Sunday, December 20, 2015

Museum Visits (Still in LA)

Today started out with public transportation (subway) to the Museum of Natural History. Since we arrived about 30 minutes early, we spent the time wandering through the rose gardens. I took quite a few photos and really liked the water droplets on the roses.

I thought that this was the entrance to the museum but it was actually around to the left which faced the L.A. Colosseum. The rose gardens were huge. On my left is the science museum that we visited about 18 months ago when we saw the space shuttle.

Another rose photo. Most of these photos were taken with the DSLR. It seems that trips are about the only time I use the camera. I like being able to have a little more control of the exposure, focus, aperture, iso, etc. It gives me something to do. I wish that the sensor had better low light performance. It may be time for another camera.

We went on a tour of the mummies special exhibit but not too many photos as it was dark and photography was controlled. This is from the dinosaur exhibit.

Afterwards, we took the train and bus to the La Brea Tar Pits. In all the time that I used to live in the L.A. area, I don't remember ever going into the tar pit exhibits. I remember stopping there once and my dad deciding that there wasn't anything worth seeing. This was a long time ago. Something like the early '60s. There was an observation pit and that's where this photo was taken. I was trying to get a shot of the asphalt bubble.

There was also a museum with some good displays of some of the things found in the area. Such as this mammoth. The height is around 12' high.

We then went back to the Farmers Market/The Grove for dinner. We went to an upscale burger place called Unami. Very delicious offerings such as my truffle beet salad. One of the tastiest salads I've had in a long time.

We tried walking around the shopping area a bit but there were helicopters buzzing over the mall and a lot of police running around. There was a peaceful protest going on and it looked like the authorities were over reacting. Time to leave...
We took the bus back to Farifax and Wilshire and I remembered that I had never taken a photo of the outside of the Peterson Auto museum. Nice looking flames around the building. This metal sculpture is set off of the building and looks pretty impressive. From here, we caught another bus back to the hotel.

And here are the next couple of PBC videos.



6 comments:

redlegsrides said...

You should have had Bridget stand next to the dinosaur exhibits to give us a size perspective....I bet they stood at least 10 ft tall?

RichardM said...

Many of the dinosaur exhibits were much higher than 10'. I usually wait until there aren't any people around before taking pictures. And I'm usually lagging behind in while wandering through the museums. Bridget was getting the full text tour from her son and girlfriend who both work at the museums.

SonjaM said...

I love old bones ;-)

Is this normal recording speed or did you do a time-lapse? It looks like you are going fast...

RichardM said...

Nope, no time lapse. Just going the speed limit as far as I can tell. But then again, it's hard to tell exactly how fast you are going as the needle on the Ural speedo is at best approximate.

Trobairitz said...

The outside of the Peterson is really cool. You two are managing to pack quite a few things into your trip. I am enjoying the tour.

RichardM said...

I didn't know the outside was red. It does look pretty cool and there was a great collection of automotive stuff i.e. more than just cars...