Archive for the ‘landscape’ Category


June 21, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve always been intrigued by crypto-forestry, the resurgence of nature in environments that had been shaped by humankind. A few short years ago there was a supermarket here. It was demolished and the land has been unoccupied ever since.

Nothing here was ‘planted’ by humans. Nature is reclaiming the property. The cement is cracking, plants are finding welcoming niches and taking root. There is no guiding hand of landscape design. And yet there is a strange sense of order as the plant life asserts itself around the framework left behind by people.

Categories: industrial, landscape, nature

turning lane

April 17, 2010 Leave a comment

More and more, it seems, cities and towns are bumping up against farmland. A couple years ago, I’m told, this used to be a poorly maintained two-lane county road. But a farmer sold his land to a developer, who built a few dozen suburban-style homes. And now there are street lamps and a turning lane.

Nothing new there, really. Before the poorly-maintained county road, there was a dirt road. And before that, probably a path of some sort. The new is always bumping into the old, and the old is always giving way. Everything turns.

Categories: buildings, landscape, rural, streets

fifty-five days

February 3, 2010 Leave a comment

According to the local weather service, we’ve had fifty-five days of heavy snow so far this winter. That’s fifty-five days of heavy snow. None of your moderate snow, none of you light snow, none of your dustings of snow. Heavy snow.

Fifty-five days.

Categories: buildings, landscape, winter

swine barn

December 17, 2009 1 comment

Buildings like this…large, utilitarian structures…make me wish I’d studied architecture. I’ve no real desire to build houses or offices or skyscrapers, but I love the rawness and complexity of these sorts of repetitive and conspicuous beams and struts.

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.

one of those days

November 25, 2009 1 comment

I shot this on one of those autumnal days when the sun shines and it’s unseasonably warm and you’re tempted to believe maybe winter won’t come this year. And man, I really want to believe that. Every year I want to believe that.

But it’s never true. That’s the danger of belief, isn’t it. There’s always the risk that what you believe in just isn’t true. Of course, that’s also the beauty of belief. Maybe winter really won’t come this year.

Categories: autumn, city, landscape, people, streets

stranger things

November 12, 2009 1 comment

One of the things I love about the Poladroid application is that sometimes it gives you wildly unexpected colors. Of course, there are instances in which that’s just a tremendous pain in the ass…when the colors are so bizarre and garish and other-worldly that they’re painful to look at. But now and then the result is pleasantly strange.

I’m very much taken with the notion of a pinkish sky over a green field.

abandoned ballfield

Categories: landscape