At the Museum of Nature, I always enjoy looking at the diaramas of Canadian wild animals. The attention to detail in the backgrounds is excellent, and the postures of the animals very authentic.
First up, Mr. Moose.
These two wolves are barking at a couple of bison on the left of the diarama, but I wanted to focus on the wolves who look so lifelike.
I have never met a bear face to face in the wild, but this encounter will perhaps give me an idea of what it might feel like.
Some pronghorns. They are so delicate looking and have lovely markings. The plants in the foreground really add to the atmosphere of the scene.
Cariboo in the far north on one of their long migrations. The background painting really captures the feeling of late winter.
This is a female polar bear who is focused on a seal under the ice. A museum worker told us that the male polar bears can be twice as big as the females. They can stand 11' high. The polar bear's feet are really large compared to the rest of their bodies and they have long curved claws. You would not want to be swatted by one.
The little pica blends in well with the lichen covered rocks. The rocks are my favourite part of this vignette.
And finally a profile of Mr. Moose because I just like moose, even though they can be aggressive, dangerous animals. There is something appealing about their funny looking face, and oddly proportioned bodies.
This is only a selection of the diaramas and specimens in the mammal section, but a post can only be so long!
Next time, birds.