Tuesday, May 27, 2008

87:365 A day at the museum

Anna: Lots of pictures today. The girls and I headed to a museum - I ended up taking some 180 photos alone, plus a couple of videos. (More photos available here.) I still need to go through them and toss the ones that didn't turn out. This museum has really excellent grounds, and we spent quite a bit of time getting pictures. It was a great way to avoid the three bus loads of school kids that were there at the same time. :-/ I have to admit, when I saw those three buses, I just about turned around and went home! *L* It worked out all right, though.

This is a Jeongja, a Korean pavilion built in the old way, using joining techniques and no nails. It's absolutely gorgeous, and I got lots of photos of it.

This is a detail of one of the faces on a Ksan totem pole.

There are a lot of statues on the grounds, and this is one of my favorites. There's just something about the upward turned face that I really like.

As we were waking into the building, in between the inner and outer doors, I spotted a sign on the wall I'd never noticed before. It turns out the stone on these walls are Tyndall Limestone from Southern Manitoba. The walls were filled with fossils of all kinds. The kids say this one looks like some types of bacteria.

Now I know what those fossils I'd been finding on Gimli Beach were. :-D

Before going to the front desk, the girls and I went to the cafe for lunch. We'd placed our order and were sitting at our table waiting for it, commenting on the changes since the last time we'd been there, when my younger daughter suddenly exclaims, "there's a whale on that lamp!"

Someone had taped a toy Sperm Whale onto the electrical cord of one lamp.


To make visitors wonder, perhaps? ;-D

The museum is setting up for a new theme of dragons next month. In the entry was a 1:4 model of a Korean turtle ship. The plexiglass covering the spikes is definitely needed - those things are real metal, and real sharp!

One of my favorite displays is the eggs. It's amazing how different they can be! I wasn't able to get shots of my very favorite, but I like this "painted" looking grackle egg, too.

Because of the lighting, I had to take these shots from the rear of the display, so they were upside down.

I couldn't resist adding this one of the girls. I thought it was just neat. :-D

There are several displays of these "floating" artifacts. One was all arrow heads, another spear heads, but I can't remember what type these ones were. Possibly fishing harpoons.

And finally, a guest photo from my younger daughter, a macro shot of one of the skulls they have on display for people to touch.


The Travelers Journal said...

Wow, what great pictures! I almost feel like I was there with you. My favorite was the first one.

Gawdess said...

looks like a great day!!!!

Karin said...

Looks like a really cool museum :)

Anonymous said...

Excellent post. Lovely museum you visited.

Those look like arrowheads.

angelfeet said...

There's a beautiful dignity in that upturned face.

Scrivener said...

OO, lots of great shots from the museum.

BouBou's said...

Thanks, all. It's a really nice little museum. They do well with the space they have.

Abraham, yes, they do look like arrowheads, but they were actually a bit larger than the ones in the arrowheads display. I wouldn't be able to tell the difference myself, but they've got them labeled separately.