Saturday, April 24, 2010

Cars in the woods

There is something ghostly about finding old cars in the woods. When I come across cars like this I can't help but try to tap back in time to get a sense what happened here. The imagination runs wild.

If it was a crash or stolen it probably would have been removed. It was abandoned. Pushed down the embankment. But why?

The old work truck has been here for decades. It belonged to a farmer before the government knocked on his door and made him an offer. The railroad was coming through. The farmer ended up in Pittsfield where he ran a bookstore for many years. Never married and childless, he died alone in 1974. Only one sister, Eunice from Caselton-On-Hudson, made it to the service.

This Ford Fairlane is at rest but not comfortably. After careening over the granite bridge wall it never really settled. But is firm in the ground.

The hood is gone. The driver side door is pulled open off the hinges like someone ripped at it violently. Maybe to pull someone out.

Someone smoked cigarettes here every morning on the way to work. WHYN 560 played Judy Collins, Both Sides Now. Unfastoned kids jumped around in the backseat. "I'm going to stop this car if you don't behave!" The car mostly ended up stopping for ice cream.

Bullet holes. It's now target practice. Here's an old Web site featuring some old cars in the woods in Farmington, Connecticut.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Children of the mill workers of Holyoke, Massachusetts, 1941

The kids play in safety in the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) low income housing project.

Plenty of room to hang laundry.

Balsa wood airplane, comic book. Must be Saturday!

This girl's mother is Lithuanian and her father is Polish.

There is plenty of fresh air and sunlight here at the housing project.

America from the Great Depression to World War II: Black-and-White Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945 -- Library of Congress

Monday, April 12, 2010

Visiting some friends at Mt. Holyoke College

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
-- Willa Cather, O Pioneers 1913

‘Hally Jolivette’ Cherry. This guy will bloom for the next two weeks.

Japanese Flowering Apricot. What a lovely fragrance! Small yellow fruits follow the blooms. Don't eat them!

Saucer Magnolia is getting on in age. Getting a little round. Bring on the late frost! We can take it!

We can see why this is called the Amazonian Zebra Plant

Where are the frogs?

Amaryllis 'Pink Impression'. We like the white stripes on the petals

The ubiquitous geranium. We'll bring one to the cemetery in a few weeks.