Wednesday, March 27, 2013

ESP Revisited and a Ramble

I do not have Extra Sensory Perception. 
As handy as that would be in life, 
it is not something I can claim to possess. 

But I have, on occasion had a premonition. 
The one that stands out most in my memory 
is when I heard my daughter, age 2, 
walking down the steps and I knew she was going to fall. 
Fall she did.

I've also had those gut feelings 
about things.
I always listen to the gut feeling, 
it has not let me down! 

But that is not what ESP is referring to in this post. 
ESP is Eastern State Penitentiary   
And I revisited it. 

And although fascinating,
I didn't want to blog the same history I blogged before. 

In the name of progress
so many places like this are leveled
to make room for newer, cheaper, and uglier construction.

And that is a pet peeve of mine.
Out with the old and in with the new.
This story of Whitemarsh Hall is a perfect example
of what gets me on a rant.

Al Capone's Cell

Imagine what Europe would be like
if they practiced that principle.
All those old castles and churches....gone?

But not to worry,
for now Eastern State Penitentiary operates as a museum.
As far as I know,
there is no wrecking ball waiting to level it.
THAT makes me happy
because I find beauty here.

Now I think I'll read a biography about Al Capone.

My ESP Gallery is here. 


Out on the prairie said...

Neat building, I thought he was at Alcatraz. Been a few years since I was there on a tour.

Kmcblackburn said...

Isn't that an amazing place to photograph?!?! I could spend all day there, much to the chagrin of my Better Half. Gorgeous photos immersed with texture. But that last photo kinda takes my breath away :)

Wayne said...

Who would have ever thought that people would line up to visit an old prison? It is a fabulous place.

EG CameraGirl said...

What a super place to take your camera. I LOVE the texture, the colours...and even the history.

I agree that North Americans are way to quick to tear things down and rebuild. So much has been lost!

Kathy said...

Love your treat on these photos, especially the Capon quarters. Sort of reminds me of Topaz filters.

~JarieLyn~ said...

I liked your commentary on this post. :) Oh I love the photo with the furniture in it. Just like you, I hate when they tear down the old buildings and replace it with "modern" construction that is ugly. I like the history in buildings, the character, and the energy that's left over and causes us to use our imagination and have a sense about what it was like in an earlier time.

Jama said...

The photos are so beautiful!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Fantastically interesting post - and wonderful photos.