George Eastman House – Int’l Museum of Photography & Film

Yesterday I took my hide down to the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film. I really wanted to see the forced spring bulbs in the conservatory, but ended up with several other surprises, too. I had quite forgotten how big and beautiful and interesting the place is. I have blogging fodder for at least a couple of posts! I’ll start with the conservatory, since that’s what I went there for. This is the view that first totally soothed my winter-sore eyeballs as I looked into the conservatory from the dining room:

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Here’s a closer view of the flowers in front of the Aeolian pipe organ. The pipes from the organ are hidden behind the latticework on the second and third floors.

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Not only a great view for the eyes, great smells of spring flowers for the nose. Then I walked into the conservatory and look to the left and saw and smelled paperwhites, hyacinths, tulips and amaryllis:

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And looking to the right I saw more of the same. Here’s a close-up of a gorgeous amaryllis with the limestone wall in the background:

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Here’s a close-up of the tulips in the left of the second photo:

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I walked around to the other end of the conservatory, and these are the tulips and daffodils are along the right side I couldn’t show you in the first photo.

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Here’s a close-up of the same tulips:

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I went up to the second floor (more on this later) and looked down into the conservatory.  Mmmm, look at all of those plants!

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Here’s a close-up of the hanging planter chandelier:

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Here’s a view of the other end of the conservatory from half-way up the stairs. The extensive grillwork was designed by Samuel Yellin.

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And the elephant’s head. Not the original head Mr. Eastman got while on safari in Africa in 1928, but a replica. And fortunately he didn’t go around killing elephants for their heads.

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And I’ll leave you with more beautiful amaryllis and paperwhites:

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And another tulip close-up:

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Stay tuned! I’ll post more about my tour of the Eastman House later!

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurie
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 11:01:55

    Oh my gosh, what a beautiful place. Just what my winter-tired eyes needed to see. Thank you for brightening my day. Now if the smell could only be broadcast along with the photos.

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  2. Pam
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 11:58:05

    Laurie – You’re welcome! It is beautiful there. I’ve got much more to come. I wish I could send the flower smell to everyone.
    P.S. I tried leaving comments on your blog – I have to figure out my google login info again.

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  3. mon@rch
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 12:05:58

    I agree, so much colorful flowers and that Elephant head is funny looking! Also loved seeing the high celings in this place!

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  4. Sandy
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 12:45:42

    The house is pretty, but the flowers are the best part. Also, hate the elephant on the wall!

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  5. jason
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 13:59:24

    Beautiful photos, Pam! Wow! What a gorgeous place, although the elephant head does seem bizarrely out of its element. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a pachyderm tiptoeing through the tulips before–or anywhere near tulips for that matter!

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  6. Tim R
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 14:16:01

    How can we improve copyright infringement for photos on the Internet

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  7. Pam
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 14:31:36

    Mon@rch – thank you. I love the high ceilings in this place, too! I can imagine the organ music going all throughout the house when they play it.

    Sandy – I agree, I love the plants and flowers. I guess the elephant head grows on you. It’s definitely a man’s home, and it used to freak me out, but now I’m used to it, for the most part. I don’t like heads of any animals on any wall!

    Jason – thank you! I love this home – it’s really kept up nice, too, which as I’m sure everyone knows, requires a lot of money. LOL! I can’t say I’ve ever seen a pachyderm in the tulips either!

    Tim R – There are tools you can use to see if others are using your photographs without your permission. However, I take the approach of putting low resolution photos on my blog and only my friends can see the high res photos in Flickr.

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  8. Mary
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 19:32:28

    Pam, you did what we all need to do around this time of year… Smell the flowers! That is a beautiful place and I’d love to see more. I agree with most – although the elephant head is intriguing, we can do without it.

    All of your photos are grand, but my personal favorite is the 7th one of the tulips. Gorgeous color.

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  9. Pam
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 20:26:33

    Mary – and the flowers smelled really good! I’ll show you more of the house as the days go by. Glad you like the tulips – I love those tulips, too.
    (Some) men and their need to stuff animals’ heads – I’ll never get it.

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  10. jim
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 20:46:33

    Great pictures , I also liked the elephant’s head , keep up the good work. I will have to go the GEH to look around and take some photos.

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  11. Pam
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 20:48:40

    Jim – thanks! Are you going to go to GEH *all* by yourself? It would be more fun to go with somebody! 😉

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  12. Laura
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 22:09:03

    Thank you for this dose of spring!

    Back to the snow for me!

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  13. Susan Gets Native
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 22:56:07

    Pam, dear, George Eastman would be proud of your pictures.

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  14. jayne
    Feb 26, 2007 @ 06:35:18

    Ahhhhh…. now that felt like spring scrolling along…. :c)

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  15. Pam
    Feb 26, 2007 @ 08:10:31

    Laura – you’re welcome! I know you like the snow. I’m so done with the snow, even though I have more to shovel today.

    Susan – OMG – you rock – that is the ultimate compliment! Thank you!

    Jayne – I’m glad – it felt like spring being inside the house with the bright sunshine outside.

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  16. jim
    Mar 02, 2007 @ 02:28:10

    yep ,yep, I like this man’s house. that pool table is nice and so are all your pictures . thanks . I like the oak walls ,
    thanks again for all those nice pictures of the MAN’S HOUSE.

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  17. Pam
    Mar 02, 2007 @ 10:04:19

    Jim – Thanks – I like this man’s house, too. What’s your point with emphasizing man’s house? Do you feel the need to go build yourself a man’s house in the woods? Go for it!

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