Thursday, June 26, 3000

Hey there! This is First Post for Waffles and Boots. Astute observers will notice the date is the year 3000- this is so this post is always at the top!
This blog isn't about boots, nor is it about waffles.
This blog is a story. About things left behind.
Not even about things I've left behind. I don't blog to talk about my personal life (although that may come up from time to time). This will be a blog of few words, and many pictures.
I blog to show you, the reader, my adventures- exploring the character in derelict structures that humanity has forgotten, the broad grandeur of the natural world, and- I hope - inspiring others to learn more about things abandoned by the blind march of the modern world. All this is free to you (I get to do the hard work, what with carrying cameras up mountains and whatnot!) But please, if you like what you see here I appreciate anything I can get to support my adventures. Even a few dollars helps! These expeditions get expensive! >>clicky clicky!>>

My name is Hunter, I'm a native of Colorado, USA. I love to explore- the natural world, and more so, the forgotten remnants of the man-made world that are slowly being embraced by nature. From dust to dust, or something like that. My goal is to visit as many forgotten places as possible, from the ghost towns that dot the western United States, to war ruins in the Pacific, to the Lost Cities of the Soviet Union. I start now. My plan does not include visiting "old" buildings that are still in use, nor well-known places such as Mesa Verde or the Pyramids of Egypt or any number of Tourist attractions.
This is about things left behind.
This is about uncovering the places that the World forgot.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Keota Colorado, Part 2

Keota, Colorado- Part 1

After quite a hiatus, more adventures! This is Keota, Colorado.
Never a large town, Keota was founded in 1880 and served as a stop on the Burlington-Missouri railway. While the population never grew over a couple hundred, the town was an important hub for the cattle trade in the area in the early 1900's. The post office only served through the 1890's and the school was closed in the 1930's but the town retained it's incorporated status through 1990, long after the railway was torn up in 1975. The last long-time residents left in 1999, although as of my visit the town was home to a couple of friendly locals, a shy cat or two, several friendly dogs and one rowdy one. The historic buildings are still empty and are owned by the folks who left in 1999 so I don't forsee them going anywhere in the near future! The landmark of the town is, of course, the water tower- emblazoned with a plaque marking it's casting at the Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, circa 1919.

Technical details- Canon TX with 28-50mm lens, Colour plates are ASA-100 Fujichrome cross-processed in C-41 chemistry. Black and White plates are ASA-400 Ilford HP5+ processed in D-76. Tripodded and cable released- doin it right this time :)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Martischang Plaza

Just a small set this time. While driving through south Denver last week I came across an abandoned strip mall. The area isn't particularly depressed so it was odd to see so many abandoned buildings. A few miles up the street is a new shopping centre, likely all the customers are up there now. Someone isn't willing to sell their property I suppose!