Adventures with Texas Decay and Rattlesnakes
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Its 911 and instead of watching tv with my father in the hotel room I decided to take a long drive in search of more old houses. Its warm outside and the backroads are bustling with weekend travelers. My chosen route was a mixture of known and unknown roads. I had an idea of where I wanted to go, but figured that it didn't hurt to take a longer route using
I found a few houses, but not as many as I hope. Though I must admit that I am not all that surprised. The land in this region is mostly fenced off for cattle. Its been that way for over a century. The farmland further north of here is better for finding abandoned and isolated structures. It seems the the general usage of the land affects the number of houses I find.. Just a theory..
The first house was okay, I can't say that I am too excited with the images.
The second house was the one that I was aiming for when I set out this afternoon. Its located between Santa Anna and Coleman. I have passed it by several times, but never had the time to properly explore it. This time I was determine to check it out. It is located next to a major road, but to access it you have to turn off onto a dirt road which leads you away from the eyes of passerbys. The overgrown greenery also helps block the view from the road. Makes it easier to relax and focus on work.
As soon as I stepped out of my car I thought about rattle snakes.. Its not a thought that crosses my mind often, though it probably should considering I wander the texan landscape with sandals more often than I should.
For several moments I stood outside an entrance wondering if I should push through the vegetation into the hidden porch. The porch looked weak, but I wanted to get inside.. I knew that there had to be something wonderful inside waiting for me to digitally capture it!
I push through.
Inside and I am covered with spiderwebs, but hopefully not the spiders.. I saw many of them. Stout little black spiders.. They look like the kind that can jump.
This house has a soul.. its hard to explain. I feel like I am in another world. I feel like Alice and the looking glass. everything is still inside. I'm in whats left of the kitchen and notice that an empty hanging pot is suspended in front of a window covered with the green vines.
I begin to make my way through the house. its mostly bare with the exception of the typical debris scattered across the wooden floors. On my right is a room that catches my eye. The colors inside are muted except for the bright greenery outside the window and a single sheet of wallpaper loosely hanging from the top of the wall.
it would have been a perfect photo!! I slowly step through the door into the silent room when all of the sudden I hear the Rattle snakes!!
I don't know how many there were. I never actually saw them. I knew they were inside the closet on my left and the only way they had out was at me.. They were so loud and angry. With out any thought I ran out the nearest door and continued running across the yard back to my car.
My heart was beating so fast! It was thrilling, exciting and scary as shit all at once!! I have heard rattle snakes in the fields before, but never had so close of an encounter with them..
I'm going to go back in the winter when it is cooler outside and maybe borrow my friend's snakeguard pants for extra protection.. I REALLY WANT THAT PICTURE!! It was perfect and I can see it so clearly inside my head! If I don't get capture it I will go insane thinking about it!
From there the rest of my drive was calm in comparison.
I found two new house that I never knew of before. One was not so inviting and the other seemed like the strangest house I have ever seen.
It was around then that I began hearing what sounded like an animal walking around.. after the snake encounter I decided that I wasn't quite up to anymore Amber vs Nature adventures.. The heat was getting to me so I made some notes about the house and headed back toward Abilene.
There was one more place after this, but nothing too interesting except for the massive spiders..