Thursday, December 4, 2014

Abandonment: Death By Wind - Mojave, California

Jumping Cholla House - Mojave, California
There is an entire neighborhood near Mojave, California that has been abandoned. Why? Because that's the green thing to do.

You see, Mojave has a lot of wind. Lots and lots of wind. Since the 1980's the hills northwest of town have been sprouting with wind turbines. The wind farms have grown and grown, and with each passing year the wind turbines inch closer to town.

A neighborhood on the outskirts of town at the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains has been swallowed up by the wind farms. The homes have been abandoned, left to succumb to the harsh desert environment. 
Light Through The Rafters - Mojave, California
Some of the homes are quite old and date back to the days when gold mines ruled the local economy. Some of these homes didn't even have indoor plumbing. Other homes are newer and modern, and could fit into any southwestern neighborhood.

What they all have in common is that they've been left for dead. They have been deserted. They are slowly decaying, returning to the dusty desert. The house featured in this post is just one example. Even though it may not look like much, there was a family that lived life there.

These photographs were captured using a Nikon D3300 DSLR with a 40mm AF-S DX f/2.8G Micro lens. They were post-processed using Alien Skin Exposure 6 software.
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