“She Glories in Being Abandoned”

She says she glories in being abandoned.  –J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Earlier this week while out for a drive, I caught a glimpse of an abandoned building I’ve photographed many times over the last several years. I’m always intrigued by how much the building changes, but I was stunned by the beauty of its neighbor [photos #1, 2, 4, 5].

I was pleased to find nature doing what it does–reclaiming what the humans left behind.

I had a difficult time choosing which photos to share for [not-so] #Wordless Wednesday–the originals or the edits. My hubby remarked that color photos tell a story, and the black and white ones are more artsy. Since I can’t decide whether I want to share a story or art, I’m sharing both sets.

Did you ever wonder
Why abandoned houses looked so sad

Much like the people
Their exterior was only for the function

We would not feel so sad
If we recognized

That the spirit of the house
Had already moved on

The dream remained.

Maria Lehtman, The Dreaming Doors

[For earlier shots of the building in photos #3 and #6, check out a 2016 post.  You’ll be able to note some of the changes in the building’s condition].

38 thoughts on ““She Glories in Being Abandoned”

  1. Natasha says:

    Both the structures have a story to tell.The cottage seems straight out of a fairy tale of pixies and gnomes.

    Is that cottage also abandoned or it it just the building?

    Lovely captures, Chandra.

    Thank you for sharing with us on #WW.


  2. Esha says:

    I had to check out your older post, Chandra and discovered that both the houses have extensively altered since the years! Very haunting and sad at the same time to see the pictures of decay and foliage growing all over them. Clearly, the spirit (of the houses) is no longer there.
    I feel very moved every time I see old structures in my city, as it makes me wonder about the people who lived in them once. Every home bears an untold story.

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  3. Janet from FL says:

    Such old buildings are so fascinating. They make me think about how they were used in the past, and why they were abandoned. It is an art to taking pictures of them, and you have done a professional job with these pictures. My favorite is the last B&W one.

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  4. Sheila Marie Delgado says:

    The greens are delightful. I can imagine a sweet little old lady, still living there. living on foods from the garden, and berries from her prolific bushes. 🙂 In b&w, it seems historic. As if it was the birthplace of a famous author or poet. LOL 🙂 Beautiful all!

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  5. dabeholder says:

    I love the photos. They remind me of my youth. My grandparents lived in a small town called New Roads in Louisiana. They had A you like this. Whenever I see houses like this it reminds me of them. I wonder if their home looks like this or if it’s still standing.

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Are you from New Orleans or thereabout? Whenever you’re in the area of your grandparents home, you should go and visit and take pics–even if the house is no longer standing. After Katrina destroyed my grandparents home, I made a point to go to the spot and take pics. I think I shared at least one of them on the blog. My grandparents are no longer living (one of my aunts was living there at the time), but the house figures in so many of my childhood memories.

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