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French Lick, Indiana and West Baden Springs

Our real vacation of the year approaches so it seemed wise to go warm up on some nearby tourist attractions. This previous weekend we went off to see the gem of Southern Indiana, French Lick.

You can tell we’re all really excited.

From 7-13-2013 French Lick Indiana – West Baden Springs

First stop, French Lick hotel and casino.

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We’re far from the only ones in evidence on this glorious summer day.

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The interior is decorated in middle-American gaudy.

From 7-13-2013 French Lick Indiana – West Baden Springs
From 7-13-2013 French Lick Indiana – West Baden Springs

And the front desk guy made sure we saw the “baskilisks”. I guess they are kinda basking.

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The place gets a Fonzi-style thumbs-up from the cherubs.

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Kids got bored more quickly than the adults, as usual.

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In the main formal dining hall, chandeliers as far as the eye can see it seems.

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When photographing, it always pays to look up.

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But there are more modest light fixtures. I love the lines in this one.

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Overlooking the sulfurous gardens…

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The stench of the springs left some people rather minimally impressed.

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No shortage of fancy

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“Read the sign…”
“On the door…”
“The Sign….”
“Right there!…”
“The sign!!”
“Read the sign!!!!”
“Oh nevermind…”

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Pluto never looked so happy.

From 7-13-2013 French Lick Indiana – West Baden Springs
From 7-13-2013 French Lick Indiana – West Baden Springs

After the first hotel, West Baden offers another more majestic example of the genre.

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The central lobby is a huge domed area 200 feet wide

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… with a pendulous chandelier hanging from the ceiling 135 feet above the floor.

From 7-13-2013 French Lick Indiana – West Baden Springs
From 7-13-2013 French Lick Indiana – West Baden Springs
From 7-13-2013 French Lick Indiana – West Baden Springs

While you’re waiting for your parents to get tired of looking around, you can even play a game of checkers…

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…or just fall asleep altogether on one of the many pieces of wonderfully comfortable furniture.

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Lots of stained glass is on offer.

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And the well-manicured grounds also offer a cemetery for those in the mood for such things.

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But watch out for the frogs. They spit.

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Alright, enough of that. I’m out of here…

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Beholders, and their Eyes…

As of late I’ve found myself rather lethargic.  Summer days slip by while my shutter sits silently in its bag.  When soon the winter comes I’ll lament the opportunities lost.  To combat my creeping sloth, I occasionally go looking for contests and photo ops.  To my joy the local community theatre answered my offer from months ago to do some photography for them so we shall see what that holds.  I also stumbled upon a photography contest put on by the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  I picked three of my own favorites and submitted them so we’ll see how those fare.

Click each photo to see my entry online and vote for it if you feel so inclined.

The Catch

One of those chance encounters with an instant of time after chasing a bird around the park for an hour.

Love found at the IMA

Admittedly a bit on the smutty side but nonetheless one of the most joyous sights of summer. At least if you’re a dragonfly.

The Gift

My sentimental favorite is a tribute left by the grave of a long-dead infant. I imagine a small child visiting other graves with her parents who feels sorry for the baby who was never old enough to even have a toy of their own.

If you want to see all the entries then you can do so here.

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Another Splat of Randomness for March the 1st

It’s become apparent that randomness is more the rule than the exception so I will endeavor to forget to mention it in future.

On the way home it was determined, after next to no internal argument, that I needed to stop somewhere to photograph SOMETHING. After all, it had been an entire day since I’d posted something and that sort of delay just won’t be tolerated. My first stop was the circle downtown where I took a few time-lapse movies that I can only describe as excruciatingly dull.

Anyway, go enjoy the whole channel if you’re really into random time-lapse.

Luckily there were a few random shots to save the day from total tedium.

I was amused by this rather placid reflection. Really ready for spring I don’t mind telling you.

From Misc Photos for 3-2-2012 and Nighttime

One of my stops on the way back was an old rural cemetery. The lighting here makes the place look rather hellish to me.

From Misc Photos for 3-2-2012 and Nighttime
From Misc Photos for 3-2-2012 and Nighttime

The sky overhead though… was heavenly.

From Misc Photos for 3-2-2012 and Nighttime
From Misc Photos for 3-2-2012 and Nighttime

And that’s the day that was.

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Misc Photos for the New Year

Greetings and Salutations on this the third day of January!

