No Trespassing

A No Trespassing sign and two American flags hang above a mailbox on the side of an old tenement house in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Mailbox on a tenement house near Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This mailbox is on the side of an old house at the corner of Brackenridge Street and Ewing Street, near the baseball stadium, in downtown Fort Wayne. Like a lot of old houses in the downtown area, this one is a tenement created by dividing a large house into small apartments.

Given that the house basically has no yard, I am puzzled that the owner felt the need to put a No Trespassing sign on the house!

I photographed it yesterday morning.

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Family Portrait

Two child-size metal motel chairs sit in a line flanked by four adult-size motel chairs behind a house in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A family of vintage Motel Chairs

This line of metal Motel Chairs reminded me of a family with two kids and several adults. The child-size versions of these classic chairs are uncommon. I found them last Wednesday behind a house on Pemberton Drive in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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The Gnome House

A three foot tall garden gnome stands under the American flag in front of a small white house on Ardmore Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Several small gnomes and a birdbath that looks like a mushroom stand in the flowerbed next to the large gnome.
Garden Gnomes in front of a house with an American flag

The people who live here must love garden gnomes!

Small gnomes stand all around the front and sides of the house, and the bird bath looks like a huge mushroom. The giant gnome standing next to the front steps is identical to the one that I photographed in the pasta aisle at a nearby Walmart store a month earlier. At about three feet tall, they are the largest garden gnomes that I have ever seen.

This house is on Ardmore Avenue, south of Taylor Street, in the Country Club Gardens neighborhood on the west side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

I made this photograph Saturday evening. It had been raining hard all day, but it stopped around 6pm long enough for me to go out with my camera.

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Patriotic Bear

A chainsaw sculpture of a bear carved from a large log stands in front of a house holding an American flag.
Wooden bear sculpture holding an American flag

This place, with the patriotic wooden bear holding up the American flag, is on the east side of North Anthony Boulevard, south of Lake Avenue, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

There were several of these wooden bears, sculpted from logs, standing on the porch. I think that they’re Chainsaw Sculptures; wood sculptures carved with chainsaws instead of more traditional sculptor’s tools!

I photographed it last Wednesday afternoon.

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Swinging Selfie

Self-portrait of photographer Christopher Crawford swing on a tree swing in rural Indiana.
A self-portrait swinging on a tree swing in rural Allen County, Indiana.

While photographing the swings hanging from this tree last Wednesday evening, I decided to do one of myself on one of the swings!

This place is on Kress Road, between Branstrator Road and Ernst Road, in the southwestern corner of Allen County, Indiana.

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The Bunny’s Chair

A fat bunny carved from stone sits on a tiny replica of a vintage metal patio chair in the flowerbed behind a house in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A fat bunny carved from stone sits on a tiny replica of an old metal patio chair in a flowerbed behind a house on Pemberton Drive in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Wednesday afternoon, I photographed several metal “Motel Chairs” in the backyard of a house in Fort Wayne. When I finished, I noticed this tiny replica in a flowerbed along the back of the house. The bricks give a sense of the chair’s small scale!

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House On Witchwood Drive

A large American flag in the front window of the enclosed porch of a small house on Witchwood Drive in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The American flag dominates the front of this small house on Witchwood Drive in Waynedale, a working-class area in the southwest part of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

I photographed this house in Waynedale last Wednesday. Waynedale was an independent small town until 1957, when its people voted to join the city.

Most people in Waynedale are very patriotic. It has been nearly 60 years since Waynedale became part of Indiana’s second-largest city, but it still looks and feels like the small town it once was.

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Yellow Tree Swings

Two yellow swings hang on a tree on the edge of a cornfield on a farm in rural Allen County, Indiana.
Swings hanging from tree branches are a common sight in rural Indiana. Most of them are improvised swings made from old tires, but this tree has a pair of modern rubber swing seats, like those that you might find in a park or school playground.

On Thursday, I photographed this tree with two yellow swings at a farm on Kress Road in rural southwest Allen County, Indiana.

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The Former Movie Magic Video Store in Waynedale

A toilet and a sawhorse table sit in front of the former Movie Magic video store building on Lower Huntington Road in Waynedale Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Former Movie Magic Video Store in Waynedale

This old building on Lower Huntington Road in Waynedale has had several businesses in it in the last 30 years. When I was very young, it was Northstar Satellite, a company that sold satellite dishes. They’re still in business in another location. For a long time after that, it was a video rental store called Movie Magic. It was a laundromat when it was first built.

While I was photographing it Wednesday afternoon, the owner told me that she is renovating the building in hopes of attracting a new tenant.

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Hairy Caught A Cockroach On My Dinner!

Hairy The Spider, a Ty Beanie Baby, eating a gigantic cockroach on a plate of french fries.
My pet spider, Hairy, eating a giant roach he captured on my plate of fries! Yuck! Hairy is a Beanie Baby, and was my son’s favorite toy when he was a little kid.

Saturday evening, my son and I went out to eat. Our pet spider, Hairy, caught a HUGE cockroach. Wish he hadn’t eaten on MY plate of fries! Yuck!

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