Why Yes, My Backyard Does Overlook Mordor

Why do you ask?

Honest, it didn’t look this menacing in real life. But the camera sees something different than the human eye. Makes for interesting pictures.

24 Comments on “Why Yes, My Backyard Does Overlook Mordor”

  1. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
    One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
    In the Land of Ohio where the Shadows lie.

  2. One does not simply mow the property line to Mordor! It’s black gates are guarded by more than just dogs. There are evil WEEDS there, that never sleep. The Great Eye Webcam is ever watchful. It is a wasteland riddled with mold, pollen, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with 10,000 landscapers could you do this… It Is Folly!!

  3. Someday, just for grins – you should share your p’shopping techniques. I like what you did with the exposure and saturation.

  4. Doesn’t actually look that menacing, I must say. A bit fiery, yes, but not ‘gloom and doom’, more ‘you have a sun next door’.

  5. Actually I did very little. I let the camera pick the exposure length and other than that the only thing I did was pump up the contrast slightly, and sharpen the image once I got it down to 450×300.

  6. It’s not so much the smoke and smell, it’s the incessant singing.

    “We’re gonna march all day, all day, all day,
    ‘Cause where there’s a whip, there’s a way…”

  7. No, Ohio is not Mordor. The picture was taken looking west so Mordor is clearly Indiana. Ever notice how the Indy 500 is on a giant RING-shaped track?

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  9. Mordor, Ohio… Or Indiana? According to Westlake, it’s somewhere in New Jersey.

    Nice country, eh? ;-)

  10. Mark Evans @14:
    No, Ohio is not Mordor. The picture was taken looking west so Mordor is clearly Indiana.

    So Ohio is East of Mordor? Hmm, I think I see a Steinbeck/Tolkien mashup here.

  11. Ohio, east of Mordor… Oh, dear! That makes it a part of the dreaded eastern wilderlands, near the Sea of Rhûn, whose denizens may be human, but seem only slightly better than Orcs. Well, at least, hunting the wild oxen must provide some nice entertainment for the cats!

  12. Indiana can’t be Mordor. Not only does it not have a volcano, it doesn’t have any mountains to speak of. Doom Hill just doesn’t have the same feel.

    Isengard, maybe.

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