I often find old things interesting. I’m a bit of a sentimentalist in that regard as I cherish that which most others would discard as worthless. I deeply enjoy history and have a fascination with any objects that clearly posses history.
This old rusty can is just one such thing. Just imagine what was inside of it and who owned it. What were they doing with it and why is it here in this gorgeous green grass? How long ago was this left here. So many questions that simply will not be answered. But if I could have an answer…. I would probably be bored with it. The fact is that this can was found beside a highway. It was probably just tossed out the window by someone having a drink and there it has been for a very long time.
Either way, I enjoy looking at old things most of the time. They have a story to tell. This old rusty can is just asking me to tell its story.
What else can be said about the inside of an abandoned old shed? It is what it is. This one was particularly interesting to me because it had odd and random things inside. A roll of chain-link fence. An old chalk line. An ancient stack of tree limb trimmings, sized for firewood. The gaps in the walls and roof and the missing window glass certainly added to the appeal. What do you think, old and interesting or dead and boring?
Every now and then I find an old place that just intrigues me. This was not one of those places, necessarily. The property wasn’t all that interesting and I just wanted to finish my work and move on. At the corner of the lot I noticed this old building, and was suddenly alert. I did find at least one way to enjoy the place. Maybe this is where clouds are born.
What is it about seeing an old country store that makes people want to stop and take pictures? Well, anything old for that matter. Every time I see something like this as I’m out and about I’m am just completely drawn toward it like a moth to a light. Perhaps it’s just me that likes this sort of thing so much. I suspect part of it is my love of history and digging around in the past. The future is unknown and as yet unexplored, but the past is known and can be very much explored through the remnant of what once was.
This store in the central Idaho’s Camas County has probably been photographed thousands of times. It is right beside a well traveled highway, en route to a very popular birding wetland. But whatever, the Grand Canyon has probably been photographed BILLIONS of times, but I don’t see that stopping any new shooters giving it a go. Here’s my take on the old country store.