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Rural Decay

If you drive along Interstate 80 through Nebraska, you'll see a lot of wheat fields, a lot of corn fields, and very little else.

If you keep at it, and drive until you feel the endless flat landscape pressing against your sanity like Nyarlathotep descending on a tasty morsel of virgin consciousness, you'll reach exit 382.

There's nothing there, really. A golf cart store, a gas station, a sign advertising an inn that's been closed for years...that's about it. There is also, just to the north of the interstate and a little more than a quarter of a mile from the exit, the ruins of a tiny wooden church, collapsing into decay.

The church itself is here:

When we drove past the church, I had no choice but to stop and photograph it. The ruins are beautiful beyond all comprehension. It's a pretty hard slog from the exit, through thick brush, and a barbed-wire fence along the interstate prevented me from getting behind it. Plus, I got ticks while getting these pictures. Ticks! *shudders*

Some of these pictures would make awesome posters.



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Jul. 5th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
followed from another site (FL).

wonderful pictures! i would like to see one or two of these in black and white. they're just too cheerful in color.
Jul. 5th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
They do look a lot more stark in B&W:

Jul. 5th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)

that's what i'm talking about! it emphasizes their decrepitude!
Jul. 5th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
You really found something neat.
Jul. 5th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Yeah! Worth getting ticks to get these images. :)
Jul. 5th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Did you? Get ticks, that is?
Jul. 5th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
I did! Two of 'em. Freaked me out, too...ugly little blood-sucking arachnids.
Jul. 5th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Just in case you don't know already, be sure to check for bulls-eye patterns at the bite sites.
Jul. 5th, 2009 08:20 am (UTC)
Checked! Also, weren't deer ticks. *hums Brad Paisley's song*
Jul. 5th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Jul. 5th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
I like pictures of old barns that are falling down. There's something postmodern about them.
Jul. 5th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)

Great photos, tacit! You can't do poster-size? My little old powershot can print up to 8x10. I figured yours could do better than that.
Jul. 5th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
Oh good lord. This brought back memories of trips to South Dakota and Nebraska from my childhood. The sheer poverty and barenness. I've not had anything triggers those memories with such vividness in a long time.
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Jul. 6th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Jul. 5th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Awesome pics! I really like the B&W ones. Nicely composed.

Also, ticks suck... pun definitely intended. ;-)
Jul. 5th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
I see the decay in the black and white ones. I love the color ones though - I see life in them.
Jul. 6th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Beautiful. But, none of inside?
Jul. 6th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Nope, couldn't get inside. There was a fence all along the roadway. :(
Jul. 6th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
What a sad commentary on the current condition of religion in our society.

Jul. 7th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
You'd rather religion be what...even more popular?
Jan. 1st, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yes. Well, more popular than Progressive Liberalism.
Jul. 9th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
I'd say it's a sadder comment on the depopulation of rural areas in the Midwest.
Jul. 8th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
VERY cool.
Jul. 9th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Jul. 10th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Howdy, and welcome aboard!
Jul. 16th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Oh I love finding old things like this to photograph. There is a lovely old cabin in a field near Yosemite that I too some photos of a while back. I think one actually had a bear in the field near by as well. I'll have to find them.
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