38 thoughts on “What I Saw When I Walked Down My Street: A Photo Essay

  1. You should take photos of the meteor showers tonight. Since you don’t have to worry about city lights obstructing your views!

  2. #3 – What my day looked like on Saturday before the reading you, PW and JCG gave.

    #2 – What it looked like…after.

    On a serious note: Awesome shots and manipulations.

  3. Dude. I’ve been learning photography and developing a keen interest for a while now. These are good – not that you don’t already know that.

    2, 3, 4 and 5 especially stand out, I guess I like clouds.

    I’m interested in how much composition went into these when you took them – did you intend to line the bushes up with the clouds in 2 when you took it, or was it a happy accident?

    BTW, what kind of camera do you use? DSLR or P&S? Being the techno-junkie you seem to be, I’m guessing DSLR.

  4. The clouds are cool, but I especially like the morning glory vines. I have them crawling all over one of my trellises, mixed in with moonflower vines.

  5. I think I see the face of the Devil in the second shot. I’m sure The Weekly World News would pay a good amount for that shot.

    Good shots, though.

  6. I think I just found out how you can win a the hugo for being a “visual artist”…..

    now if you could just find an alien, or a fairy or a wookie or what have you to take a pic of….how interesting would that be?!?!

  7. Pic number two looks like the beginning of whatever happened on Cormac McCarthy’s road, but the others are much more idyllic and relaxing.

  8. I like the world Scalzi lives in. And I’m glad his publisher offers his books in both worlds.

  9. They have a farmstand out in rural Ohio somewhere, only stocked with Scalzi books instead of ears of corn?

  10. I can’t believe Scalzi gets DSL there. My town is a busy city by comparison but no DSL for us.

  11. Curves. Can I has some?

    Sometimes I despair down here in the armpit of the south, but then I point the roadster into the mountains and it’s all good again.

  12. Ah, the rustic life. So wonderful until someone drives a tractor into a pole and takes out your power, phone and cable for a week. All you need to complete the photo-set would be a Stop sign with bullet holes in it and a burning mail box.

  13. John’s got filters and he’s not afraid to use ‘em!

    Either that or Coyote is on drugs again. Around the Miami Valley, I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

  14. Darn it, I miss eating good corn. You wouldn’t believe the crap that passes for corn in California.

  15. Is it usual to grow morning glory in with your corn, or is one of your neighbours a generous eccentric, who gives out lovely free views?

  16. These great photos are the antithesis to my own photo essay taken on the way to work in Los Angeles entitled “Bulky Item Pick-Up”.

  17. Having lived both in DC and in Dayton’s Greater Rural Zone, I will cede that you win this round. But at least my nearest high-production-value natural history museum isn’t a bad Dinotopia cosplay.

    Just sayin’.

  18. Nice monarch butterfly. I haven’t seen one of those in years. We get more swallowtails than you can shake a stick at, but no monarchs. I even planted two species of milkweeds to attract them, but no dice.

  19. Gods, it looks like that where I used to live, which is about 200 miles northeast of you, in Tuscarawas County. Now I live in the stringently manicured suburbia that is South Florida, and pictures like these make me homesick for come-as-you-are lawns and cornfields.

    Be there on vacation in two weeks, though!

  20. Hella pretty weeds, then, Nickp. Ohioans are really, really lucky. Here, they’d like as not be pulled up so they didn’t compete for what was left of the water.

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