Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Naturally inspired

Yesterday I had a chance to visit the Museum of Natural History at the University of Michigan. I was looking for some inspiration and happily found it. I especially loved the second floor's displays of Michigan wildlife — they feel somehow quaint yet really beautiful. They also have some bizarrely cool, yet somewhat disturbing displays on taxidermy as well as lots of rattlesnake heads and mice floating in jars. I'll spare you those, though I was fascinated. Here are some of the other highlights:

The requisite dinosaur.

The cabinet of curiosities. (Yes, really.)

A very solid looking armadillo.

Eerily lifelike snowshoe bunny.

Check out the patterning on this fossil.

Signage: "These mice are important to humans as a
host of the tick that transmits Lyme disease."

I'm not sure "important" is the word I'd use.

And — to top it all off, so to speak — the ceiling in
the rotunda when you enter is stunning.

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