Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Beauty of Rural Decay

Recently my husband came in the house telling me he had something good to show me. Told me to jump in the Suburban because he knew I would want to photograph it.
Hmmmmm......I was intrigued, but seriously we live out in the sticks. What is he going to show me....a cow? He assured me I would love it, so off we went with a camera in tow.
Then he drives out to this. A very old house. Rural decay at its finest. Wooden covers on the windows and primitive siding that has the look of brick, but is most certainly not.

Moss and small trees were growing all around the structure.

Vines were entwined around the doorways.


A peek inside the doorway revealed some wonderful shelving and the skeleton of an old piano.




But, the best structure on the property was sitting just behind the old house. Just a peek around the back of the house exposed this beauty, which hasn't been used in many a year.


Perfection


55 comments:

  1. Neat find. The fake brick siding was popular in my area years ago. The house next to my grandmothers was a dark red.

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  2. I think it's sweet that your hubby is on the look-out for decaying structures for you to capture. :)

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  3. Farmchick so worth the drive. It is beautiful for photography and sad when you think they had to leave the piano. Thanks for sharing. See not everything in the sticks is boring. B

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  4. Beautiful! I just love places like this. My husband and I have been taking turns driving through the country looking for rural decay. He even put up some of his pics on my blog today.

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  5. That is an awesome find...When the leaves are down that's when you find everything.

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  6. Neat! I also love rural decay, we have many of these in our area. There is one I especially like down the road from our house. It sits up on a bank overlooking the main county road we live on. I need to take some close up pictures of it some day.

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  7. Gosh, you two sound just like us! We were out photoing old ramshackles this weekend. Isn't it fun? I love imagining the homesteaders that once lived there and how it might have been. Love your blog! I'm going back to join your followers now.

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  8. Your hubby has a good eye! I wonder what the story is with that house. How does something get boarded up and be allowed to decay with someone's possessions still inside? And yet the barn behind looks perfect. Interesting indeed.

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  9. I like old houses. They have a lot to tell.

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  10. SRQ - So many old (very old) farmhouses in our area are left empty when the family builds a new, smaller structure. Not so unusual, around here, to see an old house like this on a piece of farm land.

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  11. These pics leave so many questions.....who, when.....
    Neat pics!
    I wonder what's inside the barn?

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  12. That's great--I love the colors of the old wood and the green growing on it. It makes me wonder what the story is, that somebody left a piano behind.

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  13. Oh what a find! What history....I loved seeing the shelves....what stories they could tell.

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  14. How romantic of your husband! What a neat place and full of so many storeies, I bet.

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  15. The old farmhouse I grew up in in Wisconsin had this same fake brick siding. Every time I see a photo of a place with it, I get such homesickness and melancholy...

    I love your hubby. What a sweetheart...

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  16. what a smart hubby you have...what a great find to photograph...

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  17. I think it's so neat that your husband knew that you would like it. I could ride all day long and try finding things like that.

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  18. I think it so neat to find old, abandoned places - especially when they still have a few treasures inside to photograph, like the old piano frame.

    Years ago, a walk my husband and I took brought us to an old cabin and there was an antique wheelchair still on the inside. Alas, I didn't have my camera with me and this was EONS before blogging.

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  19. Wow! You are seriously just like my mom... When we went on long car trips as a kid, she'd talk my dad into stopping at an old farm house in the middle of no where and we'd explore it. Imagining who once lived there and how precious it was to someone once.
    Love these pics!

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  20. Ah, a handyman's dream! It just needs a little TLC.

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  21. Nice! SO nice of him to think of you when he discovered this. Did you go inside the shed out back?

    Di

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  22. I've never seen fake brick like that before. Nice find with the old barn in the back yard! I just love photographing old barns like that:)

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  23. gorgeous. i love old houses (the stories!) and the country. just love.

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  24. What some people would see as a decrepit old building, long past due for demolition, is a treasure for others - nice of your hubby to spot it and take you there !

