All posts tagged animals

National Museum of Natural History

In a city full of memorable elephants (mostly by party affiliation, though a few real ones, too) this one may be my favorite. Located in the rotunda of The National Museum of Natural History, this male African elephant was killed in 1955 and donated to the museum. The National Museum of Natural History was built […]

National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum

In Washington, DC you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to free museums. With access comes familiarity–and having favorites becomes very easy indeed. Paul Manship is well represented in these galleries, and his sculptures of animals embody the mythology and fable they depict. I’m fond of his dogs–whose manes, feathered tails, and fluffy butt-tufts remind […]

Kensington Antique Row

Some ways that I am an old lady: My name is June. I like tea. I visit historical antique districts. The last one is what this post is about. This weekend we visited Kensington’s Antique Row and I thought I’d share some of the treasure we came upon. Children’s Books galore! This is Mother (Goose) […]

Transparent Specimens

(via Transparent Specimens) These artful things-in-jars, created by Shinsekai (Toumei Hyouhon), are made by enzymatically turning the protein transparent, dyeing the bones magenta and dyeing the cartilages blue. It’s a process founded for scientific purposes to study the skeletal systems of organisms but their aesthetic value is equally relevant.

We visited the National Museum of Natural History this weekend. It’s not only filled with some excellent specimens (skeletons, taxidermy, things-in-jars, etc!) but some of the exhibit design is pretty impressive, too.

Chamber of Wonders

One of my favorite museum exhibits–art or otherwise–is The Chamber of Wonders at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. It’s an authentic representation of the collections that captured the imaginations of high society during The Age of Exploration in Europe. In fact, it mimics closely a painting that hangs on its walls. The Archdukes Albert […]

Book Arts

I’m heartbroken! The book arts class I was scheduled for this semester has been cancelled. In memoriam, here are some amazing examples of book art. (via The Book Surgeon 15 pieces – My Modern Metropolis) (via Girl with a Pen) (via Izmia) (via Rose Colored Glasses) Ah! What could have been…

Handsome on Horses: Part 1

Continuing with the apparent theme of movie screen captures, here is post one-of-two with handsome men on horses. In this case, Christian Bale: I was surprised at how tricky finding pictures of Bale on horseback would be–after all, why wouldn’t two of my favorite things be combined with proliferation? But I was able to get […]


Screencapture of Patrick McGoohan in Thomasina. Thomasina is a classic Disney favorite about a little girl’s love for her cat, and the character development of her stern, widowed, veterinarian father (played by Patrick McGoohan). I can’t say no to movie that has McGoohan in it, much less one that includes lots of animals, a kind […]