A Warm and Foggy December Morning

Dense fog over a rolling green landscape on a December morning in rural Allen County, Indiana.
Foggy Winter Morning on Dalman Road #1
An abstract landscape image of thick fog over a curving grassy embankment on a December morning in rural Allen County, Indiana.
Foggy Winter Morning on Dalman Road #2
A line of trees veiled in fog behind a green grassy embankment on a December morning in rural Allen County, Indiana.
Foggy Winter Morning on Dalman Road #3
A forest veiled in fog behind a grassy embankment on a warm December morning in rural Allen County, Indiana.
Foggy Winter Morning on Dalman Road #4
The sun shines in the sky above a forest veiled in fog behind a grassy embankment on a warm December morning in rural Allen County, Indiana.
Foggy Winter Morning on Dalman Road #5
The sun shines through the fog over a field on Lower Huntington Road in rural Allen County, Indiana. Foggy December morning.
Foggy Winter Sunrise on Lower Huntington Road

Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana was veiled in a dense fog on the morning of December 7, 2015. I went out and photographed the landscape at two locations in rural southwest Allen County, near Fort Wayne International Airport.

This winter has been unusually mild, so much so that a lot of the grass is still green!

The fog and the simple landforms allowed me to compose abstracted, geometric designs isolated from the natural complexity of the world.

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Benton Mennonite Church

Colored glass windows form a giant blue cross on a yellow background on the end of Benton Mennonite Church in the small town of Benton, Indiana.
Benton Mennonite Church

Colored glass windows form a giant blue cross on the east end of Benton Mennonite Church. The church is on the corner of Jackson Street and Corland Street in the small town of Benton, in Elkhart County, Indiana.

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Smiling Recycling Bins in Ligonier

Recycle bins with smiling faces painted on them in the small town of Ligonier, Indiana.
Recycling center in the small town of Ligonier, Indiana.

These smiling dumpsters are at a recycling center in the small town of Ligonier, Indiana. These are for flattened cardboard boxes. There were other bins for plastics and glass, newspapers, and aluminum cans. All of them had happy faces painted on them.

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Save USA From Socialism

An old semi trailer with a political message stenciled on the side. Save USA from socialism, elect Romney, socialist Obama must go. It is on US-33 near Wolf Lake, Indiana.
Save U.S.A From Socialism. Elect Romney. Socialist Obama Must Go.

This is one of several old semi trailers and cargo containers sitting next to Boyd Machine, a business on US-33, just north of the small town of Wolf Lake, Indiana.

The political statement stenciled on the side of the trailer says:

“Save U.S.A. From Socialism. Elect Romney. Socialist Oboma Must Go.”

I find it amusing that they misspelled President Obama’s name! Romney is former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who ran unsuccessfully against Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

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Jesus Never Fails

A neon sign with a cross that says Jesus Never Fails. It hangs above the entrance to Sparta United Church of Christ on US-33 in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana. Photographed at first light in the morning before sunrise.
Neon sign above the entrance to Sparta United Church of Christ in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana. Jesus Never Fails.

This is the entrance to Sparta United Church of Christ on US-33 in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana. The original name of Kimmell was Sparta, which is why this church bears the name..

The neon sign over the door says:

“Jesus Never Fails.”

I photographed it in the very early morning, at the first light of the day, before the sun rose.

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Yellow Shed in Merriam

A yellow storage shed with a thirteen star American flag painted on a piece of wooden fence mounted over the door. The shed sits behind a house on US-33 in the small town of Merriam, Indiana.
An old wooden shed with a handmade thirteen star American flag made from an old fence mounted above the door.

This little storage shed sits behind a house on US-33, just south of State Road 9, in the small town of Merriam, Indiana.

The handmade folk art flag above the door is a thirteen star American flag painted on a piece of old wooden fence.

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Hill’s Meat Market

A Christmas wreath hangs on the front of Hills Meat Market, under the white and red striped awning, on Lower Huntington Road in the Waynedale are of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Hill’s Meat Market in Waynedale

Hill’s Meat Market is a locally owned butcher shop and grocery store on Lower Huntington Road in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The store, which opened in 1940, is still owned by the Hill family. Everyone in Waynedale buys meat there, and like a number of other small businesses in Waynedale they have thrived despite competition from big chain stores in Fort Wayne.

This building, where the store has been located for decades, will soon be replaced with a much larger, modern building that is being constructed next to the old one.

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People’s Bible Church

Peoples Bible Church on US-33 in the small town of Benton, Indiana.

People’s Bible Church is on US-33 in the tiny town of Benton, Indiana. Benton is in Elkhart County, a few miles southeast of Goshen.

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Sunset Between Fort Wayne and Churubusco

The sun is a big yellow ball of fire near the treetops on the edge of a harvested cornfield at sunset in northwest Allen County, Indiana.
Sunset over a snow-covered cornfield in rural Allen County, Indiana.

The sun was setting behind the trees on the edge of a harvested cornfield on the north side of US-33 in northwest Allen County, Indiana, between Fort Wayne and Churubusco.

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Alone In The Cold #8

A single tree stands in the middle of a harvested cornfield in rural Indiana.
This lonely tree is one of my favorite landscape subjects in northeast Indiana.

This is one of the most perfectly formed trees that I have ever seen. It is in a field along Lima Road (Indiana State Road 3) a little south of Huntertown, Indiana.

I have watched it grow bigger and bigger each year for nearly 20 years now.

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