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  25. We have a house like that in the woods behind our church. You can only get to it in the winter. A peak in the door shows the bed still made up with gas lanterns. Your hubby was sweet knowing what you'd like. JOY!

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  26. Farmchick -- Oh don't ya know I would love these photos! -- barbara

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  27. Rural decay is beautiful to photograph. I love your find! But living on the very rural prairie, decay is my motivator to try to inspire growth around us. Our county population is down 18% in 10 years. Either we decay and die or we grow.

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  28. That's so cool! Your hubby is a keeper.

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  29. This is a sweet find! So glad he took you to it...these are some really good shots of something beautiful yet forgotten.

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  30. awe cool! fascinating all that stuff still inside and the piano...
    recently you mentioned looking into sites like the one I use for slide shows
    I use zenfolio - I'm totally goofing off with it - but I did order some prints to see how they'd turn out and I was happy.
    I did not do a lot of research so I cannot compare it to other photography sites.
    They do have a referral program - if you check it out I'd appreciate you including the number:
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    thanks.

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  31. What a precious husband you have there. How wonderful that he encourages you in your endevor as a blogger and photographer...
    I am crazy about Barns...Love the old house, but I would love to have seen the barn! Wouldn't you love to know the stories those old walls could tell?
    Blessings,
    Shug

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  32. That looks like a place I would love to rescue. I wish I had someone who found shots for me. Lucky!

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  33. I love that your husband has an eye out for things he knows you would love to capture with your camera, that is wonderful. Rural decay really is beaufitul. I always wonder if those old walls could talk what stories they would tell. What a fantastic find!

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  34. Thanks to your hubby for being on the lookout for something like that. I wonder about the families story that left that house and barn behind, not to mention a piano. I'm homesick for my Ky. family and miss the country. Sure hope I get to go back again this summer.

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  35. That is so cool of your hubby to have shown you that old house! Such a pity the piano was left to rot...

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  36. Hey girl- dxs_1 is me.
    was signed in wrong.
    sorry :-)

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  37. How wonderful photos!
    I like the detail in those images.
    I love that house.

    Have a great day!

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  38. We have lots of them and worse in our county. Sad really as the younger generations move to the big city.... and family farms disappear. :(

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  39. So. VERY. Beautiful!
    I imagine SO MANY wonderful stories involving these structures.

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  40. I like the story and these pictures let us know, or at least imagine, so many things about this house and the family who lived there,

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  41. You got so many comment by the time I get here I feel like everything has already been said. Maybe I should stay away for a while or until some of that old asphalt brick brown siding turns to gold. lol

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  42. Oh wow! Your husband knows you well. It's a beautiful decaying structure. I wonder if the owner has any plans for restoring. These finds are such a treat. Very nice.

    Velva

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  43. I always want to hear the stories these buildings could tell.

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  44. Your husband knew a good thing when he saw it.

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  45. You chronicle this little foray very well. Most interesting.

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  46. Great find...so nice that your hubby brought you there. That barn is pricless...love it!

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  47. There is a book recently released about urban decay in Detroit. Once magnificent buildings abandoned and allowed to fall to ruins. I gasped looking at all the photos.

    Rural decay is much kinder. It as if this house is going back to the land. Your wonderful photos made me smile.

    Thank you so much for your congratulations on our new grandson -- we are so thrilled with our new addtion to the family!

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  48. Nice shots! I love old buildings, even if they are barely hanging on to life! It would be nice to know the history of all the old buildings I find.

    Linda

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  49. This is an interesting philosophical topic, isn't it? When I first went to Ireland, I was struck by the beauty of the abandoned and roofless stone cottages in the west of the country, but not very interested in the new, modern and humdrum cottages where people were actually living. I realized that what is striking for the tourist and photographer is horrible for the resident. What does that say about us?

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  50. Love, love, love the pics! I'm from KY. Are these pics from there?

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  51. Classic camera moments with this great structure. I'm pleased you showed us all the interior full of history and memories. I would love to have 30 minutes with the camera. Nice work.

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  52. Ooh !!
    Your photos are very beautiful in this post !
    I like this !! :))

    Bye**

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