May 24, 2013


Hipstamatic: Loftus and DC
John Brogan Park | Idaho City, Idaho

I enjoy taking something familiar and giving it a new angle. John Brogan Park, in Idaho City, is a landmark that many residents pass daily as they traverse Montgomery Street -- one of our 2 main drags. A private home is situated to the right of this fence. The most visited areas (out of view) surround the historical 1860's structures: the Boise Basin Museum, batten and board homes, the blacksmith shop and pest house; as well as picnic tables, a bandstand, and the horseshoe pit seen at the upper left of this photo. This old-style fence can easily blend in.

It was a warmer Spring day when this photo was shot. I used Hipstamatic with the Loftus lens and DC film. I appreciate how the distinctive marks on the fence lead the eye on a dreamy path. A few residents did not recognize where this photo was taken. That made me very happy!

Happy Spring!

May 21, 2013

A Day at the Museum

Hipstamatic: Libatitique 73 lens and GS-O film
Boise Basin Museum | Idaho City, Idaho

Our Boise Basin Museum doors were reopened in April for field trips and tours; providing weekend hours for tourists. Our season begins officially on Memorial Day and will be open 7 days a week, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, until Labor Day.

The museum building had former lives as a post office, general store, meat market, and private residence. It was built in 1867 by architect and postmaster, James A. Pinney, as a defense against fire. In just 5 years since its founding, Idaho City had burned down twice and Pinney was not about to lose another post office. Shifting away from the usual board and batten structures, he designed a thick brick building with heavy steel shutters and doors. Even the attic had brick flooring with a layer of earth for further protection.

Hipstamatic: Libatique 73 lens and Ina's 1969
How the West was Won! | Idaho City, Idaho

I am one of 2 Curators and much like my employment at Disneyland in the late 1970's, a work day never feels like work. Each museum guest brings something special to the table, whether it's their own historical tales or simple curiosity. Many visitors have roots in Idaho City and a good portion come to us from other continents.

Hipstamatic: Libatique 73 lens and GS-O film
Old Royal Typewriter | Idaho City, Idaho

This is my 3rd museum season. Despite my familiarity, there is always something new to discover. I love learning, so I often use my work hours to educate myself. There is never a dull moment.

Hipstamatic: Hornbecker lens and Kodot XGrizzled film
1865 Fire House | Idaho City, Idaho

Ironically, this 1865 Fire House is still standing. It was no match against the fires of 1865 and 1867,  largely because Idaho City was constructed of wood and used wood-burning stoves for cooking and heat. Following these fires, fire fighting was beefed up significantly.

At the Museum,

May 19, 2013

Belated Celebration

Joe's Crab Shack | Boise, Idaho

Sometimes, the best things are worth waiting for. Barry was under the weather on Mother's Day, so he pinky-promised me that my Joe's Crab Shack craving would be gratified the following Sunday. It was, and in the Miller tradition, WE SHARED EVERYTHING! Trust me, these platters looked this pristine for about 45 seconds.

Life is GOOD!