Escher and Da Vinci

Museum of Art – Escher and Da Vinci Exhibits

Escher and Da Vinci

The East Building is the location of special events, such as the Escher and Da Vinci exhibits.

Museum of Art – Escher and Da Vinci Exhibits.

By Mike Ellis.

{Editor’s Note: Yesterday we looked at the Permanent Collection at the West Building of the Museum.  Today we are taking at look at the special exhibit they have as well.}

Over at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the East Building is home to two exhibits that are just about finished with their run here in North Carolina.  The Worlds of M. C. Escher and the Leonardo Da Vinci Codex Leicester exhibits have been here at the museum since the end of October, but they are finishing up this month.  In fact, the Da Vinci exhibit ends this Sunday, January 17, 2016, and the M. C. Escher exhibit ends on Sunday, January 24, 2016.

My wife Cindy and I had some free time yesterday, so we decided to take in the exhibit.  Tickets can be purchased at the Museum of Art website, or directly at the museum.  Pricing is listed below:

Escher and Da Vinci

Those prices include seeing both exhibits under one ticket.  For Cindy and I, it took about two hours to see it all, so I think that is well worth the cost!

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Creative Mind

Escher and Da Vinci

Photography rules for Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester were that you could take photographs as long as no flash was used.  The room was darkened, with very subtle lighting, and in the room were individual pillars containing the actual pages of the Codex, along with a translation below the pages talking about what those pages referred to.  First, though, some information was on the wall that talked about the exhibit in general.

Escher and Da Vinci

In reading this information, I feel like I gained nearly as much information from this as I did from the pages themselves, and I was struck with the knowledge that the Codex Leicester is the only one of his manuscripts that exists in North America.

Escher and Da Vinci

Escher and Da Vinci

Escher and Da Vinci

“Above the plains of Italy, where flocks of birds are flying today, fishes were once moving in large schools.”

Escher and Da Vinci

This digital copy of the Codex Leicester allows you to translate, paraphrase, reverse the image, and more so you can learn more about the Codex.

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Leonardo Da Vinci artist background.

I enjoyed the Codex Leicester, even if most of it was over my head, so to speak.  One thing that really strikes me is that at the Museum we are looking at a manuscript that is 500 years old! The Leonardo Da Vinci Codex Leicester is here at the North Carolina Museum of Art until Sunday, January 17, 2016, and is on loan by Bill Gates.  If you have the opportunity to do so, I urge you to check it out!

The Worlds of M. C. Escher — Nature, Science, and Imagination

Escher and Da Vinci

Other than this sign, photography was not allowed in the exhibit.

I wish that photography had been allowed — there were so many great pieces on display, more than 130 of them! To look at some of the ones you can see here, go check out the gallery at the M. C. Escher Gallery.  Better yet, if you have the opportunity, go check it out!  Remember, the M. C. Escher exhibit is at the Museum until Sunday, January 24, 2016.

The Escher and Da Vinci exhibits are a really great reason to go check out the North Carolina Museum of Art, but if you do visit, I think you’ll find that the permanent collection and the Museum Park are great reasons to visit, even when those exhibits have moved on to other locations.

If you make it out to the Museum, please stop by and let me know what you think of it, and thanks for stopping by today!

 

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Best Kilimanjaro Safaris Trivia!

Kilimanjaro Safaris

The flamingos are present in this shot on Kilimanjaro Safaris!

As we continue our look at Kilimanjaro Safaris from our #DisneyWorldCountdown, we have some astounding facts related to this attraction.  How many of them did you know?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Best Kilimanjaro Safaris Trivia

  •  The size of Kilimanjaro Safaris is 4,791,600 square feet, or approximately 110 acres.
  • By comparison, the entire size of the Magic Kingdom is 107 acres, so one attraction — Kilimanjaro Safaris — is larger than the entire Magic Kingdom!
  • The ride is approximately 22 minutes in duration.
  • The flamingo island is actually shaped like a huge Hidden Mickey!

