Tuesday, June 4, 2013

"Art is never finished, only abandoned."  ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Part 2:

During this past Sunday's drive, I passed several closed buildings and one small home that was plastered with keep out signs.  I wonder about both groups but decided not to photograph the house warning me to stay away...camera's can be violating.  The property, in yesterday's post, with empty
cattle pens also had all the abandoned/empty buildings.  Are these fences and buildings closed forever?  Or are they used seasonally.  There is something sad about boarded and abandoned building...most especially in a place where there are no visible people or critters - no one to bear witness to the history of the place.  Does anyone come back here...now and then?  Is there an annual hustle, bustle, sweat and grime that goes with farming?  Are animals bellowing in protest at being forced in from the "open range" or is that all a thing of the past? Is there dust and dirt in the air from activity or is the desert wind the only rearranger of earth here?  Perhaps a look-see in the fall will reveal life afoot something other than wind, water, sage brush, trees and birds and thier much needed insects using the space.

Finally because my thought sometimes scoot along the edge of uncomfortable and well ~ weird....I could not help but wonder how many desert members of the reptile (rattle snakes), insect (scorpions) and spider (black widows and tarantulas) families crept into these places while the the humans occupied themselves else where?  My excuse for not peaking inside the door way...I was not wearing boots.

Water or grain or something else all together?

(to be continued....)

1 comment:

Deb said...

Interesting... When I was really into photography back in the day, my favorite subjects were abandoned barns and buildings around Orange County, NY. There's a mystery - a history about these places and the question that looms -- "What happened?" There is this place up north - about 45 minutes from NYC called, "The Red Apple Rest". It used to be a huge diner/rest stop for people who travelled upstate. Now, it's used for scenes in various movies -- Woody Allen has a movie that has been shot there. My point is, now it's abandoned, run down and looks so --- 'ghostly'. While driving past it yesterday afternoon, I wanted to stop so badly just to take a picture. This just reminded me. You have to look it up if you don't already know about it yet. :)