National Park Photography: Our August Pixel Party Recap

Photo by Johnny Dee

Photo by Johnny Dee

On Sunday, August 21, HMNS opened its doors after-hours once again to photographers, both amateur and professional. For this event, we were lucky to also have in attendance special guest Mark Burns of The National Park Photography Project.

During the event, Pixel Party attendees had access to photograph several of our permanent halls during the event. Below is a small sample of the fantastic photos submitted to our Flickr and Facebook groups. 

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Photo by Alex Santiago

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Photo by Quy Tran Photography

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Photo by Debi Beauregard

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Photo by Quy Tran Photography

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Photo by Dwayne Fortier

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Photo by Arie

Gorgeous tourmaline

Photo by Sandy Grimm

 

On the Tenth Day of HMNS…Explore the Cosmos at The George Observatory

The first time I went to the George Observatory, I saw Saturn. With my own eyes. Not a picture, not an artist’s rendering – the actual planet. It was…well, let’s just say I left full of a sense of wonder at the universe we live in – and the centuries of scientific achievements that have made that experience possible.

The Gueymard Telescope at the George Observatory is one of the largest in the country that is available for public use – and once you start looking through it, you won’t want to tear your eyes away. Saturday nights throughout the year, local astronomers and museum staff gather at the Observatory, and you can view through the Museum’s telescopes or the dozens that people bring with them. Some people get pretty high tech with it (check out this digiscoped picture) and it’s always a lot of fun.

In the video below, Barbara Wilson, the George Observatory astronomer, discusses what you can see at the Observatory – and talks about the most commonly asked questions, like “Have you ever seen a UFO?” Check out Barbara’s answer in the video below and visit the Observatory this holiday season to get all your cosmic questions answered.

The George Observatory is just one of the fun and fascinating options for families at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. In a take-off of everyone’s favorite holiday classic, The 12 Days of Christmas, we’ve got 12 ideas for fabulous family fun this holiday and we’ll be sharing the possibilities here every day until Christmas Eve. Best of all, most are activities that last past the holiday season – some, year round. You can also check them all out now at the spiffy new 12 Days of HMNS web site.

Check out the first nine days of HMNS:
On the first day of HMNS, explore The Birth of Christianity.
On the second day of HMNS, shop for Sci-tastic gifts.
On the third day of HMNS, meet Prancer the reindeer.
On the fourth day of HMNS, discover the making of The Star of Bethlehem.
On the fifth day, move it, move it with Madagascar 2 in the Wortham IMAX Theatre.
On the sixth day, hunt dinosaurs with Dr. Bob Bakker.
On the seventh day, look inside the human body in BODY WORLDS 2.
On the eighth day, meet the HMNS Entomologists.
On the ninth day, peer into the Gem Vault.