December Morning Sky

The sky was especially beautiful in the early morning of December 20, 2016. I made six photographs of the sky, picking out patterns of light and color to create abstract images.

The first four were made in front of my house in the Waynedale area on the southwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The last two were made about an hour later on US-33 on the northwest corner of the city.

Abstract photograph of dramatic orange clouds in a blue sky at sunrise on a December morning in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Abstract Sunrise Sky #1
Abstract photograph of dramatic orange and dark blue clouds in a light blue sky at sunrise on a December morning in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Abstract Sunrise Sky #2
Abstract photograph of dramatic orange and blue sky at sunrise on a December morning in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Abstract Sunrise Sky #3
Abstract photograph of a half moon in a red and purple sky at sunrise on a December morning in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Abstract Sunrise Sky #4, The Moon at sunrise
Abstract photograph of the blue sky with bands of purple clouds. A thin white cloud runs diagonally across the middle of the sky.
Abstract Sunrise Sky #5
Abstract photograph of a blue sky with bands of purple clouds an hour after sunrise. A thin white cloud runs diagonally across the middle of the sky.
Abstract Sunrise Sky #6

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

The Headless Snowman

A headless snowman stands in front of a house on Clay Street in Mishawaka, Indiana. The head of the snowman is laying on the ground behind him, looking up at the top of the headless body.

This decapitated snowman stood in front of a house on the west side of Clay Street, just south of Jefferson Boulevard, in Mishawaka, Indiana.

The head seems to be looking up in shock at his headless body. Reminds me of the snowmen that Calvin used to build in cartoonist Bill Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes.”

I photographed him last Tuesday.

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Fort Wayne’s Merry Christmas Wreath

The historic Wolf and Dessauer giant lighted wreath on the back of the Indiana-Michigan Power Center in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This giant Merry Christmas wreath made of thousands of colored lights hangs on the back of the Indiana-Michigan Power Center (formerly known as One Summit Square) in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Originally built in the late 1930s to adorn the side of the Wolf and Dessauer Department Store in downtown Fort Wayne, it was lost after the store closed around 1970. There was also a smaller version of this wreath and a 150 foot long Santa Claus with his sleigh and reindeer.

A decade later, all three of the Wolf and Dessauer Christmas displays were discovered hidden away in a warehouse. In bad condition, they needed hundreds of hours or work and thousands of dollars worth of parts to restore it to functioning condition. A group of local electricians, including my grandfather, John Westerfield, volunteered their time to rebuild the historic displays.

After the restoration was complete in the early 1980s, they were put back on display during the Christmas season.

The Indiana-Michigan Power Center, Fort Wayne’s tallest building, occupies the block in downtown Fort Wayne bounded by Washington Boulevard, Calhoun Street, Clinton Street, and Wayne Street.

The wreath hangs on the back of the building, facing north toward Wayne Street. The land behind the building is a public plaza, which was so icy when I was there photographing that I had to smash holes in the ice with a flashlight I had in my pocket just to keep the tripod from sliding!

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Eat

An arrow-shaped sign that says EAT. It is mounted on the top of a diner called the Twentieth Century Restaurant on US-6 near the small town of Milford in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.

This classic “EAT” arrow sign is mounted on the side of Twentieth Century Restaurant, a small diner in a cinderblock building on the south side of US-6, just west of State Road 15, in rural Elkhart County, Indiana. It is a few miles north of the small town of Milford.

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Built in 1917

An old brick storefront building on State Road 1 in the small town of Spencerville, Indiana. The building has windows made of glass bricks and the year 1917 is carved into the stone above the door.

This old brick building is on State Road 1 in the small town of Spancerville, Indiana. The stone above the door says 1917, the year it was built.

The 1917 building, and the former bank building next door, are home to a business called Agra Warehouse.

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Sunflower Farm in Huntington County

A sunflower farm at the intersection of County Road 900N and State Road 9 in Huntington County, Indiana. The farmhouse and several red barns are visible in the distance on the far side of a vast field full of sunflowers.
The farmhouse and several barns are visible in the distance, across the huge field full of yellow sunflowers.
A large field of sunflowers growing on a farm at the intersection of State Road 9 and County Road 900N in rural Huntington County, Indiana. Photographed on a September evening at the end of summer.
Almost all of the sunflowers were facing east, so I photographed them from the eastern edge of the field, looking west.

There is a large moth on one of the flowers, visible on the third flower up from the bottom in the middle of the picture.

Two small sunflower plants growing together on the edge of the field on a farm at the intersection of State Road 9 and County Road 900N in rural Huntington County, Indiana. The tall sunflower, standing behind the shorter plant, looks like it is trying to give the smaller sunflower a hug.
The taller sunflower, which was only about three feet tall, looks like it is leaning over to the sad-looking smaller one to give it a hug. This corner of the field had only a sparse growth of much smaller plants than those in the rest of the field.

This sunflower farm is located on the northeast corner of County Road 900N and State Road 9 in Huntington County, Indiana. I made these photographs on a September evening, on one of the last days of summer.

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Hile 1928 Barn

An old red barn on a snow-covered hill on US-33 in rural Noble County, Indiana. The end of the barn has HILE 1928 painted on it. Photographed near sunset on a December evening.

This barn is on US-33, southeast of Wolf Lake, in rural Noble County, Indiana.

Many old barns in Indiana have the name of the family that built it, and the date of construction, painted on the sides or on the roof. This one says: “HILE ✭ 1928.”

I photographed it in the evening, about a half hour before the last light of the evening had gone.

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Bernie Garage

A Bernie Sanders sign in the window on the garage built into the side of a hill under the house that stand atop the hill. It is on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This house is on Wells Street, between Russell Avenue and Elmer Avenue, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I’ve always found it interesting, as it is built on top of a steep hill, with the garage built into the hill under the house.

The garage door still has a Bernie Sanders campaign sign in the window, though I photographed it three weeks after the 2016 presidential election.

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Prayer Changes Things

Prayer Changes Things, a sign on the wall of Little Shop of Lauras, a secondhand shop on Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The sign hangs among a number of womens purses and handbags above a wide doorway separating two rooms in the store. One of the tote bags has an American flag embroidered on it.

This doorway separates two of the rooms at Little Shop of Laura’s, a secondhand shop on Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Among the ladies handbags hanging from the top of the doorway is a sign that says:

“Prayer Changes Things.”

The heart painted on the wall is one of many that adorn the walls of the store.

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County Road 250W in Noble County

County Road 250W, a gravel country road, stretches out into the distance over a hill and through a forest in rural Noble County, Indiana. This view of the road looks south from a spot between County Road 275S and County Road 400S.
I made this photograph on County Road 250W, looking south, from a spot between County Road 275S and County Road 400S in rural Noble County, Indiana.

The road, like many country roads in Indiana, is a gravel road. This area in the southern part of Noble County is hilly compared to most of northern Indiana.

Feathery white clouds in a pale blue sky above a forest on the edge of a harvested cornfield on County Road 250W in rural Noble County, Indiana.

A mountain of thin transparent white clouds in a pale blue sky looms over a harvested cornfield on County Road 250W in rural Noble County, Indiana.

The rows in a harvested cornfield stretch out to the horizon, where a large translucent cloud reaches up from the Earth into a pale blue sky on County Road 250W in rural Noble County, Indiana.

On November 30, I drove out to rural Noble County, Indiana. I stopped on County Road 250W, between County Road 275S and County Road 400S, and photographed the gravel road. I then made three landscape photographs of the harvested cornfields on the east side of the road.

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