Happy weekend, blogville!
Before I begin, I'd like to give a big WOOOO to all my followers. Thank you for the support. I'm a hair below 200 followers now, and am enjoying the blogging process in a lot of ways.
Today was a "warm and sunny" 34 degrees today, so I felt compelled to take a walk. I brought along my camera, and took some interesting photos.
First up was my backyard.
|The snow in my backyard is fairly deep. It's on the North end, so not a lot of sun gets back there to keep snow melting. Because of this, I can get interesting shots like this...|
|The snow and ice is slowly sliding off my roof. I was fortunate enough to take this picture before everything came crashing off. 5 minutes later, it was BLAMMO! That poor lil red wagon is buried now.|
I took a drive downtown because I always wanted to walk around and take pictures. There are more 'modern' areas of the city, but downtown looks like you've stepped into a time machine, and are back in order times (hence the b&w in some pictures, for the old-timey effect):
|A lot of these buildings have been in place for 50+ years. If you step inside, you can tell that they were never really well-insulated.|
|The wagon-wheels are making me feel like I'm in the old west. If it wasn't for the cars and street lights, this could fit into an Oregon Trail video game...|
There is a lot of duality when you walk downtown. Really old buildings, mixed with cars, businesses, and other signs that you're still in the 21st century...
|Old building, not-so-old car.|
|Karen's Bar. The building has been here since 1895. I wonder if the bar is that old as well? From the inside, I wouldn't be surprised...|
|Ford's Bar. They have a sign near the entrance that says "Circa 1906." That's an old bar.|
Apparently not too long ago, the town commissioned a bunch of artists to come and design benches to be placed about town. These are some of the results. The music bench made me laugh a little, since I have a musical background. I have never seen that key before, and the bars don't really follow a proper meter. But hey, I guess I just don't understand art.
This last piece made me raise an eyebrow a bit. Yes, the religious folk are everywhere here, and yes, the center of the town is a giant mormon temple, but really??
I did a little digging online, and that "disclaimer" plaque below was added almost 2 years after the original piece, because of religious protests. I laughed a little when I read that.
Well, there you go. I bash a lot of things about this State, but every now and then there are things that make me smile a little. I enjoyed the walk, and taking these pictures made me smile. I hope you enjoy them too.