Each year the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has an exhibit called Butterflies Alive! where live butterflies are loose in a large enclosed area and visitors come into the area to enjoy watching the insects. This year (2021 August 12th) I had the opportunity to visit the exhibit. Arriving at the museum you are met at the parking lot by the skeleton of a blue whale. The blue whale is the largest mammal and as an adult dwarfs this 72-foot long skeleton of a juvenile whale.[Read more…] about Butterflies Alive!
Vatican Splendors Exhibit
From March through early September 2016 the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library hosted the exhibit titled Vatican Splendors; one of only two locations in the United States the exhibit was shown in its year away from the Vatican. The exhibit was organized by Texas company Evergreen Exhibitions. All copyrights and trademarks are the property of their owners. TomsFotos only claims copyright to the photos taken, with permission, at the exhibit. If you desire photos of the exhibit for commercial or other use please contact Evergreen Exhibitions. None of the photos here are authorized for use by others.
The photos below were taken over the period the exhibit was in place and show, to the extent possible, all the material exhibits on display. There was much more provided as text descriptions; these are not shown here.
The exhibit was organized into several different sections largely based on historical progression from Saint Peter through today. The presentation here is organized in a similar manner using the titles of the exhibit sections. [Photos on this page can be enlarged by clicking on them. Click outside the photo to close the box it displays in. Hover your mouse pointer over words with dotted underlines and a definition should appear in a tool-tip box.]
Lets go into the exhibit now…
On 14 November 2013 I went on an excursion to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California…
My primary purpose in going was to see an exhibit featuring Junipero Serra. It was an excellent exhibit but photos were not allowed so the pictures below represent some of the other things I saw. There wasn’t time to see even a small percentage of the exhibits so my concentration was on the Serra exhibit and the Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory which houses an amazing collection of plants. Just so you see the extent, here is the map…
Charles Paddock Zoo
The Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero, California was established in 1955 by Charles Paddock, a county park ranger who nursed wild animals back to health. Over time the zoo was moved from the animal shelter to its present site: 5 park-like acres within Atascadero Lake Park. In 1997, while living in Santa Maria about 45 miles south, I visited the site. Some of the pictures taken then are shown here. Please keep in mind that the animals you see here are likely long gone with others taking their place in more modern enclosures. [Read more…] about Charles Paddock Zoo
The Getty Center is an administrative center, research center, and display center for the Getty art collection. It sits on a hill overlooking Los Angeles in a billion dollar complex. [Read more…] about Getty Center
Los Alamos Old Days
Each year since 1946 Los Alamos, California has held “Old Days” the fourth weekend in September. The celebration started as a reunion for the founders of the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club. Today its a classic car show, motorcycle show, and peddlers mart and features food, entertainment, a parade, a dinner dance, historic displays, and more.