Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

From the Archives of 2008—1

January 9, 2022

I took a few photographs in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Madison, Wisconsin, in summer 2008 that may be share-worthy.


1 I was in Ann Arbor for the art fair and photographed Carl Milles’s Sunday Morning in Deep Waters on the University of Michigan campus for the first time, despite having previously lived in the town for about 20 years.

2 This sidewalk grating is in front of the university’s Hill Auditorium, where many years ago I listened to Robert Frost read his poetry.

Not as well recognised as other monuments on the campus of my alma mater, this metal slab along a sidewalk nonetheless drew my attention.

4 Most yellows are my least favorite color, but this wall on a Main Street building was irresistible.

5 Visiting my daughter and daughter-in-law in Madison, I woke to morning light glowing through the window.

6 The window shade and curtains looked quite different an hour and fifteen minutes later.

7 The Abel Contemporary Gallery was in a different location under a different name in 2008, but the owner and many of the artists were the same. The building was a former dairy with a funky window

8 Taking a break from cooking (I’m guessing; I don’t really remember, but she is a fantastic cook), my daughter-in-law was as striped as the rest of the back porch.

15 responses

  1. Can you read with all those stripes?! 😀

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    January 10, 2022 at 5:11 AM

  2. I like your opening abstract take on that fountain.
    Lucky young you to have heard Robert Frost in person. The grating in that second picture is reminiscent of old Celtic designs.
    “Not as well recognised as other monuments” is a funny understatement.
    Is there any photographer who doesn’t enjoy playing with striped shadows?

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    January 10, 2022 at 6:36 AM

    • I still remember how Robert Frost, alone on the stage, filled up that huge venue—all the way to the second balcony, where I was. I agree about the grating looking Celtic. Glad you got my humor about the metal plate. Thanks for all your comments, Steve.


      January 11, 2022 at 11:03 AM

  3. The first two photos are so interesting to me. I’ve been fascinated with sewer gratings and manhole covers for years. Nice stuff, Linda.

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    January 10, 2022 at 8:57 AM

    • Thanks. I’m with you on manhole covers, Ken. I even photographed one in Nagoya, Japan, that looked like a bas relief of a cartoon insect. In a quick Google search I see I’m not the only one. Going down the rabbit hole, as is my wont, I found thirty-three collections of such photographs gathered at There’s even a book dedicated to Japanese manhole covers,  Drainspotting: Japanese Manhole Covers by Reno Camerota.

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      January 11, 2022 at 11:06 AM

      • Those Japanese covers are extraordinary!


        January 11, 2022 at 1:33 PM

  4. Linda, Those are a fabulous set of images!

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    January 10, 2022 at 11:05 AM

    • Thanks; I’m glad you like them, David. It’s fun to see what interested me in the past. Usually, that’s not so different from what interests me now.


      January 11, 2022 at 11:07 AM

  5. Yes, totally worth it. Oh, the last one! What a delight that is. I love what you did with the sculpture. The grating is a beauty. It must have been exciting to hear Robert Frost. Your powers of observation and composition raised #3 to the level of art. The yellow wall is also beautifully seen. Love the center of that window, too. That fidged, smudged, half-lit view. Nice, especially surrounded by the glass bricks. But I come back to the last photo…superb!
    (Oh, I found a very funny typo in your reply to Ken!!)

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    January 13, 2022 at 4:07 PM

    • The last one is one of my all-time favorites. I may even have posted it here before. Thanks for accepting the metal plate in #3 as art. It certainly was to me. I can’t find the typo in my reply to Ken. In case you’re thinking that I meant to write “want” instead of “wont,” I have to tell you that I looked it up. See Now about “fidged”: I cannot figure out that one. Please help. Thanks for writing, Lynn!

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      January 13, 2022 at 9:03 PM

      • 🙂 So now I have a typo, too. I meant fudged but it’s not quite the right word. Just smudged works better.
        Yours is in the first sentence…can you see it now? I think I hear you laughing…..

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        January 14, 2022 at 11:45 AM

        • Oh, dear!!! Yes, I see it now! What to do. Make a correction, or let it go. I guess I’ll make the correction, though this thread will lose its meaning.

          Liked by 1 person

          January 14, 2022 at 12:06 PM

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