Project: Abandoned

Abandoned Boat by the Lake During Sunset
Abandoned Boat by the Lake During Sunset

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated with abandoned stuff. I know I’m not the only one, as I’ve spent countless hours searching online for anything and everything related to the subject.

Just a word of caution: if you start to search, be warned – you will find yourself immersed in endless subjects and images like I was.

The best part is, there’s are countless topics in relation to the subject: anything and everything from cars, buildings, entire towns, and even boats, as seen below for demonstration.

After a few weeks of browsing and reading, I came to the decision that I would dedicate a section of this website to abandoned stuff. I could have created a new website just for that topic, but that’s another hassle that I don’t want now.

It won’t be a constant series or anything, so don’t expect too much at first, but there will be a dedicated category to the subject.

My goal is to just document anything I can find personally here in Ohio, including pics and any information about what I find, if possible. I enjoy a story that goes along with pics as it seems to add to the authenticity of it.

With that said, enjoy the collection of abandoned boats that I found and stay tuned for more on this subject of abandoned stuff.


Disclaimer: Images were found via Google Image search and are in public domain as far as I could tell. If you would like your image removed, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will comply.



7 New Planets Discovered

Planets
In case you missed the big news by NASA yesterday:

Astronomers have never seen anything like this before: Seven Earth-size alien worlds orbit the same tiny, dim star, and all of them may be capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study reports.

“Looking for life elsewhere, this system is probably our best bet as of today,” study co-author Brice-Olivier Demory, a professor at the Center for Space and Habitability at the University of Bern in Switzerland, said in a statement.

Major Discovery! 7 Earth-Size Alien Planets Circle Nearby Star

It would take anywhere from 300,000 years to 1.5 million years to travel there, so don’t expect us to visit any time soon. Still, a very exciting discovery about possible life elsewhere in the universe.


New life for old Taco Bell buildings

TacoBucks

For Taco Bell particularly, empty or re-purposed restaurants are easily recognized in the suburban landscape. Their distinctive architecture (another franchise requirement) of arched “bell” window frames and pitched roofs may spark a craving for Nachos Bell Grande, but they’re also a marker of businesses that couldn’t keep up.

Rian Dundon, Photos: The amusingly sad second lives of former Taco Bells

I came across this article earlier today and wanted to share. While they aren’t abandoned, I do like how they found new life as other business ventures. Humorous? Definitely. Still, it makes me wonder why Taco Bell didn’t just tear them down. Oh well.

I think there might be a few of these buildings not too far from where I live. I’ll have to go driving and see what I can find.

Here’s a photo group on Flickr if you’re interested in seeing more uses for old Taco Bell buildings.

Image credit: Taco Bucks by vanherdehaage (via Flickr)

 


Log Cabin

Old Log Cabin in Oak Harbor, OH
Old Log Cabin in Oak Harbor, OH

Oak Harbor, Ohio has a lot of history. Unfortunately, thanks to shitty decisions by past members of the town, much of the history has been torn down instead of preserved.

Thankfully, someone had the foresight to move an old log cabin from the fairgrounds to its current location, which, ironically, was the location of the old town hall/jail.

Instead of tearing it down, the cabin was moved and preserved for uses such as a cabin for Santa during the holiday season. There isn’t much to it as it’s a single-room cabin, but it’s still nice to see that someone still cares about history, even if there isn’t much back story to it.

Aside from a cabin for Santa, it’s also the site for homecoming/prom pictures, wedding pictures, and even the annual Easter egg hunt in town.

It’s a good reminder of a simpler life, even if it’s nothing more than a simple decoration.


Disasters of Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands

Disasters of Ohio's Lake Erie Islands Cover

Beautiful and deadly, the Lake Erie islands off the coast of Ohio have seen their fair share of disasters. The Victory Hotel on South Bass Island at Put-in-Bay was once the largest hotel in the nation. But the grand residence was reduced to ashes after a spark quickly became a raging, uncontrollable inferno. Reports of smallpox on Pelee Island resulted in mass hysteria and the quarantine of an entire island. At the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, one light keeper was frozen in for days with his deceased colleague until he could make a desperate escape. Wendy Koile chronicles the fiercest calamities to shatter the tranquility of these solitary shores.

Disasters of Ohio's Lake Erie Islands Photo Credit

I completely forgot that a few years ago, the author, Wendy Koile, contacted me out of the blue to get permission for one of my publicly available images to use in her book, Disasters of Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands.

Just a few weeks ago, I came across the email and decided to check out the book to see how the image was used regarding the many topics covered.

Sure enough, as you can see in the above image, my picture was used for a topic on Kelleys Island. Nothing extraordinary about the picture but it’s pretty cool to see something get published.

This is a pretty good book, even if the author misspelled my last name. 🙂