Gimme Shelter


Oh, a storm is threat’ning

My very life today

If I don’t get some shelter

Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away

– The Rolling Stones

I took these pictures on February 9, 2012, in Clermont County, Ohio.

I was heading home, about an hour drive west, after spending the afternoon with a child I mentored through a volunteer program I was involved with at the time.

I remember being nervous as I parked my car along the narrow shoulder of the two-lane state road. Cars would regularly blow past me, crossing the double yellow line going 80 to 100 miles per hour while driving, much less sitting still on this low traffic stretch of rural state highway.

Hours earlier, I had noted the decaying farmhouse and barn that sat on what appeared to be abandoned property on my way to my mentoring commitment.

What really caught my eye though was the moss covered rock perched on the weathered fence post nearby. Someone intentionally put it there.

My Canon EOS Digital Rebel camera was tucked behind the driver seat of my gold 2004 Pontiac Grand Am, so, I knew I needed to stop and explore the property on my return trip.

It is hard to believe seven years have gone by since I took these pictures. My mentorship ended a few months later in 2012.

I have not returned to that part of Clermont County since.

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