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Famous Since 1891

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When in the heart of Eureka Springs, Arkansas one is confronted with these giant signs painted on the brick sides of this building.  I always thought they looked cool.  That’s all.


My Wife Doesn’t Like It

 

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Brick and Stone

 

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My wife, bless her, is not a yes (wo)man.   She is frank and honest with me when I show her my photos.   Supportive always, but never shy to say “don’t like it” if she doesn’t like it.  I think this is probably a good thing for me, but raises the question….could she be wrong?   Sometimes perhaps.  This makes me think of the subjective nature of art, two people can view the same piece and have totally different reactions.   If I had to guess, I’d say music is even more subjective than the visual arts, but that’s just the impression I get from life experience.    Anyhow, in this post I offer two images from Eureka Springs, Arkansas that have been sneaked past the spouse filter and onto the blog.   She didn’t like either of these.   I’m not claiming them as my best work, but I thought she was……too harsh!   🙂    Sorry honey!

 

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The Basin Park Hotel

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Another slice of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  This is the Basin Park Hotel.  There is a curious lack of photos for the exterior of the building on their official website.  I guess they figure that’s not one of it’s strong points.   I think it has some historic character.   I kind of like this because it looks like the flower box in the upper left could plunge downward at any moment.


Two North Main

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Another colorful building facade in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.   Watch your step.


Overgrown

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Another image from the ivy strewn stone wall of an abandoned building in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.


Abandoned

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The facade of an abandoned building in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.   There were many no trespassing signs around so I had to shoot this from the street, working with about a 3 foot wide space between traffic behind me and a sheer drop off into a drainage ditch in front for the tripod….meaning I couldn’t get in there for any oblique angles etc.  Oh yeah, it was raining a little too!   I always wonder what the people driving by are thinking….are they thinking “cool, I wonder what that guy is photographing?”, or something more like “what an idiot!”   I suspect more of the second.


The Flatiron Building

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No, not THAT Flatiron Building.   This is the one in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.   The original was built in 1880 and burned down in 1890.   A replacement was built in 1890 and also burned down.   The one there now was built in 1987.   At least the site is historic.   To me, it looks like a locomotive surging down the street with building in tow.   The building houses a hotel (“The Flatiron Flats” of course), and some shops.    I’ve photographed it before but finally got something I am somewhat pleased with.


The Meteorite Shop

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One of the quirky little shops in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.   Not your garden variety establishment.   I didn’t actually go into the meteorite shop (which is upstairs apparently)….that would have involved sprinting a block to catch up with my wife to tell (OK, ask) her about going in.   I was already tired, there is virtually nothing level in Eureka Springs.    Still, it makes for a nice little storefront image.


1902

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During a stress filled trip to the Ozarks last week, after my brothers death, my wife and I managed to get away for a few hours to the charming yet baffling town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.   A little town full of bed and breakfast’s, and shops of all kinds, it is a favorite destination.   Built on steep hills, I still haven’t grasped the geography of the town, despite many visits.  I have photographed this building facade before, but wanted to take another crack at it.  I’m not sure if 1902 refers to the year, or the street address, I wasn’t paying attention!   This is an HDR image derived from a hand held bracketed set, ran through Photomatix Pro, Lightroom, and a slight touch up using Photoshop Elements.

Life goes on, and being out shooting was a bit of a healing for me, at least a start.


Easter Sunrise

 

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Last Sunday’s sunrise over Table Rock Lake in the Missouri Ozarks.