Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Peace on Earth

Suspended from ceiling of the main building of our Museum is a giant globe of the earth.  It's 6 feet in diameter, tilted on its axis 23.5 degrees just like the real earth, and if you watch it for a couple of minutes you'll realize that it slowly rotates.  And a bit of trivia--it's like a giant inflated beach ball--it's not solid!
It overhangs the main stairwell that connects the upper and lower levels.  The stairwell is a double spiral modeled after the shape of a DNA molecule (pretty cool, huh?)  At the bottom of the stairwell is a sculpture of what some dinosaurs in Virginia may have looked like.  More trivia:  to date, no fossil dinosaur bones have been found in Virginia, but we do have fossil footprints:
Anyway, back to the huge globe--it makes a great centerpiece for the entire upper level, and is a constant reminder that no matter what our many differences, we as people all have one thing in common--we share the same home, our beautiful planet earth.  There's a quote on a sign right below the globe that sums it up the best:  "There are no passengers on spaceship Earth, we are all crew."
Since I started this blog about a year and a half ago, I've had readers from 115 countries.  Thank you so much for reading this blog...it has been an honor to share my photos with you!  So, to all of you I wish you much happiness and good health in the coming year, but most of all I wish for "peace on earth" where ever you may be:
Best wishes to you all.  More off the beaten path in two weeks....
Cheers, Lisa

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"Whose Tail?" Again

Since people seem to like it, here's the third installment of my "guess whose tail?" series of blogs.  (Answers are at the bottom of this page.)  See if you can figure out whose feathery tail this is:

Keep guessing....the rest of the tails are all furry:

Have it all figured out?  The first one was easy--it was a turkey's tail, of course!
The second one may have been a bit harder to figure out.  It belongs to our very lovely bobcat on the Outdoor Trail:
The second furry tail was may also have been a bit tough to figure out.  If you guessed some sort of canid, you're correct!  It's the tail of one of our coyotes.  Her thick winter coat is starting to come in:
The third furry tail was pretty easy--it belongs to a white tailed deer.  Here's a photo of one of our does:
The last furry tail was very difficult.  It belongs to a small furry rodent that lives in one of our Piedmont & Mountain exhibits--it's a chipmunk.  Were you right?
How cute is that?  Hope you enjoyed the guessing game.  More off the beaten path in two weeks!