0606 – …Continued

IMG_0999_01_LR_12Last week’s subjects are back again thanks to the volume of workable images each produced (kinda hard to miss with subject matter like this!). And since much of my time lately has been taken up with printing and framing for upcoming shows, I decided to dip into those deep wells for this week’s images.

The two sites are the Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, CT, and a huge antique store outside Cooperstown, NY, named Wood Bull Antiques. What they both have in common is that they are repositories of “old” things. One is filled with cultural detritus and/or antique treasures (depending on one’s perspective). The other houses the “story of life” stuff – in this case hundreds of millions of years old “stuff.”

IMG_0079_01_LR_12From the Peabody’s collection of crinoids.


You might remember this next crinoid from last week. This is another angle, one of many many different versions. Shifting the light source and changing angles and focus provided me with too many good options.


IMG_0947_01_LR_10A tabernacle and a birdhouse on equal footing


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Here are the last four for today.

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0530 – More from the Peabody

IMG_0021_01_LR_12When I first saw this fossil grouping of crinoids on my recent trip to the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History all I could think about were the bronze reliefs on the doors of the Florence BapistryI have often referred to the “sculptural beauty” of the fossils I photograph. And in this case I saw the trees in the panel landscapes.

IMG_8358_01_LR_10For their beauty to be appreciated these invertebrate fossils need no comparisons. In their own right they have a visual significance that is as important and meaningful as is their age and history.



A few days ago, while driving through central New York, I came across a very large antique/junk shop. Acres surrounding the main building were filled with objects everywhere, some placed deliberately, others strewn haphazardly about.

IMG_0917_01_LR_10The more I looked about the more I could see random still lives.

IMG_9888_01_LR_12So, since notions of mood, composition, tone, etc. run through my work in a similar fashion I thought I’d intermix the Peabody fossils with some of my recent finds.

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The old and the very old.

IMG_9937_01_LR_10 IMG_0974_01_LR_10 IMG_0116_01_LR_12I’ll have more images from both of those trips in weeks to come.


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