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The rose, more than any other flower, has inspired illustration and imagination. The unmistakable scent, the graceful beauty, the delicate petal texture of the rose bud and bloom, the unforgiving nature of its thorns – all these are familiar images and remembered sensations. Many cultures have praised and painted the rose; preserved its petals; made medicines and cosmetics from it; used it as a poetic metaphor, household emblem or symbol of love; and strewn images of it on clothes and accessories. The red rose has become a symbol of Valentine’s Day, 14 February, and roses of all colours are...
Spiders in mirror are not as creepy as they appear. “I’VE BEEN RIDING WITH SAM FOR ALMOST TEN YEARS. HE’S BEEN TO EVERY CLIMBING CRAG ON THE SOUTH ISLAND. IT MIGHT BE THE LONGEST RELATIONSHIP I’VE EVER HAD,” ANNE SAYS WITH A SMILE AND A NOD AT THE IMPRESSIVE WEB ON HER 2003 FADED GREEN SUBARU IMPREZA. SIDE MIRROR SPIDERS (AKA SIDEY-SPIDEYS) HAVE BEEN STOWING AWAY ON KIWI ROADIES FOR DECADES, BUT HOW MUCH DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE MOST WELL-TRAVELLED ARACHNIDS IN NEW ZEALAND? Anecdotally, Sidey-Spideys do not enjoy speeds over 110kph, and tend to inhabit older, slower vehicles driven...
*We take it for granted now that anyone of any gender can wear trousers or show their legs in our culture, but it was not always so.* In the 1880s and 1890s, some women tried wearing trousers or even just divided skirts to ride bicycles or sit astride horses, but they were made fun of, and hounded by groups of men and boys. Victorian-style dress, worn for most of the 19th century, embodied gender role differences: for men, dark, sombre colours, and shapes indicating seriousness, expanded shoulders and chests to show strength, bifurcated trousers to allow activity. Women had small waists...
Hand-loomed, ethically sourced, and beautiful.
Otago Museum has a number of drinking horns called rhyta. See if you can identify them all!
Dive into the history and mystery of the giant squid (Architeuthis dux) with On Lee Lau!
Our amazing Honorary Curator (and Twitter Queen)
I am a part-time postgraduate student in Auckland at the University of Auckland, Department of Ophthalmology, and also a practising ophthalmologist (eye surgeon)...
Welcome to the Sky Guide, your monthly guide to what's happening in the heavens!
The Otago Museum Blog is being taken over by the student-creators of the exhibition Climate Change – Striking a Balance!
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