Hall of Ancient Egypt

One of the most popular new exhibits at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is the 10,000 square foot Hall of Ancient Egypt. This new permanent exhibit is made up of pieces on long-term loan from other museums. It will always be changing as they “borrow” items from other museum collections from around the world. 

This is the view when you first walk in and is only a fraction of the exhibit. 

One of the most popular new exhibits at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is the 10,000 square foot Hall of Ancient Egypt. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The Japanese Garden at Hermann Park

Serenity is the word many people use to describe the Japanese Garden at Hermann Park in Houston, Texas. The gardens features water features, stones and greenery of all types. As you first enter the gate, you pass by the “Welcoming Lantern” or ishi-doro, a gift from Houston’s sister city of Chiba, Japan.  The five piece lantern is constructed from solid granite.

 

The  Japanese Garden features water features, stones and greenery of all types. The Welcoming Lantern was a gift from Houston's sister city of Chiba, Japan. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The HMNS Foucault Pendulum

Leaving my second Pixel Party at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, I couldn’t resist grabbing a quick shot of the Foucault Pendulum. Many thanks to the museum for allowing local photographers an evening to photograph their new exhibits. The museum continues to grow and offer extraordinary exhibits from around the world.

From http://www.hmns.org

First exhibited in 1851 at the World’s Fair in Paris, the Foucault Pendulum (named after Jean Bernard Leon Foucault, the French physicist who invented it) is a visual demonstration of the Earth’s rotation.

Throughout the day, the direction of the pendulum’s swing appears to change. Actually the Earth is turning under the pendulum as it swings. At Houston’s latitude (30° N.) the pendulum will precess through 180° or halfway around each day. During this time, it will knock down all of the pins.

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The Little Window in Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle is like not other chapel I have ever visited. Yes, it was grand on the outside, but the inside had lots of surprises. Though the lower chapel is smaller and not as grand as the upper chapel, it is still very colorful and ornate. 

Though this little window pales in comparison to those upstairs, it is still a work of art by any standard of measurement.

 

This little window in Sainte-Chapelle  pales in comparison to those upstairs, but is still a piece of art by any standard of measurement. Photo by Tim Stanley Photographyg

Close-up of the Arc De Triomphe

One of the great things about touring London and Paris are the number of statues and sculptures that you find everywhere. Buildings have engravings in their walls and probably a few statutes out front and on the roof. I know very little about the history of the art and design of these cities, but suffice to say, anyone can appreciate the beauty of it all.

In Paris, the Arc de Triomphe is a great example, with each pedestal having a high large relief sculpture, along with all types of engraving on each side and inside the arch as well. Most of these tell a story associated with France’s history.
 

 In Paris, the Arc de Triomphe is a great example, with each pedestal having a high large relief sculpture, along with all types of engraving on each side and inside the arch as well. Most of these tell a story associated with France's history. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography

 

The Leaning Cross

 For a long time I had toyed with the idea of visiting a local cemetery to take some photos. I recently visited the Glenwood Cemetery close to downtown Houston with my friend David Morefield. I must say I surprised by the experience. From a photography standpoint, there are so many things to shoot. The angles, lines, perspective, light and more make it a great place to practice and experiment. I had almost expected that. 

But what I didn’t expect was the feeling of history as we walked about and read the inscriptions. The stories they told and those that we interpreted from dates and more made for an interesting afternoon. The rolling hills and the variety of monuments and stones made it a walk through Houston’s history.
 

The Glenwood Cemetery  offered the feeling of history as we walked about and read the inscriptions. The stories they told and those that we interpreted from dates and more made for an interesting afternoon. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square

Now that I’ve been to London, I want to go back all the more. We were able to see a lot of sites, but there were so many we only glanced at. One example is the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. We walked to the Square, but did not have the opportunity to visit this famous art museum. There is simply so much to see and unless you have a few weeks, it is almost impossible to see everything you want.

Maybe I have a distant cousin in London that could put me up for a few weeks?

 

While in London, we were able to see many sites, but there were so many others we only glanced at. One example is the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. We walked to the Square, but did not have the opportunity to visit this famous art museum. There is simply so much to see and unless you have a few weeks, it is almost impossible to see everything you want. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.