Here at the Field Book Project, we’re busy bloggers. We usually churn out two blog posts per week, and sometimes limiting ourselves to that takes restraint. So, needless to say, we include a lot of pictures of field books to illustrate our blog posts. We’ve decided to share these images on the Smithsonian’s Flickr Commons stream.
Why post to Flickr Commons? There are a few reasons. First of all, the kind and talented folks in Smithsonian Institution Archives Digital Services regularly digitize materials for us to use to accompany our posts (in addition to regularly digitizing field books for the Field Book Registry). Flickr’s The Commons is already a thriving forum for sharing images, so it made sense for us to contribute already digitized images to this resource. Secondly, Flickr allows users to interact directly with images by tagging, commenting, downloading large files, sharing, and marking images as “favorites”. Finally, it allows us to bring our visual content to a wider audience and allow more people to discover the amazing diversity of field notes.
This first set includes 24 images from seven blog posts and represent field notes in a variety of formats (photographs, codices, sketches) and subject areas (Botany, Herpetology, Mammalogy, Ichthyology). They represent some of our favorite collections and collectors. We hope that you enjoy the images as much as we do. To read more about something that strikes you, follow the url in the caption to the related blog post. Enjoy!
View the full set on Flickr: Field Book Project Blog Images, September 2012