Friday, March 27, 2015

The First Week of Spring ...

... And the only things blooming so far are 
the reflections of the streetlights on wet pavements.
I was on my way to work, waiting for the connecting bus,
at the corner of Michigan Street and Indiana Avenue.
I peeped from under my umbrella to take these
shots of cars. At this time of the morning,
most commuters were probably on their way to 
the complex of hospitals on/near the IUPUI campus; 
University Hospital, Riley Hospital, 
Eskenazi Health, and the Veterans Hospital are all 
within walking distance of each other. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rambling Around

On Saturday, I had a bit of business to attend to in Broad Ripple.
This is the first time I've had the chance to kind of ramble 
around this urban village, known primarily to Indy folk 
as the site of hip music venues and arty boutiques.
The first full day of spring seemed to have brought out all
the citizens who had small children and dogs, as they seemed
to have descended on the Monon Trail en masse.

The doors had been flung open at this local produce market, 
both to greet the sunny day and the customers 
who stopped by, pausing a bit during their walks,
 to sample the various juice or tea drinks.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


This picture, taken at around 7:30 a.m., 
shows the exterior of the Federal court building 
reflected in the glass of the Chase Tower.
The building, surrounded by banks and insurance
companies, still gives the impression
of strength and resolve, while the glass of
the bank building, although transparent, manages 
to hide a lot of secrets.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Red, Yellow, Blue ...

I like early mornings. I feel as though 
they belong to me, quiet, crisp, and new.
Early Tuesday morning, on my way to work,
I stopped at a corner near the downtown 
area to meet my second bus.
I could have gone a bit farther, to go to
the place where I could enjoy a hot chai latte,
but I'd seen this -- a clear inky sky serving
as the backdrop for skyscrapers,
set off by a perfect sliver of Moon, dangling
in just the spot meant to balance
the yellow office lights and red logos.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Checkered Past

Checkered patterns are all around us. 
From game boards and tile floors,
to intricately planned artworks and textiles, 
they provide visual rhythm to our daily lives that
we take for granted. In Speedway, the black and
white pattern of checkered flags has a specific
role in describing the origins and identity
of the community, even forming the
backdrop of the town's flag. 

Here, the pattern covers the exterior of 
a neighborhood utility box. 
Over the years, as it has faded and been 
repainted, the checkered past of the box 
has been revealed, adding depth 
and variety to its surface. 
Whoever painted it last even took 
the time to align the pattern
on the handle.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lone Watch

During my walk on Saturday along Speedway's 
Main Street, I looked through the window of one of the town's 
vacated storefronts. The town, which exists in the shadow
of the Speedway, is working on the revitalization of Main Street, 
attracting racing related businesses, restaurants, ice
cream shops, and at least one brewery. 
One of my favorite places, Lino's Coffee Shop, was named 
"Best Coffee Shop" in 2012 by readers of Indianapolis Monthly 
magazine, a designation it richly deserved. 
It serves coffee and food that is extremely well-prepared 
for reasonable prices. Once you visit, you will return.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Shadows of Spring

I took a long walk around Speedway Saturday afternoon, 
taking pictures as I went. The most abundant floral offerings
 I found were the metal lawn ornaments; 
here and there were the coiled wire tendrils of vines, 
the bright enamel colorings of painted daisies, 
and the embossed cut-outs of metallic angels 
and stars. If the scatterings of volunteer crocusses
are precursors, then the real flowers can't
be far behind. The biege earth canvas has been 
washed clean, waiting for the flowers.