Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

36 Degrees Fahrenheit in Oberlin

Thinking I’d have to restrict my photographing time to an hour so I could do other things, I headed toward downtown this morning. Hah! Restrict? I didn’t even last the hour. I swear I’ve photographed in colder temperatures, but today was just too cold for me. Maybe the effect of cold is cumulative. 😉 I was lucky enough during my half-hour foray to add to two of my photographic series.

1 Here, and through number 6, is the old bank drive-through again.






7 I’m not sure what this is, but it was near the old bank drive-through.

8 I’m sure this sign wasn’t referring to my camera, but how appropriate.

9 Speaking of dumpsters . . .

10 A few days ago someone asked me if I had a favorite dumpster. Yup. This is it. The last two photographs are of the same one. What a beauty.



24 responses

  1. So sorry you are not getting your warm weather photos this year.


    January 26, 2020 at 9:31 PM

    • Taking warm-weather photos with you, Lynda, is fun. And I do miss that. But I find I’m enjoying the Ohio winter much more than I thought I would.


      January 26, 2020 at 9:44 PM

  2. The dumpster shots are reminiscent of the fish bin project. And they are certainly just as worthy of a project. And #6 is outstanding, too! Nice work, Linda.


    January 26, 2020 at 10:18 PM

    • Yes, Ken, I see the dumpsters and fish bins as kin to each other, too. Glad you like #6. It’s just amazing how that small patch of concrete—about eight by twelve feet—has something different to offer almost every time I visit it.


      January 29, 2020 at 7:23 PM

  3. Absolutely LOVE that you’re referring to a dumpster as, “What a beauty!”! 😉


    January 26, 2020 at 10:46 PM

    • Really a lovely set of images. Your posts always give my mind and my eye much food for visual thought.


      January 26, 2020 at 11:41 PM

      • What a nice thing to say. Thank you, Johnny. As for calling a dumpster a beauty, well, isn’t it? 🙂


        January 29, 2020 at 7:26 PM

  4. And maybe it’s cumulative, and maybe it’s just age (eek!). No idea of yours but I’m now nearer to 50 than any other number and I swear I have practically zero desire to get out in anything under 45 to take pictures of pretty much anything….


    January 26, 2020 at 10:48 PM

    • Oh, surely it can’t be age . . . I’m still surprised that I’m finally old enough to drive.


      January 29, 2020 at 7:27 PM

  5. Excellent set, Linda!

    Liked by 1 person

    January 27, 2020 at 2:18 AM

  6. It looks like this was definitely worth the short time in the cold. Beautiful work!
    And I thought the cold yesterday was really penetrating. Probably the humidity and dampness made it seem colder.


    January 27, 2020 at 7:56 AM

    • Thank you, Clare. I think you must be right about the dampness of last Sunday’s cold. It’s been about the same temperature ever since but hasn’t felt nearly as cold. Funny how that works.


      January 29, 2020 at 7:27 PM

  7. Wonderful set, Linda. All such interesting compositions.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 27, 2020 at 8:41 AM

    • Thanks, Lemony. Finding compositions in dumpster walls and concrete pads is a lot of fun. As you know, it’s fun finding them in ice, too.


      January 29, 2020 at 7:29 PM

  8. My eyes went to that bit of red in #2, and the greenery in #6.

    You’ve given a photographic meaning to “dumpster diving.”


    January 27, 2020 at 8:45 AM

    • That was the only bit of red on the whole concrete pad. I just had to get it into a photo. Who would have thought that tiny green plants could come up despite the cold and snow we’ve had. I was going to say that I don’t dive into the dumpsters, but sometimes I hold the camera over the edge to photograph the inside, so in a way maybe I do.


      January 29, 2020 at 7:31 PM

  9. nannus

    Exchange the Fahrenheit scale with the Celsius scale and keep the 36 degrees 😉
    Very nice pictures again!


    January 27, 2020 at 2:04 PM

    • Thank you, Nannus. What a great idea! (At first I was going to write “36 Degrees” without giving the scale. But then I realized that 36 degrees is warm to many people.)


      January 29, 2020 at 7:30 PM

  10. I bet the bank security folks were wondering what you were doing prowling around out there. Nice bunch of abstracts, Linda. But number 6 is my favorite as it reflects one of my favorite subjects…the Earth taking back the land from our creations.
    We are quite a contrast. I’ve been complaining that it isn’t cold enough. I really am not fond of cold weather but without it, no ice. 🙂


    January 29, 2020 at 4:41 AM

    • The bank security folks never knew I was there, but they probably wouldn’t have cared since the newer part of the bank is some distance away. I do get funny looks—don’t all photographers?—from time to time when I photograph something not conventionally photographed. . . . I, too, have a thing for nature reclaiming its space. I think of those instances as the persistence of life and photograph them as often as I can find them.

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      January 29, 2020 at 7:31 PM

  11. My apologies for getting here late….it seems to me that you’re making very good use of your time in the frigid north. The dumpsters of Florida will just have to wait for your loving attention. Meanwhile, in that short half-hour, you found some gems. #1 has an expansive beauty and gorgeous composition – a flowing line and things near the edges – very cool, Linda.
    #3 wows me. Who, I mean who, could photograph a stick in a parking lot and make it look momentous? Only you, as far s I know. It’s rather mystifying, how you do it. The cracks frame the stick nicely. Every little detail on the surface of the stick is treated as if it were a carefully crafted sculpture. As if that weren’t enough, it almost levitates, almost being the important word. That tension between gravity and lightness.
    I’m very fond of #6 too, it’s like the uncovering of a precious jewel box, the jewel box that is life.
    #8 is one you should print….or at least keyword it well so you can add it to the book you ARE going to do of dumpster photographs. 🙂
    I love #10 and I love that someone asked you about your favorite dumpster – what a rep you have!


    February 2, 2020 at 1:26 PM

  12. I won’t accept your apology because it’s not needed. I’m so glad you like my stick on the cement of the old bank drive-through. It just seemed to be exactly in the right place, and I was there at the right time. And now it has beautiful words written about it. Thanks. I agree that #8 belongs somewhere in the book I may never get around to doing. I’d seen that sign on the dumpster enclosure many times but never before seen the humor in it. Guess it pays for me to haunt the same places in town. I was surprised when my new friend asked if I had a favorite dumpster, and less surprised that it didn’t take me long to answer. Thank you for all your kind words, Lynn.

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    February 6, 2020 at 4:33 PM

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