Visting Dana, Indiana the Home of Ernie Pyle

Last fall while getting intentionally lost coming home from an Indiana State football game I found my way to Dana, Indiana. Dana happens to be the home of Ernie Pyle the famous journalist. Throughout high school Ernie was a person that I looked up to, and at some point I thought that I might be like him. I wanted to write for the paper. I thought that being a writer was a noble profession, and I was ready to go to journalism school to do so. Looking back at that now I laugh a little thinking about how much things have changed. I had no intention at the time of learning photography. It was one of the courses I would have to take that I thought I would have trouble with. Now I can only imagine what could have been had I found photography a little earlier. It was still nice to see where it all started for Ernie. Here I have a photo of one of those places in town that gets a little confusing when they want to name many streets after you.

On Getting Intentionally Lost

I started this post off talking about getting intentionally lost. This is something that I used to do all the time. In this day and age we have multiple devices to keep us on the right track. When this blog started I was still very new to the area, and I would pick a direction and drive. I would just keep making turns when I thought that I should. I would eventually find something really cool. I would make a photo with my dSLR, and then one with my phone. The photo with my phone would geotag my location in case I ever wanted to find my way back there again. It is kind of fun to just aimlessly drive around, and with a little time to kill after a football game I decided to do it again. I found a few little gems driving around, and I am very happy that I decided to get lost that day. I need to make time to get lost again someday.


About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at

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