The photos that I post here comprise a work in progress. I think of this stuff as found art.

The germination of a “hobby” that began in 1991. We had rented a vacation home with another family–The Bachelder-Whitehouse’s from Huntington Woods, MI–(Yo, Dan and Sam) on Keuka Lake in the Finger Lake Country of New York State. At the uppermost tip of the lake was the town of Penn Yan. In Penn Yan there was a buckwheat mill. And on the wall of this buckwheat mill was this HUGE griddle. (See for yourself). Somehow, and no one claims responsibility, (personally I think it was Amy) it was suggested that I should stand in front of this griddle and have my picture taken. Possibly this occured after a round of winetasting at the local vineyards. I just can’t remember.

At any rate, easier suggested than done. This griddle was next to a loading dock for the mill and all day long there was a series of trucks loading or unloading what ever they load or unload in front of this griddle. Not exactly a great photo opportunity. So, one morning, early, like 6am early, Deb and I rolled into town and took this picture. Of course, not in focus due to caffine deprevation, but THE BEGINNING!

One thing led to another and next thing I knew, I had a bunch of “Big Pictures.” Believe me I wasn’t trying to do this, it just happened, as many good things in life do. First I had a collection of loose photos. Next I was trying to describe to a customer this strange hobby. This led to a photo album that I carried with me all the time. I shared these photos with people that I feel reasonably sure will enjoy them.

At first I just entered the photos in the album chronologically, it seemed good enough. But after a while I decided to group them by type. That has worked fairly well. Below I have the asssorted classifications where I have grouped the photos. Over time the album became too big to carry around and I decided to use the time during my daughters swim lessons to learn to write HTML code. I created the original website and updated it for years. After more than 20 years my technical skills did not progress from the original HTML.  I’ve now updated the site to work with all forms of digital media devices.

I hope you have as much fun viewing them as I did collecting this “found art,” creating my album, and now this site.

Caution: you have one requirement. If you choose to view these images you have an obligation to “bird dog” for me. That is, let me know if you have some found a bigger than life image. Here are my rules:

  • must be big
  • must be bigger than life size
  • must be absurdly big
  • must have me in the photo (absolute must)

Things like the Niagara Falls and the St. Louis Arch don’t count, although I do have photos of me with both.

If you want to see the sightings sent in so far go to my “Bird Dog Tips” page.


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