This is the first installment of a photographic series I am calling dead delta, which examines the shuttered, decaying, and derelict structures in Delta Junction, Alaska where I live.
the mushroom picker's residence
For years I have been jogging past an abandoned property in the woods next to Nistler Road. Sandwiched between farmland and inhabited residences, the property doesn't call much attention to itself. On the plot lies a mobile home (a mid-1950's era Spartan trailer) with an adjoining shack and two nearby barns. Nature has been busy reclaiming what it can, certainly with the help of a few vandals over the years. Various debris scattered inside the home (food & beverage containers, shopping circulars, etc.) suggests whoever lived there died or suddenly abandoned the property around 1986, the same year I was born. I wonder what happened to them, if they had any relatives, and why no one bothered to keep up or sell this property in the subsequent decades. Despite the passage of time, there are still plenty of clues scattered around the property that give some insight into how the resident(s) lived and how much they enjoyed their plot of land. Some of these are contained in the images below: