before 12th century
1: partial darkness or obscurity within a part of space from which rays from a source of light are cut off by an interposed opaque body2: a reflected image3: shelter from danger or observation4 a: an imperfect and faint representation b: an imitation of something : copy5: the dark figure cast upon a surface by a body intercepting the rays from a source of light6: phantom7plural : dark 1a8: a shaded or darker portion of a picture9: an attenuated form or a vestigial remnant10 a: an inseparable companion or follower b: one (as a spy or detective) that shadows11: a small degree or portion : trace12: a source of gloom or unhappiness13 a: an area near an object : vicinity b: pervasive and dominant influence14: a state of ignominy or obscurity
I took this picture one day in Dec. This house sits in our small town. Unoccupied, slowly disintegrating and rotting away. In all my years here, I don't ever remember seeing anyone at this house.
I haven't been able to find out much about the history of the house. It seems it's tied up in an estate and can't be sold. Those that it belongs too have just abandoned it. I think that's so sad.
To me, it's a beautiful old house that has so much potential. So much of the original work is still there. Around the roof and across the porch. With time and care and a whole lot of money, I guess, it could be so beautiful.
I always wonder about the shadows in the house. The memories inside the walls. Was there love and laughter here? Were there times of family gatherings, with voices of those inside, echoing throughout the walls? Did children play in the yard while, parents, aunt's uncles and Grandparents looked on?
If I can ever find out who owns it, I want to go inside. Places like this intrigue me. It would be interesting to see what's inside and the internal structure. And to see what shadows haunt the rooms of this place.
The picture above is my original picture. It's been cropped a little. I also changed it to a sepia tone. Not sure which one I like best. I'm posting it here. Same picture (is that cheating)?