Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fall Colors

Even at night, autumn color in Indiana has been beautiful.
Standing at the bus stop on New York Street,
looking across towards the library, the trees stand in rows of red, 
while the sunset shown on the oranges and golds
of the tree-lined street to the east.
My favorite, however, has been the array
of color surrounding a tree just outside the journalism
building. The frosted glass of the windows
make the color seem as though muted by fog.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Cosmetology Student

I was on my way downtown a few weeks ago, 
when I was joined on the bus by a woman who was 
on her way home from her cosmetology classes 
a block or so from the bus stop.
Under her arm, she carried a mannequin
head on which she practices all the
techniques she's learning at school. 
The heads are de rigueur for all students,
but this is the first one I'd seen
that is male. I've always been a bit startled by
the heads. Some are carried in totes,
others in backpacks, but this one was
being carried under the young woman's arm.
one half of his head shorn,
the other with his black hair
 flitting in the breeze. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Long Time, No Post. Well ... Duh

A Facebook page I like is devoted to 
the works of cartoonist Gary Larson.
One admirer posted the above Far Side panel 
the other night, which prompted me to think, 
"Fppft! I see that every day I go to work!"
I stopped at the intersection yesterday to take pictures.
Here it is ---

Where Washington crosses Delaware 24/7
and has for many years.

Washington Street, which runs east/west through 
Downtown Indianapolis. is a part of the old US Route 40.
Delaware Street, one of a number of local 
streets named for states, runs north/south, about 
two blocks east of Meridian Street. 
The intersection of Meridian and Washington 
serve to mark the center of the state,
known for years as 
"The Crossroads of America." 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The First of a New Year: My Best

I really didn't have a photo I thought of as my best.
This photo was taken last month, on a cold day.
There were dead hosta, lying gold and 
translucent in their beds. 
Then I turned to see one bright rose,
shining brightly as the late afternoon sun 
heated the limestone block, 
and chill breezes froze everything 
else to the ground.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


Looking like some odd portrait for a family
of circus acrobats, these chairs are stacked in a backyard
on Indy's Old Northside neighborhood.
The neighborhood is made up of numerous homes
in various stages of restoration, renewal,
and remodeling.

These pictures were taken Wednesday evening
as I walked a couple blocks from 
the bus stop to the Indiana Landmarks Center.
At one corner, a contractor who obviously
 took pride in his work, had embedded
a small plaque in a sidewalk he had installed.
While I couldn't find information
related to the sidewalks in this neighborhood,
Mr. Foster was responsible for the
construction of sidewalks, about a half
mile away, in July of 1893.
Here, nearly 125 years later, the quality
of the man's work is still apparent
in that it is still in use.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Theme Day: Out of Focus

My little camera is too small to take super-sharp 
action pictures. It's too dark in the Natatorium to get
clear shots of the swimmers at speed: 
in natural light, they appear blurred, but when I
adjust the shutter speed, the light goes away.
However, I actually like some of the results, which I
use as reference for my drawings.
At times, the swimmers seem elongated,
 becoming even more a part of the water.
I like to watch how the liquid moves and flows
around their bodies, separates and then
rejoins its fluid self as the swimmer
passes through.
When I am swimming myself, I like
to see the water flowing past my goggles
when I turn to breathe; the more correctly 
I am able to swim, the more
quickly the water seems to pass.
I actively look for it and know to adjust 
my technique if it isn't happening.
And then ... and then, when I look at the bottom,
the water breaks the gridded tile into
facets and even the long black stripe becomes
diamonds, drifting away into a blur.
The theme for the first day of November, 
in case you haven't figured it out,
is Out of Focus. To see how other members of
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