Monday, July 13, 2015

Petrified Wood And Other Mythical Creatures

Blogger's Note:  On a recent trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Woods family were treated to several examples of wood carvings, statues and even a large truck of petrified wood!  Known as the family who founded the reclaimed lumber industry with their company Albany Woodworks, it seems they have a deep appreciation for timber in all of its forms.  Here are a few photos of the trip, there was also a Mythical Creatures exhibition on display that offered insight into some of the traditions of ancient cultures. 

(Above): A Pegasus wood carving greeted guests at the Mythical Creatures exhibit.  There were also  coins featured depicting this timeless creature throughout history.

These mythical creatures stem from the ancient Greek mythology when the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus played a significant factor in determining each man’s journey through life. Pegasus, the winged horse, was conceived by the Greek god Poseidon and Medusa.  The symbolic patron of writers, poets and creativity, the hoof of Pegasus is said to have created the spring of Hippodrome, the source of inspiration in Greek history.

From the Denver of Nature and Sciences Museum website:

About the Exhibition
Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids

For thousands of years, humans have brought mythic creatures to life in stories, songs, and works of art. We catch glimpses of them everywhere, from the ocean depths to the open skies. Explore the stories of these wondrous creatures and uncover the truths behind the myths. Encounter large models of mythic and real creatures, see real artifacts and fossils, and create your own creature.

(Above): Petrified Tree Trunk on display at the Denver Nature and Science Museum.

From the informational display description: Minerals made this Jurassic tree hard as stone.  After it died, water brought minerals into the decaying wood.  The minerals crystallized and replaced the wood in a process called petrification.

A great visit to see Mythical Creatures and beautiful examples of carvings and natural petrified wood!