Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky





I am fascinated by the remnants of an old military depot in our community. The World War II buildings hearken back to a different time. It was a time when America was at war, but united against their enemy.
The buildings are large, simple and utilitarian. Now the abandoned complex is slowly returning back to the desert from whence it sprung.
As I drive around the area I can see what was once a bustling complex of warehouses. Rusting train tracks dissect the structure with military precision. Now they are unused, the warning signs broken and wobbling like ghostly arms.
Polished boots once marched with purpose and dedication on the pavement, where now weeds poke their heads through the pavement with impunity. A cool autumn wind stirs bits of trash and whistles faintly around the buildings set close together as regimented as the servicemen who once worked here.
As I drive through the compound, now turned over to civilian duty as an industrial park, I think of the scripture about weapons being pounded into plows. Lyrics from the song “Dust in the Wind,” by Kansas echo in my mind: “Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky.”
In some strange way I cannot explain, my soul is refreshed by the barren loneliness of this location. At night, the base is shadowed and creepy. But now, in the light of day, with the expanse of blue sky above me and the desert rolling away around me, I feel myself connected to the earth and sky, feeling the eternal nature of my spirit.

13 comments:

Julie Ann said...

Fascinating!

Renee said...

Great Shots. Love the perspective.

Wendy Reed (Wishin4MoreTime) said...

Those shots are incredible! I love old things and places like that. Very cool!

*Paula* said...

Alleen you really have a wonderful way with words...I loved reading the background to the photos. Great job!

annette said...

Your story is so intriguing! Your way with words is amazing, I feel like I'm right there with you looking at these marvelous structures. And your pictures are remarkable!

daphne said...

awesome journaling, as always Alleen! And now...I've got dust in the wind on the brain...which is a good thing because I love that song! Thanks for sharing your story and photos!

Sheila said...

Great shots using different perspectives!

Kelley said...

Wow-what cool shots. Love the conversions. TFS

dogmom2six said...

Love the photos and journaling!

scrappin-Barb said...

Cool pictures... such interesting textures and lines. I love how they look in black and white.

Alissa said...

love the angle and depth of field shot... awesome lighting too.

Samantha WAlker said...

I can tell you are really getting into this now. You've come up with some fantastic shots! Can't wait to see what else you have in store!

melissa said...

WOW! great shots!!!