In Retrospect: Nelson NV

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i
f/3.5 at 1/400 sec ISO 100
December 1, 2013

The first time Lynn and I went out to Nelson NV, it was a family affair. About a dozen people all somehow related. It was an overcast day and I was asked to take photos of everyone. Only one little problem. I don’t like taking people pictures. Good thing we had someone there who was good at posing people. She did the talking, I did the shooting. But as soon as the sun broke through the clouds, I wandered away to take pictures of stationery things like old rusty cars and trucks and wooden shacks and barns. They have a lot of them there. The owners travel throughout the southwest, finding original vehicles and structures and transport them back. They have built a ghost town that never really existed. A ghost, ghost town. And Nelson NV has become my own private playground. My favorite place to take photos. Except it’s not private and most days you have to shoot around the other photographers posing brides and grooms for wedding announcements and such. The photo above was taken on our third or fourth trip out there. Since then I’ve been back several more times.

I might even go back out again this weekend.

(Let me explain what In Retrospect is. Or will be. On January 7, 2017 I had the brilliant idea to start a second blog called In Retrospect to highlight some of my older images. That idea was actually not so smart because I found there was no real need for a second blog. It just took additional time and the theme I chose never worked properly. So after one month, I shut it down. I will continue with my bright idea here, and will post every Saturday. The images will be from 2009 through 2015. But no later. For now.)


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Prompts and Challenges
Grafton Ghost Town June 26, 2016 Fuji X-T1 jpg 18mm f/13 at 1/60 sec ISO 200

Grafton Ghost Town
June 25, 2016
Fuji X-T1 jpg
18mm f/13 at 1/60 sec ISO 200

What’s your most memorable (good or bad) airplane flight? It was a one hour flight from Burbank Bob Hope Airport (a suburb of Los Angeles) to San Francisco. Just as we were coming in for a landing after an uneventful flight, the plane made a steep climb and the engines howled in protest. After we were safely leveled off, the pilot came on to apologize. Seems we were almost on the ground when another jet taxied in front of us. It was all he could do to avoid a collision. It was about 5 years later before I flew again. And to this day, I’d rather drive or take the train.

How many bones, if any, have you broken? I was in a fight only once in my life. In high school I made a suggestive comment to a girl who then told her boyfriend. He met up with me after school and we went at it. But I didn’t break any of his bones. Just bloodied him up a little! I dated the girl for about a year after that!

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? (guest can be dead, alive, famous or someone you just know). Well, my first inclination was to say Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant- two of my most favorite actors. If they had prior commitments, it would have to be my wife, Lynn- who is a great storyteller and the funniest person I know, and my grandfather who’s WW II stories I’d love to hear. To round out either pair of guests, I would love to speak to Lucy Grealy, writer of Autobiography of a Face. If you have never heard of her, please read about her here.

Make a Currently List: What are you reading, (Well, just before bed each night I relax with a chapter from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.) watching, (As I’ve stated before, we do not watch tv. We do watch movies, the last one being a documentary on the musical group Pentatonix.) listening to, ( Right now, in my office, I am listening to Yanni Radio on Pandora.) eating, (I just had a cheese sandwich, followed by a spoonful of peanut butter and some iced coffee.) needing, (I can’t really say there’s anything I need.) wanting,  (I always seem to want to either be taking pictures or processing pictures, lately.) and missing right now?  (As for missing? I do miss my grandfather. There seems to be so much I want to tell him.)

Well, that’s it for now. I am avoiding Cee’s bonus question because I can’t think of any one thing I am grateful for from last week. Don’t tell my wife but I am looking forward to NOT going to visit her relatives for the 4th. Not that I don’t like her relatives. I do. I’m just grateful not to be on the road on that weekend.

So please go check out some other participants of Cee’s Share your world. And come back next week for more of her questions and more of my answers. If you have no other prior commitments, that is!


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Digger’s Dave, Chloride AZ

Please visit Monochromia for a black and white version of this image.

If your town  has 250 residents according to the last census, can it honestly be labeled a ghost town? Though their web site states “There Is Always Something Happening In Chloride”, nothing was happening in Chloride. We spent about two hours or so driving around the town. We did find a mock up of an old west town where locals stage a gunfight every weekend at 1 pm. We arrived sometime after 2! The town was empty. Not just the old west town but the entire town of Chloride. So I guess, in that sense, it could be called a ghost town. While we were there, we saw no other cars or people except for a lone straggler walking down the center of main street with her dog (posted here).

Digger Dave’s looks to be the only restaurant in town. For vegetarians like us (sorry- pescatarians), they offer Cod, veggie burgers, and tuna melts.

And Bikers are welcome!

Skywatch Friday- Oatman

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OatmanpicSkywatch Friday

 Just across the Colorado River and up the hill from Laughlin, Nevada is the historic town of Oatman, Arizona, a ghost town, that once boasted almost 4,000 people and now supports just a little over 100 people year-round.

Oatman provides not only a number of historic buildings and photograph opportunities, but the sights of burros walking the streets, as well as costumed gunfighters and 1890s style ladies strolling.

In its heyday, from the early 1900s to the 1940s, Oatman and the nearby town of Gold Road were the largest producers of gold in Arizona.

The Drulin Hotel was built in 1902, which did a brisk business to the area miners. This old hotel, now called the Oatman Hotel, is still in operation today.