Captain America Hay Bales

A stack of round hay bales painted to look like the comic book character Captain America.

A stack of hay bales painted to look like the comic book hero Captain America. They were on US-33, just north of Cook Road, just outside the city of Fort Wayne in Allen County, Indiana.

A plywood arm points to a banner that says: “Come Visit Kuehnert Dairy Farm in October.” According to the sign, the farm was having a fall festival featuring robotic milking machines, a corn maze, a straw mountain, hayrides, pumpkins, baby calves, and farm tours. I photographed it last September.

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Patriotic House in Mishawaka

An old house with five American flags in the windows of the screened in porch. The house is on 6th Street in the small city of Mishawaka, Indiana.

This house is on the south side of 6th Street, east of Main Street, in Mishawaka, Indiana. The windows on the screened-in porch have American flags in them, and another flag hangs outside the house next to the door.

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February Sunset in Noble County

Sunset in rural Noble County, Indiana. The highest clouds in the sky are blurred from motion because the wind was moving them so quickly.

Sunset in rural Noble County, Indiana. I made this photograph last week, looking northwest from US-33, just west of County road 100E.

The clouds in the sky were moving so fast that they were blurred from motion due to the long exposure that I had to use.

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Treestump Minion

A tree stump carved and painted to look like a Minion from the Despicable Me movies holding an American flag. It is on Northwood Street in the small town of Ligonier, Indiana.

This is a tree stump carved and painted to look like a Minion from the Despicable Me movies. It is next to a house on Northwood Street (State Road 5) in the small town of Ligonier, Indiana.

The old man who lives there told me that he had to cut down the tree next to his house, so he decided to cut it several feet above the ground so that he could sculpt a Minion from the remaining stump.

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Happy Valentine’s – We Love You

Happy Valentines - We Love You. A sign written on a chalkboard with a big heart drawn on it. The sign hangs above a bench painted like the American flag next to Little Shop of Lauras on Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This building at the corner of Broadway and Stophlet Street in Fort Wayne is home to an antiques and used clothing store called “Little Shop of Laura’s.” I first photographed the bench in 2013, soon after Laura Hancock, the store’s owner, painted it to look like the American flag.

Laura later added the chalkboard, whose message changes every week or so. I made this photograph of it on Valentine’s Day, when the sign said: “Happy Valentine’s. We Love You.”

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State Bank of Kimmell Building

The former State Bank of Kimmell building on Clark Street in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana. The building is now Fosters Sales and Service, an automobile and lawn mower repair garage.

This is the former State Bank of Kimmell building on the corner of Clark Street (County Road 650W) and Noe Street in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana.

It is now an automotive and lawn mower repair shop called Foster’s Sales and Service.

Kimmell is a very small town. Many other very small towns in Indiana have old buildings, like this one, that were originally built as banks. It is interesting that so many little towns could support a bank in the past.

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Star Wars Christmas

A Christmas nativity scene with Darth Vader and two Imperial Stormtroopers portraying the three wise men. R2D2 is in the window, wearing a Santa hat. The house is on Albert Drive in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This house is on the corner of Albert Drive and Tirol Pass in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

For Christmas, they have a traditional Nativity Scene with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. Standing behind the nativity scene are the three wise men, Darth Vader and two Imperial Stormtroopers from Star Wars, holding gifts! R2-D2 can be seen standing inside the house’s front window, wearing a Santa hat.

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Go To Hell Cemetery

An arched gateway that says Go To Hell Cemetery in front of a house decorated for Halloween on Third Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A life-sized effigy of the Grim Reaper hangs on the front of the house under a large clock face.

The “Go To Hell Cemetery” was on Third Street, between Barthold Street and Orchard Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The residents on this short stretch of Third Street all decorated their houses with elaborate constructions for Halloween.

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Anti-Trump House

Anti-Trump signs cover the front of a house on Oakdale Drive in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Signs in the windows say Fuck Trump, and a large American flag hanging over the front porch is covered with a long handwritten anti-trump rant.

This house is on Oakdale Drive on the south side of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The owner, an Army veteran named Mike Cunningham, hates President Donald Trump so much that the front of his house is covered in anti-Trump signs.

Several of the windows have “Fuck Trump” signs in them. A banner under one of the second floor windows proclaims: “Trump is a disgrace to America and makes me ashamed to have ever served.”

The huge American flag on the porch hangs upside down, a symbol of distress. It is covered in a long handwritten rant against Trump:

“No flag big enough to cover the disgrace of a sexist, racist warmongering egotistical fascist who believes in greed, torture, wife cheating, dodging taxes, insulting the disabled & veterans, threatens civilians & the press & throwing daily tantrums on Twitter.”

No flag big enough to cover the disgrace of a sexist, racist warmongering egotistical fascist who believes in greed, torture, wife cheating, dodging taxes, insulting the disabled & veterans, threatens civilians & the press & throwing daily tantrums on Twitter.
Closeup of the flag, showing the writing on it.

This is the same house that has President Trump hanged in effigy from a tree in the front yard!

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Job Satisfaction Ahead

Job Satisfaction 10 Feet Ahead. A help-wanted ad on the side of a semi truck trailer.

I thought this “Help Wanted” ad painted on the side of a semi trailer was funny. It says: “Job Satisfaction, 10 Feet Ahead.” Ten feet ahead is about where the truck driver would be if the trailer were hooked up to a truck.

The trailer belongs to Crete Carrier Corporation, a large American trucking company. I photographed it sitting next to Auto Service Center, an auto repair garage on US-33, just north of the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.

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