Family Dollar Store Construction #4

A steel and cinderblock dollar store building under construction at sunset on Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The outside is almost completed on this new Family Dollar store under construction on the east side of Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The tarps, blowing in the wind, cover the places where the windows and doors will eventually be installed, while keeping the cold out for the men working on the interior.

I first photographed this scene five months before I made this photograph. In September of 2013, this was a vacant lot, covered in grass, where a company that built dump trucks had once been located.

I have photographed it again several more times after construction on this building began. This is the fifth photograph of this plot of land and the fourth showing the construction work.

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Red Barn and Basketball

An old red barn with a basketball hoop at sunset on a farm on State Road 1 in rural Allen County, Indiana.
I photographed this barn in the last glimmer of light at the end of the day, just after the sun, which was setting behind me, had dropped below the horizon.

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.

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Garden Gnome In The Walmart Pasta Aisle

A large three foot tall garden gnome standing in the middle of the pasta aisle in the grocery department of a Walmart store.
A three foot tall garden gnome in a grocery aisle at a Walmart store in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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?

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Hanson Limestone Quarry #3

Mountains of crushed limestone at a quarry in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Mounds of crushed limestone at the Hanson Limestone Quarry on Ardmore Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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!

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Molly On Grandpa’s Patio

A striped cat looks out from between the bars of a the rail around a wooden patio deck.
Molly was Grandpa’s old gray tortoiseshell cat. She was born at his house when I was in high school. I made this photograph of her when she was 16 years old.

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!

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Foggy Morning in Foster Park #5

A lone tree at the end of a wooded gravel drive on top of a hill on a foggy morning.
The tree at the end of this gravel drive is on the northern edge of the golf course at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I photographed it from the forest at the end of the famous suspension bridge, looking up the embankment along the edge of the wooded riverbank.

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.

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Foggy Morning in Foster Park #4

Graffiti painting of a face on a manhole on the banks of the Saint Marys River at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The old suspension bridge over the river is visible in the background.
This manhole, decorated with a face by a local graffiti artist, is on the riverbank next to the old suspension bridge, at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The river level is very high because the winter snow is finally melting all over the city. Normally the manhole structure and trees are on dry land!

Here is another photograph of Fort Wayne’s Foster Park in the fog last Wednesday morning. The 85 year old suspension bridge is visible in the background.

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Foggy Morning in Foster Park #3

An icy watery trail through a foggy forest at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
This is the trail through the woods along the banks of the Saint Marys River, north of the old suspension bridge, at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Here is another photograph of the foggy landscape last Wednesday morning in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is a hiking trail at Foster Park, one of the city’s largest parks.

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Home Of The Brave

A building with an American flag and the phrase Home Of The Brave spray-painted on it.
A spray painted American flag and “The home of the brave,” a phrase from the Star Spangled Banner (the American national anthem), on the side of an old building. This stands behind a house on County Road 1000N, east of County Road 500E, in Wells County, Indiana.

This is another of the photographs that I made last Thursday evening when it was very foggy in northeast Indiana. I’ve already posted the foggy landscape photographs that I made that evening.

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Foggy Morning in Foster Park #2

A winding trail through a snow-covered forest on a foggy rainy morning at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
This is the trail through the woods along the banks of the Saint Marys River, south of the old suspension bridge, at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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!

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