Pokeweed. Keep It Or Kill It?

I’ve put up with Pokeweed in my yard for many years. It took some time for me to figure out what it even was.

Pokeweed plant growing in Central Ohio.
Pokeweed in Central Ohio.

The only problem I’ve had with it is that the berries will stain clothing. I trim it away from place where people may brush against it.

The more I learn about permaculture, the more I find that this may be a beneficial plant. I noticed that it has a very large root similar to other plants that I had been reading about like Comfrey. It’s a huge plant too, so it ads biomass to any mulch bed.

Pokeweed is a valuable plant for wildlife. You can read more about this aspect in this article about the benefits of pokeweed by the Georgia DNR.

What I Like About Indian Motorcycles

Modified Indian Scout motorcycle.
Modified Indian Scout

I really like the new Indian motorcycles and I’m noticing that parts are coming available to modify them. The exhaust on this one sounded incredible. The retro styling works pretty well with the modern motorcycle.

I ran into this one at The Angry Bull in Zanesville, Ohio while on a poker run for a fallen biker who worked at Jugz in nearby Newark. It was a cold day, but the owner was nothing but smiles. No fairing and 50 degrees usually does not produce the smile he had. There might be something to this Indian than it just being cool.

What I do find odd is the advertising. They’re trying to rely to much on the brand name that really doesn’t have much to do with the motorcycle that is being sold today. They don’t speak of company practices from the old days that are used or anything of that nature. Other than a few styling queues, there’s nothing much to do with the motorcycle of days gone by.

I’m considering one. Just not sure if I want to pay for the showpiece factor and the nostalgia or if I should just by a Victory. I have more to learn about this company’s motorcycles.

Spring Weather

It’s not uncommon for the Spring weather in Ohio to slow down motorcycling just a little. It’s working out ok for me though as the motorcycles are down with problems that need money and time to work out.

This shot was taken returning from a motorcycle parts run to Columbus, Ohio.

Spring rain clouds over Ohio farm fields.
Rain clouds over farm fields in Ohio.

The Tecumseh Theater In Shawnee, Ohio.

I’m learning something about photography and that is that if you want the really cool shots, you have to keep returning to the really cool places. Everytime I return to Shawnee, Ohio, I meet more people and learn more things.

This Winter I went to Shawnee a few times. I met Jason, a friendly native of Shawnee a few times. He keeps a good an eye on things and is quick to direct you to whoever you need to talk to if you want more information. He said he left Shawnee for a while, but returned and bought the house he grew up in.  Then there’s Charlie and his friendly(and very large) Burmese Mountain Dog. This last visit, there was George Biggs. He gave us the grand tour of the interior of The Tecumseh Theater.

George Biggs gave me so much information that I’m not sure I got it all straight. A can refer you to the Tecumseh Theater website or the Tecumseh Commons Facebook page for more information.  The rest of this post is a collection of photos I took of the interior.
The first big site George showed us was the old marquee for The New Linda Theater.

New Linda Theater Marquee Sign In Shawnee, Ohio.
The marquee sign from The New Linda Theater in Shawnee, Ohio.

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The Tecumseh as a lot of antiques from around the town too. There is a wall of bottles that were from the drugstore that closed across the street. Corby’s Whiskey was probably a stable of the working man then too.

Antique Corby's Whiskey Bottle.
Old Corby’s Whiskey bottle.

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Leaving the main floor, we headed up a flight of stairs to the ticket booth. 35 Cents per couple for admission.

The ticket booth at The New Linda Theater in Shawnee.
The ticket booth. 35 Cents per couple.

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As we entered, the antique remnants of the film days were displayed. These are the old film reels and canisters. Each one could hold about 20 minutes of a movie. The plastic reels were used for shipping for cheap shipping weights and the metal were used during the operation of the projector.

Old movies film reels.
Old movie film reels.

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This is an old Peerless Magnarc movie projector. The “arc” in the name Magnarc comes from the fact that the old movie projectors operated by arcing 2 welding rods together to create light for the projection. The pipe on top was needed to vent out the gasses from the burning welding rods.

Peerless Magnarc movie projector.
An old Peerless Magnarc movie projector.

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The RCA Photophone Super Simplex soundhead worked with the project to play the soundtrack with the movie.

RCA Photophone Super Simplex sound
RCA Photophone Super Simplex sound equipment.

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The stage was in bad shape. The curtain is stuck half way down. Props were still there and an old antique sign were laying around on it.

Stage at New Linda Theater in Shawnee, Ohio.
Stage at the New Linda Theater

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It wasn’t hard to imagine events in the theater when I turned around to look at the balcony. Movies were only part of the theater’s use. Basketball and dancing were common too.

Balcony of The New Linda Theater in Shawnee, Ohio.
Balcony in The New Linda Theater in Shawnee, Ohio.

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The balcony view gives a good feel of what a show might have been like so long ago. It also shows more detail of the work that needs to be done and the work that has been done.

Balcony view of the New Linda Theater.
Balcony view of The New Linda Theater.

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I thank George Biggs for his hospitality and the tour. The Tecumseh Theater is an ongoing project that history buffs may want to take more interest in. George explained that the geographic location of the town kind of keeps it off the radar for many and they’re working to change that.

