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From the Archives of 2003


April 5, 2020

The last post comprised photographs that I took around the grounds where I live. With things as they are, for a long time in the future new photographs will be taken on the grounds where I live. So here’s a little deviation for you (and me).

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Close to Home


March 29, 2020

Perhaps like many of you, I have not be able to get out as I used to. So I’ve been walking around the property of the retirement community in which I live. Before our small gym was closed, I would work out first thing in the morning, so I missed photographing this time of day. It’s a small silver lining that I’m now out and about, often (when it isn’t cloudy) seeing the sun come up. I’m so lucky to be near nature, especially water, which I love to photograph. I’m also lucky, as are all of you, to be able to travel electronically. Please stay as safe as you can. We need each other.

1 The sun came up just as I was approaching these woods.

2 A few minutes later, the sunlight was positively illuminating the trees and shrubs. The light really was this yellow.

3 Last year’s leaves still hold appeal for me. Here are some submerged under water.

4 This photo is from an age ago: March 1, but it was taken on our premises and seems to fit this collection.

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This is either a heath or a heather, sprinkled with snow—the kind that looks like miniature snow balls.

8 We’re enjoying the last few weeks of being able to see the straw colors of old weeds. Soon all will be green. It’s a trade off.

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10 These are cattails and duckweed in a vernal pool. It’s where the spring peepers most like to hang out these days, when it’s warm enough for them.

11 This is Green Pond, one of more than six ponds on the property. It’s hard to say how many there are. Some are not named, and some may be considered too small to count as real ponds.

12 My camera and Lightroom said that this is an overexposed photograph of Meadow Pond.

13 My camera and Lightroom said that this is a properly exposed photograph of Meadow Pond. I think I like the overexposure better.

14 Here is another view of Meadow Pond.

15 Headed home one day after photographing around the property, I found a red-winged blackbird singing from a flowering maple tree.

 

Revisiting the Kipton Grain Elevator in 2020


March 22, 2020

The Kipton grain elevator series started October 24, 2014. Last Sunday I went back to Kipton. Among the grain-elevator ruins a local farmer has erected some new silos and paraphernalia, but those aren’t what interested me during this trip. I’d love to show you close-up details of many of these photographs, but that would make this post ridiculously long. I restrained myself to one, #22. Tell me if there are any other photos whose details you would like to see, and I’ll put them in the Other Files section of the blog.

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From the Archives of 2001 and 2002


March 15, 2010

Not having any new photographs to show, I went through my photographs of 2001 and 2002 today hoping to find something shareworthy. I found only one from 2001 (the turkey-tail fungus) and 14 from 2002. It was frustrating to see many photographs that might have been good if only I’d framed them better. Even more photographs were images of interesting things rather than interesting images of things. Ah, well, photograph and learn. These were all taken with a Sony Cybershot DSC-F707. You may have seen some of them in earlier blog posts.

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A Trip through Archived Ladders


March 8, 2020

The last few blog posts have included photographs of ladders. With ladders on my mind I took a tour of my archives this week.

1 The first three photographs are of a ladder attached to a diesel tank in Cortez, Florida. This one is from April 2014.

This and the next photo are from April 2012.

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4 This January 2010 photo is also from Cortez, but I can’t place where in any greater detail.

5 This ladder photograph, circa September 2013, is of the old Kipton, Ohio, grain elevator.

6 This photo was taken in March 2005 in a Sarasota, Florida, alley.

7 I took this December 2012 photograph in an old building in Sarasota’s Rosemary District that my friend Janet and I snuck into.

8 I took this photo in May 2006 during the hanging of the quilt show Artist As Quiltmaker in Oberlin, Ohio.

9 These are apple-picking ladders photographed August 2013 on Garfield Road, Henrietta Township, Ohio.

10 I took the last four photographs in our “front yard” on Garfield Road. This is the peach-tree area of the orchard in May 2004.

11 I think this is a pear tree—unless it’s an apple tree—in November 2003.

12 These are persimmon trees in November 2015.

13 Here are the same trees three days later, photographed about the same time of day in different weather.

More Wandering around Downtown Wellington, February 2020


March 1, 2020

Wellington held more treasures, I was sure, than I was able to discover two weeks ago. So last Sunday I went back.

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Wandering around Downtown Wellington, February 2020


February 23, 2020

Last Sunday I drove to the first town south of Oberlin. Wellington’s history is unlike Oberlin’s in many ways. Most especially, it is not a college town but a town with an important role in a farm-related business: cheese making. Murals on downtown buildings depict Wellington’s past, and the town’s big old Victorian houses reflect the prosperity of some of its early citizens. Another thing that sets Wellington apart is that Archibald Willard worked in Wellington and is buried there. You may not know his name, but you may be familiar with Willard’s painting (or its take-offs) called The Spirit of ’76. Wellington has a few more-prosaic distinctions, too, as you’ll see below. Then, of course, I found some things I just plain like. Or make that, some plain things I just like.

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4 Mr. Crosier’s cheese-factory building still stands, now housing a yoga studio.

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More Wandering around Downtown Oberlin, February 2020


February 16, 2020

Last Sunday I wandered around downtown Oberlin again. Four of the photographs in today’s post are variations on ones I’d taken during previous downtown wanderings. It’s fun for me to compare the new with the old photos, and on the chance it might be fun for you, I’ve included the old ones here.

1 The old ticket booth of the Apollo Theater, photo taken last Sunday

2 The old ticket booth of the Apollo Theater, photo taken April 30, 2017

3 The old ticket booth of the Apollo Theater, photo taken last Sunday

4 The old ticket booth of the Apollo Theater, photo taken May 29, 2017

5 I wonder how many of you are able to identify this nicely rusted object.

6 Backside of storefronts, photo taken last Sunday

7 Backside of storefronts, photo taken April 30, 2017

8 Alley still life, photo taken last Sunday

8 Alley still life, photo taken November 21, 2018

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10 Tree shadows on old painted wall sign, photo taken last Sunday

11 Tree and old painted wall sign, photo taken May 5, 2018

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An Unexpected Adventure


February 9, 2020

In 2006, years before my friend Britt forsook Oberlin for Santa Barbara (and before I started this blog), she and I drove to nearby Elyria, Ohio, to see what we could see. Starting with a promising alley, we had not been there long when a man approached and invited us into the building we had been photographing. He was renovating it and thought we might find interesting things to photograph inside. Did we ever. Were I to do these photos over, I would take many of them differently, most often by pulling back a bit to include more in the frame. But I had so much fun taking another look at these even as they are that I decided to share them here.

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Wandering around Downtown Oberlin, February 2020


February 2, 2020

Last week I wandered around downtown Oberlin (see last post), but didn’t stay long because the cold commanded too much attention. Today was warm enough (mid-40s, Fahrenheit) that I didn’t keep thinking about how cold I was. And the sun came out! Here’s some of what I saw.

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