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.

:images dianamuse; 217project no. 34


My Castle in Spain said...

I have Madagascar on my mind today....it's so cool visiting you!

another cool thing is discovering your partial self portrait...Blonde as Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour...Lovely surprise !

Janelle said...

fabulous pics. i have looked at this live all my life. i love seeing it so frozen and separated. x j

Mlle Paradis said...

always love to pop in and see what you've been up to. you add a sense of drama and mystery to every occasion.

Isabella said...

OMG I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog! I love it, but please tell me how I can follow you?!