Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming -- August 21, 2019

Do you suppose these cats are discussing the topiary trees? I doubt it, but you never know.

As you've probably guessed, this is another of  Dan Ostermiller's "Gardens Gone Wild" sculptures currently on display at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming - August 14, 2019

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens - elephant
This shy elephant is one of my favorite pieces in the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens' "Gardens Gone Wild" exhibit, featuring sculptures by Dan Ostermiller.

And, of course, the Grand Conservatory makes a gorgeous background for the elephant and other sculoptures.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming - August 7, 2019

Gardens Gone Wild - rooster
Where on Earth would you find a rooster this big? At the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens! It's part of the Gardens Gone Wild exhibit featuring almost twenty sculptures by artist Dan Ostermiller.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming - July 31, 2019

bison, Wyoming State Museum
Wyoming's state mammal is the bison, so it's only fitting that there would be a bison at the State Museum. What makes this exhibit more interesting than might be apparent at first glance is that the base of the poles are not ordinary metal circles but are bison-shaped.

bison exhibit, Wyoming State Museum

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming - July 24, 2019

This week Cheyenne is hosting Frontier Days, the biggest event of the year. While the highlight is the world's largest outdoor rodeo, the ten days of CFD (shorthand for Cheyenne Frontier Days) are filled with many other events that make it a delight for visitors.

From pancake breakfasts to grand parades to the Thunderbirds' spectacular air show, there's something for everyone.

I particularly enjoyed seeing this float in one of the parades, since it features an early bookmobile. Who can live without books? I certainly can't.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming - July 17, 2019

Tapiromorph fossil, Wyoming State Museum
This doesn't look like a particularly exciting exhibit, does it?

The boxes may look ordinary, but what's inside is anything but ordinary. This exhibit, which traveled to the Wyoming State Museum earlier this year, contains fossils from a tapiromorph.

If you're like me, you've never heard of a tapiromorph. I knew about tapirs, because I'd seen one in a zoo, but tapiromorph was a new word for me. The short version of a long story is that it's a prehistoric animal that appears to be closely related to modern tapirs.

Here's more information about tapirs in general and the techniques used to identify the fossils.

tapiromorph exhibit, Wyoming State Museum

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming - July 10, 2019

It's not easy to remove fossils from the earth. This exhibit, which is next to the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton I showed you last week (see the tail on the left side?), shows some of the tools scientists used.