September 26th, 2005

krazy koati

But you can learn how to be in time

I haven't changed anything substantial about my fridge in months -- I turned the chill down ... er, made less intense ... last time I went home, so the stuff that didn't need to be all that cold wasn't, but set it back to normal back in May. So, given that, why has my bottle of Coke Light with Lemon grown ice crystals? I like the effect, but why now?

Since bunny_hugger mentioned the Golden Rooster's Royal Wedding, here's a night shot of the overall display. Curiously some of the bird guests chose to bring a bird in a cage, the sort of head-dizzying problem you get when considering Goofy taking Pluto for a walk.

I got to the Prehistoric Animals display right around nightfall, so have only things like the lungfish after dark (that picture was taken well after sunset). I'm not sure when in history the werewolves were there. And it wouldn't be the prehistoric animals if there weren't a Woolly Mammoth Lantern Hunt. This, like the Great Migration, includes a startling scene of a felled, blood-stained mammoth. Another mammoth is killed by sabre-toothed cats.

it's hard to say whether the dinosaur pond is more interesting by day or after dark when they're all lit. This pterodactyl was agonizingly hard to photograph. On the up side, the fine lights and the skeleton braces of the lanterns make it easy to tell if a picture was in focus and held still long enough; on the down side, they make it really obvious when a picture isn't. These dinosaurs are gathered around a volcano, not in frame; the volcano's actually more impressive in picture than in person. Many of the lanterns are wonderfully colored, but the balance makes it hard to get in picture. And I just like the motif of an apatosaur nibbling at lanterns.

Trivia: Nickel was introduced to United States currency by Jamees C Booth, another of Amos Eaton's students. Source: Troy: A Collar City History, Don Rittner.

Currently Reading: Measuring America: How the United States Was Shaped by the Greatest Land Sale in History, Andro Linklater.