Cornfield Meet

Things collide here.

Beneath the Backyard

Looks like something Lovecraftian trying to dig its way out:

And now let’s check in with Giant Vintage Kenner Chewie on the weather conditions at 8:43 a.m. Dec. 30, 2012:

(For perspective, here’s Chewie’s initial placement on Dec. 26, and a snapshot from just about 24 hours ago.

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December 30, 2012 Posted by | geek, Ohio, photos, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some snapshots from Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales.

I’m planning a few posts about this summer’s big family trip to Turks & Caicos. Quick summary: Best vacation I’ve ever taken. First time in the Caribbean, first time snorkeling, gorgeous surroundings, total lack of internet or cell phone connectivity, and a great week with my wife and daughter, mom, and my two brothers and their families.

There are hundreds of photos from several cameras to sort through, but for starters, I’ve put most of my Droid snapshots in this set: Turks and Caicos, July 2012.

July 24, 2012 Posted by | photos, Travel | , , , | 2 Comments

Four blue eggs

They’re back:

Robin eggs, June 2012

Three years ago, I documented the growth of three baby robins in a nest above our front porch light. There were actually two clutches that summer, and we had another family in 2010, but not in 2011.

This year’s nest popped up overnight and includes a bit of green Christmas ribbon.

April 14, 2012 Posted by | Ohio, photos | , , , | 1 Comment

Portrait of a Rancor

Just testing out Instagram for Android.

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April 4, 2012 Posted by | 1980s, geek, photos, science fiction | , , | Leave a comment

Jim Carchidi’s Florida Visions

So, the Orlando Museum of Art is putting together an exhibition of Florida photography called “Picturing My Florida: A Grassroots Portrait of the Sunshine State” and they’ve posted the entries under consideration on Facebook.

Three of my friend Jim Carchidi‘s photos are in the running, and all of them remind me of some of the things I have missed from time to time since leaving central Florida in 1999.

Not only that, but I think Jim’s entries all include aspects which are particularly Central Florida-centric and tap into the region’s history and identity – they’re not just fantastic eye-catching shots of things which happen to be in Florida. To sum up: I think Jim’s art deserves inclusion in the exhibit, and the more Facebook “likes” his photos get, the better the chance that will happen. So:

Clicking on any of the photos below will take you to that picture’s entry within the OMA’s Facebook “Made in Florida” gallery, where you can provide the all-powerful “Like.”

You can also peruse the entire gallery of Made in Florida Entries.

I also love that Jim’s entries also push some geek buttons: NASA space shuttle launches, Space Mountain at Walt Disney World, and giant monsters echoing a faded age (of sorts).

Final Discovery, 2011 - by Jim Carchidi

Spire, 2011 - by Jim Carchidi

The Dangers of Tourism, 2011 by Jim Carchidi

February 4, 2012 Posted by | geek, photos, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Louisville to Chicago Midway, 11/30/11

Last fall, I flew from Louisville, Ky. to Chicago Midway for a business trip. It was a cloudless flight, but it had snowed north of Indianapolis, so we were treated to a very cool view of the transitioning landscape below as it went from patchwork green to sun-glare reflections and powder white.

Flight: Louisville to Chicago Midway

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They’re not the best photos, being from the cell phone and dealing with the sun and the reflections and all, but I really like the way several of them came out, and I’m always kind of enthralled by the way hills and river valleys look from the air.

When we landed at Midway, I lucked into a shot with the Sears Tower (yes, I still call it that) as a vanishing point for shadows and runway guides:

Pointing toward Chicago.

Click to enlarge.

The entire Louisville-to-Chicago flight photo set is here.

January 29, 2012 Posted by | photos, Travel | , , , | 2 Comments

Three Pictures of A Sleeping Cat.

"This is NOT what I ordered."

"Please tell me they included a receipt."

"Hey, human: The Schrödinger jokes? Not as funny as you think."

For the record, that’s a 7x10x3.25-inch box. Ferris put himself in there and is sound asleep in all of these pictures.

January 28, 2012 Posted by | Ohio, photos | , | Leave a comment

Sunset, 1/5/12

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January 5, 2012 Posted by | Ohio, photos | , , | Leave a comment

Dusk at the edge of Upper Sandusky

My mom, my daughter and I drove to Upper Sandusky on Thursday, Dec. 29, to visit my grandma. We spent several hours with her, going out for a late lunch and hanging out in the big sun room of the facility where she lives. My nephews were there, and my brother and sister-in-law, and my aunt and uncle, too.

On the way home, mom and I talked about her childhood in Upper, and she asked me about my earliest memories, which go back to living in the farmhouse where she grew up. We stayed there with my grandparents during some of my dad’s service in the Air Force. We were both a little surprised to find that I have an accurate memory of the kitchen tile floor pattern, even though I was less than a year old when we moved in.

More than usual – maybe it was the early sunset, maybe it was the bare, harvested fields stretching into the distance – Upper Sandusky felt very much today like a tiny outpost on the edge of a vast gulf of land and sky and constant wind. It’s not an unfamiliar or unpleasant feeling, but it was particularly strong this afternoon.

Upper Sandusky sunset and moon

Upper Sandusky sunset

Upper Sandusky - tree

Upper Sandusky - clouds and cornfield

December 29, 2011 Posted by | Family history, Ohio, photos, Travel | , , , , | 1 Comment

Not quite sunrise

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November 8, 2011 Posted by | Ohio, photos | , | Leave a comment

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