Paramount Range with Real Canadian Honey Can–Arena, North Dakota

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A photographer friend and I went on a photo safari to North Dakota in April of 2012.  In the process, we stayed awake for 24 straight hours, drove about 500 miles, visited 3 ghost towns and a stopped at a number of abandoned farmsteads. Our final stop of the day was in the ghost town of Arena, North Dakota located in the south central part of the state.  Two old houses, a grain elevator, an old church and an old school are all that remain.  In one of the houses, we were greeted with this great still life instead of the usual chaos that you find in most of these places.  The kitchen looked like it had recently been swept, and the Canadian Honey can was a great addition to the shot. So many of these places have the great paint color on the walls and this one was no exception with the great pastel green. I think I’m going to have to do a series of stoves found in abandoned houses, since these always seem to be the one thing it is easier to leave behind than move.

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