Our destination yesterday was the American Museum of Natural History. What an amazing place! Looking at the skeletons of those huge dinosaurs makes me feel a little sad. They reigned over the Earth for more than 100 million years and then suddenly disappeared. But I'm glad that we're able to learn about these extraordinary animals thanks to the work of lots of people that have dedicated their lives to study fossils.
On the other hand, I have always been drawn to the amazing dioramas found in this museum (and the one in Los Angeles, CA as well). Imagine the huge amount of work behind those realistic worlds full of atmosphere. The paintings blend so perfectly with the 3-D elements in the landscape. It's fascinating. Here you will see a list of the background painters that have been creating those dioramas in NYC, starting with James Perry Wilson (1889-1976). I respect and appreciate their work so much. Without them, places like this museum wouldn't be as special. Artists are everywhere, in every field of life, do you notice that? What would be of the world without creative people?