I’m behind with all my posts. Work is so busy in the run up to Christmas that I don’t have the time to keep up. Today, Friday, isn’t so bad. I can do some work at home which gives me time to type up this and load pictures. These ones are from last Sunday. I went on a camera safari with the Photography club at the Post Box Café to the Manchester Museum in Manchester University on Oxford Road. I thought that it might be quiet on a Sunday afternoon and we would have lots of space to look for some good pictures. How wrong I was. It was full of the middle classes and their offspring, the parents making sure that their children didn’t fall behind educationally on the two days off at the weekend. Then a choir turned up. They sang rather well but caused congestion in the foyer. And there were kids all over in animals onesies for some reason.
But I got some pictures. We had to treat our digital cameras like an old fashioned camera with film. In those days you had to think really hard about a shot before you took it or waste a part of the film. I had a wander and eventually settled on a huge ammonite fossil in the Geological Gallery. I liked the textures and the maths. Here it is…
I cheated a bit and took a couple of back up ones…
I’m fascinated by ammonites. These creatures ruled the roost for hundreds of millions of years. They appeared in the Devonian Period (400,000,000 years ago) and died out in the Cretaceous Period (100,000,000 years ago). That’s about 300,000,000 years. I’m not sure why they died out. Maybe the dinosaurs ate them? This is what the geologists think they looked liked in those ancient seas. I’m not sure how they know the colours though. A bit of artistic licence I suppose. And, of course, they are a distant relation of ours.
I could have gone for the Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil skeleton. It’s a popular exhibit with everyone especially the kids.
And I was tempted by the model planets in the Space Gallery.
I really thought I might go for something in the Egyptian Gallery. I’m fascinated by this culture and civilisation. I’ve enjoyed my trips to the country and love to visit galleries that have collections of Egyptian artefacts. In the Manchester Museum, I particularly like this bowl. It’s about 4,000 years old and made of a highly polished granite. How they did it I’m not sure. You can actually touch this one and, while I stroke the perfectly smoothed sides, I try to think about who made it and who owned it and how it made its way through time from an ancient house near Aswan in Egypt to Manchester, a city that didn’t even exist when this artefact was made.
This wonderful column carved with hieroglyphs from a block of pink granite is in the museum shop.
And you could take a little of Ancient Egypt home with you as one of these facsimiles of ancient artefacts.
And in the Pottery Gallery there were these beautiful pots from ancient civilisations from South America and Africa.
The choir entertaining the museum visitors.