A Brilliant Stroke of Luck


I have to give snaps to the employees and/or patrons of London’s Natural History Museum.  Not only is the museum an extraordinary experience (we’re talking giant redwood slabs, an unbelievable collection of animal and plant specimens, and about a million other things I didn’t have time to see), but it also managed to save me from a potential disaster.

After a long day of walking around every exhibit in the museum and a quick visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum, I decided to head down to Hyde Park for a little break.  I thought I’d sit down under a tree and let the world go by while my feet healed up a bit.  While lying on the ground, I thought the view of the tree and the sky would make a nice picture (for this blog, actually!).  I dug into my purse and found there was no camera – it was missing!  A wave of panic hit me as several thoughts rolled through my mind: Oh, my God a pick pocket got to me!  It’s only the third day – What am I going to do for the rest of the month without a camera?  Did I leave it in one of the museums?  The only cute picture I have of one of my dogs is on the memory card inside the camera, (long story on this one, but in short, one of my dogs takes absolutely horrid pictures).

After dumping my purse three times, one must be sure after all, I pretty much decided it was gone and there was no getting it back.  But there is always that need to do something when bad luck strikes.  Instead of throwing in the towel, I got up and headed back to the Natural History Museum with the hope that someone turned it in to lost and found. It was a long shot at best, but worth a try.

The museum was 3 minutes away from closing when I arrived.  They weren’t letting anyone in the doors, but I explained my situation and the doorman kindly let me in and showed me to the guest services desk.  The man behind the desk asked me what my camera looked like and how many megapixels it had.  As it happens, I had all the right answers for the camera he had in his hand!  By some miracle, someone picked it up and turned it in, just as a I had hoped.  Seriously, what are the odds of that occurring??  Everything was certainly stacked against me, yet there I was happily reunited with my camera.  My sincere thanks to the anonymous individual who not only found it, but was thoughtful enough to turn it in.  So many others would have kept it for themselves.

In honor of the Natural History Museum, here’s a picture of the main lobby.  It’s an impressive building that is as much a sight as everything it holds, (Click on picture for a full size view).

Now, lets just hope I didn’t use up all my luck in one shot!  More pics and posts to come.  My muse is singing loudly and I’m writing as much as I can.

19 thoughts on “A Brilliant Stroke of Luck

  1. Just when you give up on people something like this happens to reassure you that there are indeed good people everywhere. Many years ago my Mom dropped a twenty dollar bill on the floor at a McDonalds and she actually went back to see if somebody turned it in. What are the chances of that! Well somebody did, the manager said a teenager found it and gave it to the manager in case somebody came in looking for it. Not only one good person in this story but two! Enjoy your trip, and share more pics!


  2. Laureen

    Amazing story! One of my friends lost his wallet in a parking garage in NYC and got it back. You just never know. So happy for you!


  3. Of course you would get your camera back, the world loves you and you are fulfilling a dream so positive energy is on your side. I am experiencing London through your words as I’ve never been and have no plans to visit so I am thrilled for this opportunity. If anyone can make me feel like I’m right there, it’s you. So, where are you taking me next??


  4. Susanne

    Glad to hear you are writing and soaking up all the wonderful culture of London. Thank goodness you got back your camera so you can keep sending photos, too!


    • The last couple of days have been crazy writing days. I always write best when it rains (I have no idea why) and its been raining every day for the last three days. In between the sunspots, I’ve found a little place to sit and write. I’ll be posting some of it soon. 🙂


  5. Michael

    Hey C.B. — glad you found the camera and that there are still ‘good folk’ still among us!!!

    Don’t forget to back to looking at the sky!



  6. Rachel

    Enjoy your trip! My Muse loved England too. Unfortunately, I was horribly sick in London and was not able to enjoy the sights as much as I would have liked.
    Thanks for sharing the picture of the Natural History Museum! It is a truly magnificent building!


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