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An Ice Cream Day

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It was a nice spring day although not really too warm as you can see by the attire that these people are wearing. Yet there was just enough sunshine and the temperatures were just warm enough and the winter having been long enough that some wanted to go out for ice cream. The line has formed at the window for Jeni’s Spendid Ice Creams in German Village in Columbus, Ohio.


Walking in Springtime

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I usually make a visit to Columbus, Ohio, in mid April and when I’m there I make it a point to walk about German Village. Usually the trees are flowering and the tulips and other flowers are blooming. Spring comes a little earlier to Columbus than it does to Cleveland so it’s a nice reminder that yes, spring is coming.

April Showers Bring April Flowers

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The adage is that April showers bring May flowers. But April is also a month of flowering tress and various other plants, including tulips. These flowers were all photographed in mid to late April.

Written by csanders429

April 23, 2018 at 7:23 am

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Stepping Back Into Memories

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I grew up in Mattoon, Illinois, a town of about 18,000 in the east central part of the state.

Like so many people, I left for college not expecting to come back. I figured to get a job elsewhere. Fact is, I wanted to live in another place that was larger than Mattoon.

But life has a way of interfering with your plans and dreams. I ended up returning to my hometown for my first newspaper reporting job, which lasted for more than six years before I moved on.

These days I have no reason to return to Mattoon other than for nostalgia. I have no family living there and I hardly know anyone still there.

I haven’t been back since August 2014. During that visit I noticed this mural that graces one end of a row of buildings at the east end of Western Avenue in downtown Mattoon.

Although I don’t know the story behind how this mural came to be, I can identify with it.

On those occasions when I get back to my original hometown I feel much like this family looking into a welcoming past.

Like them, I see ancestors and friends, many of whom are no longer around, going about their daily life. These frozen in time memories can be quite powerful and serve as a reminder of where you’ve been and what you came from.

The bottom of the two images features a wider angle to show the context of the building featuring the mural.

On the right is Western Avenue. At one time, there was a row of building on the north side of the street. But they’re gone now, replaced by a grocery store and its parking lot.

On the left is the former right of way of the New York Central Railroad. I’m not sure who owns that property today, but it appears to have been “re-purposed” as open space used for parking.

Down on Main Street

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Main Street in Arcola, Illinois, isn’t a whole lot different than what you would find in any other small town in America. However, it may be better kept than many. The view is looking west in August 2012.

Written by csanders429

April 16, 2018 at 6:09 am

Not In Farming Territory, But Important to Farmers

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I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I lived in a town in east central Illinois that was surrounded by agriculture territory.

The local radio stations around noon would broadcast the latest commodity prices from the Chicago Board of Trade that affected farmers.

The CBOT is located in downtown Chicago far from any farm field or animal feed lot.

Traders going to work there see an urban canyon, not the pastoral countryside often associated with farming.

Likewise, I imagine that many farmers have never been to, let alone seen in person, the CBOT building, which soars 605 feet skyward at 141 West Jackson Boulevard at the foot of La Salle Street.

Between 1930 and 1965 it was Chicago’s tallest building and still among its most distinct.

I imagine that over the years many decisions were made in this building that affected the welfare of many farmers even if they have never been here.

Shining Like a Red (But Not Rubber) Ball

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I’ve always associated the song Red Rubber Ball with the British pop group The Cyrkle, yet it also performed by Simon and Garfunkle. That is not surprising give that Paul Simon was a co-author of the tune along with Bruce Woodley.

Released in 1966, the song is a lament about love lost or perhaps never quite attained, but the jilted man is looking to the future with a positive attitude.

Afterall, the sun is still shining like a red rubber ball. And the sun can be seen shining in this red round ornament that is sitting in someone’s yard in the German Village area of Columbus, Ohio.

Like so many other things I’ve photographed, it was something that caught my attention as I walked along with my camera on a warm spring day.

Written by csanders429

April 12, 2018 at 7:06 am