Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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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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Musee des Arts et Metiers…

Coming to the end of my photos of Paris from last September…and none too soon as we leave in a week and a half for our next trip. Need to draw this to a close so first a few shots of the Metro Station, with its copper cladding and gears to introduce you to the theme of the museum.

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The entrance to the Musee des Arts et Metiers still has an old church, with a pint size Statue of Liberty…

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This museum was founded in 1794 to preserve and highlight recent inventions and tools.

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A model of the dome on Les Invalides (a nice piece of construction)…

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A model with really neat pint-sized humans building the Statue of Liberty…

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I gravitated to the printing presses, cameras, and gramophones, don’t know why. Just loved the shapes…

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Animation by zoetrope…

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So many strong lines and shapes, I could not resist turning some into black and whites..

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If you are a fan of Clara Black’s mystery books that take place in Paris, with Aimee Leduc running through the streets of the arrondissements, this is the setting of “Murder at the Lanterne Rouge”. To die for…