Threatened Chimney Swifts Make Nests in Old Places

A threatened bird, the chimney swift, only stops flying to land on vertical perches inside hollow trees, chimneys of old buildings, abandoned wells, grain silos, air shafts, barns, sheds and derelict houses.

The population is threatened due to habitat loss. Interesting as so much of their habitat has adapted to live alongside people. There are many animals living in urban environments but I hadn’t heard of the chimney swifts before.

Apples and Sweet Peas (2007)

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The fields were being used by a neighbour, rented or bought the land (I forget which now). He stopped along the road when he saw me taking photos. Was concerned about what I was doing. But, happy to tell me the story of the place after we talked to him. At the end of the conversation he suggested we pick all the apples we wanted from the trees at the back of the house. He even invited us to come back again and pick more.

I did go back a few times to this house. I met more of the family on another occasion. Later we dug up wild garlic and daffodil bulbs which grew in the long grass. Most of the daffodils came up (three years later) in our own front yard.


Foraging 2.0: Grafting Fruit-Bearing Branches To Neutered City Trees

Foraging 2.0: Grafting Fruit-Bearing Branches To Neutered City Trees: SFist.

This is interesting to me because we gathered apples from abandoned farms and along the roadside from trees which were pretty forgotten. These apples would be heritage seeds and possibly types of apples no longer grown commercially. Yet they were often a stronger or better type of apple, resistant to bugs and disease. But unpopular for some other reason.

The idea grafting branches never occurred to me. It would give you the chance to have apples much sooner than growing a new tree from seed. Also, a lot of trees grown from seed just don’t make it. Grafting would have a better chance for success, though need more time to keep the tree from going back to it’s roots, literally.

Red and White House in the Trees

This is an abandoned house in Scarborough. On Kingston Road, near Markham Road, as far as I remember. It was all painted red and white. I remember seeing this house before when it was something, I don’t remember what it was though: car lot, restaurant or something else. But it was red and white then too, many years ago. Now it is abandoned but the city is saving the trees on the property. More photos on the Ontario Rural Ruins blog.

Rural Exploration: Private House Exposed

This house would have been one of those houses you can’t really see behind a tall hedge of thick pine trees. It had a ‘Private” sign in the front, along with the rabbits for sale. This house will be gone soon, all it’s pine trees have been taken down. It must have had a fire inside – I could see the scorch marks on an upstairs window. It is certainly not being lived in. Kind of like an abandoned bee hive.

Abandoned Christmas Trees

Lonely Tree
Originally uploaded by Olly C.

Gives a less than glowing impression of Christmas doesn’t it? What does happen to all those real trees which are cut down and dumped out?

I have a fake tree and I’m proud!

abandoned Christmas trees
. A Flickr group for Discarded Christmas Tree photos.

Daylight Abandon at Flickr

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