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Vaguely familiar

This is a pterodactyl, or flying reptile, which vaguely reminds me of some bird from the present day. Ironically, we both tried to photograph it on our first visit with the Z7 and Sony, but the best picture was from my iPhone on our second trip there.


The “dinosaur exhibit” -- as everybody calls it, although it’s much more than that -- in the newly reopened fossil hall at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is fascinating.

Best to view in "Original" because other versions resized by Pbase are decidedly unsharp.

The contortionist, posted earlier:

Apple iPhone 11 Pro
1/60s f/1.8 at 4.2mm iso250 full exif

other sizes: small medium large original auto
Ton T.06-Dec-2019 15:34
An interesting animal Helen! V
janescottcumming06-Dec-2019 14:29
So cool looking! V
Julie Oldfield06-Dec-2019 14:21
The wing span is amazing.. v
Charlene Ambrose06-Dec-2019 01:44
Interesting location for it, but certainly well captured. Funny how the iPhone can sometimes work out better. Don't tell Nikon. :-) VV
Gill Kopy06-Dec-2019 01:01
It turned out perfectly - and what a marvelous display. V
globalgadabout05-Dec-2019 22:30
s Stellar's Jay looks a bit like this, at least with it's feathers fluffed up....however suspect this is a pterodactyl, doubtless a scary creature in its day..
Nick Paoni05-Dec-2019 22:09
Have to admit, the phone did the job. Such a fascinating display.
Jean Chiasson05-Dec-2019 21:13
Spectacular presentation Helen V
hayl05-Dec-2019 20:57
Such fine bones in such a long wing span. Well done to photograph it.
Jim Coffman05-Dec-2019 20:00
Very nice image, Helen! That is a big bird!
Pieter Bos05-Dec-2019 19:41
What an original display! ~V
joseantonio05-Dec-2019 19:40
nice capture with the iphone.V.
Isabel Cutler05-Dec-2019 19:35
I have frequently found that my phone takes the best pictures in certain situations.
Apostolos Tikopoulos05-Dec-2019 19:28
Nice image and framing. V.