Are you on Google+ ? I signed up earlier this week mainly because of the growing photographic community on there. I’ve taken some pretty decent shots in my time but I never tire of looking at the inspirational work of some of our modern day masters….
Every time I log on someone has posted another absolutely stunning image and I’m just blow away by how awesome it is. My own offerings seem boring, dull and ordinary in comparison.
Anyway all that said I thought I’d take a little break from posting crafting stuff (just a few days I promise) and post a few images and the stories behind them.
This image was captured at the Natural History Museum in London earlier this year. Due to the nature of the museum and the restrictions placed on photographers (such as you can’t use a tripod in such a crush of people) all the images were taken handheld. Some people think this means you can’t get good shots if light levels are low which isn’t really true. It just means you’re more limited and you’ll probably have to crank up the ISO setting (think film speed pre-digital).
I stood by this part of the human reproduction exhibit for quite a while just watching the reactions of people as they walked past. Peoples responses ranged from fascination through to discomfort…. Does it effect you?
Oh and if you want to ‘circle’ me on Google+ it’s Mara Acoma.
Some more images from the Natural History Museum…
I’m on a bit of an ammonite kick at the moment so was delighted when I found this. You can’t see the scale from the photo but it was about two and a half foot across.
T. Rex is everyone’s favourite which is probably why it was chosen to be made into a full sized animated model. Can you call something the size of this a model?
It never ceases to amaze me that places like the Natural History Museum are free. So, spurred on by my visit to the Science Museum, I was up early yesterday to visit this wonderful place. I won’t mention the horrific journey in and out of our nations capital, except to say it’s no wonder our rail service has such a bad reputation!
Anyway I just love these amazing old buildings and once there we set out exploring. I had my camera grasped in my grubby little mitts much of the day and thought I’d share my favourite bit with you.
It’s part of the Earth science area and satisfied both my inner geek and my inner child……
If you had a clock that was designed to run for 10,000 years what would you call it? I’d go with the ‘Clock of Ages’. Well there are plans to build a purely mechanical clock that will run that long and the first prototype can be found in the Science Museum.
It was built by The Long Now Foundation which seeks to promote long term thinking. As I wandered around the museum last week there were only 4 exhibits I went back to, and this was one. I’d never heard of it but was attracted to it’s stunning face, that’s what prompted me to wander over to it’s glass case. I just love beautifully made mechanical things.
I hope they get to build the big version which will be called the ‘Clock of the Long Now’. Just thinking about it brings to mind all sorts of fantasy and post apocalyptic plots and story lines. How cool would it be if this clock turned into a sort of Stonehenge for the people of the year 5000……