Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sunshine Day

The floor (and radiator) in my upstairs education office.  It was warm and dry enough for a skirt today and a wander in the burial ground with a visiting group of 7th graders.  Not a bad day.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Wet Grass = Cold Feet

The grass around the houses was wet, wet, wet today, so I've got my shoes off inside to let them - and my feet - dry out a bit.  I snapped this photo on the second floor of a 1740 house.  I really like how the color of the painted wooden floor plays off the red tones in the hooked rug.  Guess I should leave it there.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gone Fishin'

The floor in my museum classroom just now as I was cleaning up from a homeschool group's visit.  The group ranged in age from >1 to about 7.  And almost all of them loved this activity, magnetic fishing.  You take a string with a magnet on the end, add a bunch of fish with paper clips, and voila!  Fun for all ages.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

And Another One

In the same spirit, let's call this new photo series "Museum Floors."  They also feature my feet - for scale, I guess?

Another New Photo Series

Let's call it "Museum Doors."  I work around eight different buildings that date to before 1814.  Yup, all of the historic buildings that I interpret/work in/manage are either almost 200 years old, or much older.  And their doors - both interior & exterior - are pretty cool.  So whenever I take a good shot of a museum door from now on, I'll tag it as such so the whole series can be searchable.  Here are three from the last few weeks:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Another Museum Tree

A lovely, large museum tree at the Langdon House in Portsmouth tonight.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Appearances around the Museum

Getting ready to tell the story of women in this city during the Civil War.  Exhibit elements are starting to go up around the museum.  I think this is actually more fun when I'm not actively tasked with exhibit installation.  This way, I get to see things take shape without the frantic rushing around that preceeds an exhibit opening.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Hey there, John Updike. Like your "colonial" costume. ;)

Women in the House

Two of my museums are having summer exhibits focusing in women. One is looking at women in the city during the Civil War; one is focusing on female artists in the town. I really like this painting from the latter exhibit, which is being installed soon. Will try to post a photo of some of the Civil War exhibit artifacts, too.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

Stopped by a local school today to drop something off for the museum and on the way out, caught sight of this. Awesome. And on a brick wall, no less. See post title.

Early 18th Century Cooking

Heating up milk to make cheese with a class of seventh graders this morning.  I love that this is a fairly normal morning for me.  And that I smelled like a campfire for the rest of the day.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

And Lilacs!

More raindrops on plants!  I took this photo of one of the lilac blossoms near a 1677 house at one of my museums.  I really like the fresh green and purple against the background of 17th century house exterior.  This house's gardens have 42 lilacs and - nerd alert! - the fact that it's that number exactly makes me smile everytime.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Raindrops on . . . Lilies?

I'm in love with this photo, shot quickly as I was leaving the side door of the museum to go get lunch. There are a ton of lily-of-the-valley plants in a garden bed by the door and I leaned down to get a quick snapshot. I love how the camera caught the water droplets on the leaves. I applied a "lo-fi" filter on Instagram and this hotness is the result!

Through A Glass Darkly

Rainy day at the museum today . . . 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Beech, from Two Angles

The 200+ year old copper beech at one of my museums, shot from below and through an upstairs window.  The first one has a simple filter, the second a filter with a bit more oomph.  I like them both for different reasons.

I've taken photos of this tree before, last October and in February and April of this year.  I've also taken photos of some of the trees at my other museums, some published here and some not.  Makes me think I should start a new series called "Museum Trees."  :)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Green Scene

At a plant sale for one of my museums.

Friday, May 4, 2012

New Tech

I got my first smartphone last night, so I've been taking photos on its 8 megapixel camera all day and sharing them in all kinds of ways - email, SMS, blogging, Facebook, Instagram.  I'm doing a "photo a day/project 365" series on my personal blog (which you might have noticed has actually increased my Museum Daily offerings over here).  I anticipate the new phone revolutionizing that project, and think it might translate here, as well.

So might I present, my first Instagram'd Museum Daily!  The caption read, "Oh . . . yeah.  This is totally where I work."  :)