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Wednesday, September 16, 2009



The visual lines and warmth of wood has always attracted me like a spider to her web. Speaking of Spiders...webs...and creepy things...these pictures were taken at an old library on the national register of historical buildings in Evansville...More about the very interesting past and present of this building on October 31st...which happens to be Halloween????

The interior of the library has some of the most beautiful native oak woodwork I have ever seen. When I take pictures I am always on the lookout for patterns. The grains and wear marks left in wood over the years always provide me with those patterns. The final picture is not cropped from a larger image...it is the patterns that intrigued me. Vertical lines, horizontal lines, curvy scroll lines and even octagonal patterns keep the eye moving from one part of the picture to the next with something new at each glance...and all wood.

Be sure to stop back on Halloween and see a whole different side to this structure...a hint...did you ever get the feeling you are being watched and when you turn around...no one is there?...Well perhaps...just perhaps...someone or something is there.......

To be continued....

22 comments:

septembermom said...

I also feel that there is a personality to wood. Looking at it closely, I like to see all the patterns and shades. Visually strong photos. Thanks, Dan!

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Septembermom...I have always dabbled in woodworking and the patterns in wood have always been of interest to me.

Dan

A Scattering said...

Oh my, oh my, what a lovely building and you've done such an amazing job of depicting it. I'll be sure to check back at Halloween!

DawnTreader said...

Just my kind of pictures...! ;) Historical buildings, libraries, books, woodwork...! Less fond of spiders and creepy things though... hmm... we'll see if I dare come back on Halloween... Well, it's a long way away yet - you're teasing us, keeping us in suspense for 1½ month!!!

Dan Felstead said...

Scattering ...thanks for the comment and the kind words. I will remind everyone again when it gets closer to Halloween...that is when I will layout more of the history of this old "inhabited" building!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...I am finding that I am no better of a human than the advertising agencies always putting out teases...just to get you back!!!

Anyway..just having some fun and it will be an interesting post on Halloween. By the way...I am with you on the spiders, I hate them with a passion.

Dan

DawnTreader said...

Dan, an adverstising agency would say "any day between now and Halloween..." But of course you know we'll be popping in anyway! :)

DawnTreader said...

By the way, nothing to do with these pictures, but I have a post about Bob Dylan today...

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...I had to jump over here from a post that I am making right now...I was just typing "Bob Dylan" when I saw your comment come across my laptop!

Dan

Sabrina said...

LOVE the shot of the stairs...

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Sabrina...there is woodwork like this all over this old building.

Dan

Sabrina said...

A haunted library has to be the creepiest thing I can imagine...my hubby said the Sterne-Hoya library in Nacogdoches is haunted...

Dan Felstead said...

Sabrina...I will check it out. This library has been investigated by the Ghost Hunters Series.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Sabrina...one more thing...this is a quote from the library web site explaining the history of the building from one year to the next:


1937
A night janitor at the Library reported seeing an 'all-grey' lady, with grey shoes and grey veil, as he entered the basement during his 3 a.m. visit to stoke the coal furnace. He was so startled that he dropped his flashlight. He reported that the image then dissolved into shadows. The night janitor quit his job shortly thereafter.

Dan

De Lly Dilettante said...

The brown is lovely.

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks for the comment Lly.

Dan

Mersad said...

Great work again Dan! Love them all. But the first one is really special.

Dan Felstead said...

Mersad....
Thank you and as you probably guessed...it is HDR. I am addicted to the process!

Dan

tricia said...

Wow, this sounds like a place I'd love to explore. Wonderful detail in the wood. Great shots and great editing.

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Tricia...and you are right...when I have read your blog and some of the treks you take out by a river and old bridge abutments and unpopulated areas...I think you would enjoy exploring this old library after closing...you seem to like an adventure!

Dan

Cynthia L. H. said...

I love the stateliness of libraries like this.
;^)

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia...so many times libraries are cold and drab...this one is a treat to visit!

Dan