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Pounding Out Another Story

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Ernie Pyle is a name that was familiar to those who lived during World War II.

The Indiana-born journalist was, arguably, the best known war correspondent of his day, earning the Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for his accounts of the life of ordinary soldiers.

Writing for the Scripps-Howard chain of newspapers, Pyle was killed on April 18, 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa.

For many years the building housing the School of Journalism at Indiana University was named after Pyle.

There was a bust of him inside the building and, if my memory serves me correctly, a photograph or painting of him elsewhere.

Some incorrectly thought the School of Journalism itself was named after Pyle, but that was not the case.

Not long ago the School of Journalism was merged with a couple of other programs to create a new Media School, which was moved to Franklin Hall.

As part of that move, a statue of Pyle pounding out a story on his portable typewriter in the war zone was commissioned and placed near the entrance to Franklin Hall.

The statue brings to life a glimpse of a time that virtually all college students today only know from history books.

Follow the Concrete Path

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Few trails that I’ve seen are made of concrete unless they are urban paths that use city streets and sidewalks.

So I was surprised to find this narrow band of concrete on this trail in Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania.

I didn’t walk this trail so I don’t know how far the concrete extends. It doesn’t appear to go too far, though.

The concrete looks like it has been here awhile and there is probably a story behind why this trail is partly paved.

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May 25, 2017 at 5:38 am

Rainbow in the Clouds

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The storm had pretty much moved through, but some clouds remained on the back edge of the front. Enough light rain was falling to create a rainbow in the late day sunlight.

There was actually a double rainbow here, but the second one was pretty faded by the time this image was made.

Who doesn’t like to look at a rainbow? There just might be a pot of gold out there somewhere, maybe in those golden clouds.

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May 23, 2017 at 5:47 am

VW Microbus Nostalgia Parada

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This is one of those photo ops that came rolling down the road — literally. I was in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park when a parade of Volkswagon micobuses came past.

I know nothing about this event. Perhaps they were all headed toward a meet of VW owners and were traveling in a convoy. Maybe this is what microbus owners do.

These weren’t new VWs, but the kind of microbus that you would have seen on the highways in the 1960s filled with hippie types.

Just as soon as it arrived, the VW convoy was gone.

Easter Colors

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Spring is a colorful season with bright colors on flowers and flowering trees. In the middle of spring is Easter with its own colors that adorn Easter eggs and Easter basket candy.

For Easter Sunday 2017, I decided to photograph some of the flowers in our yard. The top photograph is a lone hyacinth that has been blooming for several days.

I am using it as a stand in for an Easter lily. In my younger years, we would drive to St. Louis to spend Easter at the home of my grandparents.

Before leaving we would stop at the store to buy a lily to take to grandma. Those trips ended years ago and my grandmother is long since deceased. But whenever Easter rolls around I still think about lilies.

By using my imagination a little, I can see the flowers of this hyacinth resembling those Easter lilies we used to take to my grandmother.

In the middle is a grape hyacinth. I’m told the name comes from the fact that the flowers resemble grapes. Maybe so, but I like the color purple.

Again, going back to my childhood days, my Easter basket often had jelly beans and my favorites were the purple ones.

Finally, what is spring without tulips? The color yellow is used for a type of candy called Peeps. I’m not really fond of them, but they are a part of Easter for some people.

You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine

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Most people probably don’t notice jet contrails. They know they exist, but their eyes are focused straight ahead on what is in front of them or on their smart phones and other mobile electronic devices.

They might get a glimpse of contrails if they happen to look up, but they see them without seeing them.

I know there are photographers who have a passion for clouds, particularly storms. They might notice contrails because they are accustomed to looking at the sky.

Contrails interest me for other reasons, though. I’ve long had an interest in aircraft and when I see a contrail  I wonder what airline that is that is streaking across the sky. What is the aircraft type and its destination.

Aboard that plane are a few dozen people who probably have a story or two to tell about why they are flying today. I also like contrails because something they can create intersecting lines.

That was the case on a Saturday afternoon when I happened to look up and saw two flights going in different directions high over Cleveland and creating a geometry lesson in the sky.

This image was made on a clear day. That slight cloudiness between the two contrails is the dispersed vapor of a previous aircraft.

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April 12, 2017 at 6:13 am

The Mail Must Go Through (on Monday)

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It’s late afternoon at the Olmsted Ohio, post office. Mail trucks are making their way back after completing their rounds.

The last of the trucks arrives shortly after 5 p.m. and parks in their respective places. The drivers back in so they are ready to pull straight out next time.

Being that it is Saturday and that there is no home mail delivery on Sundays, that won’t be until Monday morning.

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April 10, 2017 at 6:51 am