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Sat Jul 17, 2021, 01:25 AM

Other "Abandoned" photos

Hi folks,

I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the other images I considered entering in the contest.

I had originally uploaded this old tow truck as my second entry, but I deleted it and entered the abandoned hogan instead. I really love this photo, but it occurred to me that it wasn't really abandoned. If you look closely, there is air in the tires, and a chock in front of the rear wheel. Also, there is no vegetation growing on it. Someone is taking care of this old workhorse.





I found these old burned out cars on the road to Hana on Maui. However, I'm still not sure if they were abandoned or if someone torched them.



I love this photo of the Filosena Ranch near Lee Vining, California. There was a real live old west gun battle here in 1915, which resulted in the murder of a local sheriff the next day, and a huge shootout between a posse and a band of desperados. I was asked to find and photograph this old homestead by a great granddaughter of the original owners.



I absolutely love this next image. This is a section of the old, abandoned Highway 395 which runs from the Canadian border down to the San Diego area. (It wasn't called 395 in those days). This particular stretch is near the Filosena Ranch pictured above. This is the road that Sheriff James P. Dolan drove down in his old tin lizzie the day he was murdered by bandits. He was there to investigate the shootout that had taken place on the ranch the day before.




I found several of these old landing crafts in a shipyard outside Seward, Alaska. My guess is that they were used for servicing remote villages, or used as car ferries.



Here is a color version of the abandoned hogan. It's beautiful, but I feel the structure stands out from the background better in the B&W image. Also, I think the B&W version evokes the images of the first photographers to reach this area in the 19th century.



Here is a side view of the hogan.



Finally, here are a few more shots of the 395 House and the other house on the property. I shot the winning photo with a telephoto lens to bring the mountains in close and show their proximity to the house. These ultra wide angle shots show just how desolate the surrounding desert is as well.





The other house on the property.



Sadly, the little house isn't there anymore. It finally succumbed to the elements about a year ago.

Thanks for indulging me.

Ross












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Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 OP
Blue Dawn Jul 2021 #1
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #3
Blue Dawn Jul 2021 #5
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #6
Bayard Jul 2021 #2
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #4
calimary Jul 2021 #7
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #16
HuskyOffset Jul 2021 #8
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #17
burrowowl Jul 2021 #9
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #18
brer cat Jul 2021 #10
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #19
Soph0571 Jul 2021 #11
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #20
Callalily Jul 2021 #12
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #21
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2021 #13
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #22
mnhtnbb Jul 2021 #14
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #23
demigoddess Jul 2021 #15
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #24
drray23 Jul 2021 #25
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #26
csziggy Jul 2021 #27
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #28

Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 01:34 AM

1. So many wonderful photos, Grumpy Old Guy!

I really enjoyed reading your descriptions. I think they make the photos come to life. You are so talented. I could look at your photos all day long. Sometimes I just sit and get lost in one of them as I imagine what transpired in the past there or who lived there or who drove that certain vehicle, etc.

I am grateful that you take the time to post them so that we can all enjoy their beauty.

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Response to Blue Dawn (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:08 AM

3. Aww, Blue Dawn, thank you so much.

The history of these locations is very important to me.

If you can, please follow this link, and take a moment to read a comment I made about the "395 House" in the winning photograph. It talks about the family that lived there.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100215629420#post20

Thanks again,

Ross

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:19 AM

5. I did click on the link and read your description.

The history is pretty fascinating. I'm sorry to read that the house finally succumbed to the elements. I guess it was inevitable. I am going to do an online search and read more about it. Your photo was breathtaking and well-deserving of the win!



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Response to Blue Dawn (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:24 AM

6. Thanks for taking the time to read it.

Everyone in that part of the state is saddened that it finally fell.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 01:36 AM

2. Amazing art, Ross!

I particularly love the colors in the hogan pics. And the way the sky mimics the mountains (or vice versa) in the next to last pic.

Thanks!

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Response to Bayard (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:13 AM

4. Thank you for the kind words Bayard.

About those clouds...

If you look closely, I lightened the sky a little in the photo that I entered in the contest. Those clouds were just a little too dark in the original picture. I call that the "wrath of God" effect. It's a bit too much.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:36 AM

7. That old homestead!

And the old road that can tell 1000 stories.

Pretty doggone cool, Grumpy Old Guy!

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Response to calimary (Reply #7)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:30 PM

16. Thanks Calimary.

The modern 4-lane divided highway is about fifty yards to the East. Most people have no idea this old stretch of road still exists.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:38 AM

8. Ah yes, the road to Hana, where rental cars go to die

One of the most pothole filled roads Iíve been on, very rough on the cars that drive it.

I assume the hogan pictures, at least the second one, were taken towards the end of they day, as a proper hogan will have its entrance facing east.

Wonderful pictures.

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Response to HuskyOffset (Reply #8)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:37 PM

17. Yes, it was sunset.

We were on our way to Tear Drop Arch, but never made it. Two members of our group were recovering from major surgery, and the bumpy 4wd road, (seen in the side view), was just too much for them. It was getting dark and we thought it best to turn around.

I read that things are getting out of hand between the tourists and the locals on the road to Hana. The sightseers are clogging the roads parking illegally, and the police are writing hundreds of citations.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:44 AM

9. Nice pics and comments!

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #9)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:37 PM

18. Thank you!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:50 AM

10. Wonderful pix

and your descriptions bring them to life. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #10)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:38 PM

19. Thank you!

Every picture tells a story. 😊

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 05:36 AM

11. Glorious!

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #11)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:39 PM

20. Thank you dear Sophie. ❤

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 07:10 AM

12. Great array of photos.

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Response to Callalily (Reply #12)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:39 PM

21. Thank you!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 11:09 AM

13. My dear Ross, all of these are superb photos in their own right.

Reading your history of what transpired in them really adds depth to the photos.

Feel free to post more photos in this style, where you show us what's going on and how you took the shots. It's so informative.

Thank you!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #13)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:41 PM

22. Don't worry, I'll be posting more.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 11:30 AM

14. Wonderful!

Thanks for posting them.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #14)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:41 PM

23. Thank you!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 01:47 PM

15. Great photos.

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Response to demigoddess (Reply #15)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 02:41 PM

24. Thank you!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 03:02 PM

25. Great pictures.

The first one, the blue tow truck would make a perfect subject for an oil or watercolor painting.

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Response to drray23 (Reply #25)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 03:21 PM

26. I agree.

The faded colors and shape of that old tow truck are amazing. Did you notice the old AAA logo on the driver's door?

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sun Jul 18, 2021, 12:36 AM

27. Your picture of the landing craft makes me wonder if the ferry we took in Scotland was one, too



This was the ferry from Nigg to Cromarty, just north of Edinburgh. This was easily the smallest ferry we used in the UK. According to the crew, they can load three cars onto the ferry, but I suspect they all have to be very small cars. When we got off in our little Volkswagon estate wagon, there was a camper van ready to load up!

Here is the plaque on the ferry:

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Response to csziggy (Reply #27)

Sun Jul 18, 2021, 12:56 AM

28. That certainly is similar to the boats I saw in Alaska.

That plaque says it as built in 1984. However, I bet they had a ton of them sitting around after the war. They must make perfect ferries. Plus, in Alaska so many of the people live in places that are only accessible by boat or airplane. Those flat botom boats would probably be great for navigating the rivers.

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