Tyrannosaurus Rex, Shanghai

Animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, Shanghai Natural History Museum, Shanghai 2019

The Shanghai Natural History Museum, is probably my favourite public building in Shanghai. It has an atrium, which brings a little natural light into what would otherwise be a rather large, dark museum.

Visitors start their visit at the top of the building, learning about the origin of the universe and slowly work their way down. They have lots of large scale models of large animals, some of which are reconstructed, stuffed animals. Sometimes the taxidermist got the expression the animals’ faces just right, on others, they have a slightly wide-eyed, surprised expression which doesn’t look quite right.

A few of the models, such as this one, are animatronic, which quite often draw large crowds of children as they roar and gesture menacingly.

Dolphins, Kyoto

Dolphin Show, Kyoto Aquarium, Japan 2019

I don’t really like the idea of keeping animals (especially large mammals) in captivity, but always seem to visit every zoo and aquarium I have the opportunity to see.

Kyoto aquarium is very smart and clean, with as you can see, a dolphin stadium. Several times a day, they have dolphin shows with a mixture of dolphin action and contributions from human performers. I came away noting the effortlessness of the dolphins movements and wanting to know more about them – which I suppose was the idea.

Sunset, London

Sunset, Kensigton Gardens 2019

At last, a recent picture! I took this yesterday.

I like sunset, particularly in Northern Europe where it can last a while (unlike in the tropics, where the Sun disappears with the haste of a light switch).

On this occasion, I was standing by the Serpentine, looking towards Kensington Gardens, when I saw the light coming through the trees and picking out the yellow leaves. And I took a picture.

Technical Details. Slightly unusual here, I have lately been using a DXO One camera. On this occasion, I didn’t have it attached to my phone, so I was peering at the tiny screen. So far, I have been quite pleased with the results – and it is tiny (I can make a fist around it). Perhaps I will write a review one day.