Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Field of dreams

Here's a thought experiment- think of something you really really love. Like really. Got that? Now imagine a roomful of it. You following? Okay, now imagine entire museum halls filled with nothing but life-size manifestations (albeit in skeletal form) of this object of love. Throw in a generous helping of pure toddler wonder and awe, and what you have is Sophie Yew at Chicago's absolutely brilliant Field Museum of Natural History.

It's quite something to be in the presence of 500-million years of evolutionary history- forces you to put your life in perspective a little and it's oddly humbling and inspiring both at the same time... Since nothing I write can describe the magnificence of the museum or how enthralled all three of us were by the exhibits, here are some photos instead:

"Wow Mama, look at that!!!"
"Woah, Mama..."

In front of Sue, the largest and most complete (80%) Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton currently known.
In front of Sue, the largest and most complete (80%)
Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton currently known. She is

67 million years old.

Sophie's favorite dinosaur, the pterodactyl
Sophie's favorite pterodactyl that she spotted the moment
we entered the Main Hall.

Sitting in a dinosaur's footprint :)
Sitting inside a dinosaur footprint :)

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