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Old Door Old Railroad Town

The warehouse has been empty so long that the floor joists have rotted…but the shell is still here, and the town seems to be gentrifying just up the block.  So maybe this will be repointed, and revived as…something other than a place for swifts and swallows to hide, in between their forays down to the waterfront to chase the mayflies and junebugs?

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No locks, no doors, no little boxes [that we know of], just keys to the past: KeysWithoutDoors-WaterColoredProbably also something for an office in a building long gone, equally unlockable and un-locatable.  No longer at that address, or at any other. Feh.

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Gaspump gearsI could just have easily asked “What’s behind this?” If we didn’t travel via asphalt and gas and steel, this construct wouldn’t have been necessary. But it’s nice seeing inside, and interesting to think about whoever had to maintain and certify this unit.  Some jobs are kept invisible, even though they’re more interesting than many of the obvious ones…

[Of course, this could just be the kind of observation one expects from somebody who is typically working behind the scenes and only occassionally out front talking to the audience…]

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StippleStoneworkRusting gears, limestone fretwork; one set of things is missing the rest of its machinery, and the other is missing the bulk of the architecture to which it used to belong.  Maybe the rest was part of a filling apparatus at a chocolate factory.  Maybe the rest of the building was brick, or greystone, or whatever rocks were handy 150 years ago.  Probably there had been some sacred purpose; maybe people walked beneath these curves to weddings, baptisms, funerals….and then one day they couldn’t.  It was over. [More stuff I can’t fix.]

But put these remnants together, in one image, we get something at least pleasing to the eyes.  Maybe it’s just my eyes?

There’s something appealing about the fact that the true colors here belong to the part of the image you can’t really see.

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…there’s a public access to the water, in between several owned properties.  And along the rocky shoreline, I was able to find some fossilized corals and a few younger [relatively] bits of the past.

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The orange-ness of the rust isn’t well-captured here.  The blue-greys of the aged metal don’t come through quite right, either.  But you get the idea, I hope…

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