Archive for the ‘Museums’ Category

Zoo Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The zoo invited members to come out after regular hours for some special events. It was called an ice cream social, which meant that everybody got a free ice cream treat, but it was mostly it was puppet shows and other special events. We watched an in-pool feeding of the penguins which was pretty fast paced.

We also got a chance to pet one of the elephants. I certainly can’t remember ever doing that before.

There was also a pretty impressive bubble show where this guy made crazy bubble sculptures (below is the disco ball).

Nate alternated between completely entranced (below) and ecstatic.

See more in the gallery.

Erie zoo pics…

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

When we were out in PA last weekend we went to the Erie Zoo. It’s a lot nicer than I remember with much more respectful enclosures for the animals. As I mentioned in my updates post a few days back, there was much snapping of shutter. We also stopped in the greenhouse for some great flower pics. Here are some highlights. You can, as always, clock through to the gallery.


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Strong Museum of Play

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Actually that’s Strong National Museum of Play, but that just feels too wordy for a title. Anyhow, on the way back from Mike & Becki’s wedding, we stopped in Rochester to see what all the fuss was about.

Much fun was had by all and K got fair opportunity to be behind the camera for this one since I was too busy playing with all the toys.

Enjoy the photos in the gallery. Here are a few teasers.

IMG_9461 Apparently Nate is afraid of muppets.
Although to be fair, this was a green screen so I guess he’s afraid of empty space.
IMG_9470 Nate makes the stars light up.
IMG_9493 Nate and I visit 123 Sesame Street.

Take me to the Zoo!

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Earlier this week there was an especially beautiful day on tap so I took off work early and we went to the zoo. This was our first time to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. Nate seemed to notice the animals when they would move around and would get fairly excited. The rest of the time he would watch people walking by and point to things that caught his eye.
I, of course, took the opportunity to photograph the various animals and birds. This was a lot of fun, and quite challenging as most of the indoor environments were quite dark. The 70-200mm got quite a workout and I ventured into ISO settings that I normally don’t dare to use. In the end, quite a few shots were pretty compelling, but are not the highest quality due to noise or lack of sharpness from the lighting.

As we were about to leave, we noticed that on of the she-lions was right up against the Plexiglas. This was a nice opportunity to get closer to a lion than I remember being before.

Take a look at the gallery, here are some highlights.

Shout Out! Lazy Lion She-Mandrill
Spider Monkey Trunk Nate at the Zoo
Up close Very Close Up Bird's Eye View

Corning Museum of Glass a Must See.

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

We just returned from an overnight trip to Corning, NY, to visit the Corning Museum Of Glass. As a technical person I found the displays of how glass is formed, and the innovations made from glass to be very interesting. As someone who enjoys art I was fascinated by the sculpture and various pieces of art glass which fill the museum. There is an entire historical section which shows examples of the development of the glass working art throughout history (starting in 2000 BC or so).

The highlight of the visit was certainly the opportunity to go into the glass studio and make our own glass pieces. K and the in-laws made Christmas ornaments while I made a paperweight. We were each able to select the colorings to add to our pieces, and the ornament folks got to blow the end of the pipe to inflate the pieces. The paperweight was considerably more hands on. With no air required, the blob of glass had to be colored and smoothed (by them), but I held the tools to twist it and round the covering gather of clear glass on top. It was fascinating to feel the hot glass flow under the pressure of the block.

K made this ornament:

K's Ornament

and I made this paperweight:

My paperweight

Glass making fact: A water soaked wooden form called a block is used to form shapes in the glass. Although we’re used to water causing hot glass to crack, the glass is so hot that the water flashes to steam, and the glass is actually formed by the layer of steam.

See our pictures from the museum.