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manure cart

June 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve a passion for the buildings found at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, especially the older structures. There’s a strange sort of practical beauty to them. I’m completely smitten with the massive barns with their beamed ceilings and skylights and interior stalls and pens.

On my most recent visit I noticed these very cool red carts situated in strategic points among the stalls. When I got closer I saw they were all labeled “For Manure Only.” Not a very appealing thought, but I love the communal attitude behind it. The people who bring their livestock to exhibit at the fair are the sorts of people who will clean up after themselves–not because they’re forced to, but because it’s the decent and respectful thing to do. The people who operate the fair understand that, and provide them with some of the necessary materials to do it.

These aren’t just manure carts; they’re an expression of consideration.

Categories: buildings, found object

two piles of rock

December 3, 2009 Leave a comment

I was walking along minding my own business when I spotted these two piles of rock. For some reason, I found them completely compelling and so I did what I often do when I find something compelling–I took a photograph.

When I looked at the photo later I still found the two piles or rock intriguing. But they’re just two piles of rock, one dark, one light. Two piles of rock in front of a chain link fence topped with razor wire, behind which is some sort of concrete wall. Really, when you think about it, there’s nothing here that’s even remotely attractive. But I still love this photo.

I figure it’s best not to spend too much time thinking about why.

end of summer

October 1, 2009 Leave a comment

That’s it. Summer is over. I give it credit, though. It didn’t just see the first few leaves turn and then surrender to the inevitable. No, it hung on tooth and claw as long as it could.

But it’s October now and summer just has to accept the facts. Summer doesn’t last forever, even if Obama is president.

end of summer

Categories: city, found object, weather


September 9, 2009 Leave a comment

They’re meant for the swimming pool, but they looked like giant Life Savers candies. I didn’t want to swim with them, but I did want to lay down in them and take a nap.

They smelled like the ocean.


Categories: found object, still life