Under the Stars

Posted by on September 21, 2011

These photos remind me of the area around my hometown.  The Homestead Act (the one in 1909) gave people 320 acres to dry land farm.  That was enough land for a few years, but in the thirties the drought (what is sometimes referred to as the dust bowl years, or the dirty thirties) caused many farms to fail, and they were abandoned. The houses where the farm families lived were left to slowly decay.  There are so many of these abandoned houses all over the plains.

These photos were taken in Oregon, so I am not sure if the economic factors are exactly the same as in my home, but they were probably pretty close.

Ben Canales is the night photographer who captured these images.  Spectacular.

All Photos by Ben Canales, his flickr stream is here.

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