A photographic journal exploring the smaller--and often overlooked!--natural wonders encountered "off the beaten path" at the Virginia Living Museum. New entries posted every two weeks.
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....