Saturday, October 27, 2007

flying bugs

Today was a soggy, rainy mess, so we decided to go to the Natural History Museum and check out their Butterfly Conservatory Exhibit. After looking at the ticket prices (steep) and calculating how many times we were going to visit the museum this winter alone, we decided to get a family membership, which buys us free admission for the rest of the year. Not only is it emminently affordable (the price of our admission today would have been more than half the cost of the membership itself) but most of it is tax deductible. So hooray for that. Anyway, now that zoo season is winding to a close, Cal's going to need somewhere to go, why not let him learn about biodiversity or the indigenous peoples of South America while he's at it? Also: IMAX! It's win-win.

I didn't get too many good pictures from our day, though. The museum is fairly low-light, so either you get a lot of blurry pictures from the slow shutter speed, or these dark, glarey pictures with flash bouncing off the glass. What I would really like to do one of these days is go in with my tripod, and take some long-exposure low-light pictures. Some of the exhibits would really photograph beautifully under the right conditions. I meant to do that right after I bought our current SLR camera three years ago, but I never got around to it, and then Cal was born, which meant that I never had any free time again. But anyway, now that we have this MEMBERSHIP, maybe I can try to make some time later this fall, during my vacation in November. More artsy, less fartsy.