Mr. Lawson’s Shed

A small storage shed, originally built as a chicken coop, stands next to a tree in rural Allen County, Indiana.

This old storage shed belonged to Mr. Lawson, my grandparents’ (Charles and Rosa Crawford) neighbor. It stood beside the fence dividing the two properties.

Mr. Lawson’s house was on Ellison Road, south of US-24, in rural Allen County, Indiana. My grandparents’ land was behind Mr. Lawson’s land, and was connected to the road by a gravel lane that ran along the edge of Mr. Lawson’s land.

The shed, which looks like it was originally a chicken coop, had a big hand-painted “No Trespassing” sign hanging on the side facing grandpa’s yard when I was a child.

I made this photograph when I was in college in the late 1990s.

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Churubusco Turtle Days

Turtle Days is a festival held every June in the town park in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. The festival commemorates the legend of the giant turtle that a farmer near the town claimed to have seen living in his pond in the 1940s.

I went to Turtle Days on the evening of June 17 and made some photographs of the small carnival, which had a few rides and games, in the park.

The lights on the Ring Of Fire Ride shine in the dark sky at dusk during the 2016 Churubusco Turtle Days carnival in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.
The Ring of Fire is a staple of traveling carnival companies. I have photographed them in a number of different carnivals across the United States.
The ball-toss game at sunset during the 2016 Churubusco Turtle Days carnival in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. The game is housed in a trailer that has a cross and Trust Jesus painted on the side.
The end of the trailer housing the ball-toss game says, “Trust Jesus. John 3:16.” I have photographed this same carnival game trailer at other festivals in northeast Indiana over the years. Interestingly, none of the other carnival games belonging to this company have religious messages painted on them.
A bored carny and a small dog at the ball-toss game during the 2016 Churubusco Turtle Days carnival in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. The dog sits on the counter next to some plush toy prizes.
The tiny dog siting on the front counter of the ball-toss game belongs to another worker, who left it in the care of the woman running this game for a few minutes. The dog sat quietly and watched people while she waited for her owner to return.
A young boy in a stroller blowing up a balloon with a hand-pump at the 2016 Churubusco Turtle Days carnival in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. His mother, who is pushing the stroller, worked at the carnival making balloon animals.
This woman was making balloon animals for children. In between customers, her young son played with her hand-operated balloon pump.

The woman’s t-shirt was funny: “In Cash We Trust. Everyday Is Payday.” The picture on her shirt is the pyramid and all-seeing eye from the back of the One Dollar bill. The button on her shirt says: “I work for tips, thanks.”

A young man and his son eating cotton candy at the 2016 Churubusco Turtle Days carnival in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. The little boy sits in a stroller with several inflatable super heroes that they won at the carnival games.
This young man and his son were eating cotton candy. Looks like dad was pretty good at the carnival games; they had three inflatable super heroes that he had won for his son. There was Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

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My Garage Window #2

Orange tiger lilies growing under the window on the side of my garage.

This is one of the windows on the east side of my garage. Tiger lilies grow all along the sides of the garage.

This used to be my grandparents’ house. They planted the flowers decades ago, when I was a child.

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Summer Solstice Full Moon

A full moon in the sky at dusk on the evening before the 2016 Summer Solstice. Photographed in the sky above a hayfield in rural Allen County, Indiana.

A full moon on the Summer Solstice is a rare event that only occurs about once every 70 years. I made this photograph of the moon above a hayfield at last light on the evening before the solstice.

I was looking southwest from Pleasant Center Road, about halfway between State Road 1 (Bluffton Road) and Thiele Road, in the southern part of Allen County, Indiana.

After I photographed the moon, I made two photographs of the sunset.

The blue and purple sky at sunset over a cornfield on the north side of Pleasant Center Road in rural Allen County, Indiana.
The first photo I made of the sunset on June 19, 2016.

The yellow spots and streaks in the dark cornfield are lightning bugs in flight during the long exposure!

This is on the north side of Pleasant Center Road, about halfway between State Road 1 (Bluffton Road) and Thiele Road, in the southern part of Allen County, Indiana.

