Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.

- W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943

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the naturals

More from my AMNH mini-series. In lieu of serious summer travel (sigh), we're content to hop over to 81st and CPW and imagine ourselves photographing the wildlife — up close and personal — in the eastern Congo or the Serengeti Plains.

Did you know? The Akeley Hall of African Mammals in the American Museum of Natural History is named after Carl Akeley, who conceived of, designed and collected for the hall. Akeley was a dedicated explorer, taxidermist, sculptor and photographer who led teams of scientists and artists on several expeditions to Africa during the first two decades of the 20th century.

Carl Akeley died of a fever during an African expedition in 1926, ten years before the Hall was completed. He was buried in a place depicted in the Hall's famous Gorilla Diorama (first image in this post).

I think this one is still my favorite. I posted it previously here.

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opus magnolium

As promised, full magnolia splendor from pre-oil-spill days of yore (remember them?). Please oh please enjoy.

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