A Image Is Value a Thousand Phrases  – Canadian Museum of Nature Weblog

This well-known adage has turn out to be much more significant to me since becoming a member of the Canadian Museum of Nature in 2019 as a Collections Data Technician and Digital Asset Supervisor. Over the previous two years, I’ve had the privilege to dive into the Museum’s bodily and digital picture assortment housed inside the Library and Archives situated within the museum’s Pure Heritage Campus collections facility. 

The Museum has a wealthy repository of photographs that doc our information of and respect for the pure world, with over 95K digitized photographs of historic and up to date photographs of specimens, fieldwork journeys, and our standard Nature Artwork assortment. The one downside is that our digital picture assortment database is just at the moment accessible by inside employees. What a disgrace to have so many fantastically preserved and documented photographs and no technique of sharing them! That’s the reason, with the help and help of many beneficial colleagues, we determined that the perfect resolution was to affix forces with Google to arrange a web page on their Google Arts and Tradition platform.  

In April 2021, the Library and Archives group started engaged on this challenge. We met with the Google Arts and Tradition group (just about, after all), mentioned the challenge and what our objectives had been, and realized how you can construct the positioning. The following step was to resolve which photographs we needed to prioritize for our first add. Our intention was to pick out charismatic photographs that already included sturdy metadata so we might launch the positioning as rapidly as potential. 

With these objectives in thoughts, the Library and Archives group and I knew that we needed to incorporate the gorgeous authentic watercolours from B.L. Williamson’s “Reflections on the Fungaloids” which might be held within the Nature Artwork Assortment.  

An artistic representation of a white mushroom on cardstock.
Clitocybe multiceps 
18.7 x 31.8 cm  Gouache over graphite on card  
“Reflections on the Fungaloids” by B.L. Williamson, Ottawa, 1992. ISBN 1-894572-65-3 
Picture: B.L. Williamson © Canadian Museum of Nature   

We additionally had some eye-catching watercolours from John A. Crosby initially featured as illustrations in “The Birds of Canada” by W. Earl Godfrey (1986). 

Watercolour artwork of several different types of birds ranging in colour and size.
Fowl of Prey 
35.5 x 45.5 cm  Watercolour on artist board 
“The Birds of Canada” by W. Earl Godfrey printed in 1986 by the Nationwide Museum of Pure Sciences. 
Picture: John Crosby © Canadian Museum of Nature   

The Nature Artwork Assortment additionally holds historic zoological prints from Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix (c. 1700s) and Jacob Xaver Schmuzer (c. late 18th century).

Four images of fish species ornately drawn.
Zoological Print: Fische XXI  
21.5 x 27 cm Copper plate engraving with aquatint 
Jacob Xaver Schmuzer, Late 18th century 
© Public Area

And eventually, with CMN researchers returning to fieldwork within the Arctic and around the globe, I needed to ensure we included some wonderful photographs from the extra distant areas in Canada.  

Small delicate purple flowers with five petals growing out of rocks on the ground.
“Saxifraga oppositifolia, Resolute NU, CMN Arctic Botany Expedition 2017.” Picture: Paul Sokoloff © Canadian Museum of Nature   

You could find all these photographs and extra on the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Google Arts and Tradition web page launching November 30, 2021. These are only a small pattern of the photographs that the Museum has to provide and we’re working so as to add extra so verify again usually. For extra info or inquiry to license our photographs, please contact [email protected]. We’re comfortable that can assist you use them. 

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