Life in The Jungle #14180

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The Story

Long abandoned, this old gas pump has developed a noticeable lean and lost some of its metal panels which let the mechanical innards show. But above all, the most unique feature is the small bush growing right up through and out the top! Mother Nature wasn’t content to simply surround this old gas pump, she decided to weave herself into the workings. Overgrown, yet very ingrown at the same time.

At one time this vintage pump had a lit glass globe on top as many of them did back in the day. Needless to say, most of those glass globes were broken or went missing long ago. The disappearance of the globe gave this plant a chance to take over and thrive, and as you can see, it truly has. Over time that faded all the paint nearly away, someone thought it was a good idea to put a few bullet holes right through the head of this old rusty machine from the age of fossil fuel.

Not many visitors come to this remote spot that lies far off the two-lane hard road. From there, it’s a mile walk down a closed farm lane without a single soul around for miles. The place was once a working farm and the building behind the old gas pump was a garage or large shed. That’s an unhinged sliding door leaning in the background. Once in a while, a park ranger will come to check on the place as nowadays it sits on federal land in the Delaware Water Gap.

I like this view with the early fall foliage around the pump. But there is another barren winter view with all the leaves gone called Zombie Gas Pump #14121. Yep, that surely means I was crazy enough to make the trip back in there twice…

Location: in the Delaware Water Gap, Pike County, Pennsylvania. Picture and story © Andrew Dierks

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