July Inspiration: Houston Museum of Natural Science
Four hours and only two exhibits visited, every winding turn through the Houston Museum of Natural History exhibits jaw-dropping displays. As I started in the Morian Hall of Paleontology, I immediately began to question my chosen career path. The exhibit would make even Dr. Grant's mouth drop open. Beginning at the first known life forms on earth, and ending all the way to evolution of mankind, the Hall of Paleontology was truly a prehistoric safari. The interactive timeline began with the creepiest of crawling critters, filled with hundreds of legs and spiked shells. But something happened when I made my way to the Triassic and Jurassic Eras. The moment my eyes landed on the first dinosaur, I could hear Dr. Ian Malcom whisper, "Life finds a way..." Every Jurassic Park dream of mine came to life. The sheer magnitude and size of the skeletons made my head spin with inspiration. The exquisiteness in anatomy of these dinosaurs was awe-inspiring. I was suddenly walking through the woods, 65 million years ago. (Cue Jurassic Park theme song) Standing beneath one of the three Tyrannosaurus Rex, my life was put into perspective. We are so very small, and so very new to this amazing blue planet of ours. From past to present, I ventured next into the Hall of Gems and Minerals. Again, jaw-dropping. Clusters and formations of including a huge blue topaz crystal weighing more than 2,000 carats to a crystallized gold cluster that is one of the most highly coveted objects in the mineral kingdom, the spectacular specimens on display here are true masterpieces, "the Rembrandts and Picassos of the natural world." Our world created this. I kept thinking about what we consider to be art. We think of DaVinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Van Gough. For the first time, I realized that humans are not the only artists working on this planet. What an incredible and inspiring thought.