Yellow Shed in Merriam

A yellow storage shed with a thirteen star American flag painted on a piece of wooden fence mounted over the door. The shed sits behind a house on US-33 in the small town of Merriam, Indiana.
An old wooden shed with a handmade thirteen star American flag made from an old fence mounted above the door.

This little storage shed sits behind a house on US-33, just south of State Road 9, in the small town of Merriam, Indiana.

The handmade folk art flag above the door is a thirteen star American flag painted on a piece of old wooden fence.

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Hill’s Meat Market

A Christmas wreath hangs on the front of Hills Meat Market, under the white and red striped awning, on Lower Huntington Road in the Waynedale are of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Hill’s Meat Market in Waynedale

Hill’s Meat Market is a locally owned butcher shop and grocery store on Lower Huntington Road in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The store, which opened in 1940, is still owned by the Hill family. Everyone in Waynedale buys meat there, and like a number of other small businesses in Waynedale they have thrived despite competition from big chain stores in Fort Wayne.

This building, where the store has been located for decades, will soon be replaced with a much larger, modern building that is being constructed next to the old one.

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People’s Bible Church

Peoples Bible Church on US-33 in the small town of Benton, Indiana.

People’s Bible Church is on US-33 in the tiny town of Benton, Indiana. Benton is in Elkhart County, a few miles southeast of Goshen.

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Sunset Between Fort Wayne and Churubusco

The sun is a big yellow ball of fire near the treetops on the edge of a harvested cornfield at sunset in northwest Allen County, Indiana.
Sunset over a snow-covered cornfield in rural Allen County, Indiana.

The sun was setting behind the trees on the edge of a harvested cornfield on the north side of US-33 in northwest Allen County, Indiana, between Fort Wayne and Churubusco.

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Alone In The Cold #8

A single tree stands in the middle of a harvested cornfield in rural Indiana.
This lonely tree is one of my favorite landscape subjects in northeast Indiana.

This is one of the most perfectly formed trees that I have ever seen. It is in a field along Lima Road (Indiana State Road 3) a little south of Huntertown, Indiana.

I have watched it grow bigger and bigger each year for nearly 20 years now.

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Tire Swing on Fritz Road

A tire swing hanging from a tree behind the garage of an abandoned house on the corner of Fritz Road and US-33 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A tire swing hanging from a tree behind the garage of a vacant house at the corner of Fritz Road and US-33 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This tire swing hangs from a tree behind the garage next to a vacant house on the corner of Fritz Road and US-33 on the northwestern edge of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Colts Fan’s House

A house painted blue and white, the colors of the Indianapolis Colts, with a large Colts logo in the front window. The house is on Third Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A die-hard Indianapolis Colts fan’s home in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This house is on Third Street, just west of Harrison Street, in the Wells Street area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The residents must be hardcore Indianapolis Colts fans. The house is painted blue and white, the Colts’ team colors, and a piñata shaped like the football team’s logo sits in the front window.

When I was younger, no one in Fort Wayne cared at all about the Colts. After they won the Super Bowl in 2007, everyone suddenly became diehard Colts fans!

This was the last photograph that I made in 2015.

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Grandpa’s Old Wheel Horse Tractor

An old Wheel Horse garden tractor sitting next to a red barn.
My grandfather’s old 1968 Wheel Horse garden tractor

This old Wheel Horse garden tractor that belonged to my grandpa, Charles Crawford. He gave it to my dad after buying himself a newer one when I was a teenager. Grandpa bought this new in 1967, but my dad says it was actually a 1968 model.

I photographed it on Christmas day in my parents’ backyard, sitting next to one of the red barns that my dad built when I was a kid.

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Homemade Santa #2

An old white house with a homemade Santa Claus made from a female mannequin head, a red t-shirt, Santa hat, and a beard made from white yarn displayed on the porch.
Santa Claus decoration made with a female mannequin head and a red t-shirt.

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 female mannequin’s head, a red t-shirt, a store-bought Santa hat, and a beard made of white yarn.

I have a closeup view of the Santa decoration, too.

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