Megan (jehoshabeath) wrote,

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Natural History

Yesterday I saw a dinosaur!
I also ate dinosaurs!

Well, to be specific, I saw dinosaur bones and ate dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets...

On my class research trip to study the design of the metro ticket machines, I decided to finally go see the Smithsonian museum of Natural History. It was an amazing experience! Even though it was soaking raining outside, I got lost going there, was by myself, and my legs were tired from standing since 8am, I really really enjoyed it.

I first went to the gems and stones area. The first room was full of fancy diamonds and emeralds. Meh. But then I found the attaching room that was chalked full of interesting mineral specimens and rocks that you could touch. Quartz is really kind of soapy to the touch, rather than cold and icy. They had gorgeous smoky quartz, really amazing opals, wild looking formations, and sulfur, among other things. I could spend hours there. But I decided that I wanted to find a rock that I could take home with me, so I stopped by the gem gift shop. I bought myself four different specimens of Calcite (orange, blue, green, and Iceland spar - the kind used to polarize light). Each chunk was only around $3.00! I was thrilled. I still haven't have time to unwrap them all and set them up on my desk...

After the gem room, I went to see the mammal display. I especially liked the polar bear, grey seals, fox, muad'dib (I mean desert jumping mouse), and the rams. I saw a disturbing rodent called a mara that looked like a cross between a rabbit and a wolf. Wild!

After this, I was very tired and considered heading back home. Then, I remembered that there were dinosaurs!! I got all giddy as I pushed my way through the crush of people to see the T-rex and the triceratops! Actually, as I wandered around the room, I fell in love with the stegosaurus. This is not a kind of dinosaur that I particularly liked in the past, but for some reason I was really impressed by the plates along its back. :)
Ohh, the internet is dangerous... I want^^

I can't wait to go back. So many beautiful things. Creation is magnificent and glorious - whether it be hard, cold rocks buried in the earth or warm-blooded creatures that move about and make lives on the earth. Amazing.
It was also one of the saddest things...

Romans 1:20-22
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
Tags: animals, art, aspergers, creation, food, museums, romans, scene, stones, stuffed animals

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