Tag: animals

Restored to bookish glory

In the mid 1990s, the Multnomah County Central Library in Portland, Oregon began to experience serious structural issues and subsequently underwent extensive renovations. With a complete overhaul of the structure, both inside and out, the 1913 Georgian Revival building was restored…

Fountain town

Portland, Oregon is a city filled with fountains. Since the region is blessed with an abundant water supply, fountains are everywhere – in parks, in squares, on street corners, in the middle of avenues, at the entrance of buildings, under highways. You can’t walk around…

A day at the museum

Ever since the Ben Stiller movie “A Night at the Museum” came out in 2006, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City has said it has had record attendance. Thousands of people have been captivated by the story…

The wind, it blows in Louisbourg

The wind is a constant reminder that the elements rule at the Fortress of Louisbourg. This national historic site, a partial reconstruction of a French town that existed here in the 18th century, sits at the edge of the east…

Cape Breton in the mist

It was raining the day my husband Gregory and I decided to drive the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. We weren’t sure whether to chance it or not, but I’m glad we decided to do it.…

Jellyfish as art

A Pacific sea nettle jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium is mesmerizing as it moves in a graceful, slow-motion ballet of colour and form.

Prehistoric mammoths revealed

Imagine taking a walk through a wood and seeing a large bone sticking out of the ground. That’s what happened in 1978 to two men who stumbled upon a mammoth bone in a ravine near the Bosque River in Waco,…

Frozen in mid gallop

Don’t get in their way! The Mustangs of Las Colinas look so authentic that they could be galloping across Williams Square in real life. Robert Glen, the artist of this wonderful sculptural fountain in Irvine, Texas, caught the essence of…

Dragon from down under

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida staged a special exhibit called “Dragons Down Under,” featuring sea dragons, sea horses, and pipefish, which live in the waters around Australia. The highlight of the exhibit was the rarely seen leafy sea dragon,…

A library quacker

On a recent visit to the Naples Public Library in Florida, I was greeted at the front door by a Muscovy duck!