Anna: The girls and I headed to the museum this afternoon - something we haven't done in a while. There were a couple of bus loads of elementary kids there, so it was louder and busier than expected. I must admit, as home schoolers, we can get pretty spoiled. We're used to having places like this all to ourselves. ;-)
One of my frustrations is that tripods and monopods aren't allowed. There are some amazing artifacts, like these intricately embroidered child sized mitts, that I'd love to get good photos of - these are silk thread embroidery on hide. Difficult enough to get a good image with shaky hands, but with my elbow deciding to get painful on me again (I even made sure to take painkillers before I left), I had difficulty supporting the camera. I tried to make up for it by fiddling around with the shutter priority. After playing around for a bit, I ended up staying with photos that were dark, but at least somewhat clear, because I just couldn't hold the camera steady enough to get lighter shots. I figure I can always lighten the photo in post processing. I can't fix something that's blurry because my hands were shaking.
There's a new temporary exhibit going on right now. Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins This link is to a pdf file. It was really busy - it seems to be geared more at young kids, including a "snow" slide and play area.
This is a walrus skull that was part of the exhibit. The tusks extend quite a bit beyond the bottom of the photo. That's a lot of solid bone and tusk right at the front!