Wednesday, December 14, 2011

On Second Glance

Walking through our Museum exhibits, I am ever intrigued by what I can see when I take a second look at an exhibit--sometimes I'm able to spot something I may have overlooked at first glance.  For example, one of my favorite places in the Museum is the Mountain Cove Habitarium--a lovely 2-story, walk-through exhibit showcasing the mountainous habitats of the western parts of Virginia.  Here's the view from the mezzanine level looking down into the large aquarium on the ground level of the display:


Looking carefully, you'll see three ducks standing on the edge of the water.  This is a close up of one the beautiful green-winged teal ducks that live in the exhibit.  This one is a female:



In our World of Darkness exhibit, people often walk by this one display and don't realize that some of its inhabitants are actually buried in the sand!  Do you see the skate?:


If you're patient, you might see them swim around.  Skates are close relatives of sharks and rays.  Here's the underside of a skate as it glides by the front of the tank: 



In the Virginia's Underground Discovery Center sits a fish tank labeled "Crusty Crustaceans."  There are lots of delightful little critters in this small display:



There are several types of tiny crustaceans in this tank, including some almost transparent grass shrimp that are shallow-water inhabitants of the Chesapeake Bay:


Finally, there's a small display on the upper level of our 2-story Cypress Swamp Habitarium.  Can you find the lizards?  I'll give you a clue:  they are brown, not green in color:


The day I took this picture, the lizards were sunning themselves at the front of the exhibit--one is on the grass and one is basking on the tree branch.  Often they're hard to see--great camouflage!:


So, if you ever get a chance to visit our Museum, take time for a second glance--you might be pleasantly surprised at what you find!  More off the beaten path in two weeks....

Cheers,
Lisa

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