My brother flew in from Utah, where he was living, to spend last Christmas with the family. A heavy snowstorm blew in on Christmas Eve as my brother was driving over. Unsure where the curb was, and not wanting his rented car to be parked in the middle of the street in case the snowplows came, he inadvertently parked partially in my yard. He learned that when he tried to leave and found himself stuck. The ground was still soft thanks to having been replaced in the big sewer project earlier in the year, and it hadn’t been cold enough for the ground to freeze. His front wheel was in deep, and it took us an hour to dig his car out. It left an ugly hole in my yard.

He decided he’d had enough of Utah in March and made plans to return home. In town briefly to make preparations, one chilly afternoon I found him in my front yard with a bag of dirt and a bag of grass seed, trying to restore my damaged yard. He hadn’t forgotten. That’s my brother’s heart, right there on display. I had a couple shots left on a roll of Arista Premium 400 in my Voigtländer Vitoret LR, so I got a wide shot of the action.

Check out my monochrome visit to Fountain Square in these photos.


16 responses to “Captured: Fixing a hole”

  1. N.S. Palmer Avatar
    N.S. Palmer

    Your brother sounds like an all-right guy. No surprise there. :-)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      We fought a lot when we were kids, so thank goodness for the mellowing that comes with middle age.

  2. Dani Avatar

    He is a good guy.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Careful, you’ll tarnish his reputation with talk like that.

      1. Dani Avatar

        Just don’t tell him I said so.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Here’s hoping he’s not reading today.

  3. Steve Miller Avatar
    Steve Miller

    Makes me miss my brother…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m sorry he’s not around for you.

  4. pesoto74 Avatar

    I wonder what he thinks of this photo. Its interesting that you used a Vitoret LR. I am planning on writing something about a Vitoret L this week.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      He reads the blog; maybe he’ll comment. Looking forward to your Vitoret L report.

  5. renée a. schuls-jacobson Avatar

    Love your brother’s heart! <3

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Renée!

  6. Derek Avatar

    I imagine my brother would probably… make another hole … on purpose.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Ah, brotherhood, ain’t it sweet.

  7. Bernie Kasper Avatar

    My brother would be burying the evidence lol !!

    Just kidding brothers can really be great !!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Hmm!! Maybe I should check my brother’s work to be sure!!

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