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Columbus day trip // land camera photos

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Last weekend's day trip was to the Columbus area. Columbus is about a four drive and this was maybe my most poorly planned out trip. I left a little late in the day because I wasn't sure if I wanted to go that day or not. Needless to say after a four hour trip, arriving late in the day and knowing I had four hours back home I kind of spent my short amount of time in the area rushing around. That's exactly what I don't want my day trips to be. They're supposed to be relaxing and fun.

Not that I didn't have fun because I most certainly did. I love driving and I love visiting silly roadside attractions so I really don't even know why I was rushing. I visited the world's largest basket, the Chief Leatherlips monument, some huge dancing rabbits and a field of giant ears of corn.
 The field of corn was my main attraction to the area. I think that might have even been one of the first silly roadside things I ever saw and said "I need to go visit that." There are 109 of those concrete corn cobs. It was intended by the Arts Council to remind the residents of Dublin's agricultural heritage, it's actually just kind of silly. It's surrounded by a small industrial park and at the end of the field is a fairly busy stop light. I had to wait until the light was red so the cars weren't moving and accidentally making an appearance in my photos.

The giant basket was another thing that had long been on my list of roadside attractions to visit. It's actually an hour away from Dublin, where the corn and other things were, but I figured since I was already four hours away from home and going to Newark to see the basket wasn't really taking me further away (I kind of just drove in a biiiig triangle that day) that I might as well go! I was nervous because I wasn't sure what kind of area the basket was in, if it was in the city I might have trouble finding somewhere to park and get the perfect picture. Luckily, the basket is on a quiet road where I easily pulled over and snapped a bunch of shots without any obstacles. The basket is headquarters to The Longaberger Company, who make wooden baskets. The building is modeled after their best seller, the "Medium Market Basket." According to wikipedia, Dave Longaberger wanted all of the Longaberger buildings to be shaped like baskets, but only the headquarters was completed at the time of his death. After his death, further basket-shaped buildings were vetoed by his daughters. What buzzkills. 

I love driving, I love visiting these weird things, and I really love finding a spot to take the perfect picture of them but my favorite part of the whole thing might be when I'm driving and I spot what I've been looking for off in the distance. It's such a great feeling. The basket is seven stories high, so needless to say, you can see if off in the distance. When I spotted it from the highway I let out a high pitched squeal!

Now to start planning my next trip! ;)
xoxo

You can find land camera film here: black and white or color. If you're interested in buying a land camera check out your local thrift store, but if you're in a hurry there are always some floating around on ebay. I bought mine from Film Photography Project on ebay two years ago or so when they were having a sale. They do currently have a few in their webstore. They're slightly pricey compared to what you'd find at a thrift store or estate sale but they have been tested and come with batteries. Plus they have really great service that I can attest to! When I first got the camera I had no idea what to do with but it actually came with an instructional DVD and that's pretty stinken awesome if you ask me

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  1. I definitely need to see that field of corn! I just think that's so neat!!

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  2. My mom was a HUGE Longaberger collector for a long time; apparently it was somewhat of a trend among Midwestern small-town ladies, haha. We have a giant ton of baskets in my mom's house, and she still likes to give them out as presents, so I even have three or four!

    One of our vacations one year, I kid you not, was to go visit "Longaberger Land". We drove from central IL into Ohio, stayed there for a long weekend, and visited all the Longaberger "sights". Like, we toured the factory (I don't know fi they let you do that anymore, actually, we got really close), saw the Big Basket, shopped at lots of little basket-heavy boutiques in the area, etc and so forth.

    My father and I were convinced that they should put in a basket-themed ferris wheel and roller coaster and just turn it into a theme park.

    When I saw that basket photo, I just sort of sighed heavily; it brings back lots of memories of being seventeen and completely puzzled about why all these women were going crazy for baskets, haha.

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    1. Haha! That's so great. I didn't realize the baskets were such a big deal. I mean, I read about it while researching the basket but it's funny to hear it from a real person.

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    2. All I will tell you is to never ever ever diss the basket amongst Midwestern ladies of a certain age ;) They'll turn on you like rabid casserole-toting wolves.

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  3. I love this! I live in Columbus and am from a town 30 minutes from Newark, and my grandmother worked for Longaberger until she retired. She had an office in the basket building! I spent childhood years going to all of the Longaberger events, factory, etc.

    I love peoples' surprise when they find out there's a giant basket building. It was never weird to me because I grew up with it. There is also a large basket in Dresden, OH.

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  4. I love the basket building!! There used to be a paint store in a giant can of paint in my area but they tore it down recently to build a Walgreens :( It was so sad!

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  5. those are my favorite kinds of places to visit too. i love driving a long way by myself. and you are right, the best part is spotting what you are driving too. earlier this year i drove three hours just to go to an estate sale (it was for a dr.'s life long collection of medical stuff, so it was amazing!) and i had the best time in the car alone! i need to do more solo trips.

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    1. At first I was like - Three hours for an estate sale, she's nuts....
      Then after reading it was a doctors collection of medical stuff I was like "Oh, totally justifiable!" Hahah! I scour the internet looking for doctor's estate sales near by. I neeeed to go to one.

      Did you get anything awesome?

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  6. I just heard about the basket building... I think from a podcast... really crazy idea, but I'd love to see it!

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  7. I'm always jealous of your land camera photos! They are always unique because you visit these amazing places, I hope I can do that one day :)

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  8. my husband is from columbus and used to weave baskets for longaberger when he was a teenager! we've driven by that basket a hundred times. he's never taken me to see the corn, though we've been to dublin several times too. now i want (need!) to go back and visit!

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  9. Those corns have to be the best thing ever

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  10. I'd like to live in a basket house...maybe smaller than that building though...

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  11. Those rabbits remind me of Barry Flanagan's hare sculptures.

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  12. I always want to stop on the side of the roads that I travel to take pictures of the scenery or awesome roadside attractions that I see, but am always worried about the cops showing up and telling me that i can't pull over on the shoulder.
    When you visit do you pull into the shoulder and do you research the laws before you go? What is your approach is baically what I am asking. Ha!

    -Amy

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    1. All of these places had driveways near by I could park in. I'm super weird about pulling over into the shoulder to stop too but I think the right roadside attraction would motivate me to just forget about it. I mean, as long as you're not disturbing traffic it shouldn't be a big deal, right?

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    2. That is what I was thinking as well. I was reading up on a photography forum about this and most people said that other drivers, cops, etc understand what photographers do so they don't really mind. That seemed to be the consensus of everyone on the forum, so I am just going to take that and go with it. It can only bring me to having more awesome photographs. :]

      -Amy

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  13. eek! you were so close--i live less than 8 minutes away from the corn :) the next time you plan a day trip to cbus, check out the great thrift stops!

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  14. "After his death, further basket-shaped buildings were vetoed by his daughters. What buzzkills." I couldn't agree more!

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  15. 1. That second photo of the rabbits looks suuuper creepy (and I love it).
    2. I thought the same thing when I saw pictures of the corn before too! It's something I really want to see! I'd have to plan a really special trip though, since I'm in eastern PA.
    3. That basket looks awesome.
    I feel like we'd make great road trip buddies haha I love stopping to see weird stuff too!
    Have a great day!
    -Jenna
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  16. I love seeing all the places you visit, makes me itchy to get off my butt and go somewhere! Adorable photos too, you definitely have the eye for the perfect picture!

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  17. Love all these little trips you're making. Biggest basket? Thats crazy
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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