“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.”
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge C.1798
When I was a kid, like most kids, I loved exploring. I still do, but as anadult I tend to be way more cautious about what and where I explore. I think as we get older we think about family, home, avoiding prison,
It’s hard to believe that it has been 6 months since that email arrived in my box. June 11th, 2014 @ 9:12pm EST to be exact. I had been a long time lurking fan of Trey Ratcliff and not just for his art. To be honest I don’t even think for the longest time I understood it. My how time has changed that. Changed a lot of things really.
In 2011 I was struggling a bit with my career and money. I wanted to take a trip but didn’t have as much cash flow as other years.So I planned a trip to Acadia National Park which you can read about here. Like any trip I plan, I usually make an itinerary of other places to visit along the way. One such place was the Higgins Armory which
Upstate New York, especially the Catskills has always been a desired area for vacationers. In the 60’s and 70’s it was the driving force behind the economy in many small, otherwise tourist-less towns. Many resorts and hotels popped up to serve the masses of business men and woman and their families who were looking for a bit of the “Country” for their summer vacations. Resorts like The Concord, The Pines, and Swan Lake were huge. Some like the
Somewhere on Route 15 south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and just beyond Fredrick, Maryland you find a tiny town that time has forgotten. And though time may have forgotten it, it’s residents certainly haven’t.
Situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers and where Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia all come together is
It’s not often that you drive out into the middle of the southern Nevada desert in 100 degree heat, dodging a tarantula migration only to meet the nicest people you have ever met and a literally finding a photography mecca. In 2012 that is exactly what I did. So, in September of 2013, when my “Beautiful Landscapes and Abandonscapes of the Southwest” kickstarter project was successfully funded, I decided that part of that project was to return to my favorite
I visit a lot of locations that you cannot just jump in the family truckster and check out. But, there are some that you can, and should! While not abandoned in the traditional sense, all of these locations were once abandoned and have now been converted into tourist attractions
I have lived in the Southern Tier of New York state for over 5 decades. There pretty much isn’t anything here that I haven’t seen or photographed. Or, so I thought.
As most of you know, I am forever networking on Google+, Facebook, and other social networking sites. It was during a post engagement on facebook that I was asked by a friend if I had ever photographed the 1930’s rusted cars and an abandoned farmhouse up along the east side
The New York State Inebriate Asylum, which later became the Binghamton State Hospital, was the first institution designed and constructed to treat alcoholism as a mental disorder. Located in Binghamton, NY, its imposing Gothic Revival exterior was designed by New York architect Isaac G. Perry and though the first cornerstone was laid in 1858, construction was not completed until
As a young man from a low-income family I learned from an early age that if you break it, and can’t fix it, you go without. I guess this is where I get my smarts from. I was never afraid to take things apart and see how they work, repair, change them, etc. My girlfriend even purchased me a shirt that says, “I void warranties”. I don’t know about that. I will admit, I have never run across much that I cannot fix if it ain’t broken. Anyway, what am I getting at here? Well all of this leads me to my love of machines and my trip to Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Steamtown is a Technology Museum and a History Museum combined into
First thing I want to say is that Zion was one of my favorite spots on this last trip out west. There is a reason this place is often thought of as nature’s cathedral. You truly feel as though you have died and gone to heaven while there. Every vista is majestic and spiritually uplifting. Anyone who knows me knows that I am of agnostic belief. I believe there is a god, but I do not believe that a book, or any one religion can explain it. That is all I want to say about that. I will say