Taking in Life Around Me.....#Sundaystills....Theme: Dilapidated

This #sundaystills challenge is hosted by Terri from Second Wind LeisureI've also been loving visiting the blogs of the other participants and being inspired by their interpretations of the theme. Sometimes I'm a week late commenting but I do try to visit everyone. After all, if you take the time to produce something, you sure hope people visit.

I'll probably miss out on posting the next few Sundays since we will be gone on vacation and as of right now, I plan to leave my computer at home. 

Dilapidation = decayed, deteriorated, or fallen into partial ruin especially through neglect or misuse

This weeks theme is dilapidated...I did drive around a bit to find some things in our local area, but not as much as I would've liked, especially after spending time with Marsha and Terri and they inspired me to really "think outside the box". I love when people do that to me because sometimes I think too literally. 

I love these quotes: "Old things are better than new things, because they got stories in them"

"To notice the beauty in things left behind is to see the soul of the life it once lived. Heather Durren

This tractor found new life at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon

This fallen and what you would think is a dead tree, is growing a lot of new life! I read somewhere that if any root remains in the ground of a fallen tree, it will continue to live. I don't know about this one, but I do know there was moss and little fir trees growing up from it. 

The town I live in is a local farming town, though sadly the majority of farms have had to shut down. My son in laws family were dairy farmers and in the last few years had to shut down their operation. There is a berry farm still up and running strong. My mother in laws father was a small dairy farmer when she was little this barn was across the street from their old home. I'm not sure if it's a barn they used or not. 

More of a close up of the above barn. 

Another barn and old fence just down the road! 

Dilapidated barns are not for lack here...Terri could've found plenty here. 

Marsha, Terri and I all laughed as we took pictures of the "wilting" sunflowers stating that we wondered if we would all share the same photo this week. 

This area was at the Fort Vancouver Historical Site...probably a compost pile amidst the falling boards. 

This thistle wasn't dilapidated but the things surrounding it were. 

Another fence and shelter in need of repair along the river. 

The was call the old stone crusher on Kelley's island. I wish I had gotten pictures of the area to the right. I don't know why I didn't. It's definitely dilapidated. 

An old farm truck gets new use in the pumpkin patch. 

This tree, while not dilapidated in the true sense of the word, was definitely having issues, but instead of tearing it out, they just propped it up and let it do its thing. 

With Joy Unquenchable,


  1. Wow, dilapidated had true meaning in your incredible captures, Kirstin! That last image of the propped up tree and the other one still growing demonstrates how strong nature is and will foster the decay of human-made structures in no time. When we drove to the nearby farm area this week near Spokane--every barn and structure was in perfect condition. Probably a good thing. I also like your cute, repurposed truck with the pumpkins! As Marsha and I joked during the whole trip, your images certainly are compelling! Always great to see your post for Sunday Stills. Have a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks Terri....THere are a few beautiful barns here, including one at the pumpkin patch, but there are also some very run down ones. I enjoy participating. I'm so glad I found this and new friends.


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