April 25, 2017
April 24, 2017
A couple of weeks ago I went wandering by car around the northern Ohio countryside. Most of what I saw was farmland, often adorned with photogenic barns. The leanings of the outbuildings in this photograph are not due to lens distortion. The structures really slouched like this.
April 23, 2017
Immediately south of the quarriy pits sit some old abandoned buildings. Here is a view from the outside and another from the inside of a building, the old part of which dates back to 1906, that was used to work the sandstone. The third photograph is of another building on the site, turkey vulture presiding. The fourth photo is of more of the grounds, over which another turkey vulture watches. Someone much braver than I explored even further and made some perhaps more informed guesses about what went on in the quarries. You can see his or her photographs and narrative here. If you Google “Amherst Quarries,” you can find even more information about the quarries as well as some great photos of them in operation. Probably these are the quarries shown in my posts of April 21 and 22. Across Quarry Road from these ruins is an old fence that appealed to me (fifth photo). Besides looking impenetrable, the fence presented a no-trespassing sign, a sure indication that more photographic treasures of the quarry kind await beyond.
April 22, 2017
The quarries fill not just with water but dead trees. And visiting Canada geese. . . . What a difference a polarizing filter on my camera lens makes.
April 21, 2017
There is a road that I cross when driving between Schoepfle Garden and Oberlin called Quarry Road. If I drive far enough north on Quarry Road, I reach two sandstone quarries that have ceased operations and are now filled with water. On a recent typical overcast day in early spring northern Ohio (April 2, to be exact), I did some exploring there.