The majority of my photographic adventures take place in the great outdoors…where I come across scenic vistas, small towns, wildlife, flowers, and natural wonders.

Recently, I was photographing early 20th century architecture in a nearby small town. I went inside the local library that was built in 1902. I had a feeling I would find some great shots of the moldings, windows and structural details that were used during that time period.

I did discover carvings, ornate columns, a huge fireplace with an extravagant mantle, and many other details inside the library. But…there were quite a few folks studying and doing research. It was a little awkward trying to get some shots and not disturb anyone, so I decided to come back another day when it wasn’t so busy.

As I was walking down the steps to the foyer, something told me to stop and look up. And that’s when I saw this hanging entrance light. It’s made of metal bands and tiny light bulbs.



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cloudy WB

  1. June 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    And here I thought you had done something cool with a dandelion 😉 Great shot.

    • June 15, 2013 at 11:28 am

      A dandelion…that’s a good one! Wish I was that creative!!!

  2. June 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I thought it was the Canada pavillion at expo 67. Or Ontario place?That is what it is all about-keeping your eyes open!

    • June 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Expo 67…I was there! I was only nine years old and I wish I remembered more about that time in Montreal although I do remember camping and it rained a lot LOL. I think I’ll do some research to jog the memory. I saw some cool stuff in that small town I never saw before…and we used to live there! I’ll be going back!

  3. June 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I can imagine that was a challenge with all the light bulbs – how to expose correctly! What an amazing light, and a superb shot!

    • June 15, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Thanks Jo, I’m glad the light bulbs were so small. I got the meter reading and then underexposed by a stop or two so the ceiling and wall behind the light would go black. Actually there were three of those light hanging but this one gave the best view. They are pretty cool!

  4. June 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Long live geometry!

    • June 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Great response Steve! This definitely is a great representation of geometry…the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids and higher dimensional analogs. In school I did well in geometry class but had no interest in algebra…go figure since I was the son of a surveyor and was his assistant as a young boy.

      • June 15, 2013 at 11:58 am

        Many people report that split, either liking geometry but not algebra, or the other way around. I favored algebra.

  5. June 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I was one of those who loved geometry (got A’s) but hated algebra (barely passed). I’d never have guessed you found this ball of light in a library!

  6. June 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    We must have been in the same class! I never would have expected a contemporary light fixture like this in a library either!

  7. June 17, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Lovely when serendipity steps in to show you a good shot just when yo’d decided to leave. It’s lovely this, designer copying nature’s beauty of a dandelion seed head.

    • June 17, 2013 at 8:38 am

      It sure is great when things work out like they did. Had I not looked up while going down the steps (dangerous thing to do by the way) I would have missed the photo opportunity completely. I never thought of this light as a dandelion seed head, but if two of you came to the same conclusion, I guess it’s so!

  8. June 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I would never have guessed a hanging light. Really stands out against the black background. Moral: Always Look Up.

  9. June 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Looks like something from a sci-fi show…careful…it’s deploying the force field…

  10. June 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

    How cool is this. 🙂

  11. June 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Isn’t it the coolest…I never would have expected to see this in a library.

  12. July 1, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Really cool shot, David!

    • July 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Isn’t this the neatest? I didn’t have to do anything with this shot except crop out part of the wall that wasn’t black.

  13. July 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I have no idea, but it looks very contemporary 🙂

    • July 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      It’s an alien spacecraft that was hovering over our back yard! It was at least 100 meter in diameter! Really…it is a light fixture that was hanging in the foyer of a library that was established in 1902. I don’t think the light is from that era though. Pretty cool huh?!

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