Academy of Sciences visit

I visited the Academy of Sciences today to see the new “Extreme Mammals” exhibit with my dad and niece, Amber. It was quite well done, and I learned a great deal about a great many mammals I had never heard of – mostly extinct. Fascinating!

While there, I tried to get some reference shots of the basilisk. This proved difficult, as the reflections of the glass could not be avoided. I did manage to get a fairly usable one of the Madagascar tomato frog, who is usually hidden away. Also, my very favorite resident of the Rain Forest exhibit – the paradise tanager – was right out in the open today. As a matter of fact, there were four of them together on a branch! They have to be seen to be believed, and these photos certainly don’t capture all their colors.