Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Have a Seat

Does anyone realize just how picturesque benches can be? I have some photos of really interesting benches. These are only a few out of my Bench Folder (about 135).

These ladies walked through their parking lot to sit here and smoke. They’re in the park next to their high rise office building. The bench support on the lower left is about a foot shorter than the one on the right, thus making the bench level. (I like this park, despite its location.)

There are lively stories about ghosts in the Gadsden Hotel, Douglas, Arizona, my home town.
Those stories keep the tourists coming back.

Not a good photo, but this old trolley stop is about 100 years old; just down the street from where I live.
Look closely to see what’s left of the trolley tracks. I believe those are original street bricks, too.

Can you guess what’s out of place among all these squares and straight lines?

Madonna and Madonnette.
This mother and child were enjoying the pond in one of our city's most delightful parks.

Virgin benches. They had just been placed there earlier that day.

Not on speaking terms? I dunno.  But that gaggle of geese were a-gaggling.

Wagon wheels at one of our favorite breakfast nooks.

My daughter’s front yard. All these years later and I’m still telling her to put her things away.

Handmade (they say) and for sale in Amish country.

Inside our favorite Chinese Restaurant.

I love this photo. These twin benches are in front of a popular restaurant. I knew when the sun would create these amazing shadows, so I went back at the appropriate time and loved My Digital Camera. Don't you like all the lines? I like this one because you can see that V-shaped reflection in the lower foreground. 
Oh, and from the other side? See the pic below.

I'm learning that benches featuring people are much more interesting than just plain benches. Michelle and My First Wife. Two of my favorite people.

And here’s a bonus from my Fence Folder (I forgot it last week).
There about 16 or 18 huge wagon wheels anchored to this fence.

Notice the windmill in the background.


srp said...

I love the benches.... well, except the virgin ones... they need to be tested out and something green or pretty on the wall behind. The favorite bench in my folders is here. It wouldn't take much coaxing for me to be in this state as well right now.

Paul Nichols said...

Roxanne -- Thank you. I looked at your bench photo and discovered I was right: benches with people are more interesting.

Paulandbeth said...

I caught a fish off that bench at Antioch park last night

Rachel said...

Interesting photos of benches! I love the two back to back and the shadows they made! I also love the wagon wheel ones and that is a neat wagon wheel fence!

John McElveen said...

Do you have a pic of Johnny Bench?

Greeeaaaat and fascinating post Paul!

Have a Blessed 4th!


Joy Des Jardins said...

Hey, I love your bench photos Paul....and you have quite a variety of different ones too. Really cool. I love looking at benches too. Have a wonderful
4th. ~Joy

Ily said...

Love the photos, especially the wagon wheel bench and the one from the Chinese restaurant! Your daughter's is cute, too! :)

Ily said...

PS - Happy 4th of July, Paul!! (Notice how I don't call you "Pablito" on the 4th of July...5 de Mayo maybe, but never on 7/4!) ;)

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