The Dainty Squid

Salton Sea of the Midwest - 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Two years ago Jeff and I discovered a place we'd come to call "The Salton Sea of the Midwest". We've visited there numerous times since (I've linked all of my posts at the bottom of this one) but it still hasn't lost its charm. Recently we decided to head back out there to see how its changed and get some new photos. Finding brand new places to explore is always an excellent feeling but I truly enjoy going back to the same spots to see how they've changed, to see if I can get an idea of what sorts of other people have discovered them since (aka has anyone painted penises on the walls yet?), and document the progress nature has made to take these places back.

Each time previous to this we've sneaked on to the property, and of course, been the only people there... because it's abandoned, duh. This last visit though? People galore. As we approached on foot we spotted a parked car on the road close to the trailers. I wanted to leave but Jeff insisted it was okay. When we finally made it through the bushes we immediately came face to face with a middle aged couple. I assumed they'd question what we were doing but instead they commented on what a neat place and kept on walking the other direction. Well, that was weird but okay... We continued along the abandoned road, spotting some people out on the decrepit docks who also didn't seem to concerned that we were there.

It was definitely a strange feeling to be there with so many other people. I guess saying "so many other" kind of makes it sound like there was a family reunion or something but generally abandoned places are very peaceful and devoid of people. It's like finding your own little sanctuary... if you could consider somewhere filled with mold, broken windows, and animal feces a sanctuary. To have this place have any people is weird but multiple groups is something else. I guess part of it lies in the fact I consider it "my" spot. This area that everyone else seems to have forgotten - when I'm there, it's mine. What are those people doing at myyyy spot? They're probably wondering the same thing. We're all just looking for our own little escapes.

During this visit I concentrated on shooting interior as opposed to taking the same exterior shots as before. It's funny because after all these visits I feel like "well, yeah, of course I've been inside all of the trailers and cottages!" but I only recognized a handful of them. Everything else was new to me. I don't know how, maybe I just have a really terrible memory but it made this spot that I thought I knew like the back of my hand feel new to me.

abandoned, trailers, ohio, colorful, decay

Check out past posts from this location - March 2015, March on film, June 2015, and May 2016.

project 365

project 365 : days 79 - 85

Monday, March 27, 2017

79 : 365 Lots of stripes and overalls lately, not that that is anything new.
Lapel pin by Valley Cruise Press.

80 : 365 Favorite plant, favorite puppy. Both love the sunshine.

81 : 365 I recently saw on instagram that Flambeauxs teamed up with my favorite graffiti artist to make some candles. Obviously hit "add to cart" real darn quick on that.

82 : 365 My dudes + I did a little poking around underground. I didn't take too many photos down there but I did take this one that I ended up really loving it. It's not the usual style of photography that I share on instagram so I made a comment about how it probably wouldn't get very many likes... then it ended up getting a comically large number of likes. (Here) I wish I had more to share from that night but if you're interested in seeing more underground stuff, I posted a bunch of photos back in November.

83 : 365 You guys, I really really love this cat. He makes me smile every single day. He acts so excited to see me every morning, like he's been deprived of cuddles and kisses for the last eight hours. He's good people.

84 : 365 Another pin close up! I've got the full outfit post coming up later this week.

85 : 365 Taking dumb photos of my pets is honestly one of my favorite hobbies, if you hadn't guessed that already.

Happy Monday!

friday favorites

Friday Favorites #408

Friday, March 24, 2017

I was just going to post about the sweater, but really that whole outfit is gold! 
This has to be the cutest way ever to display airplants!
 Love that print, and the whole vibe the photo gives off.
 (via: Mathilde Aubier)
Ah! Love these planters so much! They're ridiculous.
 (via: Moorea Seal)
How adorable are these bear trivets?! I love every day items that are cute!
You guys, how awesome is this wallet?!
 This has to be one of the coolest globes ever.
 (via: Vintage Cals)
 So, there is this tool that helps turn your radishes into mushrooms, and that rules!
The lip balm set of my dreams! All coffee, all the time!
Yes, please to this dress!
(via: Unique Vintage

Link love...
▴ This skull is SO DARN COOL.
▴ I bought this shirt recently, and it's theeeee cutest on. Highly recommend grabbing it if you'd like an easy to wear shirt that makes your whole outfit look a little bit more put together.
Rock Hound Soap has some seriously awesome soaps!
Cactus tank top!
▴ I tried on this dress in the store and only resisted because I feel a little bit uncomfortable showing that much of my back. It's sooo pretty on though. I guess I could wear a cardigan...
Home is where your plants are.

Happy Friday!

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