This abandoned house is actually in Omaha, Nebraska, right next to strip malls. A field in full bloom of wildflowers helps disguise the decaying place, but it sits off of one of the busy streets. This is a private property, currently up for sale with the land, so I advise against visits.
It happens to be across the street from someone I know, so it was very convenient for me to visit. There is a locked gate leading up to the house, however someone had already cut the lock. I was nervous if someone drove up while I took pictures they would mistake me for the vandal, so I took my photos pretty quickly.
The barrels outside of this house were a bit unsettling for me. They reminded me of a Dexter season (the one with all of the girls in barrels), yet another reason I hurried.
The best part of taking pictures at these abandoned places is the element of surprise. I never know what I might find when I get there. Sunshine colored wildflowers almost as tall as me waved in the warm summer breeze, surrounding an old Ford pickup – the perfect photo op.
I even took a little selfie.
“Enter this deserted house
But please walk softly as you do.
Frogs dwell here and crickets too.
Ain’t no ceiling, only blue
Jays dwell here and sunbeams too.
Floors are flowers – take a few.
Ferns grow here and daisies too.
Whoosh, swoosh – too-whit, too-woo,
Bats dwell here and hoot owls too.
Gnomes dwell here and goblins too.
And my child, I thought you knew
I dwell here…and so do you.” -Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends
Trish Eklund is the owner and creator of Abandoned, Forgotten, & Decayed, and Family Fusion Community, an online resource for blended families of all types. Trish’s photography has been featured on Only in Nebraska, ListVerse, Nature Takes Over and Pocket Abandoned. Check out the new Bonanza Store for AFD merchandise! Follow on Instagram and Facebook. Trish is regularly featured on The Mighty, Huffington Post Divorce, and Her View From Home. She has also been featured on Making Midlife Matter, and The Five Moms, and has an essay in the anthology, Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out by Erin Mantz.