Creeping Around an Old, Abandoned Dairy Farm

Anyone who knows me can tell you I love creeping about abandoned and haunted places. Having my own business, Ace of Wands Photography, has allowed me a little more time to indulge myself in this rather dicey past-time. As a matter of fact, I have another blog in the works called the Paranormal Inquiry and have just started a YouTube channel by the same name. I will post the video at the bottom of this blog for you to enjoy. I only have one video at this time but there will be more to come. My goal is to put up a video every other week.

Ok, back to the topic at hand. First of all, much to my regret, I cannot give the location of this site. I promised the owner I wouldn't because she already has problems with vandalism. Very sad. Most likely, when she does end up selling the property, all of this will get torn down. Again, sad. I really loved this place and its history.

As I poked about, I just got a feel of old-fashioned people and old fashioned ways. A lot of hard work went on here. One could almost feel the bustling and busyness of hard working people and cows plodding about. Simpler times permeated every nook and cranny.

Walking around the outside of the buildings,
all I could hear was the crunch of dry grass and weeds as grasshoppers clicked through the air, jumping to get out of my way. It was a hot summer day.


When I entered the airy barn, I noticed a nice change of temperature. The musty smell of livestock still lingers after all these years. I really could have meandered about here all day but a thing called time cut my visit short. I really felt privileged to be able to photograph this bit of history -- perhaps for the last time.


Photo Shoot at the City of Refuge (Hawaii)

I grew up in Hawaii. Well, actually, I spent my teenage years there. I guess we tend to consider teenage years as "our time". We have an affinity for the music of those years of our life and we identify with the culture of that bygone era. I recently went back to Hawaii to visit my folks and had the opportunity to wander around a bit at the City of Refuge and the Painted Church (different locations). 
The City of Refuge -- I love this place. All the visitors whisper as they walk about, soaking in the spirit and peace that permeates this ancient village. The City of Refuge is a very sacred place of second chances. Those accused of some wrong-doing could flee to this village and would be spared of their fate (if they made it). The Kahuna's were resonsible for all who lived there. The fugitives spent their days making atonement so as to be re-born, given a second life and a second chance.
These are just a few photos I took while visiting the City of Refuge and the Painted Church.  Uploading to YouTube affects the quality a bit but the essence remains. I chose to take many of the photos in black and white. I wanted to punch forth the lines and showcase the contrasts of the unique structures, giving a solidity to the gods. 
Thank you for watching!




Finding One's Passion

Ever ask the rhetorical question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" We usually ask that question of ourselves when we feel particularly at sea, so to speak. We still feel as though we haven't landed anywhere or put down solid roots into a passion or interest. I have personally found that those solid roots have commitment written all over them. Another truth I have come to uncover is, we DO know what we REALLY want to do but in all honesty, we won't commit because we don't believe we can be that person or do that thing.  The fact is, our trouble is not in knowing what we want but committing to what we want and doing what it takes to get there. PERIOD.  We may test out the waters, getting our tootsies a little wet, then pull out the moment we realize that real commitment is involved.
All journeys have a bend in the road.   
 What has this got to do with Photography or my travels? Well, travels entail a journey and the above has been my journey for many years. I have stopped all the nonsense. I calmly, but firmly decided that opening my own photography art gallery was exactly what I am to do. You see, I found out that it encompasses all my other passions and lets me tell their tales and share another perspective with others. This is my commitment. I am used to sharing alter perspectives with my background in Philosophy but now, I can do this through visual media.
  I am currently taking courses in Photography and loving every moment. Taking five days off from work just to further, all the more, my coursework and build that foundation for my passion. I will also be developing a YouTube Channel, but that will be further on down the line. Its taken me to 3:00 a.m. some nights to tie up loose ends, developing websites, doing research, going through training modules and not forgetting to shoot some pics along the way. I have been the most wonderful kind of tired these past few days.
  I just want to tell you that it's all worth it. Give the commitment to your passion a try and the most amazing things begin to happen!