Christmas 2015 at My Parents’ House

A christmas tree made of green garland and a string of colored Christmas lights hangs on the front of a house with several boxes wrapped in silver giftwrap on the ground under it.
Christmas decorations on the front of my parents’ house.

This is my mom and dad’s house on Woodheath Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This year, my mom created a Christmas tree out of green garland and a string of colored Christmas lights on the front of their house.

I photographed at dusk on Christmas day.

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Hibiscus Flower

Closeup view of a red and yellow hibiscus flower.
Red and Yellow Hibiscus Flower.

Back in 2006, I photographed this red and yellow hibiscus flower at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. I just found it in my archives and added to my website.

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The Frog Rock’s Baby

A rock painted to look like a green frog in front of a house on Woodheath Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is a miniature copy of the Frog Rock at the Hanson limestone quarry.
A rock painted to look like a frog. It is a miniature replica of the famous Frog Rock that sits by the entrance of the Hanson Limestone Quarry on Ardmore Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This rock, shaped like a frog and painted to look like one, sits in front of a house on Woodheath Avenue, the street I grew up on, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

It is a miniature copy of the famous Frog Rock, a large chunk of limestone that sits by the entrance to the Hanson Limestone quarry on Ardmore Avenue, on the western edge of the neighborhood.

Decades ago, someone noticed that the big rock outside the quarry looked like a frog, and painted it to look like a green frog. The Frog Rock, which originally sat behind the quarry on Sandpoint Road, became a well-known landmark in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne.

The owners of this house on Woodheath paid tribute to the original Frog Rock with this little one, which is only about 2 feet long. I think its funny that they put a fly on its nose!

A gigantic piece of limestone painted green with a yellow belly like a frog sits at the main entrance to the Hanson limestone quarry on Ardmore Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The original Frog Rock at the entrance to the Hanson Limestone Quarry in Fort Wayne.

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Pure Romance Parties

Hand-painted advertisement for Pure Romance sex toy parties on the front windows of an old house on Greenwood Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Ad for Pure Romance Parties painted on the front windows of a house in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This house is on Greenwood Avenue, south of West Main Street, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The front windows have a handpainted advertisement for Pure Romance Parties, which are like Tupperware parties, but instead of selling plastic food containers, Pure Romance sells sex toys for women!

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House on Barthold Street

A painted concrete statue if the Virgin Mary stands in a concrete alcove decorated with roses in front of a house on Barthold Street on the working-class northwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Cast cement statue of the Virgin Mary in front of a house on Barthold Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This house is on Barthold Street, just north of High Street, on the working-class northwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Home of a Vietnam Veteran’s Son

A house with three American flags on the porch. One has the insignia of all the branches of the US Military and the POW-MIA flag on it.
House with American flags and Veterans flag in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The American flag on the end of the porch has the insignia of all the branches of the United States Military printed on it, along with the POW-MIA insignia. The man who lives here said that he has the flag displayed along with the two other American flags because his father is a disabled Vietnam War veteran who was sickened by Agent Orange.

The house is on Third Street on the northwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Homemade Santa

A homemade Santa Claus made from a large female doll's head, a red t-shirt, Santa hat, and a beard made from white yarn hangs on the porch rail of an old house on High Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The porch behind Santa is filled with trash and old toys.
Santa Claus made from a mannequin head and a beard made of white yarn on the front porch of a house in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This house is on High Street, east of Sherman Boulevard, on the working-class northwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The homemade Santa Claus on the front porch is one of the more unusual Christmas decorations that I have seen over the years. It is made from a large female doll’s head, a red t-shirt, a store-bought Santa hat, and a beard made of white yarn.

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House on High Street

A house with both an American flag and a Confederate flag flying from a pole in the yard. A glider swing in front of the house is painted like the American flag and there is another American flag on the front door. High Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This house is on High Street, on the working-class northwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

In addition to the American flag and Confederate flag flying from the pole in the front yard, there is another American flag on the front door and one of the upstairs windows has a Confederate flag hanging in it like a curtain. The glider bench in front of the house is painted like the American flag.

When I was making this photograph from across the street, two young African-American men walked past the house. One of them noticed the Confederate flag on the pole, then said to his friend: “Look at that Confederate flag! Damn rednecks.”

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Santa Claus in Churubusco

Santa Claus and an elf in front of K&K Video in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.
Santa and an elf stand in front of K&K Video in Churubusco, Indiana.

Driving through the small town of Churubusco, Indiana, I noticed Santa Claus and an elf standing on the sidewalk in front of K&K Video, a store at the corner of Main Street (US-33) and Washington Street. Inside the store, they had a place for kids to be photographed with Santa.

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Jesus Was Born To Die For You

Christmas decorations in front of a house in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. There is a nativity scene and a sign that says, Jesus was born to die for you.
A nativity scene and other Christmas decorations in front of a house in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.

This house is on Main Street (US-33) in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. Except for the sign in the yard, the Christmas decorations are pretty commonplace: plastic nativity scene, snowman, wreaths and red bows, plastic light-up candles over the door.

The sign says: “Jesus was born to die for you.”

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