Festival Food

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Here’s another photograph to break up the stream of nature photos, before I get back to them. I recently went on another excursion to a terrific place seemingly hidden in the middle of a city and got some terrific shots of rock formations, waterscapes and more.

Black and white photography is something I love so much. I don’t do it nearly as much as I should, either. I love the almost negative-space-like quality surrounding the subject matter, but still having plenty of shades and depth.

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French Waffles

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There’s a small, but charming and tightly-knit community festival in North Canton, Ohio. It feels so friendly and nice, like a large family that really gets along well together.

I was ill-prepared, but had my trusty 50mm lens with me and took some photos as the sun had all but receded from view.

I wanted a tight shot of this vendor and his cart. My aim was to show some culture in a very simple shot.

It’s at once comical – generic in a world filled with so many brand-names and advertising, shows hints of culture and manages to have some timeless depth to it(I think).

It’s also something to break-up the nature photography of late.

Muck Farm

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Muck (also known as Black Soil) is a soil from drained swamplands made up of Humus. There aren’t many Muck Farms in the United States and likely won’t be anymore, because of wildlife conservation.

Muck is denser and can retain more nutrients and moisture. Humus is actually a material not fully understood. It’s different than organic matter – it can be almost like a jelly or spongy substance and stay that way for a long, long, LONG time – over a thousand years!

I had a couple other shots showing more contrast between the soil and vegetables, but I went with this one, because I really like the perspective.

I’m still deciding whether to crop-out the distant horizon-line and trees, or just leave it.

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.

Gnarly Tree

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I thought this big fella looked awesome. He has so much character and appears to have bent over as if to get a drink from the lake.

This was taken at Wing Foot Lake State Park in Ohio. It’s a really large, pretty place that I barely saw half of.

I think my favorite aspect of this photo is the bark on the tree. I just love the detail and colors in the bark – especially the oranges that show up here and there.

It puts me in the mind to try some black and white tree photography to try and bring out all the great detail in the bark.

Deciduous Forest

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Another great location in Quail Hollow State Park, Ohio. These are deciduous trees. They lose their leaves during part of the year. We most-commonly see this in Fall, when leaves change color and fall from the branches, but this is late August.

Some trees actually lose their leaves during warm or dry seasons to conserve water. You can read more at the Quail Hollow State Park site.

This forest was man-made; the trees were purposefully planted in long rows, many years ago.

World Photography Day

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I actually had no idea. This post might actually be flagged as posting on August 20th, but th 19th is World Photography Day.

I wanted to squeeze in an extra post and photo, since I just figured this out.

I woke up before sunrise – while the world was still dark, and shot this in the early, colorful morning light at Springfield Bog in Ohio.

I was very tired, but later very happy I got up and went. The light was fantastic! I took many photos and may post others from this location, but need to review them – and there’s lots of them.