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Random wander + discovery.

"Whatever good things we build, end up building us." ~ Jim Rohn

It was a day ready for anything. A day with no plans, no agenda, and certainly no to-do list resting on the kitchen counter.

A day that was all mine, or was it I who belonged all to the day itself? Either way, it was a day that simply already knew where it would lead me, all the while, leaving me completely blind to see what was ahead for me.

I did not own this day. My son [R] and I set out in a North-Westerly direction in the Jeep, snacks and camera in the passenger seat, we were both unaware where the roads we traveled down would take us.

As we traveled along for about 2 hours, we stopped off the main highway in just about every little town along the way, taking many of the streets that seemed to have my name written all over them, full of abandoned buildings, rusted cars and trucks, and historical structures that screamed 'Take my photograph, pick me, wake me up!'

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The beauty in these rusted old vehicles and patina filled, peeling-paint buildings sing to me. Some may think I'm completely crazy for photographing such things. Some may not FEEL what I feel when I come across the ruins that I do. When an object makes you feel so deeply that if you bypass it without stopping- it tugs on your heart strings, then you truly know that you are meant to photograph such things - and that you aren't so crazy after all.

As we continued along on our adventure, we took a short gravel road, that soon turned into snowy drifts in a field. As I stopped to look for a spot to turn around, peeking down through the woods, was something that was yelling louder at my heart than anything I have found before...

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...do you hear it? Do you feel it?! We parked the Jeep , bundled up in our hats, mittens and snow boots, and hiked down the snowy filled road. 4 deer ran across in front of us, the wind was blowing hard, and the silence in the air was almost eerie. My son grabbed onto my hand, as he looked up at me with excitement.. We marched on, several feet away still- we stopped. He started to say something, and I said "Shhh buddy, just look and listen." At this point his eyes had become huge as our view of the church had become more clear.

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DSC_6722wmWe spent well over an hour at this location. Walking around it, sitting on downed trees, just staring at it- taking in all of its beauty.

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I am looking forward to visiting this property again once the grass greens up, and again later in the Fall when the leaves start to show their colors.

Have a beautiful day my friends & thanks for reading,
~Kelly


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