Category Archives: Museums etc.

The Cost of Misunderstanding How Money Works: So Long Invertebrate House

Like most people–and I’ve been a supporter of the National Zoo in Washington DC for nearly a quarter century–I was shocked to learn that the Invertebrate House will be shuttered for good this Sunday, June 22. Why? Budget cuts: The … Continue reading

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Phabulous Phasmids

Observed at the Insect Zoo at the Natural History Museum, Washington D.C.–can you find the two members of Phobaeticus serratipes, the Giant Malaysian Stick Insect? Each of them was about fourteen inches long–here’s an easier angle: Don’t worry, they’re plant … Continue reading

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Waiting in the Rain

Observed at the Museum of Fine Arts stop, Boston:

Posted in Boston, Museums etc., Transportation

The Orange House

Observed at the U.S. Botanic Garden:

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Corn and rice observed at the U.S. Botanic Garden:

Posted in Museums etc., Plants


Observed at the U.S. Botantic Garden:

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My Own Private Pool

Observed at the New England Aquarium:

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Washington D.C. As Plant Still Life

Observed in the U.S. Botanic Garden: The Washington Monument: The Capitol Building: The Lincoln Memorial: The Jefferson Memorial:

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Christmas, World Fair Dioramas, and Trains, Oh My!

Since it’s reopening, every Christmas the United States Botanic Garden creates a themed diorama involving model trains and a theme. This year’s theme: World fairs. Without further delay, let’s get started with the Mexican Alhambra, 1884: Some balloons:

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The Word of the Day: “Snarge”

Unbeknowst to me, snarge is the remains of birds that have crashed into airplanes. See there’s something for everyone to learn at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum genomics exhibit:

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