April 6th, 2010

Fort Ord, The Easter Edition

Or, "Why do I always end up here on holidays?"  Seriously. :D  We specifically picked a holiday this time around, figuring that there would be less security than usual.  I had found some photos online of an indoor pool at Fort Ord, something I'd never seen while on my excursions there.  I used Google Earth to help with my recon, and based on some key elements was able to locate what looked like the right building.  It's near a currently used and popular facility (which we had ironically passed by and stopped in front of SEVERAL times before) so bikenutt , alimjaved  and I decided that we'd have to go on the holiday in order to (hopefully) get in undetected.

The recon work and the holiday lull in activity surrounding the area paid off...

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While we were excited to find the pool, it wasn't the only new discovery we would make on this trip.  After revisiting the large motor pool-turned-warehouse building, we stumbled upon a whole new area of the base we'd never come across before.  The place is just that massive.  It was like running around in some post-apocalyptic movie set or something, and was really kind of creepy when I looked around to realize that the guys had each gone their separate ways, leaving me standing in the middle of this abandoned block all alone.  It was just me and my camera, and off we went!

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Thanks for looking!

philippines, legaspi

some pics of abandoned places in legaspi, luson (philippines) near mayon volcano:

train station. no more trains for several years already. now only some passers by make their apperance here making a shortcut to their homes

a formely rather nice and big hotel now looks at the volcano and the city with its paneless window holes. strange contrast with a bee-busy center!

a bell tower at the foot of the volcano is the only sign of the abandoned city - or rather - ruined city. mayon eruption of 1814 killed the majority of the population here.

Me - Shooting Profile

"The Art of Decay" Presentation at Frolicon

Wow! No other way to describe it. This past Friday, I took the day off and drove to Atlanta for the 21+ convention known as "FroliCon". Armed with the invitation to discuss the in's and out's of abandoned site photography, I wrote what turned into a 2 1/2 page outline of the why's, how's, where's and so forth relating to site research, exploration, legalities, safety and more. When I got to the event, I had the pleasure of meeting up with photognome (my co-host) and with many other great folks from the abandoned places community.

We had about 20 people attend the presentation and it lasted the full hour and thirty minutes. Lots of good Q&A, lots of good images shown and more importantly, it was fun. Color me surprised and honored, but thank you to all the folks who came up to me after the panel and offered thanks and compliments. For all my personality, I do tend to be a modest person about my skills or activities like this kind of stuff.

I'm already planning for a meet and shoot with da'Gnome and possibly with others. I need to get into the field and shoot more around the region.

The Paulinskill Viaduct

This entry marks a kind of "return to form" for me...
By that I mean that my entries will be all new material from here on out.
No more stuff being pulled from my back-log of locations, and all future videos will be in HD...

That being said, on to the post.

The Paulinskill Viaduct was a railway bridge constructed to allow trains easy crossing
over the Paulinskill river and the valley that surrounded it.
Construction of the massive bridge began in 1908 and was completed in 1910.
The huge structure measures 1100 feet long and 125 high.
At the time it was constructed, it was the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world.
It was only surpassed in size by Tunkhannock Viaduct in 1915,
another viaduct further down the Lackawanna Cut-Off, the same railway line that it serviced.
The Tunkhannock Viaduct held the record until 1955...

The Lackawanna Cut-Off was a 28.5 mile railway line
that ran from Port Morris, New Jersey to Slateford, Pennsylvania.
Between 1908 and 1910 the construction of the Lakawanna Cut-Off
was one of the largest construction projects in the world.

The Railway opened on Christmas eve, 1911, and ran until January 6, 1970.
In 1984, after 14 years of non-use, the tracks were finally removed from the Paulinskill Viaduct.

Present day the viaduct still sits, intact, crossing the valley and river that runs through it.
It's size and shape almost arrogantly stating that it has no intentions of going anywhere.

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