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Archive for August 2017

What is Around the Curve?

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I had pulled to the side of a country road in Virginia’s Shenandoah to photograph an old and abandoned gas station.

As I returned to my vehicle I looked ahead and saw that the road made a curve ahead.

The open road has always symbolized for me an invitation to travel, if for no other reason that to see what might be down the road or, in this case, around the next curve.


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August 31, 2017 at 6:55 am

Taking Off

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I was photographing birds in the Vermilion River by the South Street boat launch. This gull was lazily padding along in the river when a power boat approached headed for its dock. That sent the bird skedaddling to get out of there.

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August 30, 2017 at 7:38 am

Symbol of the West

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There are many things that symbolize the western United States. The Rocky Mountains might top the list, but not far below would be cactus plants.

There are many variety of cactus yet the saguaro probably is the best known because of its size and arms.

If you called central casting and asked them to send you a cactus, it would look like this one. Not every saguaro has arms, but in the minds of many it is not a cactus unless it has a number of arms poking out.

There is nothing unusual about this particular saguaro, but it has all of the needed properties to be quintessential.

Those dark clouds in the background didn’t produce any rain, but they made a nice contrast with the foreground.

The saguaro is not widespread in the West. The plant is most likely to be found in southern Arizona and parts of California.

Fast Asleep

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I ran across this photograph awhile back of Tiger, a cat that was in the family between 1974 and 1985.

She was fast asleep on the bed at the home of my parents when I created this image. It was probably during the early 1980s.

I  had an 11-by-17 print made of this photograph, but never framed it or placed it on display.

It was one of those situations in which you think an image would look good as an enlargement but once I made the enlargement I never took the next step.

I didn’t make many images of Tiger during her lifetime so now this image has taken on greater importance than when I had that enlargement made many years ago.

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August 28, 2017 at 7:29 am

More Questions Than Answers

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I’m walking along the main street in downtown Marion, Ohio, and have come to a stretch that is a bit seedy.

Along the way I encounter the Midway Tavern. The name begs the question of what is it midway between.

I found it curious that a tavern would use a sign provided by a soft drink company.

When I think of tavern I think of beer and not soda. Sure, taverns stock a variety of sodas because someone might want to drink one or mix it with something harder.

Perhaps this used to be a diner or something similar and the tavern owner just re-purposed the sign.

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August 26, 2017 at 7:31 am

One Way to Move ’em

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We were taking a break during a visit to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore when I spotted this out of the ordinary means of propelling a stroller.

I suppose, though, that riding a unicycle will get parent and child there faster than walking and pushing.

Trace of Clouds at Sunrise

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I had arisen early to photograph the sun rising over the Santa Catalina mountains east of Tucson, Arizona.

I was hoping for something as dramatic as I had recorded the night before at sunset. It would not turn out that way, but was still worth the effort.

A sliver of clouds catches the early morning sunlight. It will be a few minutes before the sun climbs over the mountains.

The desert can be a place of extreme contrasts. Later on this day the temperature would climb into the 90s. But at the moment that I made this image, it was cold enough to wear a jacket.