Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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Success at last…

Many times in these posts I have mentioned visiting the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. In particular, the butterflies have held my interest. Last week we made a swift visit and had a few moments to see them again because I am always in hope of capturing a photo of the Blue Morpho. I have been successful with birds…

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Other butterflies…

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The Blue Morpho closed up…

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But usually it is…

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I was in despair until there was one quick moment this time (thanks Terry for spotting it)…

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At long last, success!!


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Tuesday morning, early…

Just because we can (two retired people), we decided to take advantage of the monthly Members Day at the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. With eyes barely open we hopped in the car to brave early morning commute traffic to take advantage of special activities just for members. (The best part about it is that you get in early and there are no lines where usually the lines are quite long.) That day we wanted to see the feeding of an anaconda at 8:45 Unfortunately, the traffic did keep us from watching but by the time we got there ten minutes later, he was still cuddling his rabbit.

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We wandered the aquarium until time for our next member’s activity. I felt I was being watched the entire time (and it wasn’t by the guards).

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Then it was a preview for members of the new Terrace Restaurant that would open in a few days. This meant FREE FOOD, and being San Francisco…high style free food. Oh, yum, chacuterie with duck rillettes (who does that!), cheeses and sliced meats with artisan mustards. Plus…

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San Francisco cioppino with crab…

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A few moments to wander the rainforest where the birds and butterflies were very active…

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Hope springs eternal that on some visit I will catch a picture of this Blue Morpho butterfly, but once again this time I could see them fluttering around but none would light in a convenient place for my little iPhone. I had to rely on the display picture…

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Then we participated in a “behind the scenes” tour and got to see where the thousands of specimens are stored. The theme of the tour was how photography is used in studying science and at the end they had specimens set up so that we and about 10 kids could try our hand at photographing specimens.

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It pays to be a member!


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Summer of slither…

Snakes and Lizards

The California Academy of Sciences opened a new exhibit last weekend and we exercised our membership privilege to get there early and enjoy it without massive crowds.

Lemon Drop

Lemon Drop is the mascot. This is a photo of a photo because even though we saw Lemon Drop raise his head and slither around, there was too much reflection on the glass of his enclosure for a shot. In the new exhibit itself you are not allowed to take photos, but there were plenty of other snakes around.

and even rainforest snakes

Surrounding Lemon Drop’s abode is this great graphic of just how long he is

And other great things to see:

Of course, there is Claude…

The robotic anaconda from the movie of the same name…

A musical fountain…

A living wall with some of my favorite California native plants…

I truly want to make one of these on the side of my house.


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iPhone Photo Friday…

The iPhone’s native camera-no apps

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From the aquarium…

To the rainforest and butterflies…

(Which is the snake?)

And then to the penquins…

and up to the living roof covered with California native plants…

and I could not resist bringing out the Classic Pan app for the view sans fog…

While we were up on the roof there was a show by some redtails-in-love (which is what it is called at this time of year). Gotta love it…great day trip!


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Morning fieldtrip…

A purchase marking Terry’s retirement was a membership in the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. This membership is worth its weight in gold because each week there are membership hours where you can get in before the crowds. In winter on weekdays there are school field trips that fill the place, so your observations are done to the background of excited, enthusiastic gaggle of kid voices. The extra hour before it opens to the general public is quiet with just a few people and you are able to get a good look at the albino alligator.  The only disadvantage is that we have to be out of the house at an ungodly hour in order to take advantage of the early entry time. Well worth it, when all is said and done.

I combined some of my images into collages. There was a beautiful display of preserved butterflies in one part that I combined with images in the aquarium and rainforest/ butterfly exhibit. Lots of condensation made glass patterns for backgrounds.

This layering was done with the Backgroundz app and an iPhone 4.


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Wrap-up…

FISH, FROGS, AND FOG

My trip to the Academy of Sciences must have been momentous, I am going for days on the pictures. These will be the last, honest…Frogs of stripe and color, the fish lady feeding the penguins with funny displaced legs and fog, every where fog. On the roof looking across at the DeYoung Museum. Will be back soon so I can see the big Impressionist show. Ahh, San Francisco, you are such a treasure…

Here is your postcard, please send home…