The Abandoned Thompson Hotel is located near the town of Green River at the turn-off to Moab. As you venture through some of Utah’s rural areas your bound to stumble across unusual and even disturbing surprises.
All the locals around Canyonlands call this, Cleopatra. It’s one of my favorite pictographs, right off the Highway on your way to Hite Crossing in Glen Canyon. This style of rockart is known as the Barrier Canyon Style which is some of the oldest rockart in the state of Utah dating about 5,000-8,000 years back. I’m guessing the creature next to Cleopatra is a domesticated dog? Dogs may have played important roles in ancient Western Archaic cultures.
At a storefront in Rachel, Nevada, on the outskirts of Area 51. On our way back home from this trip, we stumbled upon a UFO research party about 10 miles east of Rachel along the Extraterrestrial Highway. They had their telescopes and high-tech sensors ready and alert if any saucers appeared. These characters reminded me of the X-Files TV series. The desert was still warm and inviting from the summer’s heat and the stars twinkled in their staircase of the sky. It’s moments like these and the people that you meet that make such travels very satisfying. It’s time to venture out into that country once again for another out-of-this-world experience.
It’s finally feeling like summer today but the temperature drops as a storm comes rolling in tonight. Tomorrow brings cold rain.
I’m trying to simplify in such a way that any possible composition jumps out from anywhere. Looking for texture, simplicity, and in this shot some tension.
Picture taken at the Cameron Trading Post in Northern Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. If you love good frybread, I would suggest you stop here on your way to Flagstaff. They’ve got the best frybread in the Four-Corners area.
Another one of those expired toys from a bygone era…
This was just about a month ago when the weather in Cedar City was quite bipolar!
“I’m gonna buy me a Mercury and cruise it up ‘n down the road!”
It’s amazing that we have these old vehicles littering our county. You don’t notice them right off the bat until you start photographing them. Also the tires are this truck are still inflated and well preserved. Someone just left the truck parked here one day and it wouldn’t start so they must have left, never to return. This is what you call a cowboy artifact!
Both buildings create a vanishing point which is a fundamental element in two-dimensional design.
It’s a bit unsettling to photograph toys that are older than half a century. Something begins to haunt the space in which the object resides. It is in our humanity to look for clues and answers. For me, it is a reminder of how short life can be. These things from the past, they tell a story and serve as a reminder to enjoy every moment of life because it is so short.
This was shot handheld without a tripod after sundown; it’s amazing it came out so sharp!