Summer Abandon

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 MightyHuffington 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. 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!

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The motor of a combine hummed in the distance. As the light faded, everything stopped while I snapped pictures.

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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.

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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.

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Creepy House Porch Trish Eklund PS

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“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

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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.

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“Be crumbled.
So wild flowers will come up where you are.
You have been stony for too many years.
Try something different.
Surrender.” -Rumi

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“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London

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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 MightyHuffington 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.

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