Natural History Museum & NYC Photo [QUICK] walk

January 4th, 2009 I attached my Tamron 28-300 VC lens onto my Nikon D700. I put a pedometer on my belt, grabbed Melissa’s hand and started walking to the train station. It was cold out at a mere 30 degrees and we had 1.15 miles to walk to the station. We stopped at The Cookie Jar in Woodbridge since it was on the way. I grabbed a coffee. Melissa bought 4 cookies. We reached our destination and waited for the train. The train ride from Woodbridge to NYC on a Sunday is about 50 minutes long. When we arrived we waited for Andrew and Courtney at a Starbucks.

When they showed up we hopped on the A train to the Natural History Museum at 81st Street, waited in line for over 20 minutes just to get in and then grabbed a quick snack at the cafeteria. I like museums and art. This makes sense as I am a photographer. However, I don’t like museums that don’t change their art (like The Met) and I don’t like museums that have zoo animals that aren’t actually real. The dinosaurs, history & space type stuff at the Natural History Museum I liked but the displays of a lion, monkey, bird or any other zoo animal was boring to me. If I wanted to see zoo animals I would goto the zoo and watch something with personality and life.

Anyway. We walked around for a while and took some photos throughout the museum. We even found a cleverly named dinosaur, the ‘camarasaurus‘. So clever I had to take a picture! After we left the museum we walked from 81st all the way to Penn Station on 34th. It was a nice walk even being cold. We did stop a pub on the way so we could get some dinner. During the walk back I was shooting various things including the Devil Duck, a Smart Car & Taxis. It was a quick Photowalk, but a fun one for sure. I uploaded some of the photos to my flickr photostream.

Side notes on this Photowalk

  • I realized how much I hate using the Tamron 28-300 lens.  I’m sticking with the Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 on Photowalks
  • I got to take pictures of fake Komodo Dragons & Komodo Dragon Skeletons.  NOW THAT WAS COOL! I <3 Komodo Dragons
  • We found a great pub called Rumors
  • I walked 9.5 miles from leaving to returning home
waiting for a cab
waiting for a cab

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