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Posts tagged “Vintage Cars

A Visit to Keeler

Keeler is an old mining town, nestled between the foothills of the White/Inyo Mountains, and the vast desert of the Owens Dry Lake.  At one point in history, several eons ago(before LADWP), the area was a vast watershed, with HUGE amounts of healthy riparian habitat, giant spring-fed wetlands, and water, water everywhere. 

Now…it’s a barren salt flat, where daily dust storms cause bronchial infections in the very young and very old, animals struggle to scrape out a living(along with the tough locals that stick around), and the deserted landscape is as vast and empty as the LA Aqueduct is deep and wet…

Abandoned

The first thing I noticed about Keeler was the sense of abandonment.  It seems that everywhere you looked, something was rusted, rotted, empty, or falling down under the weight of decades of desert environment and neglect.

Keeler Firehouse

We went by the Keeler Volunteer Fire Department.  Their vehicles were all more than 50 years old, most of them retired from other fire districts and most likely donated to the KVFD.  Sometimes you do your best with what you got. At least they HAVE a fire house…

Broke Down Palace?

This stone house is probably over 150 years old, though I couldn’t say for certain.  Makes a nice contrast to the vastness of the desert and the beauty of the Eastern Sierra in the background.  Nestled among the peaks back there is Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the Continental U.S.  And about 1 hour south(behind me in this photo) is Death Valley and Badwater, which is the lowest point in the Continental U.S.

Mother Nature Never Fails

And where men have fought, and fallen, struggled to eke out a living in the vast, dry desert, Mother Nature still makes a stand…

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Round Valley Relic

The storm clouds rolling in while taking my daughter to school this morning were simply incredible.  I was racking my brain the whole way to school and back home, trying to figure out where I could go, close by, and get some decent shots.  Than I remembered this old, rusted, gutted, half of a car out behind Kaylee’s mom’s house…

Round Valley Relic1

Color Relic1

And my favorite shot of the morning…

Round Valley Relic2

I really like this last shot.  I actually took 3 exposures from this angle, intending to make an HDR photo merge, but when I got the files uploaded, I realized I didn’t need it, so I discarded the other 2 files, and processed this one as normal.  I think it came out fairly decent.

I will be going back here, after a nice dusting of fresh snow hits Round Valley…

Thanks for looking!


Local Legend

The Sierra Phantom.  He’s a local legend…sort of.  One part eccentric, one part mountaineer, 3 parts Enigma.  Add contents to bowl, mix thoroughly, and pour into a local river.  What you get is the Sierra Phantom…

Sierra Phantom

Sierra Phantom

He’s in his mid-60’s now, but he doesn’t let that slow him down.  He spent many years living the life of a hermit, up in the mountains, in the backcountry, eking out a living from the bounty of the backcountry through fishing, hunting, and what little gardening can be done at 11,000′.  He has played an important role in the Search and Rescue of countless individuals lost in the mountains.  He has been party to searches, pack trains, mining companies, and environmental lawsuits.  The man has seen a lot…

I made arrangements with him to get together on a nice warm day, head to the river for some fishing, and to get some really good shots of the Phantom playing in his environment.  I hope we can really make that happen…

I also ran across a really neat car yesterday…

LaSalle1

Cadillac LaSalle

You don’t see many of these anymore.  I have no idea what year she is, but I know her owner, so I can find out.  Sure is a beauty of an old luxury car, though, ain’t she?

Thanks for coming along!


Walkabout with Zayne…

Well…I’ve been walking around town lately, snapping portrait shots of just about anyone willing to sit still long enough for a shot to be taken.  I’ve walked away with some decent shots, and a new avenue and perspective on photography.  That’s always a bonus…

But, today…I went back to my roots and went for a walk with my daughter.  I tried to apply some of the things I have learned by shooting strangers, too…

After School Color

After School

Zayne

Saw this life size Micro-Machine, too.  Really cool little super-sub-compact antique…

Micro Mini Antique

Thanks for checking it out!


Randomness

More random photos and stuff. 

I’ve been playing with some of the car show pictures and wanted to share this one, as I am reasonably happy with it.  Actually…the best one, in my opinion.  What do you think?

desat heartbeat

This was probably the “cleanest” shot of the day, with very few distractions, no telephone wires, and very few people milling about.  So…I converted it to monochrome, pasted that on top of the original, erased the car from the monochrome version, and added a Gaussian blur to the monochrome.  I think it came out fairly well…

And of course…some more macros…

Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly

Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly

Degrees of Change

Degrees of Change

 

Almost Gone

Almost Gone

Fallen Beauty

Fallen Beauty

Sticky Situation

Sticky Situation

So…that’s about it.  Just some random signs of the coming of winter, and a really cool shot of a really neat old truck.  Thanks for looking!


What Happened?!?

Where the hell did Autumn go?!?!  Last week it was 90*F, yesterday it snowed.  Today it is freezing out.  Last week I had the A/C running to keep me from overheating, today I have the heater running.  Right about now I could use a little Global Warming…

Anyhow…Fall colors are shot.  The trees that started to change have frozen and turned brown.  The green trees are spotted with frost spots, and half the aspens have lost their leaves.  No colors this year.  But wait…

'69 Plymouth Road Runner

'69 Plymouth Road Runner

The Owen’s Valley Cruisers were in town this week.  Their Fall Colors Car Show is always a treat.  Unfortunately, I work Saturdays and can’t get to the Shine and Show proper.  But I can make it to the Cruiser Meet Up on Friday Evening…

'55 Chevy Nomad

'55 Chevy Nomad

Early 1940's Chevy Truck

Early 1940's Chevy Truck

1930's Flaming Ford

1930's Flaming Ford

The Heartbeat of America

The Heartbeat of America

Ford Custom Deluxe

Ford Custom Deluxe

Chevy a Go-Go

Chevy a Go-Go

I also went up Pine Creek Canyon the other day.  The goal was to get sunrise shots and Alpenglow on a spectacular granite peak…but it snowed on us, and blocked out the alpenglow.  Oh well…

B&W Granite Peak1

Snowy Peaks

Sunrise Snowstorm

Gable Cascade

That’s it.  I’m freezing my ass off.  I need to get out and get some shots of the snow covered peaks after last night’s storms.  But it’s cold.  Brrr…  I know…I’m a wuss…

Thanks for taking the time to look!!