Saturday, July 24, 2010

After the Fire . . .

Near the Frog & PenguINN  there was what the owner called a “used car lot.” It consisted of a single building and a field of assorted vehicles in various stages of decomposition.IMGP0713 Mysteriously, the building burned a couple of weeks ago. All that remains are a couple of chimneys surrounded by the collapsed tin roof and burnt cars.
This place was where you could find the unexpected, including boats – as long as you didn’t expect it to be in running condition. Of course, the owner was supposedly quoted as telling folks to just install a battery and the car would start.  Maybe with the addition of an engine and wheels and other parts, it would – eventually.

Sorry, but I don’t have any “before” photos for comparison. But the cars in the tall grass are just as they were pre-fire.
The “after” photos have a unique appeal all their own. That same week, a wooded are and marsh burned behind the home of our friends. Luckily, there was no damage to their home.
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Montanagirl said...

Fires can be pretty devastating. The time is quickly approaching when we'll have our share of wildfires, prairie fires, etc. We've had a lot of rain this year which helps.

Picturit said...

Hi Beatrice thats for visiting my blog .Thought I would drop in and say hello. Love the insect pics. I also like the black and white images on this post very atmospheric. Enjoy your Digital SLR what make and model is it? I use a Nikon D200 myself and mainly Sigma lenses Nikon far too expensive. Best Wishes visit again soon I will have a new post next week. Kev

Scott said...

Well, it was a "Used Car Lot", probably just not one you'd want to buy a used car from. OBTW, several people who commented on my "Monochrome Lake" post for Phun Phriday! wondered how it was done, so I posted a tutorial on it today. If you're interested just click here. Thanks for dropping by and your comment.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I love those places! Where one can walk around and find all sorts of useful things. But over here they don´t exist in that way any longer.

Nowdays all cars are taken appart and all usefull parts catalouged and put on the internet. Ok, the enviroment get better since all oils and gasoline is taken care of and it is so much easier to find spare parts, bt it´s also much more expensive.

I love those photo´s!
Have a great day now!

Lois Evensen said...

Hmmm, two fires close together? Someone around who likes fires? Whatever the reason, they are no fun....

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Mona, you are so right about fire devestation, although the salvage yard looked pretty bad even before the fire. Evrything is still in the same places as pre-fire.

Hi Kev and welcome to our blog - thanks for the compliemtns on the insect pics; they are such fun and very colorful "models" and you don't even need a release! As for the B&W fire photos; these were shot in color and converted to monochrome in LiveWriter. I also liked the "feeL" after conversion. I formerly used Canon Digital Rebel and then Pentax digital SLRS. Pre- digital I used Pentax 35mm SLRs and Takumar lenses, and also had a couple of Tamron lenses. Recently I was using a Panasonic Lumix with 18X optical zoom, then switched to a Pentax X90 with 26X zoom (only briefly). Sold both cameras on ebay and awaiting a Nikon P90 (also bought on ebay). Eventually I hope to return to digital SLRs but they were getting too heavy to carry around with assorted lenses and I only had a couple lenses at the time. I'll check your blog for future posts.

Scott, you would definitely not buy any car from this guy. Hev was noted for telling people that these rusting hulks would actually work; but not so I could readily see that. Thanks for the link - I'll check it out this week.

Christer, I like exploring too around flea markets and such, but not in a place like this junk yard - before or after. This place was a real mess before the fire and lookss the same now as in these photos taken a couple of weeks ago. That's interesting that cars are dismantled and sold for parts, but I can see how it would make repairs a bit more costly. What type of car do you drive? Both Grenville and I have Jeep vehicles.

Lois, to clarify- the fires happened in the same week, but not in close proximity. To date, there's been no determination on how either one started. However, there could be some suspicions in the junk yard fire, perhaps deliberate?

Ginnie said...

Those are eerie photos. It makes me wonder how the fire started...hmmmmm?

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I have a small Mazda 323. If I tilt the back seat my three 90 pond dogs fits in exactly :-)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Ginnie, in the case of the junk yard fire there's been no determination. Our friends told us that the marsh fire behind their home appears to have been set.

WOW Christer, you sure fit a lot into a small car with you and the pets.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Beatrice,I would be wondering about the fires too? Set by someone? Bored kids? Accidental? Lightning? Mother nature? That's a bit frightening.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Pat, our friends have not heard about what caused the marsh fire, which is still buring under the tree roots because of the over-dry conditions here. There hasn't been any follow-up story in the local paper about the cause of the junk yard fire, aside from usual local speculation.

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