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- praying mantis -

i was able to capture a close photo of a praying mantis on our front porch recently.

- ryan

- cute donkey -

i met this super cute donkey while working on a shoot in milton, ga a couple of weeks ago! he was super friendly and liked posing for photos.

- ryan

- spider web -

check out this huge spider web that was in our backyard!

- ryan

- owl sighting -

we recently had a sighting of our neighborhood barred owl in our backyard. for years we’ve heard lots of owls behind our house, but we never saw one up close, especially in broad daylight.

its eyes were solid black and really beautiful. it was totally staring us down while we took photos. unfortunately it flew away too quickly, so i only got a blurry shot of its wingspan. we could still see it hiding in a nearby tree after it flew away though.

- ryan & gub

- fernbank science center -

there are talks of closing the fernbank science center. at the least it will likely be scaled back quite a bit. just so you know, this is not the fernbank museum of natural history, which we often write about on the website. it’s still a great atlanta attraction though and it would be a shame to see it close.

the fernbank science center is only a mile and a half from our house and is free to the public. it has lots to offer both adults and children, so you can’t go wrong. there are outdoor activities like a huge canopied forrest with paved walkways and a composting area with helpful tips and pointers. there are also indoor activities, including an exhibit hall with the apollo 6 capsule, an observatory and a planetarium!

the exhibit hall and observatory are both totally free! the exhibit hall is open monday through friday from 9am to 5pm and saturday from 10am to 5pm. the observatory is open for public observations on thursday and friday nights from 9 to 10:30pm, weather permitting. an astronomer is on hand to answer questions and position the largest telescope in the southeast. we definitely want to check this out!

the planetarium has adult and children programs from thursday through saturday. there is also a saturday morning program called the night sky, which goes through the current constellations, planets, etc. in the current evening sky. shows are $4 for adults and $3 for children, students, & seniors and free for fernbank museum of natural history members.

although it may not be as exciting as the fernbank museum of natural history, the fernbank science center is both fun and educational and is totally worth keeping open!

check out our post on the fernbank science center from a couple of years ago!

- ryan & gub

fernbank science center

156 heaton park dr.
atlanta, ga 30307


- perks of being a wallflower -

the fernbank museum of natural history is only two miles from our house, so we try to take clementine any free chance we have. she loves the nature quest area, even though she’s still a little young for a lot of the fun. often she just sits and watches all of the big kids running around doing their thing, which is cute. as you can see, she is also pretty close to being a full time walker these days!

check out our post with clementine enjoying the tabby blocks at the nature quest!

- ryan & gub

fernbank museum of natural history

767 clifton rd ne
atlanta, ga 30307


- transit of venus -

a bird comes in to land atop one of the domes of the landmark taj mahal as venus, top left, begins to pass in front of the sun, as visible from agra, india, June 6, 2012. (ap photo/kevin frayer)
today is the once in a hundred year astronomical event called the transit of venus, which won’t happen again until december 2117. to celebrate, the fernbank science center is hosting a a planetarium program, live viewing from the observatory, as well as a live feed nasa of the event from hawaii this evening. sounds fun!

- ryan & gub

update….here is a video of the event:

- afternoon at fernbank -

clementine and i recently had a free afternoon so we went on a trip to the fernbank museum of natural history. she is finally getting big enough to enjoy the nature quest area, so there’s a lot more for her to do. she caught story time and totally loved playing with these tabby blocks!

we also walked through the wildlife rescue exhibit, although it wasn’t her first time. clementine likes watching the bird simulation and all of the bright lights.

- ryan

fernbank museum of natural history

767 clifton rd ne
atlanta, ga 30307


- invisible frog -

check out this cool frog! i found it blending-in on on top of some concrete. i love how the frog looks like it has a tattoo of itself on its back. that’s one hip frog!

- ryan

- colorful fun -

here are some fun colorful photos from fernbank! based on the results, it’s kind of a ‘make-your-own indie-rock album cover’ activity!

- ryan & gub