What other trivia do you have to share with us?  Please let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!  Please take time to visit my friend Jodi’s site at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and my friend Heidi’s site at Heidi’s Head for more great #DisneyTrivia!  Also, do you have a blog and some Disney trivia to share with us?  Then I urge you to write a post and add it to our link tool at the bottom of this post!  It’s a lot of fun and I think you’ll enjoy it!  Thanks, and make it a great Disney Day!

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Blogs to Check Out – Capturing Magical Memories!

As we continue on with our series, I’m bringing to you some blogs
that you might want to take a look at. I am both proud and honored to
be affiliated with both the great writers of Chip & Company, and the
incredible group that is known as the Magical Blogorail, and in this
small way, I hope to be able to say thanks to those bloggers that have
helped to make me the blogger that I am. Next on our list is my friend Mary’s site, Capturing Magical Memories!

My friend Mary is the creator of the site Capturing Magical Memories.  Her blog is a very creative one because it combines her love of Disney with her love of scrapbooking — in fact, her current background is one that she made with her digital scrapbooking software!  Mary is a member of the Magical Blogorail Teal line, and has been involved with the Blogorail on that line since it started in June.

In addition to her “work” with the Teal Team, Mary also loves to showcase the pictures that she takes when her family vacations at Walt Disney World!  Mary also loves to write articles that will help take the newbie (that would be me) from the world of photos to the world of scrapbooking!  Mary is also an Independent Consultant for Creative Memories, a company that offers scrapbooking products that will help anyone create magical books of memories that last a lifetime.

Mary is a great person, a great blogger, and a great addition to the Magical Blogorail!  If you haven’t been to her site, I urge you to check it out!

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Festival of the Lion King

11 Days: Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King

The Festival of the Lion King is back, and it’s our choice for #Day11 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

It’s back!  After a closure of many months to move it from it’s old location to a new location because of Avatarland, the Festival of the Lion King is back!  It was re-opened on June 1st, according to the Disney Parks Blog, and I for one can not wait to see it again!  When it comes to shows at Walt Disney World, in my opinion there are three big ones — Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo – The Musical, and Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage.  They are all so good, I really have a hard time deciding which one I like best!

Festival of the Lion King can now be seen in the brand new Harambe Theater, which is located in the Africa section of the park.  While I don’t know yet what, if anything, will be different about the show, I do have fond memories of the old show, so I hope that things are just as good with the new show!  Here are some pictures I had taken previously:

Festival of the Lion King

My wife loves Giraffes, and I think this set piece is great in the Festival of the Lion King!

Festival of the Lion King

The acrobatics at the Festival of the Lion King show were great! Who doesn’t love the Tumble Monkeys?!

Festival of the Lion King

I wonder how much like the original show the new Festival of the Lion King will look like!

Now I’ve got a couple of questions for you.  For starters, do you like the Festival of the Lion King show, or do you skip it?  Second, do you think the show will be much different, or about the same as before?  And third, when do you think you’ll be able to see it next?  Thanks for stopping by, and please leave your comments for me in our comments section!

Kilimanjaro Safaris

13 Days: Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Later in the day, the lion is resting while we all take pictures of it!

Kilimanjaro Safaris is perhaps the best known part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.  There are so many incredible things to discover about this attraction!  We have selected it for #Day13 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown because it is one ride that we are really looking forward to seeing.

Most of the time when we ride it, it’s later on in the day, and we get shots like the one above of the lion…but this year, we are going to wake up early, go to Animal Kingdom, and experience the Safaris early, while the animals are still active in their daily activities!  That will be a treat for me, one in which I hope to get many incredible photos for you all to see.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

The flamingos are present in this shot on Kilimanjaro Safaris!

The Safaris have an incredible amount of things to discover, from the lion to these flamingos, to elephants, and hippos and any number of other animals.  Perhaps my favorite, though, are these long creatures, my wife’s favorites:

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The young giraffe looks like he’s smiling or laughing at us!

The giraffes are so expressive, the one above looks like it’s laughing at us and our attempts to take pictures of him and his friends!  Watch out, though, because they have long tongues for getting to their food, and if you get too close, a tongue bath may not be much fun!

What do you think of the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?  Do you like it, not like it, ride it every now and again, think it’s too bouncy, or what?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!