Vast campuses of shining white buildings stand empty like abandoned temples of technology waiting for new throngs of believers. Their mirror-glass windows reflect immaculate lawns and fountain, surrounded by vacant parking lots.
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These buildings and grounds are so beautiful and so carefully maintained that I felt like a visitor to an ancient site. Although these are modern buildings, the intense blue sky and the white structures even brought to mind the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion.
I am indebted to a security guard named Olga for the opportunity to take pictures of this campus. After challenging me as to why I was there, she allowed me to take pictures and even suggested viewpoints that showed off the surging fountains at the entrance.
After shooting pictures, I spent a few moments absorbing the emotions and mental images that still pervade this site. I do not know what company filled these buildings and imbued them with life, but it must have been a fast and furious time.
Unlike the abandoned factories of my native New England, whose broken windows and grimy walls still ring with echos of sadness and failure, these grounds still reverberate with with excitement and conflict, like a elaborately staged, but flawed, performance that folded after the first reviews came in.
There are many more empty buildings scattered across this valley. Let us hope that a new wave of opportunity washes through here and fills these abandoned structures with purpose and excitement again.