Posted by mrssmythe on February 22, 2014 in Critters, Out & About, Photography |

Friday, CPT America spent a couple of hours at the Springfield Natural History Museum with Ginger.

The museum has a nice mix of animals – live and stuffed. This time, rather than just look at them, Ginger talked CPT America out of his phone and took some photographs.

Here are some fish in the coral reef display:


A sturgeon in the Connecticut River display:


Sturgeon always make me think of my father. He used to swim a “fun swim” (is that the swimming equivalent of a “fun run”?) in the Snake River each year. Six miles or so, if I remember correctly. And there were fish like this – only much larger – in the water with him. Good times.


A red tree frog:


We used to have one of these as a pet. I do not recommend tropical amphibians for New England homes. Especially New England homes with owners who are trying to keep their heating bills down, and are therefore keeping the thermostat set low. We had a warming lamp for our frog, but, still, I always felt bad for him in winter.

He is now buried in the garden.

On to taxidermy!


The Natural History Museum has a wide range of dioramas set up for all of its taxidermy creatures. Ginger finds these fascinating, and I think they photograph nicely. It’s amazing how much more cooperative dead wildlife is than live.


I love this angle on the lady moose. I forget how much taller I am than the girls. Ginger see things very differently than I do.


These raccoons look particularly beady eyed…and rather painterly in the low light. (The museum displays them in a nocturnal setting – it’s more “natural” that way.)

And this guy just looks angry:


If I remember correctly, something is attacking him, but I can’t recall what.

Here is Manny’s favorite display:


And this is what happens when you give your nine-year-old your phone.


You wind up with surprising new wallpaper.

What is that? A muskrat?

From the dining room table, pleased to announce that I finished CPT America’s second Valentine’s Day sock this afternoon,

Mrs. Smythe

P.S. Thank you, Ginger, for the use of your lovely photos.

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