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I haven't forgotten about this site or abandoned it. Life has been keeping me too occupied to post much.

Here's a preview of an exploration taken this summer. Many more to follow!
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The little shack on the cliff
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I wanted to get this set finished before this weekend. I'll be in Atlanta presenting on Abandoned Site Photography for the third year at Frolicon on Saturday (4/7/12).

The remaining two sites my kids and I went to that day back in 2008 were much older but increasingly battered. The desert was actively wearing them down as evidenced by the rapidly increasing winds around us that day. The 3rd house was rapidly decaying. The 4th showed signs of ‘recent’ use, but in the desert, recent is a relative term.



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OMG OMG OMG - I have a RENTER for the California house!!! After eating $16000 in costs over the last 18 months, I think we're going to have a good one finally. Thank you Karen!
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While I’m still composing my thoughts after the storms of last week, I thought I might offer this gem.

Last spring when I was out in Colorado Springs, I did a bit more than work and take nature photos. While driving around the countryside there, I happened upon an empty and well secured ranch. From what I could determine, it was broken in three rentals based on the mail boxes on the main road. With the newest (junk) mail over a year old, I felt the place was a safe bet to explore.



Recovering [14 behind the cut] )
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Some sites don't want to be explored. In the years I've been doing this, I've concluded that there are some locations that for various reasons defy exploration. This roadside (formerly track-side) house is one of them.


Photo by my son Chris

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Down on the farm

During our drive back from Florence towards Huntsville, my son and I stopped at several places that I didn’t let him join me in shooting. In some cases, speed was of the essence or I just didn’t feel it was safe. This old farm house fit both of those bills. It was exposed and I knew that from the moment I stopped, we’d be noticed. I had him stay in the car and I ran in for a guerilla set.



Where the livin's easy [14 Behind the cut] )
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This country store/attached home is a throw back to the days before WalMart gobbled up the local mom & pop stores. We found it last year and have since gotten a line on the property owner. This place is a time machine.



Come into the parlor [17 behind the cut] )
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Yes, I’m still alive and haven’t fallen off the world. Work and lack of time has kept me from posting and writing versus shooting.

Last fall, I wandered several of the back roads around Huntsville. This particular place had attracted my attention several times, but when I finally got around to stopping to explore it, vandals had managed to burn the place badly. Since taking these, the county has torn it down the rest of the way.



Down on the farm [12 behind the cut] )
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While on a drive to photograph another theater (1940’s movie house being renovated), accompanied by my friend [livejournal.com profile] sabre0link, we found a couple little gems along the highways and back-roads of Alabama. This little house seems to have a stubborn sense of survival. It appears to have been abandoned for several years given the growth around it.


Looks can be deceiving

Stubborn [4 behind the cut] )
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In late April, between the many storms that hit the region, we went out on several wanders to see what we could. Along a major thoroughfare were several sites points out to us by friends so off we went.

The Farm
After wandering through the overgrown and virtual gardens that were the yard of the farm, we wandered into the open and almost welcome interior of the farmhouse. Though recessed and barely visible from the road, the house had major signs of wear and tear. In addition the house showed signed of nearly haphazard expansion over the years.


The front porch area

Nature reclaimed [19 images behind the cut] )
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In late April, between the many storms that hit the region, we went out on several wanders to see what we could. Along a major thoroughfare were several sites points out to us by friends so off we went.

The Farm
Near to a major shopping area was another site we’d been directed to. It was a large family farm that was almost invisible from the main road, though easily seen from the parking lot of a nearby business. The site was nothing less than beautiful, surrounded by blooming trees, vines and flowers.




Nature reclaimed [14 images behind the cut] )
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Enigma House (Part 2 of 2)


Why call it “Enigma House” ?.. One odd feature stood out. With one exception, every fixture in the house remained intact with light bulbs still in them.

Future Imperfect [11 behind the cut] )
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Enigma House (Part 1 of 2)


Back in may while I still lived in Southern California I happened to spy this house on the way to visit a friend in Ventura. Sitting all alone on a hill next to a very busy freeway sat this 1920’s ranch home. How could I pass it up?

Future Imperfect [10 behind the cut] )
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Off the beaten track

While driving home from Atlanta and DragonCon back in August, we took a slightly off the beaten path and found some interesting places. The first of the sites we found was this complex near Oxford, AL. Oxford was a community on the outskirts of Fort McClellan and suffered when the base was closed down. I wish I could make a clear assessment of what this building had been used for, because of the weird assortment of items rusting/rotting in the Alabama dirt.



Nature’s revenge [15 behind the cut] )
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Rancho Palos Verdes House #2

The hesitance that I had about going to this house was that it was possibly still being lived in. As we looked around the place, it became apparent that despite the frantic attempts to prepare the house for a move, they gave up and like the first house, abandoned it to the mercies of nature and the use of others who could briefly enjoy the beautiful view.


Looking into the living room and up to one of the lofts

Slip, sliding away [19 behind the cut] )
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Rancho Palos Verdes House #2

[livejournal.com profile] fynoda and I wandered along the coast road. Our intent was to drive past the remains of Marineland of the Pacific and then find the wreck of the SS Dominator, which went aground off Whites Point. We never made it there. Instead we found two victims of the Portuguese Bend Slide area. Like the area around the Sunken City (San Pedro), the land is meeting the sea somewhat faster than the residents appreciate. In Los Angeles, one of the most expensive areas in the county is by the Pacific Ocean. The better the view, the higher the value. We were in million dollar territory.



Sliding slowly under the waves [8 behind the cut] )
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Rancho Palos Verdes House #1

[livejournal.com profile] fynoda and I wandered along the coast road. Our intent was to drive past the remains of Marineland of the Pacific and then find the wreck of the SS Dominator, which went aground off Whites Point. We never made it there. Instead we found two victims of the Portuguese Bend Slide area. Like the area around the Sunken City (San Pedro), the land is meeting the sea somewhat faster than the residents appreciate. In Los Angeles, one of the most expensive areas in the county is by the Pacific Ocean. The better the view, the higher the value. We were in million dollar territory. The slides have reduced the value of this and a second home we found.



Slip sliding away [20 behind the cut] )
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Ok to clarify, in September of 2007 I took my last expedition with [livejournal.com profile] badgerphone. After we departed the ruins east of Lancaster we headed make in and one of us remembered a burned adobe ranch that was supposed to be redeveloped by the city. The ranch had been a gift to the City of Lancaster and dated back to the 1920’s. Unfortunately the city once again proved it’s utter inability to preserve anything of historic value. Vandals or transients got into the site and burned it down.

The Ruins


the long and winding road [16 images behind the cut]  )
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Without a doubt, the site had seen far better days. Given it’s condition and Los Angeles County’s aggressive policy towards abandoned and seriously damaged sites, it will likely end up meeting the same fate as Felicia’s tow (nearby) haunts. Until then the site has become a haven for the flighty.. some good birds of a feather, some bad.

The Burned Ranch (Part 2)


Turn out the lights before you go (main house)

The wicked winds of change.. [11 images]  )
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While I’m taking a break from unpacking the household, I thought I might offer something new site wise..

In June, just prior to my relocation east to Alabama, I had the pleasure of going on two hunts with the new [livejournal.com profile] socal_abandoned co-moderator [livejournal.com profile] fynoda. The first site we found was but by pure happenstance. After exploring the campground, we drove up into the desert near my former community to scout out a ranch complex I’d spotted back in March. The main house of the ranch had burned and the outlying trailers had since been heavily stripped.

The Burned Ranch



The wicked winds of change.. [11 images]  )

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