Roadside Oddity Gold
It’s Thanksgiving 2018, and how do I celebrate it? I hopped in the car with my camera and started hunting! Turkeys? No, forgotten places and roadside oddities! Let’s start this off with true roadside oddity gold, a passenger plane’s cockpit! Yes, you read that right. Wendsday morning I set out to do a little driving and ended up going down a backroad I usually try to avoid due to the dump trucks that go up and down the road constantly. I was cruising at a sedate 25 mph and glanced to the right and saw a passenger plane’s cockpit. I almost broke my neck doing a double take. I sat there in the middle of the road starring at a dairy barn with a plane’s cockpit sitting beside it. Turning into the gravel entrance I walked over to a house that sat on the barn’s otherside and knocked on the door to ask if I could shoot the plane. The woman of the house remarked “Go ahead, that thing is just a sittin there”. Camera in hand I did just that!
The Thomas Steagal Bridge
I’d driven by this bridge before but it had been during the Summer and honestly I try not to do a lot of shooting during the Summer. Summer is more suited to scouting due to the Indiana Jones level of flora and fuana. But here it was Thanksgiving Day and Winter was setting in so that most of the greenery had retreated showing off more of the bridge than I ‘d seen on my last trip. Bridges like this are in my opinion special, they’re of a true by-gone era and they are becoming rare. Many due to their age become a danger to boaters and are often blown up by the state. Luckily this one is above a small tributary and I doubt it would be a danger to any but the fish beneath it’s rusting girders.
The house revealed
Speaking of Indiana Jones levels of greenery, this house was all but invisible when I originally glimpsed it in late June. I’d been doing a very temporary stint delivering for the US Post Office on Sundays. When, on my rounds, I’d gotten somewhat lost due to the heat, and found myself sitting at a red light zonning out. My eyes wandered up and, to the left and, locked on the upper windows of an abandoned house. I wrote down my location and came back later that day to find a yard choked with vines, brambles, tall grass and more and deciced that I’d come back in the fall.
It took a bit, but I found the house again it’s kinda wierd, I drove by the house twice before I realized that I’d done so. Another u-turn and I was again pulling into the driveway which was now all grass, but no longer impassible. The house seemed to be crouching off to one side and tring to hide behind a tree. Well. hiding was useless. Camera in hand I trekked up to the house and began to document it’s state of decay.
I hope you enjoyed my Thanksgiving celebration because I certainly did!
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