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Court of the Snow Queen by WayneBenedet Court of the Snow Queen by WayneBenedet
With Thanks to :iconblueskye27: for this beautiful gift.

THEY CALL [link]

the plains murmur
your name

in the dark recesses
of night, the prairie calls

and with the coming
of the sun, you answer

your feet travel the
way of millennia

eons of living and loving,
weeping and dying

as they fought to survive
the wilderness

this snow-shrouded earth
lies steeped in the past

their dreams, their laughter,
their failures

'tis this you hear -
the untold generations

who've come and gone -
your kind soul

cannot resist
their pleading

to you they whisper
because in you

their being,
their existing

is no


Built in the late 1800's, this old house is along Boundary Trail which was surveyed in the 1870's.

It is a massive three story structure that has been badly damaged by the elements and vandals. But She still holds court for those who care the visit.

30x40 signed canvas original sold November 6, 2012. No other signed copies are available.
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gothchick913 Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It encapsulates some sort of magic.
Vellosia Oct 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is gorgeous! An explorer's dream!
It is not possible to enter, the floors have been destroyed.
Vellosia Oct 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I knew it was too good to be true. Still an amazing sight on the outside. :)

You should see some of my explorations. I'm not the best photographer, but I like to document every adventure I have. [link]
Some of the stuff is amazing. I would like to photograph some of it myself.
Vellosia Oct 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I wouldn't go to Pennhurst, though. That's where I got caught. The guards had shotguns and rifles. Talk about high security! It was amazing inside the building I was in, though. I could feel the history behind the once active mental hospital. The catacombs below gave off a feeling of overwhelming dread. I couldn't stay in there for long. The rusted surgery tables didn't help, either. It was wet and humid down there, too. There was a thick mist/fog that didn't let flashlights see far. As amazing as it was, it's not worth getting caught by uneducated guards. Rudest idiots I ever met. Their pick-up lines were disgusting.
vandalism is a problem, so i suppose that is why they have guards. Vandalism is a problem up here too, but I have never been on guarded land. But i have also never entered an abandoned hospital or or school. They just don't really exist out here.
Vellosia Oct 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Why do people destroy such mysterious, historic buildings? It's sad. The guards found it REALLY hard to believe that I was just there to explore and take photos. I still think the firepower was extreme.
based upon the destruction I have seen out here, I can see why the guards would find that hard to believe. In this area, teenagers drive around and smash old houses for fun. My nephew was involved when he was young, and he has told me some stories. He still likes to explore but he does not damage anything.
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