Unwitting desolation

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picture fan (Views?N… on January 9, 2009


A very beautiful photo!

I thank you again.


MaryAlice on January 9, 2009

Thank You, Picture Fan, for your kind words of praise.

I'm glad you enjoyed this view, and thank you for visiting today.

Wishing you a really nice day,

Mary Alice

malby on January 9, 2009

Interesting view and perspective. Greets, Maggie

Marilyn Whiteley on January 9, 2009

This reminds me of the title of Tennessee Williams' play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. You've certainly caught the desolation!

Thanks for sharing this. Marilyn

MaryAlice on January 9, 2009

Greetings, Maggie, and thank you so much for your visit. I appreciate your kind words, and I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this shot. I hope you are doing well this evening. Thanks again for stopping by tonight. =)

Ray, Welcome to my gallery, and thank you for your visit to these tracks. Are you originally from here, and now stuck way up in New York of all places? Did you actually live in Georgia, or just in the South? Well, I'm pleased to meet you, and really glad that you stopped by. Please feel free to stop in & visit again any time at all. =) .... And Stay warm up there!

Good evening, Marilyn! How are you tonight? I'm very happy to see you here. What an appropriate title you have come up with. Indeed, it reminds me of that too, now that you mentioned it. It actually seemed somewhat sad there. It was very cold and quiet, except for the two pups trying to nip at my heels as I was walking down the track towards this old building. Apparently the stray dogs are under the impression that they own that entire area. Thank you for your visit, Marilyn, and I hope this evening finds you very well.

Best regards, and thank you all for stopping by,

Mary Alice

D.R.Lamont on January 11, 2009

Great shot Mary Alice, it was well worth the wait.

MaryAlice on January 12, 2009

Greetings, Don!

You are so kind.

Thank you for such nice words.

I was hoping that you might stop by. =)

Warmest regards,

Mary Alice

Madidi on January 13, 2009

Lovely shot Mary Alice: great lead-ins and those mellow tones again... :~)

I am currently reading a book on the old railway company that operated in this area many years ago: sadly all the lines were lifted and the infrastructure lost. Don't they wish they could go back fifty years now....

Warm Regards,


MaryAlice on January 13, 2009

Greetings, Sean!

While I was over visiting you just now, I wasn't even aware that you had been over here! =)

How nice to come back and find your nice comment here.

How fascinating that you are currently reading a book about our old railways. What is it called? I just recently read one called "A frontier link with the world" by David E. Patterson. It is about Upson County's 16 mile railroad, which I have photographed somewhere in my gallery on the first few pages. The entire book tells the history of one small company which operated this 16 mile track, and how it shared significant characteristics with it's much larger neighbors, therefore serving as a microcosm depicting the interrelationships between the corporate activities of a Georgia railroad and the economics and social history of the community it served.

That little 16 mile track broadened the social and cultural horizons of our small community more than you could imagine.

It's still there today, and still very much in use. ( though for very different purposes now, of course!)

Anyway, back to your book, yes, it is SO sad that so many of the old tracks have been lifted, and so many beautiful trestles and tunnels destroyed. I do wish that we could go back 50 years ( or more) so that I could at least photograph these great places for later! =)

Time changes all things. Some for better, some for worse.

Thank you for your visit and praise on this shot. I'm so happy to see you!

Warmest regards,

Mary Alice

Madidi on January 14, 2009

Well Mary Alice, and how are things there today, is it any warmer??

I don't think I explained what I was reading too well: the book concerns the railways around my old home village and as there were more photos than text perhaps it was more fitting too :~) Our railways connected all the local towns and the nearest city and were the lifeline for many people and businesses as well. Sadly they were considered expendable when road traffic became fashionable. It's too late of course to put it all back but having been in a lot of places lately where trains are the backbone of the transport systems, it was one big mistake:-)

Great to hear from you,


MaryAlice on January 14, 2009


Warmer? No way! Quite the opposite actually.

This weekend, it is suppose to be 7. S E V E N. I can't even imagine. How many socks must one wear to go out in SEVEN? Ugggggh.

I think we will need a fire in the fireplace for sure!

Okay . . . thanks for the new info. on the book. I misunderstood you completely, didn't I? I'm sorry. I wondered why you were reading about the railway systems in the south of Georgia. =)

THis makes a whole lot more sense now.

It's always great to hear from you too, Sean, and I hope you're enjoying your evening.

Keep warm & toasty!

Mary Alice

MaryAlice on January 14, 2009

Good evening, Jazz, and thank you so much for visiting.

Yes, this shot does have a somewhat dreary feel to it, but it was rather peaceful and very quiet in person.

I think the day was overcast and cold, plus just the absence of life there made for a sad and lonely existence, but then, that was just what I was trying to portray, so I'm happy that you saw it this way! =)

Busy this time of year? What happens this time of year in your part of the world?

Well, I appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to visit a little part of my world. It's always great to see you here!

Take care and enjoy that busy life! =)

Very best regards,

Mary Alice

Nick Weall on January 16, 2009

I just dropped by to say hi Mary Alice ~ long time no speak.

I found another caboose today, I must try to find it again and send you a link.

Friendly greetings as always from nick

MaryAlice on January 16, 2009

Happy FRIDAY to you, Dear Nick!

How smashing to hear from you tonight! I was just about to head out, but then I caught your message!

Another Caboose? Fantastic! I can't wait to see it. Do let me know when you find it again. You know how I value the caboose. =)

Did you get well from your flu-like bug? I hope so.

All is great on this end, except that it's FREEZING! My goodness, we've been slapped with a really severe cold front that won't let up. I've been cold at work ALL DAY LONG! I can't wait to snuggle up in some warm, thick P.J. pants and triple socks! =)

Maybe I'll catch you back again later. We're headed out for some MEXICAN, but I'll probably be back on here later, later, later!

Thanks so much for your happy visit, and I'll look forward to catching up w/ you again soon!

Friendly greetings to you always,

Mary Alice

Marilyn Whiteley on January 16, 2009

Hi, Mary Alice! I've posted a caboose, but it's nothing atmospheric like your lovely rail shots. Its atmosphere is quite different: COLD! But of course you're having some unseasonably cold weather yourself. Do try to keep warm, and come on and see my cheerful though cold caboose if you have time.

Best wishes, Marilyn

MaryAlice on January 16, 2009

Yes, Marilyn, we are having unusually COLD temperatures over here. If we could get some snow to go along with it, it would especially nice! =)

Thanks for your visit.

I'm on my way over to see your COLD Caboose right now!

Ill be there in a split!

Warmst regards,

Mary Alice

MaryAlice on January 18, 2009

Great to see you on this QUICK STOP, dear Jazz!

I hope you are doing very well this evening. =)

Best regards,

Mary Alice

Tony Reid on January 18, 2009

Times change, useful buildings and businesses are left behind. I suppose it is the way of things.

We have similar stuff here by the railways of NZ, Mary Alice.

Cheers, Tony in New Zealand

MaryAlice on January 18, 2009

Greetings, Tony!

How nice to see you.

Yes, there are places like this scattered about here as well. They always seem to catch my eye when it's easy to see that at one time they were a successful business with a lot going on. It's such a shame seeing them like this, and one can't help but wonder, what happened?

Thanks for your visit, and I hope that you are enjoying yourself in New Zealand this evening. ( or morning... or afternoon!)

Best regards,

Mary Alice

Tony Reid on January 18, 2009

Changes in agriculture practises, advances in technology. Business ebbs and flows over time, and like the tides, some stuff is taken away and some left behind.

Cheers, Tony in New Zealand

2.50pm Monday 19th

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