Still Standing in the Business Park

April 19, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

All That RemainsAn oak tree has grown over, and rests upon, a vintage rural outbuilding in a city business park. I've been fascinated by this building with the tree resting on it since I first saw it last winter. Despite what the setting appears to be, it's actually not in a rural area at all -- it's a relic still standing (barely) in a slick business park in Santa Rosa. I'm not sure, but I assume the tree leaned over early in its development, judging by the trunk, and found the structure's roof a comfy resting place and grew from there. 

I'm also not sure what the building is; is it an old outbuilding from the farm that was surely the original occupant of the business park's land? How old is it? And why did someone spray paint the name "Berg" on the door frame? I haven't been successful in finding out anything about the original use of the business park's land on the Internet.

There's no fence around the structure. I could have walked right up to it if I felt like trespassing or even gone inside if I felt like putting my life (or, God forbid, my camera!) at risk. So I settled for shots from the nice, "safe" heavily patched and heaving asphalt path in front of it. Adjacent to this property is an eerie parking lot, with slots for more than a hundred cars, clearly abandoned for some time. A fence was hastily thrown up around it, and the native grasses and weeds have begun to grow up through the myriad cracks in the paving. The light standards are still all there, reaching high into the sky, and there's a course of orange traffic cones set up on the asphalt, as though it was once used for training of some sort. But no longer.

Patient hubby was willing to give me all the time I wanted to shoot, but I felt I needed to keep it short and sweet. The whole thing spooked me, frankly. I'm not sure I'm satisfied that the shots I came home with do it justice. Black and white or color? The monochrome is definitely spookier, but does the color image do a better job of telling the story of the building and the tree? What do you think? 

~ glo

Still StandingThe tree has obviously been counting on the support of this building for some time.


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