We saw a few abandoned and semi-abandoned sites that we'd like to explore further, took country roads with dilapidated farms and defunct restauruants.
Our best find (or what made us get out of the car) was this historical building which at the turn of the century was home to "good Irish stock." Agent P. is enthralled with old structures and abandoned factories, learning about their histories, dreaming about the people who used to live or work there, and ultimately preserving them with her camera. It's frustrating that this subject is now en vogue, causing people to desecrate these beautiful remnants just to get a good shot.
She sat on the stoop and contemplated the hours of the people who had sat there before, and the hours in between. What did they wait for?
Blue sky, red brick, green grass, perfect sunlight: perfect day.
Another set of twins.
Lone door, pebbles, and snow.
Contrast & treasure!
Slick pavement, beautiful road shot through the winshield.
There were so many gorgeous puddles and illuminated praire grasses.
Loving the warm weather.
And there are ghost towns in Illinois. Who knew? Not as cool as the ones out west but worth exploring. There's a county in southern illinois with five such towns!
I saw the most beautiful sliver of a sideways moon last week on my way home and planets like jellyfish, billowy tentacles of light ascending toward the heavens. The sliver was daintily perched between the two lines of trees on either side of the street. When I went back out to take a picture it was gone, I ran to the highest spot but I couldn't find it. The next night, it was high in the sky and no longer a sliver, but I snapped a quick picture anyway down my driveway. I'll be ready if it comes around again this month: February 28th.