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March 10th, 2012 (04:05 pm)

I'm in the middle of another shamefully extravagant trip to Vancouver, which I can't really afford -- moreso than usual, because the combination of exchange rate and increased prices is making everything cost double what I've been used to -- but, what the hell, you're a long time dead!

The other day I went to see the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibition at Science World, and took some photos. They're a bit grainy, but I think that adds to the atmosphere :-)

The exhibition is wonderful. You could spend an entire week just wandering round, gawping!

Close up, and at rest, the dinosaurs aren't quite as life-like as the ones I've seen in the past. (I wonder if that's because the more life-like hide was too fragile, and tended to tear?) But once they start moving, and making noises, they're real! You'll be looking at one of them and it will suddenly turn and look back at you -- or the one standing next to it will move, and (almost) scare the proverbial out of you.

Here's a Triceratops:

And a mighty T Rex:

A timid, vegetarian Parasaurolophus:

A feathered Velociraptor (he's much smaller than the villains of Jurassic Park):

A Dilophosaurus:

A Carnotaurus:

A Pachycephalosaurus:

And, my current favourite, a Spinosaurus (from Egypt, so you get the best of both worlds):

I've lots more photos, including a scary cliffside walk and a close up of an inquisitive dolphin, so there are a few more posts coming.


Posted by: Maz (thismaz)
Posted at: March 10th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)

Yay, dinosaurs!
I hope you are having a great time.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 11th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)

Thank you :-)

Posted by: daiseechain (daiseechain)
Posted at: March 10th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)

Awww. The Pachycepholosaurus is cute! Although possibly not when lunging for prey.

Have long wanted to visit Vancouver. Been through Montreal and Toronto a number of times now, never managed to make it to Vancouver. What do you find particularly appealing about the city?

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 11th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)

I think the Pachycephalosaurus was veggie -- they reckon its head was for fighting other males, but its neck wouldn't have stood a head-on collision, so they must have gone head-to-side!

I came to Vancouver sort of by accident, having for some mysterious reason started supporting the Vancouver Canucks. But the city is like a combination of Cambridge and Manchester -- cosmopolitan, liberal, and with that intense love of the arts you get in a place that feels it's not quite at the centre of things. And, for me, there's a lot of stuff within walking distance of the hotel: Aquarium, Art Gallery, Science World (with IMAX), Museum, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, cinemas, the Canucks (of course), arty little shops, and interesting food. And the Anthropology Museum and the Capilano Suspension Bridge (surrounded by a forest that looks remarkably like the setting for my LOTR stories) are only short bus rides away. And I have a former work colleague who -- basically on my recommendation -- moved here with his family, and is now in the process of applying for Canadian citizenship, so the fun must last for more than a couple of weeks!

Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: March 10th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
ani applause

Oh those are really good!!! I'd love to go back and see what the colours were back in the day wouldn't you?

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 11th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)

Yes! And the feathers -- they had a baby T Rex covered in down, which really surprised me (but he was standing at the entrance, wearing a hat, so I didn't photograph him)!

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: March 10th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)

The Carnotaurus seems to be waggling his eyebrows suggestively at you, in a faintly caddish manner :-D

And the cuddly Velociraptor with his feathers (well, *sort* of cuddly...)

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: March 10th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Wileys non sequitor penguin moonchylde

The Carnotaurus seems to be waggling his eyebrows suggestively at you, in a faintly caddish manner

He really does, doesn't he?

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 11th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)

LOL, I didn't notice the gleam in his eye!

And, yes, the Velociraptor looks disturbingly cuddly!

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: March 10th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
LEGOlas 2

Have an excellent visit. The dinosaurs look fascinating - although there is a feeling that somewhere, lurking in the greenery, there might be an elf with a bow...

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 11th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)

I can just imagine Legolas jumping onto the T Rex's back and aiming two arrows into its skull (if it turned nasty).

Posted by: Ree (reetinkerbell)
Posted at: March 10th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Art Nouveau

Fun! I hope you're having so great a time that you're not even thinking about the money. Can't wait for the rest of the photo posts, given these. It looks like an exhibit I wouldn't mind visiting myself.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 11th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

It was a really fun exhibition, and there was an IMAX film as well.

Posted by: Artemis' Chew Toy (tattooedraven)
Posted at: March 11th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
Funny: Velociraptor free zone

GREAT pictures!!!! so awesome. :DDDD

Now that the boys are older, I kinda miss the days of dinosaur!obsession. The knew the names of pretty much all the dinosaurs, but sadly they grew out of it. Just video games now.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 11th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)

Now that's an appropriate icon!

Isn't it funny how kids love dinosaurs? And they have such brilliant memories for the facts and figures. I'm just a big kid, so I still love them -- I got quite pissed off when the attendant showing the T Rex tooth to the kids just passed me by, as though I wouldn't be interested!

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