:: Saturday, October 29, 2005 ::
Strathroy and Glencoe
pics: I drove around yesterday afternoon looking for something to shoot and ended up going through Strathroy and then further Southwest to Glencoe before looping back via St. Thomas to London. Amongst other things, I took some shots of an abandoned farm. It is just west of the intersection of Hwys 80 and 2, straight South from Glencoe. I walked about the buildings for about 20 mins. The farm house looked like the roof had been caved in by a big tree, but there was no evidence of tree debris and might have just been age/collapse in a storm. The garage walls were tilted at about 30 degrees off true, and one of the out buildings behind was similarly twisted. Best surviving building, which I didn't poke around, was the barn. The grass and plants were waist high in most spots including what remained of the unpaved driveway up to and between the between the buildings. While someone had recently walked through and disturbed the tall grass in a trail similar to what I took - probably another photographer - I don't think anyone had been there for years. The garage itself looked too narrow to allow a modern car to park.
I think the structural integrity fields failed sometime ago. :)
I also checked out the Big Bend Conservation area nearby on Hwy 80 and found a couple of historic monuments as well here and there which I will post later. Some nice fall colours still about though branches are thinning. I drove down this single track road in the conservation area and felt like I was bush crashing in an army jeep or iltis again. Good thing I had room to turn around again otherwise I would still be there as it ended up in a tiny clearing on an overlook about 25-30 feet above of the local river. Oh, and earlier when stopped in Strathroy, I discovered that one of my CRV's fog lights had been taken out by a rock or flying gravel. The lens cover was cracked open and there was grainy sand and a rock inside. Light still works but I will need to get that replaced.
I posted the recent pics at 640x480 and they don't look so great. Not sure why, but to me they look blocky and pixelated on my high res monitor in Firefox... I might post some comparisions. Or see what others think.
:: Mike Wood 10:04 [+] ::