Dinosaurs in the Royal Tyrrell Museum

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta

When you enter the display space of the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller Alberta you find dioramas of dinosaurs like those above.

Deeper into the museum we found this display, which explains where and how fossil remains are found – any how ancient creatures are named.

Jim is my second cousin, and he also arranged a tour for us through the labs behind the scenes.  Thanks Jim!

Manhattan Monday 40 – Historic Seaport

The South Street Seaport  (and here for Wikipedia) is a going concern in Manhattan where Fulton Street meets the East River.  It  includes Pier 17 and buildings around and landward of it. It appears from the website link that it will look very different by 2017.  I must visit again!

South Street Seaport Museum

South Street Seaport Museum

In 2014 there was a museum, some nautical craftwork and a ship, the name of which I did not note. We tend to be walking tourists rather than gawking tourists so we didn’t go into the museum.

South Street Seaport Museum buildings

South Street Seaport Museum buildings

The sign reads: "WORK IN PROGRESS - Figurehead for the ...." and the rest seems to have been rubbed out!

The sign reads: “WORK IN PROGRESS – Figurehead for the ….” and the rest seems to have been rubbed out!

A ship in need of a figurehead?

A ship in need of a figurehead?

On the riverside itself, near the ferry terminal, was this service, positively reinforcing the idea of carrying your own water bottle.

East River water station.

East River water station.

A Pixie at the Shanghai Museum

We were not there to see the Impressionists (more's the pity) but I found lots of interesting things to see.

We were not there to see the Impressionists (more’s the pity) but I found lots of interesting things.

The Shanghai Museum is a “must see. ”  It is architecturally satisfying, inside and out, professional, classy and has a huge variety of exhibit types and methods of display.

Lovely sculptures protect the building:

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This plaque applies to the next photo, the sculpture of a Pixie.

This plaque applies to the next photo, the sculpture of a Pixie.

The description of this        sculpture is in the previous photo.

The description of this sculpture is in the previous photo.

The stairwells were well lit so I could photograph how beautiful the interior is.

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While cameras were permitted, the light levels within the museum were too low to capture much.

The map below is fascinating as it shows the current spread of the hundreds of ethnic groups in China. The major group (90%) are the Han Chinese as shown by the vast areas of pale yellow in the east. Tibetans (golden yellow) occupy the south west and Mongolians (bright chartreuse) the central north. The Uygur (light chartreuse green) are in the area in the northwest beneath the Kazaks (forest green.) While waiting to take the picture I overheard the following comment from a well-heeled couple with American accents, she of Chinese descent, he a Caucasian: “We are descended from the Tang Dynasty (618-906) but I don’t see it in the list. Why is it not there?” Ummm, because these are ethnic groups not dynastic descendants…?

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I took one photo of a costume because it was so colourful but forgot to note the group which would have worn it.

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Next post: Chinese calligraphy and painting.