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Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path Virginia Living Museum Educator, Lisa Wright passionately gathers images for this photographic journal exploring the smaller (and often overlooked) natural wonders encountered "off the beaten path".

Reptile Weekend 2013 Part 1

February 20, 2013. Oh my goodness!  Reptile Weekend this year at the Museum was a smashing success thanks to several organizations that came to display their exotic reptiles and promote proper reptile care and conservation.  This year, I took so many pictures!  I can’t post…

Bird Beaks 1

February 6, 2013. Bird beaks come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Why?  If you think about what each bird eats and how it goes about getting its food, it starts to make a lot of sense:  bird beaks are basically “tools” that help…

Fur Balls 1

January 23, 2013. Often our Museum guests may notice that some animals on exhibit are asleep.  Since guests may be perturbed that the animal on display seems to be nothing more than a sleeping “fur ball,” I decided you might like to try to guess…

Birds of a Feather 2

January 9, 2013. It’s been well over a year since the first “Birds of a Feather” blog, so I thought another feathery edition was long overdue!  Get your thinking caps on….the first photo is a bird native to this area, but not in our exhibits–it’s…

Peace on Earth

December 25, 2012. Suspended from ceiling of the main building of our Museum is a giant globe of the earth.  It’s 6 feet in diameter, tilted on its axis 23.5 degrees just like the real earth, and if you watch it for a couple of…

“Whose Tail?” Again

December 12, 2012. Since people seem to like it, here’s the third installment of my “guess whose tail?” series of blogs.  (Answers are at the bottom of this page.)  See if you can figure out whose feathery tail this is: Keep guessing….the rest of the…

Leaves of Autumn 2012

November 28, 2012. If there ever was a magical day for autumn leaves it was here at the Museum on November 12, 2012.  As I walked along our Outdoor Trail under a colorful canopy of leaves, I could not help but think this was a…

Heads Up!

November 14, 2012. In the modeling and acting world, a “headshot” is a photo portrait of a person’s face and is considered an integral part of an aspiring model’s or actor’s portfolio.  Over the last few months I’ve been able to take “headshots” of several…

Orange and Black Beetles

October 31, 2012. Okay, since it’s Halloween, I thought I’d get into the “spirit” of things (yep, I know, awful pun….) and write about something orange and black–but it has nothing to do with pumpkins or black cats.  Instead, here are some photos of a…

Fall Fruits and Seeds

October 17, 2012. I must admit that Autumn is my favorite season!  After the blistering summer heat and before the cold of winter, I delight in the cooler fall temperatures.  I also enjoy the riot of color that explodes in plants–their leaves, fruit and seeds. …