Butterflies, Dinosaurs and "Rare Earth" Minerals
By Robert Bernstein
You may know that Butterflies Alive has returned to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. But did you know there is also a Prehistoric Forest and a "Rare Earth" mineral exhibit?
Here are all of my photos from our recent visit!
This giant Blue Morpho butterfly is a bit tattered, but it is still the star attraction for its sheer size.
With wings folded, it looks very different.
You might confuse it for this Giant Owl butterfly. Can you spot the difference? Pun intended.
I think this Malachite butterfly was my favorite!
On to the Prehistoric Forest!
Merlie feigned terror at the T rex.
But she relaxed when I told her this one is an herbivore. Note the sign asking visitors not to feed the dinosaurs.
But the most memorable exhibit for us this time was the "Rare Earth" minerals exhibit. Much of the exhibit is a traveling show by a company called The Arkenstone. But it was supplemented by other wonderful specimens.
Many of these pieces seem crafted by a superhuman crafts person. Yet these are all formed by the forces of chemistry and physics. Here are just a few of my many photos.
The Museum has a temporary store for the Rare Earth exhibit where you can purchase some of these amazing specimens. Including these fossilized Ammonites, which are mollusks that lived tens of millions of years ago.
For more information, visit the website of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.