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Eagle Creek Park in Winter

Today Laura and I traipsed out into the cold and sunshine to see what could be seen at the local park.  Armed only with a 100mm prime macro my results were fairly abstract…

Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN I can’t resist a good tree stump… Any plant is a wondrous thing drawing nourishment from the dirt and the sky to become a towering giant. Even after they’re cut down, their mark on the world remains for years until nature slowly reclaims them. Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN

The last winter hangers-on from the cattails pondside.
Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN At some point I’d like to sit down and learn enough about the various fungi of the forest to identify them on sight. I adore these quiet reclaimers of the forest. Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN
Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN

Not to mention lichen, nature’s truest collaborator.
Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN I like the contrast of metal and ice but it always surprises me to find such things in the middle of an urban forest. Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN
Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN

One can’t help but stop and look at the crispy sheets of ice.
Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN
Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN We close with a solitary hanger-on… perhaps he’ll last until the spring. Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN

It was good to be out. We bought the annual pass so we’ll be back.

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Well poo… it’s been six months

You know, every few months I pop on here and suddenly realize that it’s been far too long since I’ve made any update. You know it’s been too long when you have to scroll back 12 pages in Flickr to find the last picture you made commentary on. Oh well. No time like the present to catch up.

Alright… well, since June we’ve gone on vacation. We got in the car with three kids and said, “OK, oh children of ours, which direction?” After some discussion they said: “West!” so west we headed. A few more directional questions later we found ourselves in…

Madison Wisconsin for fireworks over water…
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and a nice view of the capitol building…
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Even the teenagers were happy and unafraid to show it for just this brief moment.
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After another “Which way, kids?” we found ourselves in Milwaukee. This ultra-realistic statue of a security guard still haunts my dreams. Milwaukee WI 099

But the art museum is nice…
Milwaukee WI 037 And we even got to see the “wings” flap. Milwaukee WI 028

From there it was on to Green Bay where the youngest got eaten by a dinosaur…
Green Bay WI 001 … and there was this Lambeau field place on a cloudy day… Green Bay WI 022

Asking the kids again which way to go they voted to head over the top and loop the loop over Lake Michigan so we made our way up the long way to the Mackinac bridge and home through Michigan
Mackinac Bridge 011 Later, back in Indiana, the rain was record-breaking which made for great fungus Lake Mississinewa 041

but didn’t do a thing for the accommodations at the parks. You can just make out the top of the roof of the shelter house in the water.
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But the bugs didn’t mind in Skiles Test Park.
Indianapolis Skiles Test Park 015 With August, as always in Indy, came GenCon 2015 GenCon_2015 Aug 01_0189134

And as the weather changed all manner of these little things were found laying about.
A poor dead house fly has come to dinner Immediately on the heels of GenCon, the state fair is always a wonderful place to see people… 2015 Indiana State Fair012
2015 Indiana State Fair038 With October, comes football and these guys rolled into town 2015 Colts vs Patriots027

Much to the disappointment of these guys
2015 Colts vs Patriots082 With the close of the year upon us, my muse was only awakened because of a realization that I was missing an opportunity. I get lots of products for review yet I wasn’t using them as photographic subjects. So over the past couple of days I’ve taken to exercising my macro lens. LED Bulb 024
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Glass Crystal Glass Crystal
Glass Crystal

So it’s been a heck of year, in retrospect. Aside from those things pictured, there are a few events I should note. In October I moved out of my apartment and bought a house. In November we saw Elle King in concert and while she was profoundly foul mouthed she was deliciously entertaining. Best concert I’ve been to in years. And lastly, earlier in December my house was broken into and all my best camera equipment was stolen along with the majority of other electronics. So that’s been fun.

At any rate, it’s been a delightfully varied year. I promise I’ll write more often. But then, you’ve heard all THAT before I’m sure.

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Of Lamps, Rocks and Random Bits of Nature

In retrospect, it cannot be denied that today’s photo jaunts were more random even than usual.

