Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

The Grounds, Keeping It Interesting

November 22, 2020

Yesterday I found more treasures in the groundskeeping area of my community.

1 I found a new dumpster on the premises.

2 And an old favorite.

3 This dumpster had grown some reddish rust since the last time I photographed it.

4 And this old favorite had developed some interesting patterning since I last inspected it.

5 Some groundskeeping implements share some dumpster qualities, like rust.

6 A refrigerator door lying flat on the ground does duty as a picture frame for leaves and such.

7 The canvas top on the salt barn sports a fringe treatment.

13 responses

  1. Number 4 reminds me of an aerial image of the Chromatic Spring at Yellowstone. Love the leaves on the fridge door; so pretty.


    November 22, 2020 at 9:44 AM

    • Thanks for commenting, Meanderer. Many of my images do not indicate scale—although, as with #4, my narrative may. This is on purpose; I want viewers to look at my photographs primarily as depictions of materiality itself. So it’s fun for me when people—you in this case regarding #4—are reminded of something in a totally different scale. I hope that refrigerator door stays where it is for a while; it could get even more interesting. The grounds keepers tend to clean things up just when I don’t want them to.

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      November 22, 2020 at 10:13 AM

  2. Your first picture struck me as a great galactic cloud, perhaps as seen in a false-color photograph. And regarding your last, the term “salt barn” was new to me; I had to look it up.


    November 22, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    • Oo, I like that: great galactic cloud. As for “salt barn,” I was lucky to use that term. I never looked it up but didn’t know what else to call the structure where my community keeps the salt it uses on the snowy drive and sidewalks. Ours is a good deal smaller than the salt barns shown on Google. I guess Texans don’t need to think about what to call a structure like this.


      November 22, 2020 at 11:26 AM

      • It depends on which part of Texas. It’s not a consideration in Austin, but 400–500 miles north in the Texas panhandle they do get snow in the winter.

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        November 22, 2020 at 3:12 PM

  3. Excellent selection, Linda. The lead photo has a certain ethereal quality to it.


    November 22, 2020 at 11:27 AM

    • Thanks, Ken. When I approached this dumpster, all I could see on the outside of it was newly painted red. Well, too bad, I thought; that’s sure not interesting. But of course I had to peer into the interior, and there this abstract composition was. I agree about its ethereal quality.


      November 22, 2020 at 11:31 AM

  4. Wonderful – particularly like 2! 🙂


    November 23, 2020 at 5:43 AM

    • Thanks, Adrian. I may have photographed the numbers in #2 before, but I did it this time anyway, on the contention that you can never have too much of a good thing.

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      November 23, 2020 at 1:22 PM

  5. I searched for 97606 as a zip code but apparently it is in Mexico. I like the framing in number six…figures I’d like something with leaves involved. 🙂


    November 23, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    • I’m guessing that the dumpster companies keep track of which dumpster is where, so they number them. It would be more fun if they named them. This one could be Joanna. Glad you like the framing in #6. I took many other photographs of leaves, most with the sun shining through them, but none made the cut.

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      November 23, 2020 at 8:23 PM

  6. Are you sure that’s a dumpster in the first photo? I think it’s a beautiful impressionist/color-field hybrid painting. What a find, but I’m sure only you would have done it this justice. Delicious. In #2 the bright sunlight and the way you composed the shot make it sing. #3 is a rust storm, raining rust. Oh, the refrigerator door is – all I can say is, wow. Again, you framed and toned it perfectly. That one is worth seeking out again, in different weather, different light, and most likely with different elements in the “picture frame.” I think I said this in the last post but it bears repeating that I am very happy you are making excellent use of your local habitat.

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    November 25, 2020 at 11:46 AM

  7. Sort of Rothko meets Monet? I like that. I think I photographed the numbers on the blue dumpster before, but without this much sun on them, the photo wasn’t that interesting. I will look for that refrigerator door again, but it will probably be gone. They clean up that yard pretty frequently. I must get out with the camera into my local habitat again, soon. Thanks for writing, Lynn.


    December 20, 2020 at 7:08 PM

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