Monthly Archives: October 2011

10/23/2011 – Indy Downtown and Lafayette Celery Bog Misc

Recalling back to the dim and misty past of a month ago, I recall that this weekend was a very fractured one filled with all manner of random travels. Either that or I just failed to empty the camera for far, far too long and it SEEMS fractured despite the fact that it actually represents two entire weeks. Either way, it follows.

Shots of downtown landmarks like this one make me want an obnoxiously wide fish-eye lens. Then I settle down and realize that I seem to be doing just fine at 18mm.

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The Indiana War Memorial is worth a visit and though unpictured, the inside too is a nice and solemn place to take a look around, though you do have to go during the week.

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Interestingly(?) while downtown I happened to stumble into military ceremony. Apparently every time a regiment or large body of the military changes commands, they have a large public ceremony to commemorate the event and to honor the former commander. They went to great lengths in the speeches to point out the sacrifices not only of the commanding officer of the commanding officer’s wife. If I recall correctly, which I’m sure I don’t, the outgoing wife gets red roses, fully in bloom to represent the fullness of her sacrifice. The incoming wife gets white rose buds to represent the sacrifices that she will make and that will come into full bloom as time goes on. Even the army, it seems, is sentimental.

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And it has occurred to me on more than one occasion that I might not have minded the military one bit if I could be a photographer or musician. Though I suppose they get blown up by grenades from time to time too. There is no easy job in the army, I suppose.

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Well, maybe no easy job, but there are moments of easiness, I suppose.

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Ah, now I recall that this was the trip in which I found quite a few parking garages open from which to perch and take a few photos. If you ever find yourself in a big city, you owe it to yourself to climb a few flights of stairs or take a rickety elevator to the top of one of these…

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Whenever I see one of these old buildings, my mind turns to sepia.

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And a nice tall building in black and white is always nostalgic… even if the picture is only a month old.

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It was this picture, oddly, that made me think, “I really do NOT get downtown to the theatre NEARLY often enough.” Indy’s live theatre scene is really QUITE diverse and interesting and I can’t admonish you all strongly enough that you really should go take in a play. And when you do, invite Laura and me to go with you.

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OK, it was a sepia sort of day…

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Yeah, I’ll admit that whenever I see a payphone on the corner two thoughts run through my mind. Thought the first: Wow! A payphone?! In 2011!?! Thought the second: Um. Is this a bad area of town?

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Boy. I sure love candid portraiture. Sure you have to follow someone around for 60 years to get such soulful shots by chance, but they’re there and when they’re there they’re just crazy sincere.

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So no clue who this person is, but their presence made for a great study of negative space and also left me feeling really good about the human connectedness of the shot. Taken in the Indiana state museum from the second or third level looking down on the floor below. The fact that this shot was completely random and just sort of found as-is also reinforces my vigorous dislike for posed photography. Sure, I could pose someone in this spot in 30 seconds but this was purely just THERE to be had and in another minute, it was gone forever. Now THAT is photography. At least in my opinion. *shrug*

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And you can’t leave the state museum without a shot of the pendulum.

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Another example of candid portraiture. She looks almost as if she could be praying. Doesn’t anyone want me to follow them around with a camera for 3 or 4 hours and get some good shots? 🙂

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And now Izzy’s in the act as well. This is taken as she’s turning the crank to light up the pole that represents the 5 billion years of Earth’s history in the museum. That look of concentration and expectation…. Mmmm.

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Crinoids. Not just a made-up profanity from The Flintstones.

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This shot makes me laugh, again, found art. If it were hanging in a gallery I’d call it “Sisterhood”. I like interaction and kinship. Some day when they’re much older I’ll show them this picture and they’ll both all get warm and blushy.

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At any rate, that, was the day that was.

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10/16/2011 – Eagle Creek Park

Ahh, there’s nothing quite like a nice trip to Eagle Creek on a crisp fall day is there? The perfect union of water and sky and greenery.

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Poor frozen caterpillar feet. Note the ice crystals. 😦

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And I’m not honestly sure what this guy is but he was among the booty that I brought back in the specimen jars from the trip.

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Back when the sun used to come out.

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It’s funny to look at the ways in which man differs from nature in construction of things. Nature is always elegant, efficient… well, usually. Man builds rigidly, full of empty space. This plumbing(?) apparatus is in the middle of the woods. Truly this is an urban park complete with acres and acres of nature all neatly plumbed and wired for lights.

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It even has a Dr. Zappy label on the side.

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I found this remnant of the previous season rather…. gripping?

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And there was a last minute orgy among some species.

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Not at all certain what these creatures are. This one has an odd bubble on his wing casing that I would suspect shouldn’t be there. Someone’s going to be someone else’s lunch once that thing hatches, I’m afraid.

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And we close with some seed casings designed to carry these messengers of life far into the forest. Or, adapted to human use, designed to keep old men’s shoes on their feet.

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10/8/2011 – Highly Misc Nature Photos

Harkening back to the first week in October seems like an eternity but there’s nothing like a good photo to bring those memories a’flooding back. Yes, that was the week when we were finally subjected ultimately and completely to the authority of our wasp overlords.

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Before wasp domination though, we had the various trappings of the fall. The milkweeds were in their full ebullience.

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The butterflies were out sucking the last delicate drops of nectar from the fall flowers.

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As time goes on, I’m able to get increasingly terrifying close-ups of these guys.

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And of course these armor-plated beastys still terrify me. Did I ever tell you about the time I disturbed the wasp’s next in the pump at the front door of grandpa’s house? Ugh.

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And of course it’s also construction season so sign, sign everywhere a sign. Damned humans. I will say though that this is one of the few photos I’ve ever taken where I was GLAD there was some dust on the lens. Interesting detail, I think.

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OK, so if you haven’t been to Holliday Park in Indy to see these titans hewn of stone then you most certainly should. Wonderful little spot and just oozing with “free”

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Summer is dead. Miss him. Miss him.

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OK, so THIS is why you bother to cart a tripod into the woods. 1.3 second exposure, best daddy long legs photo yet. These guys hate the sun but they WILL sit still.

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Yet another wheel bug.

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I bothered to drag this guy into the house for some extended time. Need better lighting equipment. That is to say, SOME lighting equipment.

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And lastly, just playing around with some random items I found in the house.

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