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Serendipity

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sometimes a photographer lucky is enough to be in the right place at the right time. This scene was captured without any additional set up or staging.

The chair happened to be there already when I arrived at this abandoned Toronto factory. As soon as the sunbeam appeared I scrambled to get my camera and tripod into position. I fired off a couple of test shots and then captured this one. The sunbeam disappeared within a few seconds.

Summer (February 2001 - June 6, 2015)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

This was Summer. She was my cat for 13 years. She died on Saturday due to a natural but rapid decline in her kidney functions.

Her early life was very difficult. It took a few years to make her healthy and to make her feel safe around humans. She was showered with love and affection by me and my ex-girlfriend (we shared Summer in recent times).

We predicted that she wouldn't live past 5 years due to her fragile health. She lost all of her teeth and experienced digestive problems for many years but infinite love kept her strong. Eventually, she became an adorable and affectionate little cat.

Our lives were so much better because she was in them.

Farewell little friend. Thank you for everything. ❤️

Japanese Translation

サマー(2001年2月〜2015年6月6日)

安らかに…。

サマーの在りし日の姿です。彼女は13年間私の飼い猫でした。
サマーは腎臓機能の自然低下により、土曜日に亡くなりました。

サマーの幼少期はとても厳しいものでした。
健康を回復し、人間の周りでも安心していられるようになるまで、数年かかりました。

サマーは私と私の元恋人から愛情と優しさをたっぷり与えられました。(近年では私と元恋人でサマーを交互に飼っていました。)

サマーは体が弱いので、当初私たちは彼女が5年を超えて生きられないだろうと考えていました。
サマーは全ての歯を失くし、消化器官の問題を長年抱えていましたが、限りない愛情が彼女を強くしました。やがてサマーは愛らしく優しい猫になりました。

私たちの人生はサマーがいてくれたおかげでより良いものになりました。

さようなら、可愛い友達。
今までありがとう。❤️

(Thank you to Keiko Kanda for the complete translation.)

Blue Ghost Tunnel

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Blue Ghost Tunnel is located in Thorold, Ontario, Canada. For such a simple structure, the tunnel has a very storied past. It has been known by four different names, operated for approximately 40 years, was the sight of a horrific train collision and sits a short distance from a flooded grave site.

The tunnel's construction began in 1875 by Great Western Railway and was finish a year later. When the tunnel was completed, it was 665 feet in length. In 1882, Great Western Railway was purchased and merged with Grand Truck Railway.

The tunnel was active throughout the 1880s, until a double tracked swing bridge was built a short distance north of its location. From that point forward, the tunnel was used with less frequency. In 1903, the tunnel was the sight of a head on train collison which killed two workers. By 1915, the tunnel had become abandoned and became known as Merritton Tunnel.

By the 1920s, the Fourth Welland Canal was to be constructed. South of the tunnel lay an old abandoned cemetery, which would eventually end up flooded by the pondage area of the new canal. Of the 913 graves, only 250 were removed before the flooding occurred. To this day, there are still watery remnants of the graveyard's tombstones south of the Blue Ghost Tunnel.

Abandoned Christmas

Monday, December 8, 2014

Associating abandoned places with Christmas might seem like a dark topic to explore. Fortunately, my experience with the combination has been rare; the two locations were spread across disparate states in America.

This little shack on the side of the highway was the real estate office for Santa Claus, Arizona. The abandoned town, which is located approximately 100 miles south of Las Vegas, was founded in 1937 as a tourist destination to celebrate Christmas. It thrived until its decline in the 1970s. In 1983, the entire town was listed for sale for the price of $95,000. The last business closed in 1995.

I've written about the abandoned Holley High School in a previous article. This former classroom's floor was strewn with Christmas decorations and children's toys.

Nara Dreamland's Train Crossing

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Nara Dreamland is an abandoned theme park in Nara, Japan (east of Osaka). It was built in 1961 and was essentially a copy of Disneyland in California. The opening of Universal Studios was a crushing blow to Nara Dreamland's dwindling attendance and, on August 31, 2006, the park closed permanently.

Exploring the theme park, during an extremely foggy and damp April morning was hauntingly surreal.

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