I've been gazing at some photos from time spent wandering dirt roads & exploring forgotten places on the North Dakota prairie a couple of summers ago.
I find so much color inspiration in this photo I took peeking in an old farm shed - still standing, but at a dramatic lean & sway- filled with treasures.
This building was on the farm we stayed, we know the owners of these treasures. They assured me some day they'll clean it out. I'm hoping the strong winds & heavy snow haven't beat them to the chance.
Unlike this old prairie gem, we found the following house crumbling without doors & windows, lost in an overgrown grove of shrubs & trees. We were hesitant to step inside these structures, unsure of the stability of their floors, with water-filled basements below. Again, I'm inspired by the color, Jadite green & peeling white paint over gray wood. I long to go back to rescue that door.
We found an abandoned church in an open rolling field. The door was unlocked, so we went inside. This was the small back porch.. what I wouldn't do to salvage some of that bead board or the beautiful embossed tin tiles that lined the sanctuary. Even just these hooks. Looking back, I'm surprised I left the hanger. The raccoons had helped themselves to making a mess of the whole building.
Do you peek inside old left behind places?
They are some of my favorite places of all, they thrill me more than thrift stores, and I love them much more than antique shops.
I left everything in these places as they were, but did manage to rescue a small treasure or two from the fates of falling down buildings elsewhere on this trip. ☺
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