Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Chicago...Field Museum...Not Enough Time

We left Chicago a day early.  The weather forecast was for 6-10 inches of snow at home with a glazing of ice.  Chicago had a similar forecast which would mean our travel from Chicago to Toledo would be another snowy, icy, scary drive...and we chose to leave before the storm.  I am glad we did since we are home with little Nimbus watching the snowy show from the window of our house instead of the car.

We missed having lunch with my sister, but we did stop at the Field Museum for a short visit before we headed home.  It had been a number of years since my last  visit to the museum...and of course, I wished we could have spent the whole day there...which had been our plan.  We decided to check out the Chicago World's Fair first...then to the dinosaurs...and the to the Ancient Americas.  Here are a few of the pictures I took.
Chicago World's Fair 1893

            The World's Fair Exhibit had a lot of fossils so I took pictures of the spiraling ones.

Examples of Fibonacci
After spending a lot of time in the Chicago World's Fair Exhibit, we walked to the Evolving Planet Exhibition.  Our path wound us through rather dark and subdued colors of the beginning of Earth.  Most of my pictures were too blurry to post...but as we made on last turn...we were greeted with bright colors.  This is one of my favorite pictures.  You can see Ray's silhouette.

...from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved
Charles Darwin
Now to the dinosaurs.  Again...too many pictures, so here are just a couple from the main hall called the Stanley Field Hall.
Sue the T-Rex

Another view of Sue the T-Rex

                                                 I like the action shown in this picture.

Looking down at Sue the T-Rex

We headed to The Ancient Americas Exhibit.  It was then I realized that there would be no way I could see everything here.  I spent too much time looking at the pottery...again in wonder that 1500 years ago someone was creating a pot, mug or spoon...and I always wonder what that person was thinking while working with the clay...what was going on in her/his life?  There were also tools and points chipped from stone...and I have the same thoughts about who created these.  Needless to say, I did not have time to read about everything.  I looked up and saw rooms and rooms of artifacts and exhibits to explore. 

A collage of just a few of the pots and one statue.


It was time for us to leave if we wanted to make it back home before dark...and I still had groceries to get since I had cleaned out most of the refrigerator before leaving.  Back to reality...good-bye, Field Museum....We will return again...this time we will not have such a short bit of time to visit.

View of Chicago from window of Field Museum

Good-Bye, Chicago.  We will be back for another visit.


  1. These pictures are beautiful as well as yesterday's. I especially love the picture from the window of the field museum - I'm imagining a quilt of that…. Glad you are safely home with Nimbus and had such a great time and thank you for sharing!

  2. Thanks for the wonderful tour! I'm so glad you enjoyed our city (even if I'm in the 'burbs). Each time we visit one of the museums, it's like seeing it with fresh eyes.

  3. I have not yet been to the Field Museum in Chicago, but I've heard great things about it. I'm going to have to move it to the top of my list for our next trip there.