This week Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is All about buildings: Old buildings, Barns, Sheds, Houses.
I like photographing old things; old buildings, old boats, old bridges. Seems like almost everyone with a camera likes to photograph old barns, especially if there are rusty old tools and implements in the scene. Add an old horse and you’re really in business.
I ran across some old buildings right here in Hercules, California where I live. Most of Hercules’ old buildings sit atop a hill near the shore of San Pablo Bay on a small tract of empty land. The fronts look out on a residential neighborhood. These buildings date from the days when the major employer in the area was the Hercules Powder Works which manufactured explosive powder.
My favorite of the old buildings is the Masonic Lodge, which sits across the street from a sleek, new restaurant with a chic glass enclosed patio that overlooks the old building and the bay beyond. It’s quite a contrast to the restaurant a few steps away.
The old building is giving way to creeping vines. Nature is in the process of reclamation.
What’s really cool about this building is that from the street it’s just a long squat building but if you look at it from the recreation trail in the rear, you see that the Masonic Lodge is actually multiple stories built into the side of the hill.
About a mile away tucked between a wetland and one of the neighborhoods is a mysterious building, from the looks of it an old home. It sits on blocks telling us that the building was moved from a previous location.
The windows on this building seemed to scream for some editing license.
The Hercules Powder Company helped provide gunpowder for the war effort during World War I. Business was booming and profits were exploding through the roof.
Meanwhile over in Wyoming a fellow named Moulton was building one of the most famous barns in the world in the shadow of the Grand Tetons (Below and featured image)
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