Monday, 5 March 2012

Migaloo the Magnificent

Jackie accompanied today us to the 2011 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington (closes March 11). It was as inspiring as ever, and as usual we totally disagreed with the overall winner which was an easy shot of captive oil covered pelicans from a good photojournalism portfolio. There were many more pleasing images of considerable technical difficulty. Some of the best were from the junior sections, including a brilliant macro shot of a longhorn beetle in the under 10s section. My favourite was a white Humpback Whale, Migaloo the Magnificent There was an excellent shot of an Apollo butterfly. Exhibition photos can be seen online:

When I was 10 years old I used to travel to the Natural History Museum every Saturday and  joined their Young Naturalists Club. Of course I used to dive into the Geology museum annexed to it, and the Science Museum next door. The NHM is totally different now. I asked where I could see butterflies and was advised they only had a few as part of some display. Its all Green, Red, Orange, Blue zones now 

Exhibition Road is now a new style road-pavement

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