Here's a Triceratops, another animal in the series from the delightful and thought-provoking Dodo Carousel of Extinct and Endangered Animals. Check out the giant panda looking rather pensive in the background.
I don't know if this lion was having a bad day or was merely tending to his official duties. The zoo grounds are quite beautiful, and the weather was superb. So, where are all the people? That's OK, it was nice having some space in which to enjoy it all.
Francisca wrote: "Animal Art Along the Way. This shot of the fish stone mosaic on the garden floor of our apartment complex in Songgang is for my friend Sheryl who posts her fun animal art photos daily on her blog: http://animalartalongtheway.blogspot.com/. This may not amount to 'urban art' by strict definition, but I enjoy anything creative that enriches our city living. If it makes me smile, it's good. March 12."
Thank you, Francisca! Your post made me smile, too.
On the Dodo Carousel of extinct and endangered animals in the Jardin des Plantes are several extinct Sivatheria (singular: Sivatherium). Bleary-eyed in the dusk after a long walk, I thought they were giraffes. I was delighted to find that they were something much rarer in my experience, and I began to look at the rest of the animals. . . . I blogged about the carousel on my personal blog here, and someone else has blogged it here. You can learn more about Sivatherium on Wikipedia and Laelaps.
It was fun to encounter this leaping orca on the side of a building not far from the waterfront in Seattle. Unfortunately, I was not careful about taking the photos, and I had no thought at the time that they'd be part of an animal art blog. I like strange juxtapositions, and the hyper-realistic leaping orca with the industrial pipes is one of those. See below for a close-up of the orca.
I was taken aback by the combined simplicity and artistic beauty of the Byzantine interior of this church on the Piazza Vescovado, the main square of Ravello. My first blog post showing the church's interior features the lions holding up the other of the two 13th Century pulpits in this photo on Tapirgal's Daily Image. The church was built in the 11th Century and renovated in 1786. This post shows the outside of the church on the piazza.
I found this ancient crustacean high on the wall at the Paleontology Museum in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. I have no idea what it is (and what a lovely flowing tail it has), but if you do, I'd love to hear it. For some reason the digital camera makes it look closer to the ground than it is. The museum door is so ornate, it's almost possible to overlook the critters on the facade. Once again, we arrived at the museum too late in the day to go in. (Sorry about the focus, it was getting dark.) From images I've seen of the inside of the museum online, it is a paleo-fan's paradise.
Clearly, this is the Oxford Ox. What is not so clear is what it's on. It was a metal box on the sidewalk just outside the Sheldonian Theatre, and there was construction going on there. The box may have housed wiring, or again it could have been a trash can. I should have taken a better reference photo, but we were moving quickly through the rain. This is the only time I saw the Oxford Ox, but there may have been many I missed.
Inside the Natural History Museum, South Kensington
Whether these are bat-eared foxes or fennec foxes (Vulpes zerda), I can't say. Bat-eared foxes live in the savannahs of Africa, while fennecs live on the northern rim of the Sahara desert. The cactus behind them looks to me like it comes from the American Southwest, but there are some forms of cacti in the fennec's range. I don't know of any American foxes with such big ears. The fennec is the smallest of the foxes.
This carving is among many that adorn the inside of the amazing building of the Natural History Museum in London, and will feature more in future posts. This carving is found on the newel post of the stairway leading to the second floor.
I'm continuing "England Week" here and on Tapirgal's Daily Image. I thought of cropping this photo to give it a cleaner look, but I absolutely love all of the window details and the lamp in the lower right. So, please bear with the clutter and enjoy the details. The White Horse is across the street from the famous Sheldonian Theatre. We were on our way to the Ashmolean Museum (on a mission, and it was closing soon) and we didn't go inside the White Horse. Too bad, it sounds like a great pub. Every inch of Oxford was a photo, and every inch was beckoning.