Friday, August 22, 2008

Stegosaurus and friends

I found this photo from a trip I took with Steve Lavigne and Dan Berger in 2003 out to the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. The Berkshire is a small but very nifty museum with many interesting exhibits. Dan and Steve are posing with a cool live-size Stegosaurus model which stands in front of the museum.

14 comments:

Buslady of SoCal said...

I love Steggies, they'd make nice pets.

:P

Stan said...

Neat.

I went to Dinosaur National Park years ago, and there is a stegosaur right outside the main building. It is a great place with an actual excavation, and you can touch the fossils as they're unearthed. The town of Vernal, UT is close by, and everything is dinosaur related--Dinosaur Cafe, Dinosaur Laundromat, Dinosaur Campground. There is a museum park with about a dozen life size dinos.

Stan

PL said...

"Stan said...
Neat.

I went to Dinosaur National Park years ago, and there is a stegosaur right outside the main building. It is a great place with an actual excavation, and you can touch the fossils as they're unearthed. The town of Vernal, UT is close by, and everything is dinosaur related--Dinosaur Cafe, Dinosaur Laundromat, Dinosaur Campground. There is a museum park with about a dozen life size dinos."

That's a cool place, and was one of our stops on our cross-country motorcycle trip to San Diego and back years ago. I wish I'd had more time to spend there, but we were on a fairly tight schedule (had to put in a certain number of miles per day). I remember that one of the displays in the Dinosaur National Park building that held the ongoing excavation area was a beautiful Allosaurus forearm fossil, complete with wicked claws. -- PL

Stan said...

Yes, it is a terrific place. We wanted to go back there with the kids, but it's kind of out of the way and the kids have gotten too old to think that dinosaurs are way cool. They'll get back into that mindset when they're older.

Stan

~ tOkKa said...

-->> ..the old Garden of the Gods park and visitor center here south of Denver.. (( the same one i worked at in the mid 1990s - early aughts )) correctly identified the the new species : Theiophytalia kerri fossil this past Spring time.


One nice thing about working there was the literal hands - on look at the fossil samples and inner workings of the park and exhibits at the center, meeting the Rocky Mountain Nature Association and the and numerous visitors from all over from archaeologists to cowboy poets and Native American activists and historians, and even experts in chiropterology ( bats ).

The rock formations, sandstone, limestone ect. .. that make up the Geology of the park well over three hundred million years old .and you can see the layers of ' time ' in the formations. If you think about it, it's really amazing that much of where i am today ..if not all of it at one point was under water.

My favourite fossils when i worked there, aside from the little dino talon casts and such were the insect and Trilobites. Many of the items were not casts but the real fossils they had found in the park.

I still go to the park allot, but the Visitor Center was an important relation tool for global tourists coming into the city. I'm don't seem to make the time to go there during the day time.

I learned a hell of of allot about this goofy city, state, and allot about Geology and the evironment i'd never ever thought i'd ever learn and actually had some adventures and interesting encounters with wildlife there.

(( Like helping rescuing a baby bunny that fell off a high wall and deliver it back to it's mom. ))

Damm i miss that place.

:(

..maybe it's time for a visit. Some of my old friends still work there.

>v<

Sarah The Anime Librarian said...

You know somehow I have never made it up to that museum. I'll have to go soon. One of the reasons I love the Springfield Science Museum as a kid was the life size T-Rex statue in there. ROAR!

Splinter's Iroonna said...

Tell the truth: if Jurassic Park was real, you'd own at least ONE dino.

That is cool. Very cool.

Dragon Turtle said...

Splinter's Iroonna said...

"Tell the truth: if Jurassic Park was real, you'd own at least ONE dino.

That is cool. Very cool."


If Jurassic Park was real, Peter would own it, and then begin the groundwork for Cretaceous Park.

~ tOkKa said...

-->> ..AND I BET WE ALL WOULD BE ABLE TO PICK OUT EASILY ONE OF PETE'S FAVOURITE SCENES FROM THE ORIGINAL j p MOVIE TOO .. >V<

MachiasBanshee said...

Great picture, Pete..

I was curious if you've been watching 'Jurassic Fight Club' on History at all in the past few weeks. There's been great new stuff coming up in these shows, and the fights are Amazing...

~Amy

PL said...

"Sarah The Anime Librarian said...
You know somehow I have never made it up to that museum. I'll have to go soon. One of the reasons I love the Springfield Science Museum as a kid was the life size T-Rex statue in there. ROAR!"

Sarah, you should go check out the Berkshire Museum -- it's well worth the trip. And that T-Rex in the Springfield Science Museum IS very cool! -- PL

PL said...

"Splinter's Iroonna said...
Tell the truth: if Jurassic Park was real, you'd own at least ONE dino."

I'd probably TRY to own one -- but if I couldn't do that, I'd definitely buy a season pass! -- PL

PL said...

"MachiasBanshee said...
Great picture, Pete..

I was curious if you've been watching 'Jurassic Fight Club' on History at all in the past few weeks. There's been great new stuff coming up in these shows, and the fights are Amazing...

~Amy"

Amy, I have seen a couple of them, and they do seem to be well done. This is the kind of stuff that I would have been out of my mind for if it had been around when I was a kid. -- PL

Jason said...

That smirk..like a kid in a petting zoo.