So before I begin I’d like to say a bit about… well, all of you. I realized over the weekend that somewhat suddenly there were over 200 people following this blog on WordPress. As of this writing there are 235 WordPress followers and 1,406 of you on Facebook. I’m not going to deny that that’s more than a bit intimidating. It is my hope, as is the hope of every blogger, simply to add to your life in some positive way. So I thank you all for your repeated comments and participation and also, simply, for your presence. It means a lot to me. I will take a moment to say that I want to take your picture or pictures of whatever you need or want pictures of. For free. Read this for more details. I also want to say that you can view all my images in high resolution in my Picasa album. All I ask is that you don’t profit by it. Share, distribute, use for whatever, but don’t charge anyone and don’t let anyone else charge. Share and share alike. Make sense? Grand!

Alright, so the current album is an amalgamation of the past few days. One of those days… you’ve had them I’m sure, when you take a few random snaps but nothing really strikes you enough to make you unload the camera. Plus, your internet is down so you can’t upload anything anyway. Grr.

The first few are just taken around Laura’s garage, from my series that I should have entitled, “Your house has cool stuff in it if only you’d look closer.” Nothing says near-term history like an old rotary-dial telephone.

Ma Bell

Ma Bell

And… well, this is an old refrigerator. You know, the kind where a kid could easily get trapped inside because it had the locking door with the long metal handle? Whoever decided to name a refrigerator brand “Hotpoint” though should be shot. A good fridge is anything but.

Hotpoint

Hotpoint

The guy who owned Laura’s house before was, shall we say politely, a “tinker”. This is evidenced by all manner of interesting and unusual home appliances like lights around the house that can be controlled from a central control panel and various other unexplained home “upgrades”. Luckily though, he left a set of drawers all properly labeled for all the things a homeowner needs… in 1976.

Labels

Labels

I won’t deny that I love this. In addition to the drawers, there’s a set of small metal containers that used to contain… who knows what? But the old parking(?) pass makes this cabinet. Expires 1976.

1976

1976

Moving on from the garage, on New Years day we went out to see what was to be seen. It was an INCREDIBLY windy day on the bog.

Windy on the Bog

Windy on the Bog

But the sun did shine at least…

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

Did I mention it was WINDY?

Flock of Seagulls

Flock of Seagulls

So… ok, so I’m tinkering more and more with post-processing despite my previous statements that I think it’s a sin against art and all that’s right with the world. This shot is mostly blurry because these train tracks are rough. Like “strap your grandma down to her seat or she’ll fly out” rough, but there is the slightest bit of post-processing here to alter it a bit.

Grainy Train

Grainy Train

I’m not sure why I like this… but I do…

Why do I like this?

Why do I like this?

I fiddled with this one a bit too. I tried to make it unsettling by darkening a bit and cropping it off-center. I feel a bit unsettled by it. You?

Norman Bates?

Norman Bates?

During the windy fun, we drove past a few things including this old church. Again, another photo that I like but I can’t quite determine WHY?

Churchgoing

Churchgoing

On the way to work on the 2nd, it snowed like crazy. I captured a few shots but nothing fancy.

Snow!  In January?!?!?

Snow! In January?!?!?

Today, before leaving work, I went in search of SOMETHING to take a photo of during sunset. I found an OLD cemetery not far from work. Complete… well, complete with lots of things. Including a sunset.

Old Glory

Old Glory

Dusk at Dusk

Dusk at Dusk

Contrails to Glory

Contrails to Glory

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A Christ for Christmas Eve

Though I don’t subscribe to any religion myself, I do understand the significance of the season for many, many people in the world. In that spirit, I give you a bit of Christ on Christmas Eve.

Christ for Christmas

Christ for Christmas (Click to view or download larger version)

Photographically, this was an utter “gimme.” As I recall, this is one of the very, very few photos I ever took that I liked despite the fact that I never actually got out of the car to take it. Clearly one of those moments when I was just too tired to care and yet fate was kind enough to give it to me anyway despite my sloth.

More broadly speaking from a religious standpoint, I have always puzzled as to why this sort of display isn’t a violation of the 1st commandment?

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Christ in Shadow

At some point I came to grips with the fact that I spend a LOT more time in cemeteries than the normal person. This isn’t out of any morbid fascination so much as a recognition of the significance of such places as well as their intrinsic beauty. Not to mention they are simply rife with strong themes.

Christ in Shadow

Christ in Shadow (Click to view whole album)

Artistically, this is one of those photos that hints at me that I sometimes need to give up my analytical drive for more detail. Generally I want to capture EVERY detail. In this case, I think the picture is really about what is NOT captured.

What photos have you taken that were defined by what you didn’t include? What does this photo invoke in you?

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