these photos are awesome. Both are good reminders why (as I am reading the posts backwards) we travel. Sure, there is beauty in the everyday and the steady routine, but a journey to the sites of particular beauty and wonder expand our frames of reference, while warping or enhancing our desires. For me, seeing the majesty of the natural world reminds me of the importance of the fight to protect biological diversity from human efforts to destroy it all with industrialization.