House On Witchwood Drive

A large American flag in the front window of the enclosed porch of a small house on Witchwood Drive in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The American flag dominates the front of this small house on Witchwood Drive in Waynedale, a working-class area in the southwest part of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

I photographed this house in Waynedale last Wednesday. Waynedale was an independent small town until 1957, when its people voted to join the city.

Most people in Waynedale are very patriotic. It has been nearly 60 years since Waynedale became part of Indiana’s second-largest city, but it still looks and feels like the small town it once was.

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Yellow Tree Swings

Two yellow swings hang on a tree on the edge of a cornfield on a farm in rural Allen County, Indiana.
Swings hanging from tree branches are a common sight in rural Indiana. Most of them are improvised swings made from old tires, but this tree has a pair of modern rubber swing seats, like those that you might find in a park or school playground.

On Thursday, I photographed this tree with two yellow swings at a farm on Kress Road in rural southwest Allen County, Indiana.

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The Former Movie Magic Video Store in Waynedale

A toilet and a sawhorse table sit in front of the former Movie Magic video store building on Lower Huntington Road in Waynedale Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Former Movie Magic Video Store in Waynedale

This old building on Lower Huntington Road in Waynedale has had several businesses in it in the last 30 years. When I was very young, it was Northstar Satellite, a company that sold satellite dishes. They’re still in business in another location. For a long time after that, it was a video rental store called Movie Magic. It was a laundromat when it was first built.

While I was photographing it Wednesday afternoon, the owner told me that she is renovating the building in hopes of attracting a new tenant.

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Hairy Caught A Cockroach On My Dinner!

Hairy The Spider, a Ty Beanie Baby, eating a gigantic cockroach on a plate of french fries.
My pet spider, Hairy, eating a giant roach he captured on my plate of fries! Yuck! Hairy is a Beanie Baby, and was my son’s favorite toy when he was a little kid.

Saturday evening, my son and I went out to eat. Our pet spider, Hairy, caught a HUGE cockroach. Wish he hadn’t eaten on MY plate of fries! Yuck!

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Silk Flowers On The Muddy Ground

Two small bouquets of silk flowers lay on the muddy ground, surrounded by dead leaves.
Two bouquets of silk flowers on the ground in my neighborhood

These two bouquets of silk flowers lay on the ground in the neighborhood where I grew up. They’re on the east side of Arbor Avenue, just south of Sandpoint Road, near the trailer park. I first noticed them during the winter, a few months before I made this photograph of them. I don’t know why they are there.

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The Trailer Park Across The Street

Two small American flags fly from a broken tree in a trailer park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
American flags fly from a tree in the little trailer park across the street from my house.

The morning when I made this photograph was foggy and rainy. I wasn’t feeling well that day, and intended to go back to bed after taking my son to school. I loved the light that I saw when I got home, so before I went back to bed, I walked across the street from my house and photographed this broken tree in the old trailer park on Sandpoint Road, just west of the railroad tracks.

The man who owned the trailer in the background told me that the trailer park’s owner offered to give it to him if he would fix it up and pay rent for the lot. The trailer had sat empty for years and the floors had been badly damaged by water from a leaky roof. He had just divorced and his wife got his house and the house she owned before they married!

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Fort Wayne’s Elmhurst High School At Sunset

The back side of Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Elmhurst High School a few minutes before sunset

 

Sunset over Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Elmhurst High School at Sunset

I made these photographs of Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne Saturday evening, just a few minutes apart as the sun was setting behind me.

This is the rear of the school, seen from the parking lot. The doors in the middle of the building were really the main entrance during the school’s last 20 or so years, since the doors on the ornate main entrance on the front of the building were kept locked.

I graduated from Elmhurst in 1994, and my sister graduated in 1997. My parents were also Elmhurst grads; dad in 1968 and mom in 1969. I grew up a short walk from the school.

In 2010, Fort Wayne Community Schools closed Elmhurst, which was the school district’s oldest and smallest high school, as a budget-cutting measure. The school had originally been much smaller than the current building. The original 1920’s building, which is still visible on the school’s northeast corner, had been added on to several times over the decades.

The part of the building visible on the left side of this photograph was not there when I was a student; it was added just a few years before the school was closed! The curved part on the right is the school’s auditorium, which was added in the 1970s.

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In God We Stand

An American flag with no stars painted on a barn next to a sign that says In God We Stand. The barn is on South County Line Road in rural Allen County, Indiana.
This barn sits behind a house on South County Line Road, just west of Zubrick Road, on the southern edge of Allen County, Indiana.

I found this barn yesterday evening while exploring the rural areas south of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The man who owns it told me that he painted “In God We Stand,” instead of the more familiar phrase “In God We Trust,” because he felt that in today’s world people need to do more than simply trust God. He believed that Christians had to stand with God, to stop the immorality of today’s world.

He had two large dogs who tried to lick me to death when I got out of my car!

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Patriotic Coffee

An American flag printed on a cup from Our Daily Brew, a locally owned coffee shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The paper cups at Our Daily Brew have a small American flag printed above the “this stuff is hot” warning at the bottom of the cup. How randomly out of place!

A few days ago, I stopped at Our Daily Brew, a locally owned coffee shop at the Time Corners Shopping Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I bought a latte and drank it on my way home.

Before I threw away the paper cup it came in, I noticed a small American flag printed above the “This drink is hot” warning at the bottom of the cup! Lots of businesses around here display the flag in their windows or paint it on the sides of their vehicles. It seemed kind of out of place at the bottom of a coffee cup, though.

I went back yesterday and got another latte, and photographed it on one of the shop’s tables while the girl working there wondered why the heck I was photographing a paper coffee cup!

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Top Ten Restaurant of the Decade

The sign at Magic Wand Restaurant in Churubusco, Indiana. The readerboard under the neon sign says, Rated a top 10 restaurant of the decade.
I was amused by the sign on the day I made this photograph. It proclaims that the Magic Wand is “Rated A Top 10 Restaurant Of The Decade.” I don’t know about that, but they do have incredible hamburgers!

Magic Wand is a locally owned restaurant in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. I first ate here as a young boy, when my family would stop here on our way to Chain-O-Lakes State Park, where we often went camping.

I’ve photographed Magic Wand several times over the last few years. We go up there for lunch once or twice a month.

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