Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Friday Shoot-out: Photo Study of a Building

Ginger, thank you for this assignment. You perpetuated my penchant for pitiful picture posting! It is not your fault. It's just me. I did find a building in our countryside that is well suited for my "unique" talents.
First, a little history. In our area of Florida we have a fair share of farmers. The two major crops are potatoes and cabbage. Most of the planting and especially the harvest is done by itinerant workers who are chasing work for a week or even a day. Back in the late fifties or early sixties one of our farmers with a large farm decided he would construct a comfortable building for the seasonal influx of workers who labored on his farm. His reasoning was that rested employees do more work. He even built restroom facilities and a kitchen where they could prepare their meals. Up until that time the workers would have to camp out all around his property. The workers loved it. Everyone was happy.......until the government stepped in. The county told Mr. Farmer that if he was going to house that many people he would need a motel license, plus, his taxes would double. The farmer said, "You don't understand! I am not charging them to sleep there. It will only be during planting and harvesting seasons. The government would not relent, so, the farmer, in his frustration and anger, closed the doors and never used the building again except for some minor storage of equipment. Believe it or not, the building has sat vacant for a half-century, and the itinerant workers are still sleeping in the fields.
In my great wisdom, I have decided to sell the property to you. What a photo bonanza you would own. It also, now, adjoins an airport. (more about that later)



**** PRIME REAL ESTATE FOR SALE ****

This classic, well weathered beauty is a steal. In a beautiful country setting, it is listed on the National Registry of Hysterical Buildings. Don't miss this rare investment.


Set alongside a, seldom traveled, county road, privacy fencing will not be necessary. Enjoy watching the planes land at the airport right next door.

Various, minor repairs will be in order on the overhanging front porch. Focus, however, on the strong concrete block construction of the exterior walls.

There are areas of abundant shade, surrounded by wild plants that you don't have to be a naturalist to appreciate.
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This wonderful porch can double either as a lovely veranda, or as firewood.
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You will learn to love the airiness of each and every room. Mosquitos will be at a minimum, because most doorways are guarded by these large, beautiful spiders. This view is of the Master Bath.
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For larger pests, you will find larger spiders.
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Even the windows have these guards on duty.
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Without the worry of interior doors, rooms are easily accessed.
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Some areas are covered with wood shakes. Yes, if the wind blows, the roof shakes.
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Living today in a world of recycling, just think of all the uses for this well traveled lumber.
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One of the endearing qualities of this classic structure is the beautiful STRAINED glass.
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Oh, yes! Open skies, country life, and what a terrific hysterical building.
Did I mention that there is a very convenient airport available to you, right next door.
See the wind sock?
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Floor covering at its best! A beautiful green carpet, showcased by abundant skylights.
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There are a few minor settling problems,
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But, just notice how straight and clean the lines are in the window and doorways.
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Aha! There is the use for all of that firewood.
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Free hay was left on your front porch by a generous farmer....perfect for your pet cow or goat.

Some settling problems are less minor than others, but, what a unique doorway.
Your house will be the conversation piece of neighbors for miles around.
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There are even a few left over farm implements, in case you get the urge to start green acres in your own back yard.

Just imagine the aroma at night with the gentle breeze. Oh, I forgot! They are Morning Glories!

But, what Glories they are!
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The electric meter is ready to be engaged again, just for you.
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Don't miss out on this opportunity to live where nature has joined with the past.

Fill your attic with new treasures.
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It has been said that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but nothing will be greener than your own living room.
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So, I hope to see you, as a neighbor, here in St. Augustine. Ahh! God's country!
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Fine Print: The airport runway is 100 feet long, and is made for gasoline powered model airplanes.
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Thanks for visiting.

24 comments:

  1. Love it G, just love it! I cant even pick a favorite!
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  2. Gordon! Those are great. Better than great. You are really getting good. I mean, you were always good, but I think this may be some of your best work. And look at those horizons.

    Your compositions are amazing, your color sparkles, and I, like Noe Noe, can't pick a favorite. Although that spider is pretty awesome.

    And your commentary is excellent. Of course you always ace that, don't you? But seriously, I am impressed. Really.

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  3. Wow Gordon, when you do an assignment you go for it...makes my shabby building shots seem like I was lazy...I am having trouble with only shooting at a time of day when the sun is too bright and the photos are colorless...looking forward to learning from all of you!

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  4. Fantastic! I especially loved the tongue in cheek humor you threw in with your fabulous pictures. :) Well done!

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  5. This is quite entertaining. I liked the history of the building. What a low down dirty shame it is now. Great photos.

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  6. It's a...uhhh...ummm...fixer-uper! That's what it is! A fixer-uper! A go-getter's dream come true :) Those spiders are - flat out - the scarriest thing I've seen all day. Great post, Gordon!

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  7. Ah Gordon, I'm still laughing! Way too funny. As long as it's in Florida, I'm sure some Canadian Snowbird would be delighted to bid on it!

    A fixer-upper for sure!

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  8. I was thinking 'OK that building is beyond renovations'...then I saw your spider shots and thought 'Well someone can make a home out of it afterall.'

    Love the spiders webs...but not in person though. The one with the sky behind it is a particularly great shot!

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  9. Oh my gosh! I love this post! You are so flippin clever!!! And funny! Thanks for your beautiful pictures and my laugh for the day!

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  10. I bet the view is fantastic!! seems to be in the middle of nowhere. love the green carpet. have a great weekend!

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  11. Well, you certainly went all out, didn't you? Very clever post!

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  12. I don't think there is one aspect of the building that wasn't written about or photographed by you, Gordon. You had some very detailed pictures and some interesting angles. I like how eco friendly this building is. Your witty dialogue added to this fun adventure, thank you.

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  13. I don't know whether to comment on the hilarious-ness of your captions, or the tragedy of the story, so I think I'll just say that the photos are SO awesome! All of them.

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  14. Great! You have such a knack with words. Thanks for the real estate pitch.

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  15. I've read real estate listings like this!

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  16. Gordon you makes things beautiful or more beautiful. I love reading post while looking the each photos. Nothing more to say coz you said it all! I love the place not to mention that I am a nature lover. I like the spider photo most!

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  17. The settling doorway reminds me of Tetris! You are funny, Gordon. I always get a laugh on your site. Unlike Redlan, though, I could do without the spiders (shudder)!

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  18. Gordon - these photos are superb. Really and truly, they are, I loved all of them EXCEPT the spiders. I hate spiders. That's my biggest fear of abandoned places - the spiders. Mice, snakes, rats even don't scare me, but bugs, like spiders do!

    I digress - these photos are excellent!

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  19. love all the photos, but especially the "carpeted" photo. thanks for an interesting tour ;)

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  20. love the humor! thanks for sharing.

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  21. Now that is a PERFECT photostory!! I loved it and sure have never heard that story before :( Shame on the government...

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