Sunday, May 27

By Her Request.....

By request of our granddaughter, who was visiting this weekend, we went to the NC Museum of Natural History. Here are some photos I took, and I apologize for not taking the time to write notes or labels for them. When you tour a museum with an 11 year old, you dart back and forth too quickly for notes! The smiley salamander at the top enjoyed posing for me. (click to embiggen)

The pointy-nosed fish above is a gar.

The baby bear is a model, but he was so cute he merited a pic, don't you think?

The toothy fellow above used to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

A live green snake from the tropics. I tried to get a photo from an angle where the leaf wasn't covering him, but it was impossible due to the placement of his case. They drape themselves over the branches to sleep. Maybe they think they look more menacing to predators if their "green-ness" is massed together like that.

A very cute little frog, who lives on a rock with a fern growing out of it. I felt sorry for him, since his glass cage is rather small. I'll bet he'd rather have a larger world to explore.

An acacia tree, with thorns galore! This one was host to a large number of ants who make their home in acacia trees.


A Brontosaurus skeleton, inhabiting a large glass dome. The white building across the street is the NC Legislature.

One of the natural habitat exhibits, with rocks and a waterfall, shot from the floor above it.

One of several whale and shark skeletons that hang from the ceiling.








26 comments:

utenzi said...

I love the pictures, Judy. Your new camera, combined with your rock steady hands, is really doing wonders. I think I liked the snake best though the salamander picture was prettier. There's just something about snakes that I like.

By the way, someone was pulling your leg about the brontosaurus (more properly called an apatosaurus). Those bones look far more like a T rex.

Michele sent me over to admire and quibble, Judy.

sage said...

there si something about a dinosaur and state legistlatures that seem to go together

Raggedy said...

Thank you for the trip to the musium great picures! I enjoyde them.
Have a wonderful day!
*^_^
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

Babette said...

What a lovely outing! Your granddaughter embiggens your world, oui?

Claude said...

Great photos, Judy! I doubt that that snake "thinks" anything but it looks good!... Even though I'm dead scared of snakes!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

All very interesting Judy...It is so interesting about sbakes....I had two "Gopher Snakes for mne garden---they were supposed to get rid of the gophers, anmd they did! They are very benign snakes and they loved slkeeping in one of my Senecio Trees...curled up an a very similar way....I have video of that....No Still Pictures...
LOVE those skeletons, too....And that poor little froggy....Why would they put him in such a small area? Terrible, really...!
But I bey your dear Grandaughter enjoyed all of this tour! What fun to do it with her!

Carmi said...

Our kids want us to go back to the Biodome when we visit Montreal again this summer. Your delightful entry took me right back to that incredible place, where amazing discoveries lie around every corner, and there's never enough time to fully capture them all.

Thankfully, we have cameras, and the ability to use them. You have a very lucky granddaughter. All she needs to do to remember a great day with her grandmother is go online.

Blitz Krieg said...

I love when they do the natural exhibits. We have a local Creation Museum opening today and one of their postulates is that Noah took dinosaurs on the ark with him. Don't know how they haven't found the ark yet then, because it would have been as big as an aircraft carrier.

ET said...

Great pictures Judy!

Beverly said...

Oh, I love your photos. You have a new camera? What kind? I simply love little frogs...big ones, too.

What a fun trip for you and your granddaughter. I'll do that one of these days with Ella.

Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Great photos, Judy! I like most the smiley salamander and the Brontosaurus skeleton! Amazing!

Thanks for the compliments about my Venice clothesline post!

Oracle said...

Some awesome piccies there....

You have a good eye ;)

Looks like you had a good day as well ;)

Salutations from Michele ;)

Dewey said...

What a beautiful color that snake is. And the acacia tree made me smile, because I know young girl named Acacia, and she by no means thorny! She must be named after the flowers.

rosemary said...

I have missed visiting you since the daughter arrived.....wonderful pics as always...will catch up Wednesday....hope the granddaughter visit was fun.

moon said...

Awesome photos Kenju!! Love them all!

Jamie Dawn said...

I'm always amazed at the T-rex.
Can you even imagine seeing one in real life??!!
What a fright that would be!

I'm sure your granddaughter enjoyed the trip.

Enjoy your Memorial Day.

Laura said...

And for her next career, Judy became a naturalist/photographer. :)

Loved these pics! In your comment on my site, you mentioned going here to the museum instead of the Pirates movie. Personally, I would have enjoyed at day at this museum instead!

dakotablueeyes said...

very interesting, now I must go to a museum lol

Cris said...

Amazing, thank you for taking us to the museum with you, my kids will love to see these pictures when they get back from school!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh Judy, I wish you had come to L.A. with your daughter and grandchild...I would LOVE to meet you, my dear....! Maybe next time...Maybe you and Mr. Kenju will have to come for "business"...! Wouldn't that be great?

Terri said...

What a great day trip with your granddaughter. It looked like fun and you got some good photos.
Visiting here from Michele's...

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Very fine biology (?) herpetology (?) picatorial (?) lesson, Judy. Thanks very much. I thought I would die and go to heaven before I ever saw the North Carolina legislative building.

Anna said...

I bet that was so fun Judy! I am surprised that you got htismany pictures with children with you.

vicki said...

What a lovely tour. I think you would make a splendid docent, Kenju! Giraffes think the acacia trees are the best thing since wonder bread- they look altogether too pokey to me.
This was a fun field trip- thank you!

Shephard said...

Oh what a lucky grand-daughter.
Seriously. And how lucky you to share it all with her. :)

That full skeleton is in the T-Rex family, and is most likely an Acrocanthosaurus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrocanthosaurus

~S

Granny Annie said...

What a great place for grandchildren! All or our grandchildren would enjoy this but only a couple would admit it. The others are "too cool" right now. All these great pictures and your probably didn't make a dent in what was there. Thanks for sharing.