Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

The Guardians

November 8, 2020

Walking on the path along my neighborhood’s ring road this spring I began to notice the posts that hold up the guard rails on certain segments of the path. Finally, I couldn’t stand just walking past them and brought out my camera. Here are some results. The images between the long narrow ones are details of the preceding long narrow image.
















23 responses

  1. The Beatles had a song that could have been “The Long and Narrow View.” You’ve shown the format can be an effective one.


    November 8, 2020 at 7:02 AM

    • Thank you, Steve. And thanks for reminding me of that almost-Beatles song.


      November 8, 2020 at 11:22 AM

  2. I really like these…how many times have I walked past posts just like these and not noticed the possibilities! I like the long format too, especially #3 with the plate seeming to extend beyond the frame of the photo; it really adds depth to the image. Too cool! 🙂


    November 8, 2020 at 8:46 AM

    • Thanks, Mic. It is so easy to miss so much and so much fun when you don’t. Glad you like the fancy cropping (and Photoshopping) in #3. If you like it, it must work.

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      November 8, 2020 at 11:24 AM

  3. Leslie Organ

    They are surprisingly varied and colorful lot. Glad you decided to photograph them.

    In a similar vein, if you can find it, I think you would enjoy a relatively new book titled Bark by Cedric Pollet…Wonderful color and texture.


    November 8, 2020 at 9:48 AM

    • Thanks, Leslie. Having photographed some bark in my day, I probably would enjoy that book. I’ll look into it.


      November 8, 2020 at 11:37 AM

  4. Wonderful series, Linda!


    November 8, 2020 at 10:02 AM

  5. Anonymous

    Beautiful again. Love the lime green with the rust.


    November 8, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    • Thank you, um, Patricia? I don’t know if the green in #s 6 and 7 is algae or the stuff (Wolman) used to treat wood to keep it from rotting. I guess I also don’t know if that’s the green you mean. The other green parts on the other guardians is most likely algae.


      November 8, 2020 at 11:53 AM

  6. Jag

    This is just wonderful, great pictures Linda!


    November 8, 2020 at 10:57 AM

  7. These are truly wonderful. A set of them would make for a great triptych on a wall, especially the long format. Coincidentally I was playing with the pano mode on my camera yesterday for some fallen leaves. I have yet to develop them but the format was fun to play with.


    November 8, 2020 at 11:45 AM

    • Thank you, Mark. My camera doesn’t have a pano mode, but I used to stitch separate images together. I haven’t done that for a while. Thanks for inadvertently reminding me about it. I hope your pano of the fallen leaves turns out. Looking forward to seeing it on your blog.

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      November 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM

      • I also used to stitch some together but haven’t done it in awhile

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        November 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM

  8. Oh I love all of these pictures, Linda – 11 and 12 are extra special! 🙂


    November 9, 2020 at 4:10 AM

    • Thank you, Adrian. I’m glad you like them. I think over time the guardians will change, and I may make more photos of them to add to the collection.

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      November 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM

  9. This is what happens when we are limited – creative impulses work on the problems of being limited and lead us to new, previously unimagined expressions. I like the quotidian pleasures here but I also appreciate how you worked out an interesting format, with the long, narrow rectangles and the close-ups alternating (and I’m glad you explained it). The metal parts hanging off the frame are fabulous in #3 & #6. #4 has a landscape feeling. The rust stains throughout the series are beautifully rendered – the green stuff, too (lichen or not, I’m not sure). This is just altogether excellent work. And the title is brilliant. 🙂


    November 9, 2020 at 3:16 PM

    • Ah, Lynn. You warm my heart. Yes, that limited-pallette idea can force some good work. I’m especially glad that you like the parts hanging off the rectangle. It was that or chop them off (ouch!), and I couldn’t bear to do that, and I definitely didn’t want what was beyond the guardians to show. So I took a chance and did something unusual, at least for me.

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      November 10, 2020 at 4:43 PM

  10. I love these. Now we are restricted in our walks due to a second lockdown, I have similarly been paying attention to the wood grain and pattern on nearby park benches.


    November 10, 2020 at 12:30 AM

  11. These are all very nice, Linda. A good eye like yours can find subjects most anywhere.

    Last year I did something similar which you inspired. 🙂 The first is one of several I photographed with your dumpster images in mind and I bet you can see in the second what you saw with these.


    November 14, 2020 at 1:58 PM

    • Thanks, Steve., and thanks for the credit for inspiring your very nice rock photograph. Yes, your second photo could be a sibling of my guardians. Fun!


      November 14, 2020 at 4:53 PM

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