If you’re in the area, stop and do some exploring of your own in Shawnee. The Tecumseh is just one building in a group of that are worth exploring.

The Wesley Chapel Church. Built In 1848.

The Wesley Chapel Church is located in the Hocking Hills area of Ohio. Some may find it sad that this old church is falling apart. I found it interesting.

There are many churches still standing built in the same time period all around Ohio. They are giant churches made with stone and brick masonry and they probably will be there for 100’s of more years.

Wesley Chapel Church in the Hocking Hills
Wesley Chapel Church in the Hocking Hills.

This church is just a clapboard building that poor homesteaders put together in the rugged Hocking Hills. With this construction in mind, it’s a wonder that it’s still standing today.

The pioneers that attended this church were a different breed and this church was likely one of the most cherished places in the area.

The interior shows the serious signs of impending doom. You cannot tell in the photo, but there is a giant bow in the middle of the floor. The cross has been vandalized with paint and windows are broken out. The long altar makes you wonder how many prayers were prayed and what they were praying for so many years ago.

Interior of Wesley Chapel Church in The Hocking Hills.
Interior of Wesley Chapel Church In The Hocking Hills.

Most who attended this church have either passed or moved on to much more modern amenities. Most of the property in the area is for recreation with campgrounds and rental cabins surrounding the area. I don’t feel much sadness for it’s decay, but I’m happy I was able to see it.

Another Trip To Old Man’s Cave

For me, The Hocking Hills is an easy 1 hour drive. I’ve got time to go to one part, hang out there as long as I want, then leave knowing that I can always visit another part next time. That gives me the much needed time to wait for a good shot.

I really liked this one because of the light. It was shot in the late evening and if you look in the center, you can see the Old Man’s face formation in the rocks.

Hocking Hills Old Man's Cave face.
The Old Man’s face in the rock at Old Man’s Cave.

Rural Winter Beauty

This photo is one of my top favorites for the Winter of 2016.

Old barn leaning from weather and age.
An old barn leaning from age and weather at a Knox County, Ohio farm.

I’ve spotted it while driving by many times before, but the snow and the evening sky made it perfect. I had my wife watch for traffic coming behind us, grabbed the camera and shot  out the drivers window.

It was exciting to see the capture come to life as I opened it in Photoshop and began to manipulate it into what my mind seen.

A New Lens. Canon 10-18mm.

I haven’t bought any new gear in a while. With Winter being a drag, I figured what the hell, I’ll get a wide lens. I’ve never even tried one. Like most, I have had a strong draw to telephoto and I ignored the wider end of the spectrum.

Wheels and gears at Foundation Park
Wheel and gears at Foundation Park in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

This photo is one of the first that I was pleased with from the Canon 10-18mm. It’s more interesting with more depth than what a telephoto or more normal lens would provide.

I did catch on that just using it to fit more in your photo is rarely a good way to use the lens. Small adjustments in position make big changes in the image too. This is going to take some thinking when I consider how to use it.

I also bought a battery grip. It holds an extra battery to double the power, but that’s not the reason I bought it. I could easily just carry the battery. The main purpose is that it turns gives more gripping surface to the camera. The Canon T5i is just to small for my medium sized hands and this corrects that problem 100%.

Another Visit To Shawnee, Ohio

Shawnee, Ohio is an old boom town that went bust in the “Cities Of Black Diamonds” area of Southeast Ohio. There’s a lot of history to it, but I have yet to talk to a true expert on the subject. A Google search will give you the history. I’ll tell you my experience from what it’s like now.

As you can imagine, a ghost town is susceptible to trespassers of all sorts. It wasn’t surprising to see signs warning visitors away. The place had deteriorated so far that I wondered if the sign was really needed anymore.

Keep Out sign in dilapidated stairway.
An eerie “Keep Out” sign posted on a makeshift door on a fire escape.

I didn’t find anything to lead me to believe the place was haunted. I would say that it was haunting. There were so many things that were just out of place.

There were children running around playing, then they would disappear. They weren’t harming anything, but they didn’t speak when I greeted them. It just seems that children would face a lot of dangers in the area and that you wouldn’t see them.

There were many things out of place. Store windows were loaded with antiques as if at some point, the owners had tried to recreate what the stores would have sold. Kind of a museum effect. The thing was, the museum style setups had also got really old.

Broken glass was common, but it was not from vandalism. The buildings had settled so bad that it was popping out of the frames.

A look up gave this view of a somewhat intact porch with windows and a door, but no building behind it.

Sky seen through the windows of empty buildings.
Sky seen through upper floor windows of Shawnee, Ohio buildings.

For reasons unknown to me, a broken statue of Jesus was kept in this store window. The peeling paint revealing red and the missing arms  made it very odd and haunting.

Broken statue of Jesus Christ in a storefront window.
Broken statue of Jesus Christ in an old storefront window In Shawnee, Ohio

Someday I want to talk to a person who really understands the history. I’m curious about the future of a place like this too. It would seem the entire town fits the bill for historical significance.

For more photos of Shawnee, there are a few from a past visit in the Perry County Section of my Ohio Photography Project.

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