A Photographic Study of All Things West Virginia

Abandoned 23

This old home is being gradually absorbed back into the landscape.  Ferns have replaced grass in the back yard while vines race along the eaves as if they were tree branches.  In 50 years will there just be a pile of rotten roof tin to mark the location?  Or will it too be reduced to nothing but a reddish stain in the earth?

Although these are the typical sorts of thoughts that pop into my mind when visiting a location like this, a more pressing and perplexing question in this particular instance is why is there an iron on the roof?  A Rubik’s Cubesque mystery!

For those who are interested, this photograph shows the exterior of the home featured in this previous blog post:  https://lillyphotographywv.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/abandoned-19/

Mount Hope Road, Roane County, WV


5 responses

  1. jennygoth

    a home now for small animals to dwell old tin roof maybe there because some ones been sheltering in it as the iron not too safe great pic xxjen

    September 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm

  2. I love rusty old things like this. Nice opportunities for photography.

    September 14, 2011 at 6:56 am

    • Thanks very much for the comment Geoff.

      September 14, 2011 at 7:45 am

  3. Another great shot! The soft shadows add dimension without causing distraction. As for the iron, maybe the metal on the roof was loose and they threw the iron up there so the sheet wouldn’t rattle when the wind blew. Just a thought.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:20 am

    • Good theory on the iron HoaiPhai.

      September 14, 2011 at 7:44 am

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