Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nature Notes

by Ogden Nash

At midnight in the museum hall
The fossils gathered for a ball

There were no drums or saxophones,
But just the clatter of their bones

A rolling, rattling, carefree circus
Of mammoth polkas and mazurkas.

Pterodactyls and brontosauruses
Sang ghostly prehistoric choruses.

Amid the mastodontic wassail
I caught the eye of one small fossil.

"Cheer up, sad world," he said, and winked,
"It's kind of fun to be extinct."

Not really but it is Ogden Nash and he is one of my favorite poets, who always puts such a positive spin on things.

My photos were taken at the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego.

Michelle is the host of Nature Notes. Thank you Michelle for this great meme.


  1. denise dear, before The fire I had the complete work of Ogden Nash. I have loved his verses since I was a girl. Your illustrations to this excerpt from the Carnival of the Animals are so very apt. Thank you.

  2. These are great shots from the museum and the poem goes perfectly with them.

  3. This is so interesting, i like going through such collections.

  4. Bonjour dear Denise!
    Fantastic set of pictures, it's very impressive, I mean those fossils, for sure a place that I would love to visit someday, thanks for sharing!

  5. the light on the first photos is simply divine.

  6. Love it Denise - clever you to match the words so perfectly to the pictures. A x

  7. Brilliant post, D!!!!!!!!

    Aloha from Honolulu

    Comfort Spiral


  8. Perfect, Denise. I love Ogden Nash's pithy poem, and the fossil photos are great, too.

  9. Wonderful marriage of poetry and photos...I do love going to see exhibits like this and watch programs on this type of thing anytime I see exciting to see the past....Michelle

  10. LOL! I love Nash, too. Great fossil shots.

  11. Beautiful shots & I love that the last one told the world to 'Cheer up';-)