Wednesday, November 20, 2013

haunted


 

 


 
 
I approach cautiously. Old, weathered wood creaks and groans. My own footsteps scare me.

I come closer, using my camera as a weapon, a shield, a reason for the slow, careful way I circle the house.

There are no signs of life, except for the mice and birds that now inhabit the house. I cross the threshold, stand in what was the kitchen. I suddenly feel sad, almost hearing the voices that once filled this house.

A storm approaches, the air grows damp and cold.
I take one last picture, turn, and leave. I am haunted by this house.

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  1. I always wish for the stories these old homes could tell. It looks like it was beautiful in its day.

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    1. Love these places....there's something about an old homestead. Makes me wonder...

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  2. Yes. Truly, if those walls could talk.
    Jars and rusty cans strewn about, lying there in the dust.
    Broken blinds.
    Haunting.

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    1. Haunting and calling to me. I love to travel the back roads in search of places like this. It's become a kind of obsession for me to document these houses before they are gone forever.
      Have a great weekend, woman!

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  3. It's interesting isn't it, how an inanimate object such as a house can hold such stories and memories. Like they almost sink into the walls. As soon as l saw the photos l want to know the history of it and its inhabitants........
    Julie, is there any way you can find out more about these houses that you find?

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    1. It is interesting--these houses almost seem to have a personality of their own.
      Most of the homesteads I photograph were part of a land grant in the late 1800's and early 1900's. There was an attempt to settle the area and create "dryland" farms but the conditions were too harsh and most were abandoned.
      The good thing is the ranchers in the area leave the houses standing. It helps preserve a little bit of the history of the old west.

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  4. Your photos are just wonderful. I have a Pinterest board called "If these walls could talk." It's all pins of abandoned homes. So sad. Some of the homes must've been absolutely magnificent in their day with lots of stories to tell. Thanks for sharing these. I would've felt haunted, too. : (

    ~ Wendy

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. I just love these old houses. So much character. So much history. Glad so many of them are still standing!

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