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Beautiful Abandonment by rjcarroll Beautiful Abandonment by rjcarroll
5/31/09 - Along US 89, Ovid, Idaho

The most beautiful abandoned structure I have ever seen!

This was the LDS ward house of Ovid until July 2, 1967 (the Ovid Ward merged with the Liberty Ward so the building was closed). It was built in 1896 at the cost of $3000 with local materials by local carpenters. The central bell tower was struck by lightning and removed in 1904.

Yashica Mat 124G/FujoPro 400H

Something to be said for still shooting film...
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:iconcithairon:
Cithairon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Dear God that is beautiful. It's wonderful how, even as it decays, this building has an amazing sense of understated gravitas, dignity and beauty. It's a funny sort of shape - somewhat truncated, full of uncompromising 90 and 45 degree angles, but it just...works. I can't stop looking at it. It's so serene, yet so powerful - it's like the soul of the building itself is making a proud proclamation of the indomitable spirit of the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant frontiersmen who erected it in such a bleak environment.

Yeah...I'm sounding kinda pretentious here. :P It's just that this picture is really, really amazing. It's so simple, but it says so much - just like the building itself.
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rjcarroll Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks for faving it! I went pretty far out of my way to photograph this beautiful structure on a cross-country trip. I spent about 45 minutes photographing this from many, many angles with several cameras. I'm am glad this touched you so strongly! Thank you.
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VannahVonSally Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous!!!
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks! It is my fav building!
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:iconforty-two-point-five:
forty-two-point-five Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, wow.... what an incredibly beautiful building!! :wow:
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the comment and fav!
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forty-two-point-five Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! :heart:
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:iconalaina4:
alaina4 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it!
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
:heart: you! Thanks for faving it!
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:iconalaina4:
alaina4 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:D You're very welcome!!
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
:hug:
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GregHodge Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Great photo, wished I could go inside and explore:)
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Me too...
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specialoftheweek Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
As you say a beautiful building, a shame there isn't a photo of it in its glory days, like a before and after.

Michael
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
Still trying to track down a photo.
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tterrag7991 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful building! xd
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Professional Photographer
Probably my favourite building! Thanks for faving!
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tterrag7991 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It is a beautiful building.
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:iconkrystletwystd:
krystletwystd Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Did I mention I have a particular bias for abandonment?
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Photographer
You might have mentioned it...
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:iconjojospanglestar:
JojoSpangleStar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Awesomeage! Such a beautiful image! :D
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks Love! :hug:
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:iconjojospanglestar:
JojoSpangleStar Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
It deserves it! :hug:
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:iconsleurope:
sleurope Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
nice composition, well done.
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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CurvyLemon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
WOW! I lovveee this shot, the sky really compliments the structure of the building :]
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks! The sun came out at the end and ruined the whole atmosphere!
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Crusnik-O2 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is simply breath taking! I had to come and look at this up close. :heart:

Im so adding this to my wishlist~
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
:aww: Thanks Sweetheart! :smooch:
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:iconcrusnik-o2:
Crusnik-O2 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^ :tighthug:
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:iconkrystletwystd:
krystletwystd Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
I would love to teach there!
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
I'd love to live there!
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sluggoweezul Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
It looks like it's ready to move in and turn into an art gallery.
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
Agree!
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:iconhungbytheneck:
hungbytheneck Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
That looks so mysterious. Did you go inside?
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
I didn't. There were No Trespassing sings and it looked sealed up pretty tight.
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:iconfilthysecret:
FilthySecret Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009   Photographer
LSD ward...maybe I am stupid but what exactly it menas...it was smth like hospital for drug injured people or smth like lab?

But anyway....I repeat... I envy your traveling:)
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
:lol: Its LDS (Latter Day Saints) (Mormon religion)
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:iconfilthysecret:
FilthySecret Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009   Photographer
Ha, I said I am stupid :D
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
Not knowing doesn't make ya stoopid! I still learn something new everyday! :hug:
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:iconfilthysecret:
FilthySecret Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009   Photographer
thank you:) I was just sorry that three letters could mean so much things when you do not read carefully.
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
Welcome! Oh I know! I read a business card in a motel and it said Free In Room Girls or so I thought. In all actuality, it said Free In Room Calls...
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:iconfilthysecret:
FilthySecret Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009   Photographer
funny mistake friend!!! :)
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
So is it my eyes or I only see what I want it to say! :lol:
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Rand0mC Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It said LDS ward, not LSD ward, but I read it as LSD the first time too....
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:iconfilthysecret:
FilthySecret Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009   Photographer
yes I realize it now:)
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DocMallard Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
This is a great series!

M-
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:iconrjcarroll:
rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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TonyBoudreau Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Photographer
that is a very beautiful old structure. Wicked shot, I know alot of the old buildings around here usually get destroyed in winter under the weight of the snow
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rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Photographer
Looks like whoever owns the property keeps up with it. The grass was recently cut. I hear ya about the snow, the downfall of many old buildings...In my neighborhood developers can't wait to tear down the old to put up something new, the weather doesn't have a chance...
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