The Frog Rock

For decades, this frog-shaped rock sat along Sandpoint Road behind the Hanson Limestone Quarry on the southwestern edge of Fort Wayne, Indiana. As long as anyone can remember, it has been painted like a green frog, with a white or yellow belly, and eyes. Nobody remembers who originally painted the frog, but over the years, it was often repainted when the old paint would begin to look shabby.

The secluded spot where the Frog sat was a popular place for teens to park and make out in their cars, even when my parents were young, as it was just down the street from the now-closed Elmhurst High School.

After the quarry bought all of the land on both sides of Sandpoint Road, the county allowed them to close the road, making the famous rock inaccessible to the public. After many local residents complained to the quarry’s management, they moved the Frog to a spot next to the main entrance on Ardmore Avenue in the summer of 2012. It needs repainted badly; very little of the Frog’s color remains.

A gigantic piece of limestone that looks like a frog sits at the main entrance to the Hanson limestone quarry on Ardmore Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Farm on Washington Center Road #8

I don’t know what this little building is, but I found it on the edge of the woods in the backyard of an abandoned farmhouse on Washington Center Road, east of O’Day Road in northwest Allen County, Indiana. The owners of the property live in a modern house next to the abandoned one, and this little building looked like it had been built recently.

A little wooden building with metal grates over the windows sits in the woods surrounded by fall leaves on a farm in Indiana.

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Farm on Washington Center Road #6

Here is another photograph of the abandoned farmhouse on Washington Center Road in rural Allen County, Indiana. All the curtains on the windows were shredded like those in this window on the side of the house.

Tattered torn curtains in the window of an abandoned farmhouse in Indiana. Vines grow up the weathered wood siding around the window.

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Farm on Washington Center Road #5

I first photographed this abandoned farmhouse back in 2001. It is on Washington Center Road, east of O’Day Road in northwest Allen County, Indiana. The family that lives there has a modern house on the other side of the driveway from the old house. This house is lavishly decorated with Victorian-style wood “gingerbread.” I can’t imagine why anyone would abandon such a gorgeous house!

An abandoned farmhouse covered in beautiful weathered wood gingerbread decoration on Washington Center Road in rural Allen County, Indiana.

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Frozen Thistles #2

The night before I made this photograph, there was a freezing rain that coated most of the Fort Wayne area with ice. These thistles were on the edge of the field on Yohne Road in southwest Allen County where the group of trees that I photographed many times had stood. I made this photograph in December, 2008.

Thistles coated in ice after a freezing rain in Allen County, Indiana.

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Abandoned Church in Edgerton, Indiana

This abandoned church is at the corner of Dawkins Road and Main Street in the little town of Edgerton, Indiana. Edgerton is on the state line, at the eastern edge of Allen County. I normally do not like to photograph on sunny days, as the light is very harsh, but I liked the shadow cast by the light over the doors. I photographed it in 2008.

The front of an abandoned church in Edgerton, Indiana. A light casts an unusual shadow above the colonial-style front doors on the weathered building.

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Abandoned Farmhouse On Adams County Road 1100N #4

Graffiti covers a lot of the walls in the bedrooms of this abandoned 19th Century farmhouse on County Road 1100N, just east of County Road 100E in Adams County, Indiana. This room was interesting, because in addition to the old wooden bench, panel door, and “Hello” graffiti, there was a 1950’s era television set sitting by another wall to the right of where I stood for this photograph.

An old wooden bench and a weathered wood panel door sit in front of a wall covered in graffiti in a bedroom of an abandoned farmhouse in Indiana. The graffiti includes a spray-painted happy face and the word Hello.

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