Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday Stills - Black and White's

This weeks Sunday Stills challenge was to take a category from the past challenges and to play with black and white or sepia tones. It's been a crazy weird week here at Rainy Day Cottage, so I've dug into my archives this time. My pictures fall into the architecture category.

This is the Hotel Condon that sits deep in farm country in Condon, Oregon. My niece-in-law's famiy owns and restored this beautiful old hotel where her bridal shower was held late last summer. It' really a gorgeous old building and I love how it looks in black and white, like maybe you just stepped back a few decades in time.



Now this old run-down house is here in Astoria and is well known as Astoria's Haunted House. A once-prominent Astoria family owns it, but live back east. The house sits empty of living souls, but from what I hear, full of furniture and and things forgotten long ago. Driving by late at night, you can often see lights in the upstairs windows. A pretty spooky place to be walking by late at night.
My favorite of these two shots is the sepia-toned. I love to play with that in my photo's and don't know why I don't do it more often.
Thanks for stopping by today. I wish all of you Mom's a wonderful Mother's Day!

23 comments:

Adrienne said...

I love your photos, especially the haunted house in Astoria. I know that house well. When I lived there I often wished I could own it, restore it and love it! If I was given the chance (and a bit of money) I would move back in a heartbeat and do just that. What a shame that it's so neglected.

Happy Mother's Day, dear friend.
~Adrienne~

Twisted Fencepost said...

Neat pictures of the old haunted house. Thanks for sharing them.
Happy Mother's Day, Paula!

dibear said...

Architecture in B&W always has such a haunting look. Loved them.

WildBlack said...

Nice pictures! The condon hotel looks pretty neat. The haunted house in Astoria looks quiet spooky too. Good Work :D
Nivin

Patrick McGee said...

To me it's almost criminal to have to watch this house, yes house, as it has become, die a slow death.

The Lower Columbia Historic Preservation Society could certainly make every effort to rescue this piece of our history and make it an ongoing project to bring back to life as soon as possible.

Sorry for venting but talk about urgency in saving something dear to us, this is one of those things.

Ed said...

very nice the house dose look a bit haunted..;-)

Sherri said...

Perfect subjects for B&W. Good job!

Andrea said...

I love architecture in b&w! Great shots! :)

WhimsybyMari said...

The haunted house is a great shot what a beauty it must have been in it's heyday

Paula said...

Patrick,
I've tried several times to reply to your comments, especially about adding your local bands music to my site. I would love to do that but the emails keep getting kicked back to me.

Regular Guy said...

What do you mean the house is creepy at night? It is creepy during the day too. Great shots. Maybe the Ghost Hunters/TAPS team needs to visit your neck of the woods.

moresecretwhispers said...

:) i really like the natural sun light in the first photograph
looks like a nice place

Adrienne said...

I love thoes pictures and the stories behind them! I always wanted to own a really old home and fix it up ... and then we bought a failry old home and realized how hard they are (and how much money they take!) to fix them up! ;-)

theegggather said...

Love the photos.

Stacey's Treasures said...

Awsome shots!
I'm glad you didn't get to close to that old house. The man with the shot gun might have been in there.

CTG Ponies said...

Great pics!

Patrick McGee said...

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Love Bears All Things said...

Do you ever sneak a peak in a window? That is what I would do if you can't get inside. I know, that would be tresspassing, though.
Interesting photos and kudos to your niece for saving the hotel. I hate to see old buildings torn down and replaced with modern ones.
Mama Bear

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

Oh Yea! A haunted house! I love it!!!! Great pictures

Kelly said...

Architecture always makes such interesting photos and yours are no exception - great photos!

Mary said...

Paula,

Love your black & whites and especially the sepia of the haunted house. Oh, to have that house would be grand. It's a shame it's sitting empty.

Hope you had a great Mother's Day, my friend.
Blessings,
Mary

Far Side of Fifty said...

That is one grand old house, can you just imagine what it must have looked like when it was first built..if only the walls could talk..I bet it has some great stories! Great B and W photos! :)

Egghead said...

I was visiting my sister while she lived in Astoria about a year ago and we were parked right in front of that house. I remember thinking I would just love to go in there and look around and wishing I could have seen it when it was new and lived in. Great shot.