Illusions and Reality

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” -Albert Einstein

Natural History Museum 27 August 2009

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Flag flying at half mast for Senator Kennedy.

Flag flying at half mast for Senator Kennedy.

Went into the Natural History Museum today, I hadn’t been there since I was a little kid.  I didn’t remember much from that visit, other than standing in line to see the Hope Diamond – which I skipped on this trip.  All the flags at the museums and monuments were flying at half mast in honor of Ted Kennedy.

The entrance to the Natural History Musuem is so impressive with the rotunda and the elephant greeting you as you walk in.  I also really enjoyed the Sant

Right Whale in the Sant Ocean Hall

Right Whale in the Sant Ocean Hall

Ocean Hall.  I think it has been relatively recently rennovated, the exhibits are very up to date and topical with a focus on human impacts on the ocean.

A real highlight of the museum is the live butterfly pavilion.  You enter a tube-like room which is full of flowers and butterflies are flying all around you.  They also have fruit out where you can watch the butterflies feeding.  The butterflies are from all over the world and they are purchased in chrysalli and hatched out in the museum so none of them are collected from the wild.  As you exit they have a wall of mirrors where they ask you to look yourself over to make sure there are no butterfly hitchhikers on your clothes.

Butterflies feeding on watermelon - check out that proboscis!

Butterflies feeding on watermelon - check out that proboscis!

Another visit to the museum is planned for the near future, becuase they have a special Darwin exhibit set to open on September 12.

 

Click here for more pictures from the Natural History Museum.

 

The National Museum of American History 25 August 2009

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I spent this morning at the National Museum of American History.  There are tons of cool things in this museum representing all aspects of American History.  When I got off the metro at the Mall, the sky was beautiful blue behind the Washington Monument.

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

I got to the museum about five minutes after it opened so it wasn’t very crowded at first so I went downstairs to check out the Science in American Life exhibit and see Julia Child’s kitchen.  I loved how she had outlines of all the tools and pans drawn on the pegboards.

Julias Kitchen

Julia's Kitchen

The museum has lots of very large exhibits; cars, trains, and even a whole house rebuilt inside the museum.  There is even a Greensboro connection – a section of the counter from the Woolworth’s store downtown where the sit-in movement began.

Greensboro Woolworths Counter

Greensboro Woolworth's Counter

You can see more pictures from my trip to the museum by clicking here.

 

My New Place

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Living Room

Living Room

I am now officially all unpacked and settled into my new apartment.  It is great and I love it!  The neighborhood is great and I can walk to everything.  There are lots of restaurants, a grocery store, movie theater, and the public library all within close walking distance.  I am also really close to work and to a metro station for getting into DC.

This is the view from the roof of my building at night!!

This is the view from the roof of my building at night!!