#1 I started the day trying to stage this lamp for a photo. See previous post on why this is important or even remotely interesting. My intent here was to be vastly anachronistic and when you have a lamp from the 60s and a Look magazine from 1938 just laying around this isn’t terribly difficult.

From 11-25-2012 The Lamp

#2/#3 After the lamp I wanted about in the local forest remnant a bit. It wouldn’t be a trip to the forest without fungus.

From 11-26-2012 Misc
From 11-26-2012 Misc

#4 Someday if I wander in the forest long enough I’ll find a mammal that’s not a squirrel. Some day but not today.

From 11-26-2012 Misc

#5 Abandoned homes awaiting the spring.

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#6 Ending the day with some macro shots of a few mineral samples I suddenly find myself with.

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#7 Pyrite and quartz

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And so ends another exceptionally random day. It occurs… not even a single human anywhere near any of these shots. Hrm.

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Wabash River Environs – April 17, 2011

Last April the 17th, Laura and I traipsed down to the Wabash just to poke around and see what could possibly be seen.  The full album of results can be found here (link) but I’ll hit a few of the highlights below.

The pickings were initially a bit slim. I did come across the abandoned exoskeleton of an insect clinging to a tree as it leaned out over the river. Much of the other interesting fare had apparently been swept off by some recent flooding in the area.

From 2011-04-17

Luckily though, my ever-vigilant Laura did happen across a large patch of mushrooms. This particular patch was thickly populated and in that sort of semi-decayed state of a mushroom past its prime. The sort of sticky oozing appearance here lends even more grimness than would usually be associated with the decay that underlies any mushroom patch.

From 2011-04-17

If you’ve seen Laura’s pictures from this day you’ll note that there aren’t really many representatives from this area. That would be because of the hoard of tiny, hungry spiders like this one that policed the area.

From 2011-04-17

The find of the day, however, was this tiny slug that was making his way around the mushroom patch. These slimy denizens of the forest primeval have always fascinated me. I gently poked at this one for a while watching his tiny antennae retract shyly under my prodding only to magically reappear once he decided it was time to move on again.

From 2011-04-17

Laura pointed out on the way that the fields we passed were covered with tiny pinkish/purplish flowers of some sort. On closer inspection, these proved to be quite photogenic. As yet I’ve not been able to identify them but I’m sure they’re common and known to anyone truly in the know on such things. They look much bigger in the photo, of course, but in reality they’re less than a quarter of an inch in length.

At one point we found ourselves on the Davis Ferry Bridge. Being a cold and windy day, there was little really in evidence save for a plethora of spiderwebs. These vibrated in the wind like so many harp strings.

From 2011-04-17

Our last photo of the day pays sad memorial to a sad bug who met his fate in one of those sad, sticky harp strings. For the record, dead insects are a lot easier to photograph than live ones. Though tragic in their own way.

From 2011-04-17

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Random Photos for 12/26 through 12/29 2011

Well, it’s been one of those periods in which I’ve certainly taken lots of photos but not really had much of a theme to tie anything together. As such there’s not a ton of inspiration to empty the camera at the end of the day. Critical mass was reached yesterday, however, so here you have it. Anyone wanting the album without the commentary can just go look at the photos in Picassa.

Lafayette is full of all sorts of wonderful hidden nooks and/or crannies. Get engaged to a townie and you’ll find out what I mean. The day after Christmas we took ourselves unto Prophet’s Rock where … well, as the website for such things puts it:

This rock, overlooking Burnett’s Creek, is where Tecumseh’s brother, Lowawluwaysica, The Prophet, sang to encourage his warriors during the fight against William Henry Harrison’s soldiers at the Battle of Tippecanoe, November 7, 1811. The Prophet’s Rock is located just west of the Battlefield on Prophets Rock Road.

I will say that in the event I”m called upon to battle a much larger and better-armed force I too am very likely to say, “Um, yeah, guys, you go ahead. I’ll just hang out here and sing to inspire you!”

