Geckos at Fernbank

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Gecko Exhibit at Fernbank Natural Museum of History
June 2010

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Bunches of Geckos at the museum. Finding them in their glass enclosures made for a group activity of strangers assisting one another in their searches. A help, the museum had on the enclosure the number of geckos to be found. Rarely were all to be seen. We may go back another day and try for more pictures. I only came up with a handful of shots. Most like to hide behind foliage or in dark niches. The one here, however, seemed keen to be seen, scampering across the glass to whomever came up for a look.

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Gecko Exhibit at Fernbank Natural Museum of History
June 2010

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Gecko
Gecko Exhibit at Fernbank Natural Museum of History
June 2010

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Gold Exhibit at the Fernbank

We went to the Gold Exhibit at Fernbank today, organized by the American Museum of Natural History.

Indeed, there were some lovely things on display, the most impressive being perhaps examples of natural formations of gold and quartz. If you are anxious to see old ingots lost in shipwrecks, purchase pirate hats and pan for gold for about $5 in the gift shop, you’ll not leave disappointed.

What ended up being interesting to me was the history on gold that was omitted. For example, in the section on the Black Hills gold rush, I pointed out to H.o.p. that they made no mention of the Black Hills gold find resulting in the bringing in of troops and theft of land confirmed as Dakota, Lakota, Nakota in the 1868 Treaty of Ft. Laramie. A paragraph was given on the 1874 Custer Expedition but nothing as to meaning, absolutely no historical context. Instead, a yard away there was a little fake bridge with a slab of plexiglass in the middle through which one could look down and see a fake stream bed with a few gold sparkles glimmering.

Yet in the Georgia Gold Room they did have history on the Georgia gold rush and the dispossession of Cherokee land, a long film there flatly speaking of the stealing of the land. This room was put together by Fernbank.

So, I left questioning why Fernbank made this allowance but the American Museum of Natural History didn’t even begin to approach the real history of gold.

H.o.p. Makes a Big Bubble at Fernbank

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Big bubble
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I was wondering if my broken toe could handle walking around Fernbank. It was feeling better but then it was feeling so much better Sunday that I ended up bashing it into a chair and was in major pain the rest of the day.

But the broken toe made it fine.

Fernbank’s between special exhibits right now so we focused on the science area. Took a tolerably nice pic of a bubble H.o.p. made (above).

And of a porpoise bubble.

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The porpoise bubble
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I thought it was fun how it looked like H.o.p. was blowing light into the bubble.

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The Child Experiments series
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Animals of the Arctic Puppetry Booth, Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Animals of the Arctic Puppetry Booth, Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Animals of the Arctic Puppetry Booth, Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Sept 2008
“Ends of the Earth, From Polar Bears to Penguins” program.
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Spent the afternoon at the exhibit, which had a lot to it, too much for one visit. H.o.p. really enjoyed it and is asking already to go again.