August 28th, 2006

Striped stockings & converse

Meriden, CT - Abandoned House

These are the first shots I've taken with my newly purchased Digital Rebel. While I am completely in love with the camera, I have gone from a novice with an amateur camera to a novice with a professional camera and the feeling is actually pretty terrifying. But I figure the only way to get better is practice, so here we go.

I'm home for the week in Connecticut before my college semester starts back up again in Boston, and the other day I was visiting a friend in Meriden and she agreed to drive around with me in search of things I could take pictures of. My abandoned sites radar picked up this place as soon as we drove by on the way to Chili's. My friend was kind enough to double back after lunch so I could have a looksee. Neither of us knew anything about the place beforehand, she just mentioned she'd heard that a nearby house had been condemned recently and this could possibly be it.

Creepy as hell, yes? I thought so too. A really lame semi-adventure follows, as well as some more pictures. :)

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Fergus Falls State Hopital part 1

I'm not sure if this qualifies as an "abandoned place." It is not 100% abandoned. Its an old asylum that they still use a small part of for alcohol and drug treatment, but most of the wards are not used and it will soon be totally abandoned (and if the state legislature has their way, torn down). =( I know some of you like stories to go with your pretty, so I'll leave in much of the commentary (x-posted last week in my journal).

I know some of you don't believe in Santa Claus. Or you think he only gives gifts at Christmas. Those are things I used to think, too. Until Friday, July 28.

It all started when I got 3 hours of sleep the night before. My 2-year-old son (Peanut) had a dr. appointment at 9 am and I didn't get to sleep till 4. We left Hudson (WI) on our way to Grand Forks (ND) at about 10:00, after a swing through Caribou for the biggest coffee ever. I was fooking tired! After Alexandria I was doing that thing where I kept nodding off for half a second, then waking with a start as I realize I'm headed for the ditch. I stopped at a gas station in Fergus Falls for a sandwich and another cup of coffee, which I immediately inhaled. Nothing. I just couldn't stay awake. So I remembered that last time I went to that wonderful mostly-abandoned Kirkbride they have here, I got soo excited. Why don't I swing by and take some pictures and that will wake me up. (See what has to say about the old Fergus Falls State Hospital.)

I took a couple of pictures and it wasn't helping.

I was too tired to get excited, even about a building so big you could fit like 5 San Havens in it.

I drove around the back.

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