Huntington Library

Went to the Huntington Library with my friend Vicki, the day after my birthday.  It was a great day, quite sunny and hot, and I had been meaning to go the gardens at the Huntington for a while.  The images (hopefully) speak for themselves:

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The gardens were wonderful, though they had no ducks (or turtles, as far as I could tell).  They were a little more…formal than the Arboreteum, which I went to a couple months ago.  More manicured, and themed (‘Japanese,’ ‘Rose,’ etc).  The best actually was the desert garden, in which all desert plants were put together in a somewhat un-desert like space (as far as I know, anyway).  Lots of interesting plants there; it was also very hot.  There were other animals such as Koi, as you see.  At one point some kids (i.e. their parents) started feeding the koi, which stared off quite an entertaining frenzy:

Inside, apart from their usual exhibit (Gutenberg bible, etc etc), they had an exhibit on the science history.  I remember seeing as an undergrad an early copy of Copernicus’ de revolutionibus, and opening it up to the page with the picture of the sun at the center of the solar system, and being really impressed.  The Huntington had that book, along with Kepler, Galileo, Brahe, Newton, really everyone.  It was pretty interesting.  They had a row of copies of Origin of the Species from various editions and in various languages; if we were allowed to take pictures you would see that this was quite interesting.  They had a section on medicine which I actually liked, and also had a very edifying section on the history and ‘evolution,’ if you will, of animal depiction.  Two favorites ended up being Konrad Gesner and Edward Topsell.  Then I got a bird calendar at the store.  I’m thinking of buying a membership if they close down echo park lake, but the lack of ducks makes me hesitate.  Also the Arboreteum is only $40 for a year.  I will keep you updated on my decision in this regard, as I’m sure it is fascinating.


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