I stumbled upon this farm-house on my way home from Lincoln late one Saturday evening. Hidden in a grove of trees, next to a vast corn field, the peeling house with its little gate spoke to me. The second I stepped out of my truck I was immediately swarmed by mosquitos, and of course, I forgot my damn bug spray!
The motor of a combine hummed in the distance. As the light faded, everything stopped while I snapped pictures.
The leaves hung silent and still, and the thick summer air sweltered. Sweat beaded along my hairline, attracting swarms of gnats and mosquitos, but none of it mattered.
Each time I happen upon one of these worn out farms, I feel privileged – like I was meant to find them. Beauty lives in everything. Light lives in the darkest places. It takes a unique perspective to bring the beauty and light to the surface.
“Throughout the world, there is a faint glow of color on the topmost twigs, the glow of the swelling buds that announce, despite the frosts and storms to come, the approach of spring: signs of life, signs of integration, signs of a deeper faith for living and of an approaching general renewal of humanity.” -Lewis Mumford
After I left this house, covered in tiny itchy welts from mosquito bites and greasy with dried sweat, I stopped at one last place. The sun slid over the tree line, its final glint of light cascading across the tassels of grasses and entangled tree branches. I found a weathered barn nestled next to a stone foundation on top of a hill. I captured some beautiful shots of the sunset.
So wild flowers will come up where you are.
You have been stony for too many years.
Try something different.
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London
Trish Eklund is the owner and creator of Abandoned, Forgotten & Decayed. She is also the owner and founder of Family Fusion Community, an online community and resource for divorced and remarried parents, step-parents, same-sex parents, adopting parents, and all other non-traditional parents. Trish has been featured on www.playground-magazine.com, www.bigblendedfamily.com, and is a regular feature writer on Her View From Home. Trish Eklund has an essay, Happy Endings, in the anthology, Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out by Erin Mantz. The first book telling the story of blended family life from the perspective of the stepkids. Trish revisits the rocky relationship with her own stepmom, one of the main reasons she is so determined to co-parent with her children’s stepmom, and her own idea of a happy ending. The book is available on Amazon for Kindle now! To preorder the print copy: Barnes & Noble. Follow her on Twitter: @trishiewriter, Google +, Pinterest, Instagram, and, LinkedIn.