I pass by this old house each time I drive to Newmarket to visit my family. The house is on the outskirts of Bradford, on a hill, across the road from the Husky Truck Stop. This time I brought my digital camera and took pictures. I started just at the wooden fence surrounding the place. I couldn't see an easy way around it. After a few minutes I crawled under the fence in the driveway. I wish I had gone inside the house too, but I was alone so that didn't seem like a good idea. Not that anyone was there, there were no recent tracks in the snow other than my own. An abandoned house isn't safe and this one has been empty a long time.

The funniest thing that happened was losing my car keys. I had stuck them in my bra cause I had no pockets. At some point they had fallen out and I only noticed when I was back at the car, ready to unlock it and go.

My favourite picture is that one with the broken piece of chair. I love the house though, the look of it and how it sits on the hill.

So there's my little adventure and my first use of the digital camera. They turned out better than I expected. It was cold and my hands were a bit shaky but none of the photos are blurred or out of focus. I don't think they would have turned out so well if I had used my 35mm camera.
"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
TS Elliot

I am not a glutton - I am an explorer of food. - Erma Bombeck

Some things cannot be spoken or discovered until we have been stuck, incapacitated, or blown off course for awhile. Plain sailing is pleasant, but you are not going to explore many unknown realms that way. - David Whyte
Deserted Places: home

Some of the urban exploration sites have good pictures, these are better. There is some of the atmosphere in these. These are pictures that make you feel you're right there and could just walk along and see more, through the next doorway.
Daylight Abandon -MrCal at Flickr

My ex-husband has taken up photography. I really like this one with the little house hidden in the bushes and trees, along the road. Have a look, some of his photos are really good. He likes a little urban exploration and graveyard haunting too.

There are groups on Flickr geared to urban exploration:
Urban Decay
Rural Decay
Urban Fragments
Wonders of Oxidation
Weathered Wood
Nautical Decay
Vanishing Beauty
Graffiti Archaeology
Gargoyles, Grotesques And Angels
Graves, Tombs and Cemeteries
Rocks and Geology
Natural Art
Stone Faces
Cemetery Stone
Stones and Rocks
Paths and Trails
Old Walls Stories
Stones Cobbles and Pebbles
Stone Shields
Outdoor Steps
Old Stones
The Abandoned Coastline
Parting Gifts
Castles Castillos
Castles of Europe
Palaces, Castles, Towers, Fortresses and Ruins
Ghost Towns
Ghost Signs
Ghosts from the Machine
Ghost Rails
Monsters Live Here
Maximum Urban Photography
Suburban Hell
Urban Negative
Gotham Cities

OK, not all of them were on topic for urban exploration. I just like a lot of things.

Things like night photography...

Night B&W
After Dark
Night Images
In the Dark
Nite Lites
Urban Night Shots
No Flash Night Shots
A Shot in the Dark
Sodium Vapor Dreams
Outstanding Night Shots
Lowlight Gallery
Storm Light
Black and White
Black and White Photography
Photography . Imagination . Creativity . Community . Challenge
Nature Morte- Still Life Photography
Open Shutter Photography
Long Exposure
Closer and Closer Macro Photography
Macro Madness
Depth of Field
LOMO Lomography
Red Rule

I don't think I can really explain this one. I just like it.
Doll Photography
SheClicks.com! A woman's way to work the web.

Really nice site, nice look and the content is relevant, not a ton of spam leaping out at you. No spam actually. Lots of site reviews.

One thing- the link to the message boards is coming up 404. To me that is a concern. The site may be abandoned and left to twist in the wind till time expires on the domain. Possibly it's just a broken link they need to fix. But, I could not find a date on the site to see how fresh the content is.

I hope it's still ongoing. It is a great site.
National Vacant Properties Campaign


The National Vacant Properties Campaign is seeking to make vacant properties reclamation a national priority. To achieve this, we are focusing on four goals:

We plan to cultivate leaders and develop a national network of experts, practitioners and consultants with extensive experience and interest in reclamation efforts. We will recruit a diverse array of leaders, from environmental advocates to real estate professionals.

Practitioners are searching for new strategies, policies, and tools that can help them prevent, manage, and rehabilitate vacant properties. The Campaign will focus on disseminating cutting-edge research, identifying and analyzing policy innovations and best practices, presenting model legislation, and informing people about the latest policy developments in the field.

Effective communications are essential for transforming ideas into action. We will collect compelling evidence, develop persuasive messages for our spokespeople, determine the best ways to influence top decision makers, and elevate the visibility of the issue for the general public.

Many communities lack the capacity or expertise to deal with their vacant properties by themselves. The Campaign will provide several forms of expert assistance to help a wide range of communities jump start their vacant property efforts.

Does this mean they would sponsor someone to fix up an abandoned house? I wonder if you could buy an abandoned home through them, fix it up with training on how to do so (from them) and then have a new home for yourself? This could be a cheap way of getting your own home.
http://industrialart.blogspot.com/ Industrial art