Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

From the Archives of 2003

April 5, 2020

The last post comprised photographs that I took around the grounds where I live. With things as they are, for a long time in the future new photographs will be taken on the grounds where I live. So here’s a little deviation for you (and me).
















28 responses

  1. Exquisite.

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    April 5, 2020 at 3:40 AM

    • Thanks, Michael. I realized before posting that I’m sort of straying into your territory with #s 10, 11, 12, and 13. Sounds like you forgive me. 🙂

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      April 7, 2020 at 8:37 PM

  2. Sue

    You are brilliant at shapes, colours and textures, Linda!

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    April 5, 2020 at 4:25 AM

    • Thank you, Sue. I realized some time ago, that I am most (but not exclusively) interested in the formal qualities of the physical world: shapes, colors, tones, textures, lines, and so forth. What the thing actually is is often less interesting to me.

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      April 7, 2020 at 8:38 PM

      • Sue

        Yes, I think I’ve been noticing that from your blog, Linda

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        April 9, 2020 at 4:08 AM

  3. Fine set!

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    April 5, 2020 at 6:11 AM

  4. Beautiful as always. I especially like the last 2.

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    April 5, 2020 at 7:26 AM

  5. In #1, 10, and 11 less is more, while in much of #3 more is more. #14 is about patterns.

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    April 5, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    • Thanks for your analysis, Steve. It’s always interesting to learn how others think about your work, isn’t it.


      April 7, 2020 at 8:39 PM

  6. Beautiful shots, Linda. A favorite is #10. Outstanding!

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    April 5, 2020 at 1:03 PM

    • Thank you, Ken. I took a lot more photographs in 2003 than in 2002, so I thought it would be easier to find good ones. Not so. I’m sure I’ll get to 2004, and probably beyond, before our lockdown ends. I’m looking for the year when I see so many good ones that I have to post only the best of the best. But maybe 15 is about all the good ones I can make in a year. I’ll see.


      April 7, 2020 at 8:40 PM

      • I admire your modesty.


        April 7, 2020 at 10:38 PM

        • Thanks, Ken. (You haven’t seen all the unpostworthy shots.) Peeking into the archives for 2004, I’m happy to say that I think I will have more than 15.


          April 10, 2020 at 5:03 PM

  7. Absolutely wonderful!

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    April 6, 2020 at 6:37 PM

  8. This varied collection is really fun to scroll through. #1 and #2 are – as Michael said – exquisite. I like that you included the rocks under the building in #5, and what an interesting window molding that was. #6 makes me smile – it’s a gem, the way that smashed can was so colorful and ragged, with the two-toned pavement. #7 makes me wonder just when you began photographing the iron bacteria. #9 is a moment of beauty, captured well. #10 – #13 take us to a different place entirely – is it one of the Great lakes? They’re wonderful – for me, the favorite is #11. It feels like I’m right there in that strange light, floating along. #15 makes me long to see an Angel’s trumpet again – was that taken at a botanical garden?

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    April 7, 2020 at 2:08 PM

    • Glad you had fun, Lynn. I didn’t know you in 2003, so #2 was purely my interest at the time. But I know now that you are particularly taken with fallen leaves that are caught in other branches or plants. I think the rocks in #5 are what was left of the building’s foundation. Alas, the building has been torn down. I find the wooden window trim’s looking like cloth to be an elegant touch on a corn warehouse. To answer your wonder, I first photographed the iron bacteria when I was still shooting film, in 1999 or 2000. I took #9 October 15, 2003, near the end of the day’s light. This was unusual for me; I almost always shoot in the morning, the earlier the better. This is a spot on the Vermilion River that I’m familiar with, but the evening light, coming from the opposite direction, rendered it a different place. The orange of the water is not due to reflected sunset but rather to a nearby maple tree in fall color. Yes, #10 through #13 are of Lake Erie. A friend (thank goodness she was also a photographer) and I were driving home from Cleveland. We both had our cameras with us, so there was no arguing about stopping to see what we could catch of the fog on the lake, even though we weren’t dressed for clambering over rocks. Yes, again, the datura flower was in Schoepfle Garden.

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      April 7, 2020 at 8:42 PM

      • The orange in the river photo is a reflected maple, wow. (I mostly get out in the late afternoon and struggle to get out in the morning.) I love the backstory from the Lake Erie photos; that was a good moment. Schoepfle Garden (the unpronounceable one) – I went to the website and now have a better idea of what it encompasses. That’s a great resource to have nearby.


        April 10, 2020 at 11:52 AM

        • I live only eight miles from Lake Erie. I really should get up there from time to time. These photos were taken closer to Cleveland, but foggy days here should be rewarding, too. Maybe when our lockdown is over. I’ve been to several of the nearby and sort-of nearby parks, and none offers the variety that Schoepfle Garden does—or has as much iron bacteria. Schoepfle is a great resource indeed. BTW, around here, Schoepfle is pronounced sheff-lee, with the accent on the first syllable.


          April 10, 2020 at 1:21 PM

  9. nannus

    Can you even walk around without finding your favorite bacteria somewhere :-). (I am starting to spot them myself here and there after having been sensitized by your blog). Beautiful!

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    April 7, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    • Thanks, Nannus. I find my favorite bacteria in so many places: in a parking-lot puddle, a street puddle, water collected along the curb of a shopping area, a puddle in my front yard, and water in an iron bird bath. Still, my favorite sightings are along the nearby Vermilion River, where #s 7 and 8 were taken. How exciting that you are finding them where you are!

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      April 7, 2020 at 8:43 PM

      • nannus

        You just need to be sensitized. Once you know them, you can spot them here and there. I was just collecting some water and algae samples for microscopy the other day (a nice way to experience nature during lockdown is to look through a microscope). I go bikeriding (some outdoor sports alone is allowed) and take some samples on the way. I just noticed some brownish rusty section in a trench. And there it was. I did not take samples from there (I am usually looking for algae and found some interesting stuff, including some green hydra and some vaucheria algae, among other things. Before reading your blog, I would not have noticed these organisms, or I would have thought it to be some oil or something like that.


        April 8, 2020 at 4:48 PM

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