Log in


Michael Walsh poem on Oak and a thesis on air quality

Oct. 5th, 2015 | 09:29 am
location: 15th Century Cathedral
mood: old
music: It ain't necessarily so Herbie Mann
posted by: pigshitpoet in abandonedplaces

On a Back Road, an Abandoned Barn

No one knows how many years
it took for the oak to rise

like a mast through the hole.
Its roots sunk to the bedrock.

Here on this shallow plain
its shade drifts and ripples

full as a sail. Each time
the breeze pushes this wreck

deeper into weeds, a rafter
snaps like rigging.

Oak tree 15th century

"A different view of the 15th Century Church with the giant Oak tree growing through the middle of it, this perspective gives a better view of the abandoned church itself. 7 Exposures combined in Photomatix and given a dreamy feel on purpose as i wanted to re-create the mist and daylight that entered through the windows when I was there." – Art Hakker photographer

A long history of treesCollapse )

“The most curious result obtained appears to me to be that relating to the effect of a highly ozonized atmosphere upon the roots of plants.” – M. Carey Lea, 1864. The long history of trees: link


Link | Leave a comment {3} | Share

Tank cemetery

Oct. 1st, 2015 | 04:25 pm
posted by: 9_cast_9 in abandonedplaces

Read more...Collapse )

Link | Leave a comment {3} | Share


Subreddit about abandoned places

Oct. 4th, 2015 | 07:24 pm
posted by: nightsurfing in abandonedplaces

Hey, I thought everyone here might be interested in this subreddit:


LJ is pretty dead nowadays and it's a pretty active subreddit. There's also this one:


Link | Leave a comment {16} | Share


I must be getting old...

Oct. 4th, 2015 | 05:37 pm
location: Home
mood: weirdweird
music: The Gits
posted by: storm777 in abandonedplaces

I was roaming around south of Seatac Airport (Washington) yesterday and saw something worth photographing along S. 200 St. It was part of the old Tyee Golf Course which closed last year. There were very prominent signs posted along the fence which gave me pause.

There was a time where I would have wandered into the woods, found a way through the fence, taken the photos (interior included) and if the cops came, talked my way out of arrest. Yesterday, though, I decided that this little building wasn't worth the risk, especially since there are a lot of towers and other equipment that are essential for the airport. So *groan* I must be getting old...:-D

Of course, if it was an abandoned industrial complex, all bets would have been off...

On a side note, the golf course closed because the Port of Seattle chose not to renew the lease. The Port said that places like golf courses--with their large grassy expanses--attract birds like geese which often run into planes in flight. The Port is restoring the golf course to its pre-developed state, planting native trees and shrubs in order to create songbird habitat. :)

Here is the warning sign; more photos under the cut.
 photo mini-DSCF0164.jpg

Caddyshack?Collapse )

Link | Leave a comment {9} | Share


California Valley

Oct. 3rd, 2015 | 04:26 am
posted by: spikesgirl58 in abandonedplaces

We discovered California Valley during our hot air ballooning days(Whammobass). It was a great place for it as there were dirt roads all over the place, but very few structures.

The history of CV is varied, but we came to know it as the site of the first major land fraud in the state. In the early 60's (and during the height of the Cold War), it was touted as being a safe place from the fall out from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Some guy, whose name escapes me now, bought up the valley for pennies and then came in with a dream. He conned the local services into running electricity into the area, convinced the state to put in roads, added a motel and a landing strip, then put the lots up on the market.

People were eager and over half the lots sold before anyone realized the major problem - there is no potable water in the valley. The banks finally stepped in and announced that the only way to get rid of this property was through inheritance or abandonment. Most people just walked away from their property. The realtor skipped town and was last thought to be in Mexico.

The population of CV is seven, mostly hermits. We stayed in the CV lodge - talk about shades of Bates! I found these while sort photos. We must go back one day and get proper photos.

The thing that is notable in the last two shots is that I was standing in the road and snapped going in, then turned and snapped going out. As far as I know, the Lodge is still dragging itself along as the area is very popular in the summer with bird enthusiasts and I think Whammobass still gets together every October. At least no one can complain about the traffic.

These last two come from the Wikipedia entry found here.

Link | Leave a comment {38} | Share


Neon lights, Nobel Prize

Oct. 2nd, 2015 | 09:21 pm
location: Home
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
music: Living Color
posted by: storm777 in abandonedplaces

Seattle's Cannery Building started life as a 4-story building in the Pioneer Square district. This abruptly changed after the 1949 earthquake. After removing the damaged floors, however, the building contiued its life as a single-story structure.

