On our last day in New York, we visited the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. This was a second visit for Peter, a couple of dozen visits for me, and countless more for my mother. In short, the zoo is a place we all love. Highlights include seeing baboons and ibex on hillside, sunning lions and giraffes, baby gorillas galore, and the flitter-flutter of the butterfly garden.
Baby baboon and mother
Baby baboon in action!
This will be the first of several posts from a Spring Break trip to New York City with my mother and my son.
One highlight of the trip was a visit the American Museum of Natural History. I hadn’t visited the museum since I was a child, and several galleries were much as I remembered. The AMNH is known for it’s “dead zoo” collections of preserved animals set up in naturalistic dioramas. I noticed in the African mammals gallery how all the displays were surrounded by marble and carved friezes which made me realize just how much money went into the museum when it was built. A nearby gallery of mammals from New York State showed that the money was not spread around evenly as it was just simple cases with the pelts of various animals pinned to the wall. We also explored the halls of North American mammals, Asian mammals, and ocean life. The highlight of any visit to the AMNH are the two galleries of dinosaur fossils which are vastly different from my childhood with the new scientific understanding of dinosaurs incorporated in the exhibits.
We visited only a fraction of the museum and will have to return to explore more.
Pride of lions
Line of skulls.
Christopher, the lion at Franklin Park Zoo whose roars could be heard throughout the park died yesterday. He was a family favorite. Here are a couple of photos to remember him by.
A snow mound in front of my place of work has become a gathering place for at least five rabbits (there could be more but rabbits can’t count beyond four).
For Father’s Day this year, we once again visited one of the most beautiful places on earth, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, MA. I guess it’s a tradition now.
Frog on a log. Far fewer than we saw last year.
We had no idea what these red bumps were so we showed this picture to the naturalist. He believes it’s the remains of a slime mold.
Looking out over the Beaver Pond.
Daisy in the meadow.
The Meadow changes with every step as the contours shift with a new perspective.
Purple flowers (I’m an archivist, not a botanist, all right!)
The stone wall, a New England tradition.
Frog on a lily pad.
Previously: Photopost: Wachusett Meadow (2012)
My son & I spent the Columbus Day Weekend in Washington, D.C. Some of my favorite photos from the weekend are below, the rest are here.
The original Wright Brothers’ Flyer at the National Air & Space Museum
Pigeons on a lampost.
Sea Lion demonstration.
My son and I journeyed to the Ecotarium for Free Fun Fridays. The Ecotarium is a science museum surrounded by outdoor compound including nature trails, animal exhibits, a playground, and even a train ride. We had a great time with the only downside being that my parochial Bostonian view found the drive to Worcester a bit too long.
Walking on air.
A fox named Sox.
Turkeys on the prowl.