The blue and purple sky after sunset in rural Allen County, Indiana.
The second photo I made of the sunset on June 19, 2016.

I was looking northeast from Pleasant Center Road when I made this photograph.

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Stop Tagging My Building!

A vacant warehouse on Jacobs Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A sign above the door says No Trespassing and offers a $500 reward for information about the vandals who keep tagging the brick building with graffiti.

This old industrial building is on Jacobs Avenue, between Wells Street and Clinton Street, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

There are several signs on the building, including the one above the door, offering a $500 reward for information about the vandals who keep tagging the building with spray-painted graffiti.

You can see spots where tags have been cleaned from the brick building.

A vacant warehouse on Jacobs Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A graffiti tag under one of the windows says, Sorry.

The only tag that I could see on the building was this one, which simply says, “Sorry.” If it was painted by the previous taggers, it is a rather insincere apology!

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Celebrate America

The front window of a fireworks store on Main Street US-33 in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. A sign made of cut-out paper letters says, Celebrate America.

This is the front window of a fireworks store at the corner of Main Street (US-33) and Mill Street in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.

It is one of hundreds of temporary fireworks stores that open in vacant storefronts all over northeast Indiana in the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July.

Right before I photographed the store window, I photographed the “God, Guns, & Guts” trailer parked next to the building.

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God Guns & Guts

An American flag and a proclamation that God Guns and Gut Made This World are painted on the back of a trailer parked next to a vacant building in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.

This utility trailer was parked next to a building on the corner of Main Street (US-33) and Mill Street in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. The building has a fireworks store in the front part of it, facing Main Street.

The trailer has an American flag painted on the back door, above a proclamation that “God, Guns, & Guts Made This World. Let’s Keep It.”

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Quanset Hut on Wells County Road 1200N

A quonset hut used as a barn sits in a field at sunset on County Road 1200N in rural Wells County, Indiana.

A lot of farmers in northeast Indiana use quonset huts as barns. Thousands of these prefabricated buildings were used by the U.S. military during World War II because they were easy and inexpensive to mass produce, and could be assembled quickly by soldiers who were not trained as construction workers.

After the war, most were sold off by the government and many ended up as barns and garages. This one is on the south side of County Road 1200N on the northern edge of Wells County, Indiana. CR1200N forms the border between Wells County and Allen County, and is known in Allen County as South County Line Road.

I photographed this quonset hut barn a few minutes before sunset. I also photographed this place on a foggy morning eight years earlier, in 2008.

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Abandoned Farm on Lower Huntington Road #4

An old television set, porn magazines, and XXX movies in the living room of an abandoned farmhouse in rural Allen County, Indiana. Broken plaster covers the floor and the chairs in the room.

The only things in the living room of this abandoned farmhouse were an old television set, two office chairs, and a bunch of pornographic magazines and the boxes of XXX movies littering the floor.

The house is falling apart; the chunks of plaster covering the floor are from the room’s ceiling. I have photographed this place several times over the last decade, but it was always closed up. The front door was open the day I made this photograph.

This old farmhouse is on Lower Huntington Road, just northeast of the intersection of Lower Huntington and Airport Expressway in southeast Allen County, Indiana. Several silos stand behind the house. There used to be a bunch of old derelict cars and trucks in the yard, but they’ve been removed.

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Sunset on South County Line Road

The sky glows orange at sunset over a field in rural southwest Allen County, Indiana.
The first photograph that I made of the sunset on June 6, 2016.
Beautiful sky at sunset over a field on the north side of South County Line Road in the rural southwest corner of Allen County, Indiana.
The second photograph, made just a few minutes after the first one. The sun had dropped below the horizon.

Rural Indiana’s landscapes are always beautiful in the evening. I made these photograph at sunset, looking northwest from South County Line Road, just west of Coverdale Road, in rural southwest Allen County. They were done just a few minutes apart, in the rapidly changing light at the end of the day on June 6, 2016.

South County Line Road is the border between Allen County and Wells County.

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