I spent the day at the American Museum of Natural History, bumming around and looking at old favorites and new exhibits. The above, from the Hall of North American Mammals, is the panorama featuring the Brown Bear, the largest bear on the planet. You don't get the amazing height or sense of power from the pic, but you do get a sense of their strength and sheer bulk.
From an exhibit on Japan, a Samurai in full regalia. Whoever painted this picture is a genius.
From the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems, an uncut emerald about 5 or 6 inches long and about an inch and a half thick. One of the most amazing raw stones they have in their collection.
From the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, left to right are the skeletons of a chimapanzee, a modern human, and a neanderthal.
Finally, one of the Mars Rovers, which is of particualr interest to me since my friend's nephew headed the team that designed the optics (when he was all of a sophomore at Cornell no less).
And so I'm off to spend the next few days in and out of the New York City pen show, where I hope to get equally interesting and unusual pictures.