Tall Grass on the Edge of a Field

Tall grass with seeds growing on the edge of a cornfield on a country road in rural Whitley County, Indiana.

Tall grass growing on the edge of a cornfield on Anderson Road, a couple miles east of Churubusco, in rural Whitley County, Indiana. This is about 20 feet down the road from the “Freedom or Socialism” sign that I also photographed.

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©2016 Christopher Crawford. Please do not use my photos without permission.

Freedom and Liberty or Socialism

A political sign on the edge of a cornfield on a country road in rural Whitley County, Indiana. U Choose, Freedom and Liberty or Socialism.

This political sign was posted on the edge of a cornfield on Anderson Road, a couple miles east of Churubusco, in rural Whitley County, Indiana.

“U Choose. Freedom and Liberty or Socialism.”

2016 has been an interesting year for political signs, with the presidential election bringing out a lot of the crazies and fearmongers that lurk around the edges of the American political spectrum.

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©2016 Christopher Crawford. Please do not use my photos without permission.

Sofi Mart

Sofi Mart drive-through convenience store on Mishawaka Avenue in Mishawaka, Indiana. Photographed at night, the tiny building looks desolate in the middle of its empty parking lot.

Sofi Mart is a tiny convenience store with a walk-up window and a drive-thru, located on the south side of Mishawaka Avenue, between Lawrence Street and Elm Street, in Mishawaka, Indiana. Like many convenience stores in the United States, Sofi Mart is owned by an immigrant from India.

I thought the building looked interesting at night. Even in daytime, it is unique. Customers have to walk up to the window to make purchases, or drive up to the drive-thru window on the side of the store. You cannot go in to shop.

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©2016 Christopher Crawford. Please do not use my photos without permission.

Sir Can-A-Lot the SPAM Knight #2

A man with a smartphone taking a picture of his family posing with Sir Can-A-Lot, a man in a medieval knight costume advertising SPAM meat in front of the Spamerican Tour trailer Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The “Spamerican Tour” trailer was giving out free food made with SPAM, the canned pork mystery-meat product, at the 2016 Three Rivers Festival. They even had “Sir Can-A-Lot” the SPAM Knight to attract visitors to the free SPAM. I have another photograph of Sir Can-A-Lot that I posted a few months ago.

The Three Rivers Festival takes place for 10 days in July at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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A-Frame House and Dog at Lake Everett

A Siberian Husky dog sits in front of the entrance to an A-Frame house on Lake Everett Drive in rural Allen County, Indiana.

This A-Frame style house is on Lake Everett Drive, near Lake Everett in rural northwest Allen County, Indiana. Lake Everett is the only natural lake in the county.

The dog, a Siberian Husky, was sleeping under a nearby tree when I walked up to the house. When he noticed me, he walked over and asked to be be petted. After I gave him some love, he posed for a picture!

This house’s design is unusual. A-Frame houses are uncommon here, and the few I have seen had their entrances on one of the ends of the house, rather than on the side like this one.

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©2016 Christopher Crawford. Please do not use my photos without permission.

Charter Oak Church in Green Center

A large white cross with a bell on top of it stands in front of Charter Oak Church at the corner of County Road 500S and County Road 300E in Green Center, Indiana. The church is a plain modern steel building, painted red and tan.

Charter Oak Church is located on the corner of County Road 500S and County Road 300E in rural Noble County, Indiana.

The place is shown on maps as Green Center, though its not really a town. Just a crossroads with a few houses and a couple of churches.

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Vogue Beauty College

Vogue Beauty College is a cosmetology school in an old white brick church building on Lincolnway in Mishawaka, Indiana. The building still looks very much like a church, complete with stained glass windows.

This former church building is now home to Vogue Beauty College, a school that trains hairstylists and makeup artists. It is located on the corner of Lincolnway and Spring Street in Mishawaka, Indiana.

In our culture, which is obsessed with appearance and worships beauty, it is fitting that a “beauty college” should be located in a former house of worship!

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©2016 Christopher Crawford. Please do not use my photos without permission.

Willie Nelson For President

A flashing arrow sign that says, Willie Nelson For President. The sign is in front of Southside Auto Sales on Bluffton Road in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The 2016 Presidential election has been a crazy one. A lot of people are unhappy with both of the major party candidates.

The owner of Southside Auto Sales posted this sign in front of his used car lot on Bluffton Road in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“Willie Nelson For President.”

I don’t know anything about Willie Nelson’s political beliefs, but the country music star couldn’t be any worse than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton!

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©2016 Christopher Crawford. Please do not use my photos without permission.

October Evening Clouds

On the evening of October 7, 2016, I was driving on State Road 19, between Wakarusa and Elkhart, in rural Elkhart County, Indiana. Just south of US-20, I noticed that the clouds in the sky were forming interesting abstract patterns and shapes, and they were moving and changing rapidly. I made seventeen photographs of the clouds, looking west from State Road 19, in just nine minutes.

Abstract photograph of white light shining through dark blue evening clouds in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #1
Abstract photograph of clouds against a colorful sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #2
Abstract photograph of clouds against a colorful blue and purple sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #3
Abstract photograph of white light breaking through dark blue clouds against a colorful sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #4
Abstract photograph of clouds against a colorful sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #5
Abstract photograph of clouds against a dark sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #6
Abstract photograph of clouds against a pink sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #7
Abstract photograph of blue clouds against a pink sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #8
Abstract photograph of blue clouds against a red sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #9
Abstract photograph of blue clouds against an orange sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #10
Abstract photograph of dark clouds against an orange sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #11
Abstract photograph of bands of clouds against an orange sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #12
Abstract photograph of clouds against a purple and pink sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #13
Abstract photograph of bands of purple clouds against an orange sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #14
Abstract photograph of bands of clouds against an orange and yellow sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #15
Abstract photograph of dark clouds against a red and purple sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #16
Abstract photograph of bands of dark clouds against a red and purple sunset sky in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Elkhart County #17

Continuing on, I got on US-20 and headed west toward Mishawaka. A few minutes after crossing into Saint Joseph County, I stopped again to photograph the clouds. By then, the last light of the day was fading quickly. I made three photographs of the clouds looking south and west from US-20, a couple miles east of Mishawaka.

Abstract photograph of a massive stack of dark purple clouds against a blue sky at dusk in rural Saint Joseph County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Saint Joseph County #1
Abstract photograph of a pair of dark purple clouds against a blue sky at dusk in rural Saint Joseph County, Indiana.
October Evening Clouds in Saint Joseph County #2
Abstract photograph of the sky at dusk in rural Saint Joseph County, Indiana. The bands of swirling red, purple, and blue clouds look like the atmosphere of Jupiter.
October Evening Clouds in Saint Joseph County #3

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©2016 Christopher Crawford. Please do not use my photos without permission.

Moving Away

A yellow two-seat motel chair glider, also known as a tulip chair, sits on top of a small trailer full of furniture that was being moved.

Yesterday afternoon, when I saw this trailer piled with furniture, with a double-seat motel chair or tulip chair porch glider swing on top, I assumed it was an old one being thrown away. That would have been a shame, as the old ones are quite rare.

Fortunately, this is a modern reproduction, and it was just being moved to a new house. The owners told me that they bought it at Walmart!

This was on Clinton Street, across the street from the used car lot that only sells white vans, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was raining lightly when I stopped to photograph the glider.

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