Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Wandering in Sunny Ohio

December 22, 2019

Last Sunday may have been sunny (yay!), but it was cold. For most of the time I was out, I shot from the car window. It began to warm a bit toward noon, and I ventured out to see what I could see better on foot.

1 Some trees almost beg to have their portrait taken.

2 I have a small collection of lone trees in farmers’ fields. See Cowshade for Ghosts.

3 I don’t see many cows in my peregrinations. But this sweet lady posed nicely for me.

4 As she approached the fence, a few of her friends joined her.

5 And then a few more . . .

6 And a few more . . .

7 Soon the whole gang was there. Until they became bored and drifted away.

8 I got out of the car to catch this millstone. I assume the grooves are from grinding grain. Many people around here display these stones in their yards. I’m glad they do.

9 This is the side that first attracted me.

10 I was happy to see that the coloration was lichens rather than paint.

11 The bits of color on this old metal post could be paint, but I rather think they’re layers of rust.

12 This is part of an old guard rail, I think.


14 The new guard rail is attached to an older post.



17 Walking back to the car, I saw where someone had lost their pull-tab collection.

20 responses

  1. Absolutely beautiful series. Beautifully photographed.

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    December 22, 2019 at 8:27 PM

  2. I think I can find a home for one of those wheels in my yard. What a great addition it would make. Well done, Linda.

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    December 22, 2019 at 10:30 PM

    • Thanks, Ken. I imagine that most of these mill wheels were on the property originally. Maybe you can’t tell how big they are, but they are at least three feet in diameter. I’d love to have one, too. Good luck to both of us.


      December 25, 2019 at 4:30 PM

  3. At first glance I thought the cow in #3 was painted on the side of the truck.

    The object in #11 could be a novel sort of religious icon.

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    December 23, 2019 at 1:33 AM

    • So did I.


      December 24, 2019 at 6:02 AM

      • I suppose it’s the same thing that goes on when you see that your friend has a tree growing out of the top of his head. The camera flattens the picture plane. I could tell she wasn’t painted on. 😉


        December 25, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    • I’m not surprised that you thought she was painted on the truck. She was standing in such a perfect position. . . . Well, I am pretty religious about photographing rusty surfaces . . . I can’t get this comment reply to go where I want it to go. This reply is to Steve Schwartzman.


      December 25, 2019 at 4:40 PM

  4. Fascinating collection. What an eye!


    December 23, 2019 at 2:48 AM

    • Thanks, Michael. I hope I didn’t disturb the cows. I know (don’t I?) that I didn’t disturb the rusty surfaces.

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      December 25, 2019 at 4:45 PM

  5. Nice walk; and there is always something to dive on to… 🙂


    December 23, 2019 at 4:14 AM

    • All our walks are nice walks, aren’t they. There is always something to see.


      December 25, 2019 at 4:46 PM

  6. That’s quite an intriguing wander, Linda. Very nice. I think you are correct about the paint, but flaky rust would be so much cooler.


    December 24, 2019 at 6:04 AM

    • Thank you, Steve. I think I wasn’t very clear. I think the orange is NOT paint but rust. Much cooler.


      December 25, 2019 at 4:47 PM

      • Definitely much cooler. I guess I did misinterpret that sentence. Glad it was rust.

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        December 25, 2019 at 4:59 PM

  7. I like the way this series meanders around different subjects….I hope you had a nice Christmas, Linda….I’m glad you’re posting, and getting out, even if you have to shoot from the car for a while. (My trouble is getting out so late it’s dark already!). The first tree here is really beautiful, just itself, through and through, with no need to be anything else. Admirable. The cows are fun, going from one to several to more to many – wow, what a lineup! Funny, the way they come to see what’s up and then drift away. The mill wheel’s incredible – what a beauty, and so big. I don’t think I’ve driven through a location where people display them like that, I like it. Respect! 🙂 I love the rusty post and the rope, the guardrail too – all so well photographed. And what a way to end, Linda! Actually, it reminded me of wandering along a road outside L.A., getting out to see the view and finding discarded CD’s on the ground, glittering and looking beautiful, same as the tabs. In the eye of the beholder….

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    December 27, 2019 at 9:26 PM

    • Glad this series’ meandering sits well with you, Lynn. Unless I’d dipped into the archives, it just had to be this way. Turns out I gave the mill thing the wrong name. It’s a millstone. A mill wheel is the part that goes in the water, like a paddle wheel. Googling millstone, you can see many examples under Images. There’s even a Wikipedia entry ( Thanks for all your shared thoughts, Lynn. I felt a bit conflicted showing the pull tabs as something “glittering and looking beautiful.” I really don’t want to encourage anyone to spill their trash on the side of the road, but . . .

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      December 28, 2019 at 4:11 PM

      • Millstone, I knew that! 😉 No worries about anyone here misunderstanding how trash might be beautiful but should be cleaned up afterwards. 🙂


        December 28, 2019 at 9:05 PM

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