(Perrysburg, OH) For years I have passed the golden-domed mosque that is the heart of The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, which is located near the junction of I-75 and I-475 in Perrysburg. While in the vicinity, I set out to take some pictures of this beautiful building, the dome of which shines like a brilliant star in the evening sun.
Unfortunately, the mosque has signs posted informing would-be visitors that prior permission is needed to set foot on the property. Seeing as how I did not desire either: a) an unpleasant altercation with the property's owners; or b) a visit to the Wood County Jail, I decided to circle around and find a nearby perch that would allow me to photograph the building.
After all: even if I had made the necessary arrangements, I still would have been an outsider, and I'm not sure that closeup images would have been any more superior.
My first stop was next to a field along Roachton Road, a little ways south of the mosque. I trudged through the dampened field, which appeared to be lying fallow, and took a few dozen images, none of which seemed to give me the angles and colors I wanted.
I next took up camp in a factory parking lot across I-75 from the mosque, where I also encountered a mother goose and her chicks; one of these photos is the image that accompanies this post. The mosque's golden dome reflects the late afternoon sun, yet the scene seems a bit surreal, surrounded as the mosque is by thousands of acres of Ohio farmland.
The geese and I soon parted company, none of us really possessing any new insights about Islam, cultural divides, or - for that matter - human-goose relationships. My efforts to recreate the peaceful moment in a digital format served to send the geese scurrying into the water, and they kept a wary eye on me from afar.
Much like, I suppose, did the folks at the Islamic Center as a purple Hyundai circled their property and a lanky, middle-aged man took many dozens of photographs of their house of worship.