As a geological structure though, it really is hard to do it justice.

Prophet's Rock

Prophet's Rock

And there was just the tiniest touch of interesting fungus this day. I call this fungus “Grandpa’s Toenails”. *shiver*

Grandpa's Toenails

Grandpa's Toenails

Yesterday was only mildly better. I found some old puffballs far past their primes:

Old Puffballs

Old Puffballs

But this find was what made me want to actually decide to download the photos. I think I went a bit overboard with keeping the aperture small as the shutter speed descended to the nutty point of 1.6 seconds. Far too hard to keep the tripod stead for that long on a windy day. At any rate, a decent shot resulted.

Grandpa's Other Toenails

Grandpa's Other Toenails

Grandma's Toenails

Grandma's Toenails

As an end to the day, I went to see the windmills at dusk. Not TERRIBLY pleased with the results but glad at least that I went to the trouble to sit and wait for the sun to set.

Almost Aligned

Almost Aligned

One of these things is not like the others, one of these things is not the same

One of these things is not like the others, one of these things is not the same

Mills at Dusk

Mills at Dusk

Fire at Dusk

Fire at Dusk

And that’s the day that was. Commentary and suggestions welcome as always!

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Christmas … 2011 Part C

Christmas ended this year, as it always does, with macro shots of fungus. As usual, anyone wishing to bypass my diatribe may simply view the whole album here.

So as Christmas day winded down Laura did the only natural thing and betook ourselves unto the forest not-so-primeval. The first thing to catch my eye was this wonderful shelf fungus. This was sufficiently colorful to motivate me to whip out the tripod in the middle of the forest and kneel in the mud.

Colorful Fungus

Colorful Fungus

More Colorful Fungus

More Colorful Fungus

The last of the colorful fungus, really

The last of the colorful fungus, really

These little guys are about the size of dimes but if you’re kneeling in the mud on Christmas Day… well, they’re fairly amusing.

Fungus Frills

Fungus Frills

Next we got on to the Davis Ferry Bridge. This is about the 5th time I’ve been here but I’m always struck by the contrast between the hard, rusty steel of the bridge and the gentle organic shapes of the trees behind.

Steel and Wood

Steel and Wood

Birds are still in season it seems (for photographers only; put your BB guns away)

Birds in Season

Birds in Season

OK, yeah, I’ll admit that I asked Laura to sit down and be in this shot but it seemed poignant and artful. This was done at the Lafayette Amphitheatre. You’ll know it when you see it because it’s the one that looks like a penitentiary.

Audience of One

Audience of One

Self-portrait in shadow. I didn’t notice how well framed my shadow was until I got it home. Read that: Happy accident.

Happy Shadowy Accidents

Happy Shadowy Accidents

So as I’ve late I’ve been feeling rather lazy. As a result I’m determined to be more patient. We waited an hour for this sunset though I’m sad that the sun slid south so much and found its way into the trees before it hit the horizon.

Sunset on the Wabash

Sunset on the Wabash

While we were waiting that hour though, I did at least find a woodpecker or two.

Punk Pecker

Punk Pecker

I kept this only because I thought it a bit abstract.

Abstract Pecker

Abstract Pecker

So now we’re on to Boxing day. Having caught the sunset, it only made sense to pop up at the crack of dawn for the sunrise over the celery bog.

Boggy Dusk

Boggy Dusk

Finally, after waiting an hour (I’m early to everything) the first tiny specks of the sun made their way over the horizon.

First Peek at Rosy-Fingered Dawn

First Peek at Rosy-Fingered Dawn

And when they say the dawn comes up like thunder… they mean it even on an icy-cold day. It’s about 6 minutes between the first tickling pin-pricks of the sun to “Oh my God, I’m blind!”

OMG, I'm like Blind, Ya know!

OMG, I'm like Blind, Ya know!

And we close on the quiet contemplation of the dawning day, so full of potential.

Reflections on a New Day

Reflections on a New Day

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