May 2, 2022
In 2008 I was living in the country, about eight miles from Oberlin, Ohio, where I live now. These photos are from walks down our road.
This entry was posted on May 2, 2022 by Linda Grashoff. It was filed under Built Environment, Nature, Photography and was tagged with farm, fog, Queen Anne's Lace, spider web, sunflower.
So it seems that with your move into town you mostly traded barns for dumpsters. You caught excellent beading on the spiderweb in #8. It’s interesting in #7 how the amount of color decreases from the bottom, where there’s not a lot, to the top, where there’s practically none. Is fog more common in the country than in town?
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May 2, 2022 at 9:52 PM
I asked David about the fog. He thinks there’s more in the country because there are more moist surfaces there than in a town or city, with all the concrete. Thanks, as always, for writing, Steve.
May 3, 2022 at 10:59 AM
Such wonderful photos.
May 2, 2022 at 11:38 PM
Thank you, Clover and Ivy.
May 3, 2022 at 11:11 AM
Nr7 and Nr3 for me, please! 🙂
May 3, 2022 at 2:06 AM
Glad you like those, Harrie. Happy to give them to you.
May 3, 2022 at 11:12 AM
The 5th is mystery, and I like the beaded spiders web
May 3, 2022 at 3:33 AM
Number 5 is of a spot that was usually not mysterious at all, just feet from the entrance to our driveway. I love how fog presents a different reality. As for the spider web, I know that such photos are cliché, but how could I resist? I guess that’s why they’re cliché: nobody can resist.
May 3, 2022 at 11:16 AM
I agree…fog does present a different reality
May 3, 2022 at 1:37 PM
You know I have a soft spot for farm pictures. These are so atmospheric and yet grounded. Thanks for making my day with your sensitive images.
May 3, 2022 at 9:36 AM
Thank you, Clare. It makes sense for you to respond to farm pictures. I hope to get out to your farm again some day to augment my collection. Making your day makes mine.
May 3, 2022 at 11:20 AM
It’s a treat to see your old neighborhood, which is not unlike some parts of upstate New York. The pastoral opening with the barn photos sets a wonderfully elegiac mood. What’s with those window panes in #3, wow!? The chipmunk is a happy find and in #5 I can almost hear the drips, you conveyed the atmosphere so clearly. There’s something special about the sunflower photo. I think it shows a deep familiarity with the surroundings; a visitor would only have photographed “faces-up” sunflowers. Your view could only come from spending years in the area. #7 would be at home in an art gallery in New York – it celebrates the countryside with an edgier, sophisticated aesthetic. Don’t hate me for saying that – I know I’m sounding pretentious. #8 is a lovely finale. I like what Clare says about an atmosphere that’s grounded. Very interesting idea about the fog prevalence in the countryside!
May 3, 2022 at 11:25 AM
I have wondered about those window panes for years. Haven’t a clue, though I wonder if they are like that on purpose. I never met these neighbors but have wondered if one of them might be an artist. That’s their property in #2. Besides the hex sign on the building in that photo, they have/had a stylized painting of a cow on another building. That chipmunk was most accommodating, staying in the same place long enough for me to get the exposure right. I absolutely don’t hate you for what you say about #7, nor do I think you sound pretentious. I might question, however, whether the Queen Anne’s Lace being situated about a third of the way from the left disqualifies it as edgy enough for a New York gallery. Might be too old-school. Now I’m sounding quite unsophisticated. Which I am. Thanks for your ever-faithful commenting, Lynn.
May 3, 2022 at 11:59 AM
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