While traveling around Northern Alabama, I encounter many abandoned buildings–homes, businesses, barns. Some of the buildings obviously lack love and care, and passersby watch them slowly fall to pieces. It seems time stands still for some other buildings since there are no visible signs of neglect (other than overgrown grass and bushes).
I often wonder why these buildings are empty and alone and what stories they have to tell. This intrigue led me to create an “Abandoned” swap in the “A Thousand Words” group on swap-bot. It was for this swap that Midteacher sent the package I received yesterday.
She sent several photos of two abandoned buildings.
This is a building Midteacher passed on her way home [from work]. She loved how it was falling apart. In her note she wrote that “the roof caved in from last winter’s heavy snow and then, sadly, it was torn down this summer.”
Here’s another slightly different view:
Here’s an old barn found on her friend’s property:
And here’s a view of the silo:
I sent SilverD, my “send to” partner, a notecard featuring an older photo and a building we pass three times a week, but finally stopped to photograph a month or two ago.
SilverD thinks the building was an old store or saloon. It also looks like a home with many additions. I’m not sure.
Here’s the altered photo in black and white:
Its neighbor is also abandoned.
Though perhaps not as abandoned.
I have a whole collection of “abandoned buildings” buried on my computer. Perhaps, when life slows down a little, I’ll take the time to pull a few and share them. Maybe, by then, I will know some of the stories. 😉
Until next time…