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All creatures great and small

09 Apr 2007 / in natural world, travels

After an exhausting (and painful) weekend gardening, Moth and I decided to go out today and do something a bit more interesting. I wanted to take him to the Natural History Museum at Tring in Hertfordshire where I went earlier this year to see a stuffed quagga, one of only 14 specimens in the world.

Moth had never been before and was curious to see it, especially after I had come back from my visit in January so enthusiastically. There are so many superb, well-lit, well-labelled galleries to see with an extraordinary number of stuffed creatures from around the globe, including many creatures which are now extinct. There are animals, birds, fish, insects, primates…. everything! Here’s a case of duikers:


And we took some time to check out the antelopes.


Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to do any drawing, but the next time I go I’ll home in on one or two exhibits and make more detailed studies. I feel some animal paintings developing in my head…

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