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Signs of life and death

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

A few days ago, I got out of class early. When this happens, sometimes I’ll work on homework in a computer lab, or go to work early, or read a book. This day just happened to be absolutely gorgeous; the sun was out for the first time in what seemed like a long time, and it felt warm (even if it was only in the low 40s). I had my camera and Lensbaby with me, so I walked around for a while listening to Andrew Bird and trying to see if I could capture the feeling of the day. A few bulbs have begun pushing up through the dirt. Seeing signs of life was wonderful. Even though I was just outside the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) building, there was a creek rushing and a large wooded area. IU has a beautiful campus.

growth

pine

pine_needles

The Lensbaby does some amazing things with highlights. I love how brilliant the rushing creek water looks here.

creek_sparkling

bud

It’s a little hard to tell, but the photo below is the same creek, leading to a small bridge.

bridge

I turned my attention to the small cemetery that lies directly adjacent to the IMU. It’s an odd place for a cemetery, but it is quite a beautiful one.

two_graves

lizzie

graveyard

There’s a chapel, also.

chapel

I had to try two different treatments of this gate. The first one has not been treated much.

gate_normal

The next one has a sort of tri-tone thing going on. It didn’t turn out quite how I wanted, but I still like it.

gate_tone

There is also this small “well house.”

wellhouse

I only spent about 30 minutes doing this, but it was absolute bliss. Then I got to ride my bike — though unfortunately, I had to go to work. Still, a wonderful bright spot in the middle of my day.

4 Responses to “Signs of life and death”

  1. Steve A Says:

    Work can be durn inconvenient at times. I guess that’s one reason we don’t get charged admission.

  2. Bill Lambert Says:

    I wonder if Andrew Bird is related to Arvel Bird? Arvel has played in Fort Wayne many times years ago, but hasn’t been back for quite a while. Maybe no connection.

    That bike is like therapy, isn’t it? Especially in early spring.

  3. furiousball Says:

    Lensbaby is cool stuff! I’m really itching for a ride myself and I have a meeting with one of my clients that owns a bike shop tomorrow in his shop.

  4. John Romeo Alpha Says:

    Bicycles and Lensbaby just seem to go together. What is the inner, deep connection? Perhaps you will unravel it…

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