One of my favourite local places to visit with a camera is this abandoned auto salvage yard in Springfield. Each time I go there, the conditions are worse. I noted the building had collapsed in the back, perhaps under the weight of heavy snow. It's a different experience in the winter as I am not sure if I will end up with a nail coming through my boots, so I tread very carefully.
The Nikon 12-24mm works great as a general walk around lens for me since I love wide angle imaging. Expensive glass should be extra-versatile.