This unusual and interesting atrium/ lobby is part of a large movie theater complex in South Bend, Indiana.
Looking northeast, Michigan Street at Washington. First Source Bank is on the left, College Football Hall of Fame is in the center, and the South Bend Chocolate Cafe is on the right. Photographed August 26, 2013.
Cooling tower at the NIPSCO generating station. The pinkish tint in the steam is from city lights in the area.
NIPSCO electric power generating station reflected in the Trail Creek lagoon.
Very old lighthouse building.
Engines waiting at the NIPSCO power generating station.
This remarkably well-preserved water tower was built in 1892. Removed from service in 1955, it still stands at the trademark of this excellent little town. Very few standpipes still exist, and few if any are in such good shape. We tend to forget that we have something really rare right in the middle of town. We should take care of it, take pride in having it, take note of its historic significance, and enjoy its unique beauty at all times of the day and night.
LED's were used to replace the old incandescent lights.
With corbels of the old opera house.
I caught this marquee with lights on during a "First Fridays" event in 2012. To get the first picture with the lights reflected on the car below, I had to set up my tripod in a busy street. I just had to wait for a lull in traffic and then hurry!
Historic day in a little town:
The caisson bearing the body of former Indiana Governor Otis "Doc" Bowen moves through his hometown of Bremen, Indiana. It was a solemn and dignified event, honoring a great, great man of integrity.
Citizens of Bremen, Indiana pay their respects as the caisson bearing the body of former Indiana Governor Otis "Doc" Bowen moves through town.
The old Dog-n-Mug drive-in is still flourishing in Mishawaka, Indiana. It's on McKinley Avenue a little east of Main Street. This is a time exposure, and the white streaks across the bottom are car headlights moving through. Special thanks to the manager for turning the lights back on after closing time, so that I could get pictures at the blue hour.
The old State Theater has reopened for a variety of events in downtown South Bend, Indiana! A while back I was surprised to find the marquee lit up and reflecting nicely on wet streets. Let's all do out part to show up and help it survive and flourish!
Hulking silhouettes of downtown buildings overlook the St. Joseph River in South Bend, Indiana. Photographed at "the blue hour," after sunset but before full darkness on April 2, 2013.
This grand old bridge on the St. Joseph River provides good views of South Bend's downtown cityscape. This is a thriving city with a rich history and lots of great things to see and do.
Looking west at night.
Looking northwest at night.
These turbines were photographed in west-central Indiana. When I see these in front of a nice sunset I'm reminded of a line in Thoreau's journal: "While men are recording the direction of the wind, they neglect to record the beauty of the sunset or the rainbow."
Henry David Thoreau Journal, June 28, 1852.
The twin cities of South Bend and Mishawaka are impressive in many ways. Clearly there is an appreciation for education and the arts, and the architecture is very good. Historic buildings are nicely maintained and much of the St. Joseph River is paralleled by paved walking and biking paths. The modern infrastructure is excellent. These are thriving cities with a lot of interesting things to see and do.
This is a time exposure created at night. With a very small aperture setting, the vehicle bodies don't show up but the headlights do. The red streaks are the upper clearance lights on semi trucks. Photographed at Lake Station, Indiana.
This extraordinary building sits between the St. Joseph River and the East Race waterway in downtown
. It's original use was as a power generating station, using coal to produce steam for driving turbines. Excess steam produced here was used to heat nearby buildings. This building was the second power station to be built on this site. In order to prevent an interruption to the city's power supply, this building was constructed around the outside of the old building, and the old building was later dismantled and carried out piece by piece. Located on South Bend, Indiana Colfax Street just east of the , it has ben repurposed/ upcycled into office space, and several different companies are housed here. This is a thriving city with a rich history and a bright future! St. Joe River