Friday, May 1, 2020

Hello, Beastie

Coming out of the bird gallery at the Museum of Nature, there are a series of display cases with live critters of the creepy crawly, insect and arachnid variety. Such as this.

And its distant cousin.

I headed out into the Queens Lantern. To make up for the above, here are some of the stained glass windows in this part of the museum.

And more takes on that Moon suspended in here. We'll move into another gallery space tomorrow.

But leaving off today, it's the theme day for City Daily Photo, and the theme is Shopping. You can find others interpreting this theme right here. My initial idea for the theme is not possible under current restrictions, but it occurred to me that I had an alternative, and in keeping with museums. Below are two items I've bought in the last year at museum gift shops, on my rolltop desk at home. The cup at left is from the Canadian Museum of History, and incorporates the beautiful mural Morning Star by First Nations artist Alex Janvier onto it. The second is from the Canada Museum of Science And Technology, featuring a sketch and writing of Leonardo da Vinci on it. Leonardo was the subject of a major exhibit at that museum last year.


  1. ...let's just say that arachnids have never been favorites of mine!

  2. I used to have a work colleague who had a pet tarantula which went missing in staff accommodation and was never seen again - thankfully!

  3. Hello, spiders are creepy. Love the stained glass and the moon. Your mugs are cool, great buys! Take care and stay safe! Enjoy your weekend!

  4. ihhh, a spider :-)

    Stay well

    Best regards


  5. The tarantula is scary, but then I'm scared of all spiders.
    That stained glass window is very pretty and so are your coffee mugs.

  6. Eeeeeeeeeek!!!

    I like the bright mug. 😊

  7. Good looking spider. I always think that arachnids would make good politicians. They are very capable at ensnaring and destroying, with a little subterfuge to accomplish their goal.

  8. I think spiders have personality, with an original social distancing vibe as well.
    Your Morning Star mug is cheerful.

  9. Those mugs make a statement. Love them!

  10. I think I might skip the spiders. It is good that you have the Janvier mug to remind you of that wonderful work.

  11. We don't know half as much as we should about the creepy crawlers.

  12. I'm not a fan of spiders. Your mugs are very nice, I like them.

  13. Definitely creepy and crawly ~ neat photos though and my favorite mug is the First Nations ~ lovely work for both ~

    Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. Great mugs. Great stained glass. Not so great spiders, thanks anyway. That looks like it must be the dark side of the moon.

  15. I lost my comment yesterday when comcast went crazy.
    I wrote about Daughters friend who has 5 of then (in cages) I have them wandering about outside. They eat scorpions ! Yea !

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  17. @Tom: the itsy bitsy spider...

    @John: oops!

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Bernhard: thank you.

    @Sami: thanks!

    @Sandi: I figured lots of people would have that reaction.

    @David: these two tarantulas were fascinating.

    @Maywyn: they're certainly different.

    @Marie: the Leonardo one is a bit morbid.

    @RedPat: I figured I wanted something with the mural, and I liked that. I don't actually use either of them for drinking, they just stay on my desktop.

    @Red: that's true.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Barbara: the south pole of the moon, anyway.

    @Parsip: ah, that would explain it.

    @Jim: yikes indeed.

    @Luis: thank you.

  18. I knew someone once who had a tarantula as a pet. He insisted it was a great critter but I think he enjoyed the shock factor.
    Love your Janvier mug!

  19. I like the mugs and the windows. The spiders, not so much!

  20. My favourites in this post are definitely the stained glass windows …

    All the best Jan

  21. Tarantulas look scary and big and gross but having had one on my hand once has made them less scary lol.

  22. @Kay: thank you.

    @Linda: the itsy bitsy spider...

    @Jan: they stand out.

    @Joan: me too.

    @Jenn: I can see that.