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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 11 July 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

On the Fourth of July - I drove by that abandoned farmhouse we visited back in February to see how things were going for this property. The property is fine - the house is history.

I had to drive by twice before confirming I was there. Not only were the house and garage bulldozed - but the trees I thought might be dead are now lush and green. The roses could use pruning but seem otherwise happy. Those rotted cacti have disappeared with the domicile.

And life goes on...

Our earlier visit:

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It's the same place but it looks so different! It seems that removing the dead atmosphere of the house now life has come back with more strength.
I like that you decided to see again this place and what this implies :)

11 Jul 2009 5:37am

@Paco Díaz: Hey, Francisco - thanks and good morning from San Francisco. I always find it annoying when I see or hear a news story that leaves questions - and then never getting a report on what happened next. I believe it important to complete a story.

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

The composition is simply yet beautiful, Stephen. B/w is the perfect choice, too. But why did you spent 4th July out there? ;-)

11 Jul 2009 7:28am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks, Mirko. I didn't spend the Fourth 'out there' - I simply meandered through this area on my way to dinner and fireworks. The camera almost always determines the road I follow.

DenisSm from Prague, Czech Republic

life always goes on...the biggest magic of our world....i like it stephen....

11 Jul 2009 8:49am

@DenisSm: c'est la vie

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Wow, what a difference a few months can make.....kind of sad that's it's all gone now....but we're lucky that you have captured it for all posterity!!! Nice follow up !!!

11 Jul 2009 7:49pm

@Susan: Thanks, Susan - I will swing by from time to time. Promise.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Progress perhaps? We'll have to see what happens next.

11 Jul 2009 7:53pm

@Steve Rice: I will continue to keep an eye on things. Thanks, Steve.

grant from kansas city, United States

i love this composition. to my fav's.

11 Jul 2009 10:28pm

@grant: Hey, Grant - thanks a bunch.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

wow -- i simply LOVE this shot -- think it has something to do with the sense of motion -- sweeping back into the frame! those mud spots on the street and those bizarre trees ad to the effect!! bravo!

13 Jul 2009 3:38am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

i wonder what those patches are on the road
cool bw

13 Jul 2009 3:22pm

Tammy-Cricket from somewhere out there, United States

Sad...when we look at things disappear. I have recently been taking before and after shots around my town. I am working on a book with a local writer. He has some neat stories to tell of places being destroyed. I am the photographer on this and it has really been fun!

13 Jul 2009 5:12pm

k@ from Paris, France

Oh, this is a powerful shot and story, Gone with a harsh wind... Love the line on the road, as a metaphor, you draw a line through to end it... And i like this B&W*

26 Jul 2009 5:25am

@k@: Thanks so much k@ - another lesson in not taking what we have for granted.