July 21, 2014
Monday Geology Picture(s): Rocks Flanking the Entrance to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum
Posted by Evelyn Mervine
My apologies for the light blogging recently. I was traveling in the US for three weeks, and now I am traveling for work for 6 weeks. I will do my best to blog when I can, but blogging may continue to be light for a little while longer since I’m currently working 12 hour shifts in the field. However, when I return in September I will be taking some time off, and I have a few bigger blog posts planned. So, stay tuned… and thank you for your patience!
I do have a little time today to share a few geology pictures. During my recent visit to the US, I visited Washington, DC, for a day. My husband had never been to DC before, so we went to The Mall, visited various memorials, and walked past The White House. We also spent a significant amount of time touring two of the Smithsonian museums: the Air and Space museum and the Natural History museum.
When we arrived at the entrance to the Natural History museum, we could tell right away that the museum was going to be great fun to visit. That’s because flanking the entrance to the museum are a few giant rocks! Specifically, a giant boulder of banded ironstone and two tall pieces of petrified tree.
Here are a couple more pictures of the petrified tree pieces:
And here’s a view of the giant banded ironstone boulder:
Sure enough, my husband and I found plenty more wonderful rocks– and gemstones and fossils and taxidermy animals and skeletons and archaeological artefacts– inside the museum. I had visited the museum a few times before, but I hadn’t been in quite a few years. I’ll have to share a few more pictures from our visit to the museum when I have a chance. Has anyone else been to the Smithsonian Natural History museum recently?
Sometimes some great art is right in front of our faces without looking too hard. Great Petrified Wood find.