It became the headquarters of Local 37, a labor union which fought for the rights of Filipino-American cannery workers in Alaska. Filipino-American labor activists Gene Viernes and Silme Domingo fought against corruption and advocated for better working conditions. They were also known opponents of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Needless to say, their work was dangerous and the two men made many enemies.

On June 1, 1981, Viernes and Domingo were gunned down in the doorway of the building. Domingo lived long enough to tell detectives who the triggermen were. Arrests were made but the story that followed traveled far beyond the murder convictions of two cannery workers and beyond the conviction of a third man, a member of a Filipino street gang, for ordering the hits. It even went beyond a union official's guilty verdict for his role in the conspiracy.

The story traveled back to the Philippines and the Marcos regime which was found liable for the murders in a U.S. federal court.

Now the building is vacant and has been as such for some time, its roof collapsed and its interior a home for pigeons. It will soon have new life, though. A 9-story building will be erected and the streetside walls and facade will be kept.

And as a matter of otherwise useless trivia, this building is kitty-corner from my workplace :)
 photo mini-cannery 1.jpg

When a leader speaks, that leader dies...Collapse )

Link | Leave a comment {12} | Share


Somewhere near the Kyiv, Ukraine

Sep. 29th, 2015 | 08:52 pm
posted by: free_d0m in abandonedplaces

more picsCollapse )

Link | Leave a comment {5} | Share


Abandoned Mother of God Care church (Stare Oleszyce, Poland)

Sep. 29th, 2015 | 07:16 pm
posted by: off_the_route in abandonedplaces

Abandoned Greek Catholic church in Poland.

More pictures and description on my page on Facebook:


Link | Leave a comment {7} | Share


Around the woods of Alabama

Sep. 28th, 2015 | 03:20 pm
mood: anxiousanxious
music: electricity
posted by: rhythm_8r34k in abandonedplaces

This image was taken in the backwoods of North Alabama. I was taking engagement photos for a couple of my friends, & we chose a broken down old house that two of us had already spent time in when we were younger. It had been years since we had been there, but we knew exactly where it was regardless of the fact it can no longer be seen from the road. Walking into one of the front rooms I saw the ripped up chair w/ fitting graffiti, at that moment the clouds moved & the sun shone through the window___ just as this shot was being taken. It was published by Stray Branch, a literary art magazine, along w/ a few other shots (none of my writing was published in that issue). Hope you enjoy!

(I got some comments about the image not showing originally on this post, so I changed some of my settings, then came back to this post & tried it a bit of a different way. Hope it works.)

Link | Leave a comment {12} | Share


Wah Mee

Sep. 27th, 2015 | 07:26 pm
location: Home
mood: relaxedrelaxed
music: Radio in the background
posted by: storm777 in abandonedplaces

When I first moved to Seattle, I lived in Chinatown (International District) and soon learned the history of what the locals called the Wah Mee Building. It began as a hotel with a nightclub in the basement, accessed off Maynard Alley. This Wah Mee Club was also a private, secure gambling establishment where patrons played for the highest of stakes.

Over the decades, the building became more seedy and the upper floors became vacant. The Wah Mee Club was prosperous, though, until February 18, 1983. Three men entered the club, tied up all 14 patrons, gunned them down and robbed them. One victim managed to get outside and summon help. It was the worst mass murder in Seattle's history.

After the police were done, the owners padlocked the door with a heavy chain and nobody entered the Wah Mee again. Everything was left as it was; the blood wasn't even cleaned up. A friend told me that it was believed that the spirits of the dead occupied the former club. I cannot speak on that but I have yet to see any interior urbex shots taken post-1983. Out of respect for the neighborhood, I left it alone as well :)

On Christmas Eve 2013 I was headed from work to catch my train at the Chinatown Station when half of Seattle's Fire Dept. roared by. The Wah Mee was on fire! The fire raged throughout the night and crews remained on scene for days afterward. No cause could be determined and due to the damage, much of the building was demolished. The front was saved, though, and the owners plan to rebuild.

And maybe the dead can rest at last...

Come walk down Maynard Alley with me.Collapse )

 photo mini-mini-Seattle 497.jpg

Link | Leave a comment {23} | Share