Dec. Flickr Photo of the Month: Museum of Natural Science


January 5, 2009
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Let’s face it – the holidays can be kind of crazy. So crazy, in fact, that December’s Flickr photo of the month was somehow overlooked until today. With apologies to wheelcipher, this month’s featured photographer:

The Hall of the Americas – a permanent exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science that features the history and cultures of North and South America – houses some of the most dramatic artifacts in the entire museum. Is it any wonder we were blown away by an image from this hall for the second month in a row?

Here’s what wheelcipher had to say about his stunning image:

The shot was “lucky.” I was trying to make the most of some less-than-ideal lighting conditions and playing with some of the exposure settings on my new Sony Alpha A100 camera. The fact that the picture came out so good was 99% luck. It was one of the best ones of the day.

Museum of Natural Science
Museum of Natural Science by wheelcipher. You can see more of his photos on his blog.

So, what’s this Photo of the Month feature all about? Our science museum is lucky enough to have talented and enthusiastic people who visit us every day – wandering our halls, grounds and satellite facilities, capturing images of the wonders on display here that rival the beauty of the subjects themselves. Thankfully, many share their photos with us and everyone else in our HMNS Flickr group – and we’re posting our favorites here, on the Museum’s blog, once a month. (You can check out all our previous picks here or here.)

Many thanks to  wheelcipher for allowing us to share his beautiful photograph. We hope this and all the other amazing photography in our group on Flickr will inspire you to bring a camera along next time you’re here – and show us what you see.

Erin B
Authored By Erin B Blatzer

Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS. In a past life, she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS.

2 responses to “Dec. Flickr Photo of the Month: Museum of Natural Science”

  1. Dave says:

    Stunning photo!!

    Erin, do you know what the top 10 largest or so museums are in America or in the world?

  2. Erin B says:

    Hi Dave,

    I’m glad you like it. I don’t know the top 10 – and in any case, it’s almost impossible for any two people counting to agree on a criteria with which to measure. Top attendance? Largest collections? Most gallery space? Depending on what you’re looking at, the list would change – and most Museums measure each of these criteria in different ways. As far as I know, there is no central authority that measures this kind of thing.

    Forbes Traveler did a review of the Top 25 Museums recently, by attendance – but as you know, they left HMNS out, even though our average attendance puts us easily in the top 10.

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