The Old Home In The Field


I take a lot of pictures when we travel. We like to get off the interstate and see places we have never seen before. These pictures were taken south of Vail, Colorado on a rainey day in May, 2003. While we were there we wondered who built the house and what their lives were like. It was a different world then.

The old home in the field

The wood home stood alone in the field

Roof fallen in

Windows gone

Built from timber carried from the forest

Proudly built

For a family

Many years ago before the road was paved

A garden was planted

Children played

The crumbling home is unsafe now

Returning to the earth

What is no longer needed

No longer used

Wildflowers grow near the falling walls

Receiving the gift of life

From the decaying timber

Time passes

And the reflection

In the broken mirror

Grows old


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida Author

Jami, Thanks for the great comment.


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Beautiful write ! inspirational and vivid , thanks for the read !:)


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida Author

dahoglund, Thanks for stopping by. I am on the east coast of Florida right now on A1A. Just a mile from I-95 but a world away.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I also like to get off the interstate, stay off if I can.I should take more pictures also.


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida Author

Fay, It was a beautiful place.


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida Author

attemptedhumour, yes they lived a much different life than we do now.


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida Author

neakin, Thanks Your great grandmothers house sounds really cool. Lived in and loved in.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Up and beautiful. You did an excellent job of interpreting your superb photography.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Yes we can but wonder about the life those inhabitants led. Probably the same highs, lows and hardships as everyone else, but in a much less busy manner, with purer air.

A great idea to stop by, with words and photos to match. Cheers Mr G.


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neakin 5 years ago

That was beautiful GNelson! The pictures remind me of my great grandmothers home that she grew up in which up until 3 years ago was still standing. It had the dog trot through the middle of the house and a spring out back with the clearest, coldest, and best water that I have ever tasted. Thank you for sharing such an awesome hub!


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida Author

Maggydawg, It was a beautiful place. I could see why they wanted a home there. Now that I have said that I bet their reasons were much more pratical.


maggydawg 5 years ago

I really liked the description of the old house. The country was build on working people.


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida Author

RedElf, Glad you enjoyed it.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Lovely photos and poignant words - thanks for this one!


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida Author

Will, Thanks for reading.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Nicely done, and great photos!

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