One of the most enduring symbols of life in rural Indiana is the barn, usually painted red with white trim, with a basketball hoop hanging on the outside. This one is on the east side of State Road 1, south of Yoder Road, a few miles outside Fort Wayne in rural Allen County, Indiana. I photographed it Tuesday evening.
I was walking through the grocery department at Walmart, looking for a jar of spaghetti sauce, when I found this huge garden gnome standing in the middle of the aisle smiling at me. I’ve never seen one this large before. It is three feet tall!
Some lazy customer probably decided that they didn’t want to buy it after putting it in their cart, and just put it down in the pasta aisle; but maybe the gnome just wants some spaghetti?
The bedrock under Fort Wayne is limestone, and the rural areas outside the city are home to a number of quarries. The oldest and largest is the Hanson quarry on Ardmore Avenue on the southwest edge of the city. I photographed these piles of crushed stone back in 2012. I’m still working my way through the huge archive of film that I have not scanned yet!
I made this photograph of Molly, my grandpa’s old gray cat, back in 2007. She was 16 years old at the time, and she lived to be nearly 20.
She was sitting on the wooden patio deck behind Grandpa’s house. She used to sit there and watch the yard, looking for prey. She was the most predatory cat that I have ever known. She killed several mice a day until her last few years, when she got too old.
She is known to have killed at least two rattlesnakes! The only kills she ever ate were the chipmunks. The rest were killed for fun!
This is the fifth photograph that I made last Wednesday morning at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. That morning was one of the most beautiful that I have seen here in a long time. Heavy fog and gorgeous soft light. I have a couple more photos from that morning to post in the next few days.
The heavy fog that blanketed northeast Indiana last Tuesday evening, when I made the foggy landscape photographs in Wells County, continued into Wednesday morning. I spent the morning at Foster Park, one of the largest and most beautiful parks in Fort Wayne. This is the second of several photographs that I made that incredible morning!