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3D Update

The 3D work on the birds for the Connecticut Bird Hall continues to move forward. I thought I would write up an update on the latest work and post some photos. We are scanning study skins from the Ornithology collection. … Continue reading

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Bog Restoration Complete

With the repainting of the Bog Vole (a wood carved model), Eunice, Collin and I have completed the renovation of the bog diorama. The bog vole looked bleached out and not very alive. Collin painted it using 2D painting techniques … Continue reading

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Fly in the Ointment

The Bog diorama features a fly stuck in the receptacle of one of the pitcher plants in the foreground. The original preparators, directed by Ralph Morrill, glued actual dead flies onto a plexiglass surface inside the pitcher plant as if … Continue reading

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Bog-o-rama

I have a new assistant, Collin Moret, who comes in full days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Since he is a 20-something and can get in and out of the dioramas a lot easier than I can, I put him in … Continue reading

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Revisiting The Bog

Today I opened the Bog diorama, by myself! The glass is hinged at the top and by removing seven screws the glass swings out and I can prop it open on two adjustable stands far enough that I can squeeze … Continue reading

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Into The Bog

We opened the glass yesterday in the bog diorama and put a plank down into the sphagnum moss. I have been wanting to get in to make this diorama look more alive and now with the glass front open, I … Continue reading

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Northern Water Snake

A Northern Water Snake (Nerodia s. sipedon) model is located on a fallen log in the Shoreline diorama. Light can be seen between the snake and the log, which immediately destroys any illusion of reality. This has bothered me for … Continue reading

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