The ugliest fountain in the Western Hemisphere

ugly fountain

Can be found in Winchester, Virginia, USA. I have no idea why it exists; most of these things have plaques or something denoting who constructed it and why, but apparently whoever brought this object into existence (sometime in the 1970s probably, because the hideousness, the colors, the tiny square tiles set in a random pattern, all scream “the No-Taste Decade”) was too ashamed to do so. It is a mystery.

I have this thing here

But who cares. Here’s a photo:
rest stop hillside

I took that with my digital last Sunday when I went up to Winchester. I also took some film photos, but most of them didn’t come out that great. Either I need a new battery for the camera, or I need to not use the cheap UV filter I bought at Walmart. I don’t know, does modern print film now compensate for UV better than it did when the Canon AE-1 Program was new? Photos I’ve taken without a filter look great.

Spring Photo Interlude

Urgh, unexpected cold weather was unexpected. I had to take the car to the mechanic today, and I walked back home, and nearly froze. I thought two sweaters, a scarf, and a knit cap would keep me warm, but it is cloudy and windy and it was in the low forties or high thirties (now it’s about 46 — all temps given in Fahrenheit btw). I’m just not into it any more, I guess, because I’m really feeling the cold today. The perpetual Cough of Doom isn’t helping, though it’s not so bad today; maybe the higher humidity is keeping it down, or something.

Anyway, I’m rooting around in my collection of photos for something spring-like. Have some:

Okay, psych, those are from last spring, when we had a late snowfall. It’s not supposed to snow today, but it sure feels like it could.

Fun With Film

I bought a cheap-o film converter for twenty bucks at CVS. Now I can do something with all those old negatives I have in a box. Here’s my first effort:

mac and cheese

(Click for bigger.) I took this about ten or eleven years ago when I was living in Central Florida. I think I had moved from my studio apartment to a one bedroom that was still pretty small, but not as small as the studio. The image quality isn’t the greatest, but what do you want for twenty bucks. Also, the negatives were in a box and had gone through several moves and storage in a variety of temperatures. These were at least in negative protectors. The converter also does slides and photos, but I don’t have any of the former (I haven’t gotten into slide film yet) and I have a regular scanner for photos. Though I wonder if just using this will be easier, at least to get quick copies up on the internet. Note: it only does 35mm film (again, what do you want for twenty bucks), but I’ve got a pile of that.