Through the Reeds

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It has been incredibly hot the past week. And then, like ‘that’, it plummeted. We’re expected to get almost 20 degrees cooler weather the next few days. I guess it’s Summer’s last hurrah.

I took this on one of those hot, hot days. Luckily it was right off a main road. No hiking to get to this point, thankfully. It’s part of a series of recreation areas in Mogadore, Ohio. This one, in particular, is quite tiny, but well kept. It’s basically a parking lot, a building and a tiny dock-area for people who want to take canoes out onto the water.

There was an area farther away from the launch area that looked like someone had brought a canoe up to shore and took out some Cat Tails along the way – I don’t really know. It made for a nice little scene with lilies in the distance, framed by the reeds on both sides.

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Barnacle Fence

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I don’t think those are barnacles – just some kind of dried-up moss, but I thought the scene resembled the weathered look of an old sea ship.

This is at a cemetery next to an interesting Catholic church. St. Joseph Parish and School in Mogadore, Ohio. It’s a rather beautiful place with an amazing outdoor area that includes a Grotto, waterfall and other features. I took some photos, but would like to make another trip out there sometime soon.

Licensed Birdhouse

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Here’s a bit of “Americana” on display. I’m not sure when this got started, but for many years people have been “Upcycling” or repurposing vehicle license plates into birdhouses.

I seem to remember watching a documentary on using American Prison Labor for different purposes – one was a program that made handbags and purses out of old license plates.

Perhaps the License Birdhouse also came from the Prison sector? In any case it is a popular piece of American crafts and artwork.

I wonder what unique story and history this particular birdhouse has?

In any case, this was taken in Magadore, Ohio. It’s actually untouched – I did not edit it at all. This one has a Florida license plate attached to the roof. Many upcyclers may only use license plate for the entire roof, but it’s become as much an artistic piece now as it is a product to save on material.

I’m happy with how this turned out and, to me, conveys: America, Rustic, country – a kind of American charm that appeals to many.