Marquee with circling birds
Pentax K10D, 28-80mm f/3.5-4.7 SMC Pentax-FA

When Dawn and I found our Dixie Highway (State Road 37) plans to be scuttled by road construction south of Martinsville, we were free to follow our noses the rest of the day

So we lunched in Bloomington. Then we drove twisty State Road 45 thence to Bean Blossom and saw the covered bridge there. We headed south on State Road 135 hoping to stop in Nashville; it was socked in. The older I get the less I like crowds, so we pushed on to tiny Story for a quick tour.

We doubled back and then followed State Road 46 to Columbus, a small city well known for its beautiful architecture. We photographed none of it in favor of this dilapidated theater skinned in Vitrolite and porcelained steel.

Photos to come from all of these places!

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single frame: Marquee with circling birds



6 thoughts on “single frame: Marquee with circling birds

  1. Dan Cluley says:

    I recognize that. Thirty years ago on a spring break trip South we spent the first night in Columbus. The theater was open then, but already looking a little tired. Taking the shot with a Kodak Disc camera probably didn’t help.

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  2. I have this rather romantic notion of the US being a vast place with old abandoned roads, cars, buildings (even whole towns) – all photographic heaven for me.

    Over here in England there’s not quite the expanse, and my version of your road trips is to visit ancient rural churches, which is just as pleasing in its own way.


    • It is vast, to be sure. It takes days to drive across this nation. There are plenty of wide open spaces, especially away from the coasts. Abandoned places tend to be hidden — you have to know where to look. But they’re there.


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