Yesterday I visited Raleigh. Actually I spent most of the day in their Natural History Museum.
Most of what I read or observed I already know of. That sounds big headed, but really it just highlights how much I’ve learnt in recent years through Open University studies followed by a degree in wildlife conservation. I had to keep reminding myself that most visitors will not ‘know’… And with that in mind, I found that the exhibits were rather awesome.
I did learn a few new things. Such as, that the earliest known birds (Archaeopterix) were around on planet Earth 🌍 30 million years before the dinosaurs; that some dinosaur species had hollow bones, just like birds; and that dinosaur eggs were quite titchy.
I saw a fossilised dinosaur, with a fossilised iron heart beneath it’s ribcage. All that iron content in its blood solidified.
I visited the butterfly room, nothing like the outstanding butterfly house at NHM London, but still a delight. Especially watching kids who were firstly mesmerised by the fluttering beauties, and secondly so desperately mindful not to touch, knock, or allow a single flutterby to escape. In that tropically warm room were also tortoise, snake, a sleeping half-hidden sloth and a cashew nut tree.
I did take a stroll around down town Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. I seemed to be amidst a peaceful marching rally. And although I could not work out the exact complaint of the various groups and ethnicities that were all flying their banners, I felt the general theme was anti injustices to the poor. Yes, I was tempted to join in, especially the group with pro national health banners. Alas, my visa stay is short enough without getting myself into mischief.
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