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Mercury Spacesuit

September 14, 2017. Greetings all!  John here.  Lisa is loaning me her blog for a special post about a very rare item recently recovered from obscurity here at the Virginia Living Museum.  Its an actual Project Mercury era spacesuit from the very first days of…

Spring Things 2017

April 7, 2017. Ah, Spring is here!  And beautiful wildflowers are blooming all over the Museum grounds.  So, come take a “virtual wildflower walk” with me!   I’ve featured some of the plants around our waterfall as well as in our Conservation Garden and Virginia…

Reptile Weekend 2017

March 29, 2017. Reptile Weekend was this past weekend here at the Museum, and once again the great folks from Reptile Education of Virginia (REV) shared their passion for exotic reptiles with our guests.  I had a chance to talk to several REV members, including…

Long Exposure Photography

March 14, 2017. First of all, have you seen the new Turner sculpture we recently installed at the waterfall?  It’s a gorgeous depiction of two great blue herons that Mr. Charles Banks donated in honor of his wife, Mari Ann, to celebrate her recent birthday….

Monochrome Photography

March 1, 2017. Lately I’ve been experimenting with black-and-white (B&W) photography.  You may have noticed in my previous blogs that I’m a real big fan of vivid, high-contrast color photography–so this is a huge departure from my usual photographic style.  Many of today’s DSLR cameras, like…

You Otter Be My Valentine

February 14, 2017. Happy Valentine’s Day to All!  For those of you that visit the Museum often, I’m sure you’ve seen our resident mascots, two river otters named Molly and Moe.  They’re fun to watch–graceful swimmers, they amuse both young and old alike with their…

On a Winter’s Day

February 8, 2017. I’ve been for a walk…on the Outdoor Trail.  And even though the leaves were brown, the skies were decidedly very blue (not gray), and the weather quite pleasant.  As always, lots to look at, including the two beavers asleep in the sunshine……

Wolf to Woof Exhibit 2017

January 14, 2017.  The Wolf to Woof exhibit is open in the Virginia Living Museum’s changing gallery from now until May 14, 2017.  This hands-on interactive exhibit explores the diversity of canines from around the world as well as the role of dogs in human…

Leucistic Cardinal

November 18, 2016. Some people might call me an “albino” cardinal–but I don’t have red eyes like a true albino.  Bird experts like David Sibley would call me a “fully leucistic” cardinal–see his great explanation at:  http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/08/abnormal-coloration-in-birds-melanin-reduction/ The simple answer is that melanin, or dark…

Meet the Dinosaurs 2016

October 18, 2016. The VLM’s new Dinosaur Discovery Trail opened this past Saturday. October 15, 2016.  By closing time on Sunday the 16th almost 3,000 visitors had passed through our doors to see this new permanent outdoor exhibit.  But for all you dinosaur fans (including…