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Illustrating Abandonment

I recently came across a very cool photo series called Diary of Abandonment. Maybe, to some, these types of photos just look like junk in fields, but to those of us that see beauty in the most unlikely places, these photos tell amazingly beautiful stories.

Today, I visited my Papaw, who has always been a pillar of strength. He's always been the tallest man I've known, the hardest working, the most gentle, and probably the kindest. He's aging as all Papaws do. He reminded me today on my visit with him that he'll be 84 years young this year. And of those 84, I can almost guarantee that he's worked at least 79 of those years!

I took along #thelittlecamerathatcould so that I could illustrate my own series of abandonment. Scattered all along my Papaw's home farm is a long and beautiful story.

My Papaw was a farmer for as long as I can remember, and if these old tractors could talk...

...Oh the stories they could tell. The miles they've seen...the crops they've harvested, the lives they changed.

But here they sit in a sort of grave yard, or rather on display in all their beat up, broken down glory for all to see what they've accomplished over their long life. To me, and those like me, just as majestic as they were when I was a kid watching Papaw climb up on them and do his thing for hours on end as we played in the fields with Granny watching us and keeping us entertained.

Remember this friends, even things abandoned are still beautiful in their own right. Its up to you to have the perspective to see it.

Psalm 50: 1-2 "The Mighty One,God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. 2 From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth."



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