Archive for the ‘around Bloomington’ category

New page added to Hoagyland!

June 23, 2011

I’ve been hard at work adding a page to Hoagyland that links the song title used in the post back to the photo.  Now you can search by song title.  Check it out! 

A rare photo of Tina hanging out with Hoagy.


June 14, 2010

If you’ve been reading this blog you know I’ve been keeping an eye on the Hoagy Carmichael statue outside the IU Auditorium.  I’ve taken so many shots of him and the various items that people have left him over the last few years that I’ve started a new blog about it.  I give you:  Hoagyland! Please feel free to check back often!

A tea rose for Hoagy.

Poor Hoagy

February 21, 2010

I just had to post this.

New camera lens

January 10, 2010

It’s true, I’ve saved up my pennies and purchased a new lens for my camera.  I won’t bore you with the details, but will happily share pics from my first adventure out with it.  It just so happens that Bloomington — along with a big chunk of the country — is getting covered in snow.  This should be fun.

If you have any camera purchasing questions check out this guy:  Ken Rockwell.  He has yet to steer me wrong.  Thanks, Ken!

Christmas lights weathering the storm.

At Bryan Park

The children were all sledding.

The park was actually full of people.  All sledding — no sitting.

To be honest, it was very cold, and  I didn’t end up staying out very long.  I promise to take lots more in the future.

Summer pics

August 10, 2009

I’ve been outside, it being summer and all.  Just thought I’d share a few images I’ve stumbled across.

I"ve been trying to grown sunflowers for years, and finally managed to get a few.

I've been trying to grown sunflowers for years, and finally managed to get a few.

We chicken-sat for a friend this summer.

We chicken-sat for a friend.

Baby chicks are adorable!

Baby chicks are adorable!

Hoagy getting rained on.  Maybe I should rig up an umbrella for him to hold?

Hoagy getting rained on. Maybe I should rig up an umbrella for him to hold?

Hoagy Carmichael

May 14, 2009

One of my ongoing projects is taking pictures of Hoagy Carmichael.  Yes, I realize he died in 1981, but a statue of him was placed near the stage door of IU Auditorium last fall.  He’s very popular.  People like to leave him things.  I like to think they are offerings to a legend as a way to ensure a good show for those about to perform.  I plan to take pictures of as many of these items that I can.

Hoagy see Showalter

Hoagy sees Showalter Fountain

From the Dedication

From the Dedication

Hoagy in his new spot

Hoagy in his new spot

Winter Hoagy

Winter Hoagy


Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

December 24, 2008

It’s the best time of the year… At least that’s what I’ve heard.  My ornaments and I will be making a second attempt to visit friends and family today.    We had to turn back after freezing rain made the roads gridlocked.  It’s amazing how much relief my husband and I felt just getting out of traffic and turning back.  We’d just barely made it to 37N in the 45 minutes we’d been travelling — and if you’re familiar with Bloomington, you know that’s usually a 5 minute trip.  Here’s a tiny pic I snapped after we turned around.  Not the greatest, but you get the idea.


We’ll try to leave again, soon.  Wishing everyone the best of luck this season!


The Farmers Market turned Winter Market

November 30, 2008

Yesterday morning after breakfast downtown, my husband and I stumbled into the Winter Market.  The usual gang of veggie and flower sellers weren’t there, but the coffee place was as popular as ever.  Bloomington’s market had an end-of-year hurrah by having many local artisans set up shop for the day.  There were Tuba Santas and carriage rides, even a reindeer or two! It was all very festive.

I like to check out the art to see what’s new and if anything inspires me.   I really fell for this wooden ring from Studio AMF.  She uses braille as a design element.  What a great idea!

I also stopped in at the Tattoo Dreams stall.  Lots of wood items, but embellished with stamps, using letters and words –which always interests me.  I guess we didn’t spend enough time there, because I keep thinking about one of her boxes that might have been Day of the Dead inspired.  I think the chilly weather got the best of me.

Here’s are a few Bloomington pics that I took this week:


Downtown before and after: