End of Times – Where Life Ends

It has been 16 days and 15 nights of walking, hiding, crawling my way to where I am now. I hope I moved in the right direction, followed the tracks to where they were supposed to lead me. It's being 16 days, or more like 17, 18 or 15. My memory is failing. Lack of sleep and lack of food can do that to you. Nobody to talk to, nothing to hear. No words, no noise, no music! Except the music in your head and the occasional brush of an animal against the bushes. Yes, the animals are slowly coming back… or should I say they never left and are surviving the times? They seem to adapt pretty well, so much better than we, the humans! But in all this you know what seemed to be not affected at all? Take a guess………. Yes, cockroaches. Is like nothing kill those damn cockroaches. I have a new appreciation for them.

While on my path to who knows where, I was beginning to wonder if I had missed my turn off point. What is "to the end of Life"? Is that the end of the tracks, because I am certainly not there yet, or is it something else? Is it a specific train wagon with a specific name? – I made sure I stopped and read/analyse all of them in detail looking for clues and more – Or is it a specific building or place? What if it is a building? What if it is a building I already passed days ago. My mind was beginning to falter and I was starting to doubt! My feet were aching and tired and my body was thirsty. But I kept walking… heading who knows where.

It is incredible how vegetation can take over every existing man made construction. Like mother nature is taking back what was always hers. I still had a half-day of walking in front of me but I had to stop. Too thirsty, too tired. I walked just enough to a high dense area that was overridden with trees, bushes and plants. A good place for hiding, resting and possibly spending the night! Safety first! When I got there and pushed through the wall of branches and bushes… that's when I saw it.

Behind all of that was the remnants of what used to be a huge and, from what I can tell, beautiful church. Just pieces of what used to be a magnificent construction remained standing. From outside in the yard I watched in awe how the roof had caved in and how the walls were gone. I couldn't believe my eyes. While walking around I stumbled upon something and when I looked down I froze in a combination of panic, fear and WTF. It was a tombstone, they were many more, all around… everywhere. So many tombstones, and that's when it hit me. "To the end of Life"

I paused and figured I had reached the right place, but then again…. was it the right time?

– I need to search for clues! I need to find my next clue!

– I think I see it, just above the stairs. Just behind the Statue.

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Background image found on the internet from http://hdwpics.com/forgotten-city-hdw1171467

This will be a series of composites that will span over several weeks.

 

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  47 comments for “End of Times – Where Life Ends

  1. Nancy Levan
    July 3, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I'm loving this photo story!

  2. Elizabeth Lund
    July 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    This story and the photos are just marvelous +Ricardo Williams such great and intriguing storyline and photos, loving it 😀

  3. Ricardo Williams
    July 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you so much +Nancy Levan … glad you like them.
    +Elizabeth Lund I am so happy you are enjoying the series…. more to come… and thank you!

  4. Gary Munroe
    July 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Very cool but you gotta be sweating under that mask! 😉

  5. Terry Alvarez (LetsRide aWrite)
    July 3, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Superb!!

  6. Ricardo Williams
    July 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    It is hot everyday under that mask +Gary Munroe 🙂
    Thank you +Terry Alvarez

  7. Alan Bland
    July 3, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Be careful where you step. Don't want to wake the dead.

  8. Steve Boyko
    July 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    This is just fabulous.

  9. Joanna Koziara
    July 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Waiting in suspense….

  10. Elizabeth Hahn
    July 3, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    ♥♥♥ hope you find a brief sanctuary before moving on +Ricardo Williams 🙂

  11. Isabelle Fortin
    July 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    fantastic work once gain +Ricardo Williams !!

  12. Doug Alder
    July 3, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Wow – nice work – photo and backstory – looking forward to the rest

  13. steve defeo
    July 3, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    "just behind the statue." A puzzle within a story… keep em comin!

  14. Colette Renee
    July 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    ❤️ this!

  15. Eve “Bubbles” Aebi
    July 3, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Again excellent!

  16. Angela Migliore
    July 3, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    The photos and the stories are out of this world good! Wow! So well done!

  17. Cathy Custer Donohoue
    July 3, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    So incredible. You must publish as a book or ebook. Something.

  18. Ellie Kennard
    July 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Better and better. Our Friday treat! +Ricardo Williams

  19. Gary Paakkonen
    July 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Here's hoping that the clue is behind the statue….. +Ricardo Williams thanks for this story, it is the highlight of my week!

  20. Cora Triton
    July 3, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I agree – this should be a book. Looking forward to the next chapter!

  21. Lon W.
    July 3, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Cool image!!

  22. Lon W.
    July 3, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Didn't say that right… Image suits the conclusion very well.

  23. Ricardo Williams
    July 3, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Hopefully no zombies in this one +Alan Bland
    Thank you very much +Steve Boyko
    Thank you +Joanna Koziara
    +Elizabeth Hahn …. hopefully I find all I need.
    +Isabelle Fortin Thank you very much my friend.
    Thank you very much +Doug Alder
    +steve defeo Thank you very much buddy.
    Thank you very much +Colette Renee
    +Eve Aebi Thank you 🙂
    +Angela Migliore thank you very much my friend… really appreciate it.
    +Cathy Custer Donohoue I am giving that some consideration 🙂
    +Ellie Kennard Glad you like it… I will try and keep it coming.
    +Gary Paakkonen Thank you for your words … they mean a lot. Thank you for the support!

  24. Ricardo Williams
    July 3, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    +Cora Triton Thank you very much.
    Thank you +Lon W.

  25. Laura McLeod
    July 3, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Oh I sure hope the clue is at the top of the stairs. The story is just getting better and better and the photos are just beautiful. Looking forward to the next chapter!!!!

  26. Robin Cohen
    July 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    wow!! what a beautiful photo and a spell-binding story!!

  27. kat Folland
    July 3, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Awesome as always. The marriage of image and story is at its best here.

  28. Pat Kight
    July 3, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    So suspenseful!

  29. Gary Goodenough
    July 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Where is this church you photographed?

  30. Jim Migliore
    July 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    +Ricardo Williams I am loving taking this journey with you. The marriage of the photo composite you create with the story is exactly what I see in my mind's eye. Well done.

  31. Art through the Apeture Photography
    July 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    My goodness, great find on the picture +Ricardo Williams I am rooting for you and your love. <3

  32. Lerato Majikfaerie
    July 3, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    +Ricardo Williams wow, another incredible instalment! keep em coming!

  33. Sharon Stone
    July 4, 2015 at 12:35 am

    ❤️💗❤️ +Ricardo Williams, another great installment. Looking forward to the next step in your adventure.

  34. Christina Lihani
    July 4, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Oh, well done +Ricardo Williams!!

  35. Tisha Scurich
    July 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    This is exceptional +Ricardo Williams enjoying your series….

  36. Debbie DeBaeremaeker
    July 4, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    you know, that shirt is fairly clean for his environment. but i love the tattering

  37. Shelly Gunderson
    July 5, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Another captivating installment! Love the image as well!

  38. Kathleen Milks
    July 5, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    To find hope in a seemingly hopeless place…
    Yet another amazing installment, both in story and photo +Ricardo Williams!

  39. Carla McMahon
    July 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Wow, love this

  40. Darla Hueske
    July 7, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Wonderful storytelling, Ricardo.

  41. Ricardo Williams
    July 8, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    +Laura McLeod I am sure the clue is up there, not sure what turn of events it will trigger though!
    +Robin Cohen Thank you very much.
    +kat Folland I try to keep the image consistent with the story or vice versa…. not always easy.
    Thank you +Pat Kight I really appreciate it…..
    +Gary Goodenough I did not photograph the church, as you can read at the end of the post, I found the photo on the link I shared. Incredible images out there.
    Thank you very much +Jim Migliore I try to make it as realistic and descriptive as possible, while at the same time keeping it a very short read.
    I am rooting also +Art through the Apeture Photography it is proven to be more difficult than I thought to get them together again.
    Thank you +Lerato Majikfaerie … I really appreciate it.
    +Sharon Stone I hope the next installment comes by this Friday.
    Thank you so much +Christina Lihani
    +Tisha Scurich I am glad you like it…. thank you.
    +Debbie DeBaeremaeker I try to stay clean… you know… mama thought me well 🙂
    Thank you so much +Shelly Gunderson
    +Kathleen Milks Thank you so much… Hope is good fuel, but for how long?
    Thank you so much +Carla McMahon
    +Darla Hueske Thank you… I really appreciate it.

  42. Sherrie von Sternberg
    July 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I was yelling at the computer….IT'S A GRAVEYARD, RICARDO…..A GRAVEYARD hahahahahahahaha….and then you discovered it for yourself. Good job, cannot wait until tomorrow 🙂

  43. Ricardo Williams
    July 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Maybe I just heard you from afar +Sherrie von Sternberg LOL … thank you!

  44. Yvette van Teeffelen
    July 10, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I'm a bit behind on the story but the good part of it is that I can read two in a row now without waiting 🙂

  45. Ricardo Williams
    July 10, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Hahaha that is true +Yvette van Teeffelen get to it… the next installment is already out!

  46. Cathy Custer Donohoue
    July 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I can't wait for the next installment! And the tombstones really got me. I should have expected that with the church but didn't

  47. Ricardo Williams
    July 10, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    +Cathy Custer Donohoue Thank you so much… the next installment is out… go go go!!

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