Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Dinosaurs Are Back

Well, not exactly...

Joey, Johnny, Madi, and I went to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham today for a members only sneak preview of the new Dinosaur Trail. Wow! The museum has done an excellent job creating giant dinosaur models and displaying them on a trail near the train and Explore the Wild areas. Kids are allowed to pose on one of the models, and the rest are for looking only. There is going to be a fossil pit where kids can dig in dirt trucked in from an eastern NC fossil site. You never can tell what you might find in there! The new Dinosaur Trail is scheduled to open for all museum visitors on 7/25.

Here's a photo collage that will give you an idea of the new exhibit, but make sure you go check it out for yourself!

We have a terrific time every time we go to the museum. Although there are wonderful exhibits inside at this museum like NASA items on loan from the Smithsonian, we continue to spend the majority of our time outside. I like to photograph nature, and the kids like to run.

Today was no exception. We worked our way from the playground area to the musical area over to the farmyard. They have a new pig...Miss Piggy. We heard her oink! She was quite the character, and the kids loved her.

We checked out the new Dinosaur Trail discussed above. I got to see a green heron and a great blue heron in Explore the Wild while the kids played in the water exhibits. We saw the bears moving around in their habitat as well as the wolves and lemurs. We enjoyed the dragonflies, turtles, and the vegetation growing in Explore the Wild as well. The pink hibiscus and black-eyed susans were so pretty today.

The kids always want to spend time in Catch the Wind, and they enjoyed going on the ornithopter again today.

We made the butterfly release at 3PM and watched the new butterflies take flight. The NC extension area had a luna moth and black swallowtail caterpillars. Neat!

Seriously, we were outside from 10-4 and totally entertained. I wish we'd had even more time, but we were plumb worn out at that point.

Here's another picture collage that captures some of the best photos I took today.

Now, there was one other totally cool thing that happened today. I was contacted by a museum staff member after one of our earlier visits this year asking if the museum could use a few of my photos. Of course I said yes, and I sent her the ones she requested. She told me to be on the lookout for the pictures on the website. I looked once or twice, but to be honest, it slipped my mind. Well, we sat down for a yummy hamburger at Grayson's Cafe for lunch today, and oh my, the picture of Madi and Johnny running down the boardwalk toward Explore the Wild was on a tent card on all the cafe tables! That was just such a totally awesome find and feeling for me and the kids. Wow. Thank you to the museum for using it. The kids were so pleased!

Here are the rest of the pictures I took today that I think are worth a look see:-)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Before and After Glass Daisy

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago and then worked on it in Elements last night. It is a daisy under a candy dish type piece of of the ones I use in my sugar crystal pics. In Elements, I put a very transparent layer of white over the picture, cropped it, and saturated it (made the colors brighter). I'm pretty happy with it. Make a nice postcard, huh?

You can't appreciate that the 2nd shot has a nice white frame around it. Best viewed here.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Bowling and a Racoon

I worked the 5AM shift today, so I was able to stop at 2. I spent a good bit of time figuring out something fun the kids and I could do. Marbles was closed. Really too late to go somewhere that closed at 5. I decided on bowling at the lanes just north of Fuquay.
I've been a few times before with J&J. Madi had been to a b'day party there before. We had a good time today as you can see from the pics. Who cares about the score, right?!? Unfortunately, the bumper was good for me to:-) We bowled, played arcade games, and left with a cute bowling pin stuffed animal all around.

On the way home, I drove down John Adams of course. Goodness, there was a baby racoon in the road. I know they can have rabies, so I made sure not to get too close, but you know I was not gonna pass up on taking his picture! We picked up a box turtle to bring home too.

The swamp is nearly dry now. The owner of the land got rid of a beaver damn that was holding in the water from the big pond.. It's sad. Another few days and it will be completely dry over there.

I was thinking that these pics are typical for me. Kids interspersed with nature shots and other artsy shots:-)

The rest of today's pics are here.

The John Deere Crew

Madi 'called' John Deere shirts yesterday. This is the result:-) The kids and I went to Lake Benson yesterday. Buddy got to swim with two other dogs and had a great time. We managed to stay dry, and the kids played on the playground. Of special interest at this park is the magnolia tree climbing. The kids just can't seem to keep off of it.

Besides enjoying the water, Buddy was a real hit with the kids.

The rest of yesterday's pics are here.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Faces of the 4th of July

Thanks to Danny and Christine for a most awesome 4th of July party! The smiles (and water) tell the story. The rest of the pics are here.