Houston, The Bears Have Landed

And spent a lazy afternoon in Hermann Park. Their beary friend Winnie the Pooh told them to not underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. So they decided to take his advice.

Hermann Park
Hermann Park

The view that made Doing Nothing possible…

Hermann Park, McGovern Lake
Hermann Parrk, McGovern Lake

The pleasure of Doing Nothing was interrupted by a red train going past…

Hermann Park Train
Hermann Park Train

Little bears like trains, especially red ones, so they decided to take a ride on the train.

Hermann Park, waiting for the train
Hermann Park, waiting for the train

Here it comes, here it comes!

Hermann Park
Hermann Park

It turns out that one could do nothing on the train!

Hermann Park Train
Hermann Park Train
Hermann Park Train, Dillidiidae by Sharon Engelstein in the background
Hermann Park Train, Dillidiidae by Sharon Engelstein in the background

And see the amazing murals in the train tunnel…

Hermann Park, Train Tunnel Mural
Hermann Park, Train Tunnel Mural

The next place for Doing Nothing was the Burke Baker Planetarium and the Dark Side of the Moon show. To be sure there was no bother, they took over the entire auditorium!

Burke Baker Planetarium
Burke Baker Planetarium

The show is a full colour computer animation with a full-dome video projection created by Utah’s Starlight Productions that takes six computers to coordinate. The visual show alternates between really cool and really psychedelic. Which fits in with the Pink Floyd album which was based around the idea of lunacy, specifically the sometimes-maddening aspects of everyday life, rather than the actual moon.

Burke Baker Planetarium, Dark Side of the Moon
Burke Baker Planetarium, Dark Side of the Moon
Burke Baker Planetarium, Dark Side of the Moon
Burke Baker Planetarium, Dark Side of the Moon

Just outside the planetarium, a fascinating clock grabbed their attention. This clock, by John C. Taylor, was inspired by the grasshopper escapement invented by John Harrison (1693 – 1776). The creature that acts as the escapement on this clock is called the ‘chronophage’ and literally means ‘time eater’.

Museum Of Natural Science, Clock chronophage by John C Taylor
Museum Of Natural Science, Clock chronophage by John C Taylor

Next to the Museum of Natural Science are the McGovern Centennial Gardens with a big green mount offering views over the park.

Hermann Park, McGovern Centennial Gardens, Aerial view of the mount
Hermann Park, McGovern Centennial Gardens, Aerial view of the mount
Hermann Park, McGovern Centennial Gardens, View from the mount
Hermann Park, McGovern Centennial Gardens, View from the mount
Hermann Park, McGovern Centennial Gardens, View from the mount, Sculpture walk
Hermann Park, McGovern Centennial Gardens, View from the mount, Sculpture walk
Hermann Park, McGovern Centennial Gardens, View from the mount, Miller Outdoor Theatre in the distance
Hermann Park, McGovern Centennial Gardens, View from the mount, Miller Outdoor Theatre in the distance
Hermann Park, McGovern Centennial Gardens, Waterfall on the mount
Hermann Park, McGovern Centennial Gardens, Waterfall on the mount

A few more photos in the park on the way back to the hotel…

Hermann Park, Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool
Hermann Park, Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool
Hermann Park
Hermann Park
Hermann Park, Sam Houston Monument
Hermann Park, Sam Houston Monument

And now it’s time for more Doing Nothing… Tomorrow is a really big day!

Houston, The Bears Have Landed

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