Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Creepy cistern

Welcome to ABC Wednesday C-Day.

I always wondered what was in the big (260 dunams) empty nature place locals call Gazelle Valley.
It, and what was originally a herd of 17 Gazella gazella gazella, is surrounded by Jerusalem urban development.
On one side is a fire station, seen in the first photo.
But when I was roaming there exactly a year ago, much of the land was charred black from a recent brush fire.

Within sight of the Fire Department, I was surprised to discover one still-standing long-abandoned stone house almost overgrown by trees and weeds.

Caution to the wind, I came closer to snap a photo of the interior.
From outside, that is; I wasn't cuckoo enough to find a way in. No.

Through the basement window I cringed to see a ghostlike drape hanging on the wall.

Courageous or crazy?
Had I gotten too close to this hole in the ground, something might have crumbled or collapsed.
And then only the jackals would have found me--for dinner.

The thick plaster lining of the hole made me think this was once a cistern, now a creepy cistern.
Urbex/UE/urban exploration could be fun, but not when one is alone and without a cellphone.


Kim, USA said...

Oh my oh my that is a bit creepy. ^_^


Kay said...

Just think of the history that must be lurking there. Perhaps some archaeology group might like to try some investigation?

VP said...

We did a lot of this when we were kids, with ropes and torchlights. Our favorite targets were abandoned houses and walled-up air-raid shelters from the last war.

Shooting Parrots said...

There is something exciting about find long forgotten places. I suppose it's about as close as we get to being explorers!

Leif Hagen said...

Yes, Creepy! Glad you didn't fall in! Now you be careful out there, Dina! BTW, thanks for the spelling help - I never won a spelling bee in school! Ha!

Roger Owen Green said...

better to be safe...stil, pretty adventurous.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Spiderdama said...

I do not think it's so creepy, but exciting. For a place to shoot:-)

Jane and Chris said...

Oh, creepy. Are there no safety warnings?
Jane x

Petrea Burchard said...

I love photographing places like this! I'm glad you were careful, though.

You have a trained eye, Dina. How old would you guess this stone house is?