Monthly Archives: August 2012

Monument City, Indiana

As some of you might have noticed, it’s been rather dry here in the Midwest. ¬†As a consequence, our bodies of water are at record lows for the summer months. ¬†Specifically, the Salamonie Lake in Indiana is so low that one of the cities that was flooded to build the Lake has come to the surface. ¬†Because of this, crowds have flocked to the site of a city that hasn’t seen the surface (during the summer) for 50 years.

The lake is up and down during the year so the road between the parking and the water is non-trivial.

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Clearly a warning that’s more important when we’re NOT in record drought.

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So as a personal footnote, I couldn’t help but be THRILLED beyond reasonable measure that the kids were THIS excited. Sadly I think they were eventually disappointed but they were amused for long enough to charge ahead of us to see the mysterious sunken city.

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Lots of flatness.

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The lake is highly variable in depth it appears. I wonder how close these cliffs get to being under water.

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Much to the kids’ disappointment, only the foundations of the old buildings were visible. I think they expected a whole city to come to the surface.v

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Ever the opportunist, the velvet leaf managed to invade the landscape.

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Bud-Wei-Ser. *sigh* Everywhere you go there’s litter.

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History abounds in red brick.

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Foundations of the old school reside at the new water’s edge.

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signs of civilization…

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Yeah, expectations didn’t equal results so at least one of our party succumbed to boredom.

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But, so we close. As it turns out the day after we visited the DNR closed the site to visitors. Apparently too many people were stealing the rusty tin cans and other refuse to be found.

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Swimstock 2012

Last month when Amanda had an outdoor swim meet I took it as the perfect opportunity to do some sports photography. This is the sort of thing I’m always pestering people to let me photograph for them.

The expressions at these things are always priceless. Some true determination reflected here.

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And it never hurts to catch someone in mid-dive either.

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And… well, not ALL the expressions are all that flattering. Some of the adults seem rather disinterested.

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The sheepish ‘why are you taking my picture, dad’ look if ever I saw it.

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One thing about swim meets… they’re LONG affairs punctuated by very brief periods of activity that the spectators may specifically care about. Izzy is unimpressed.

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In fact some of the onlookers are bored absolutely stiff.

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But, making the best of a rather dull time, there’s always the macro lens to play with. Is it obvious what this is?

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These little things are all over the place this time of year in Indiana. Let me just stress again the importance of exfoliation lest YOU have to shed your skin.

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Izzy doesn’t know whether to eat it or be scared of it. Apparently the average of those two emotions is ‘bored’

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Claw detail. Note the carapace of some other creature on the left.

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Izzy also managed to sit on a mosquito without damaging it. Miraculous.

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Wonderfully complicated little creatures.

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So after two more hours, bored has turned to patently annoyed.

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And so eventually ended a day at the swim meet. In retrospect…. it didn’t really seem to have much to do with swimming at all.

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Advertising: 1967 Yashica Cameras

As one is out shooting with ones digital camera that holds 9,000 photos at once I think it’s fairly important to remember that we’ve come a long way since the ‘Modern Miracle Transistor’.

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Water Tower at Night

In 2010 my company had some sort of a dinner at the Country Club of Indianapolis. I arrived early and stayed late to take some photos as usual. My favorite from the set is this grainy 1950s shot of a water tower at night. I half expect the Doctor’s TARDIS to materialize in the corner. Where’s Susan Smith when you need her?

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Trip Day 9 – Astoria Oregon and Cannon Beach

Day 9 finds us in Astoria, Oregon, the land of superbly long bridges that seem to stretch on forever.

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It was on this day, for the first time in the trip really that I managed to pry myself out of bed relatively early and go walking to see what was to be seen. Sadly I didn’t catch the sunrise (it would have been magnificent) but I did find the world quietly waking up and quietly at its work.

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In these posts I tend to end up focusing on pictures of “things”: bridges, birds, people, but there are many times that I take a picture that doesn’t really have a noun tied to it. Something that just evokes a thought that’s difficult to enunciate to anyone else. During my morning walk I found this building with these little ‘no trespassing’ stencils on it in several places. It made me wonder what exactly it was that was being protected. Have they had problems with looters? What is the secret? The colors, vomit pink and diarrhea brown are fairly worthy of note too.

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The layout of the city is a bit ominous. Most of the downtown is a hundred feet lower in elevation than the further outskirts, making one realize that at some point in history the shoreline was probably UP THERE. But man as always scrambles ever closer to the water heedless of the fact that some day he may wake up with a fish as a neighbor.

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*sigh* Had I been here an hour earlier the sun would have come up right behind these behemoths.

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One of my fave splashes of color from the trip was this bit of greenery growing about 10 feet in the air along someone’s stairwell. Nature, give her ever so tiny a purchase will find a way to invade every nook and cranny.

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These patient pupils await the refuse of these fisherfolk.

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This gentleman was, I think, sketching the bridge. I like the perspective and almost mirage quality of the ship in the background.

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It’s unclear what these ships are actually doing. Hauling freight of some sort, one assumes? Regardless they’re rather amazing works of engineering.

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Finally having had enough of the lowlands we moved on to see Astoria Column. We almost ignored the thing entirely but in typical random fashion saw it on the map and decided it was worth a visit. As it turns out it’s where all the OTHER tourists were as well.

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Given the view it’s not surprising in retrospect.

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Vertigo anyone?

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Certainly saw a lot of these during the trip.

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Moving on from the column we went back to the beach for a bit of sandiness.

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It has perpetually amusing to me how everyone goes to landmarks and proceeds to take the same photo. These two strangers are taking photo type #1 at the beach.

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Haystack rock. I have to admit that after having seen so much else on this trip that this particular rock, so acclaimed, was rather an anti-climax.

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It was much more amusing to do some silhouettes against the shiny and briny sea.

The photographer:

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The seekers:

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The adventurers:

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The onlookers:

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The gymnast:

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And so ended the day in photos. Tomorrow we wrap up the trip on Mt. Hood.

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