Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows

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Kelso Post Office
Kelso CA
July 2, 2017

The now defunct Kelso Post Office, across from the railroad depot that now serves as the Mojave National Preserve Visitors Center, lies deep in shadow. I could not find any numbers on the current population but found this very interesting. From Wikipedia, of course: “During the 1970s Kelso was known as the town without television. About 75 residents lived in Kelso, many with school age children. Television signals could not reach the town which meant that residents found other methods of recreation. However, with the advent of satellite dishes, television was eventually introduced to Kelso.”

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows

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On one of our spontaneous day trips when neither of us have a clue where we are going or where we might end up, Lynn and I came upon this rock house named, coincidentally, Rock House, out in the middle of the Mojave National Preserve in California.

Rock House
Mojave National Preserve
July 2, 2017

 

Maybe too easy for The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Textures.

But, whatever works!

 

Rock House
Mojave National Preserve
July 2, 2017

 

If you were wondering how anyone could-or would want to-live in the remote desert that is now Mojave National Preserve, take a walk along the Rock Spring Loop to find some answers.

The Rock House was constructed by Bert Smith in 1929. He came to this area to recover from poison gas exposure suffered during World War I. Doctors told him he didn’t have long to live, but the dry desert air proved so beneficial to Smith’s health that he lived here for 25 more years! The second long-term resident was artist Carl Faber, who lived and worked at the rock house in the 1980s, selling his artwork to passing travelers.

Christina Mills
Park Ranger 

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In Retrospect: Cima CA

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Just off Cima Road, where it intersects with the Cima Kelso Road, we found this railroad spur line. Littered around the area were old creosote railroad ties and spikes. Across the way is the shell of an old country store. Out in front is this ancient relic:

It no longer works. There is no coin slot, no dial tone. Behind the store is an area that resembles a graveyard for old cars and trucks:

But the photo is deceptive as the property behind the store is not quite as neat, more of a dumping ground:

And it seems like the old store has been boarded up by whatever random wood could be found lying around.

 

All photos were taken in Cima CA, part of the Mojave National Preserve , on February 28, 2015 and processed on July 12, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – July 3, 2017

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Ivanpah Road
Mojave National Preserve
July 2, 2017

For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other? For me, every meal is a main meal. In the morning I’m thinking about what we will have for dinner. At night, before going to bed, I wonder what I should have for breakfast. I used to love spicy, but now, at such an advanced age, I also enjoy subtle flavors. I must say, though, that salt is my downfall. Lynn introduced me to salt on watermelon and I just had that this morning after my coffee. That might be the only thing I don’t salt; my coffee!

Where do you hide junk when people come over? Hide my junk? Unthinkable. I revel in my junk. That is why I have a den, to have all my junk on display. The only junk we would have to hide when people come over is the dog paraphernalia. And if we hide that, beware the dog!

What daily habit would you like to introduce to your life? That’s a difficult one. I could probably go out and take photos every day if Las Vegas had anything interesting to shoot. And I’m pretty sure I can guess what you’re thinking. But since the strip started charging for parking, I don’t go down there anymore. And as I’ve complained since June, the weather prevents me from going out lately.

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?  Well, I liked Cee’s answer that she would work at the concession stand. But since I don’t like people- or kids- I’m not sure I would last very long. Maybe work as the company photographer, taking shots of the performers and animals and people in the stands, and then maintain the circus website!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Well, like Cee with a pulled groin muscle, I’ve had a bad back all week. It even prevented me from sleeping well at night. But yesterday, we did finally get out and the back seems to be back to normal which, for me, is merely a constant low grade ache. I can live with that. The photo above is from our trip yesterday to Mojave National Preserve which was 5 to 10 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, believe it or not.

Cee’s Share Your World – June 3, 2017

Share Your World – 2016 Week 47 (Grateful list)

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Cima Train Mojave National Preserve November 19, 2016

Cima Train
Mojave National Preserve
November 19, 2016

This week Cee is having a special theme for Share Your World. It is Thanksgiving in the USA and she thought we could do a grateful list for this week.  

What are you grateful for in regard to:

  1. Your home life? I am grateful I have a home. So many people do not and we see them on street corners every day asking for a handout or pushing all their personal belongings down the street in a shopping cart.
  2. Your family? I am grateful I have been given a second chance to have a family. I destroyed my family through divorce 17 years ago and was feeling pretty low and depressed for quite a while.
  3. Your blogging community? I’ve “met” a lot of great people who support and encourage me in my hobby.  
  4. Your city or immediate area in which you live? I always looked down upon Las Vegas as a place to live. But circumstances brought me here 17 years ago and I’ve learned to appreciate the abundance of things to do. Some are even free!
  5. The regional area in which you live? We are so close to so many different areas in which to savor the outdoors. The great Southwest. I have boots. Next is a cowboy hat. Then a jeep or truck and my conversion will be complete.
  6. The country where you live? I’m not too excited about the direction our president-elect seems to be taking us with the people he is choosing to surround himself with. But we are in a democracy in which we are able to protest- and I certainly will be doing so.
  7. You? It’s taken me a long time to grow up- I believe that is a problem for most men. I finally have, for the most part. But don’t ask my wife for corroboration. She’s a bit feisty that way.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week we took a day trip to Cima, in the middle of the Mojave National Preserve, which is about an hour and a half from where we live. We have been out there several times and there isn’t really anything there that we haven’t seen before. Still, I was able to get so many photos that I am still working on them this week.

Please go visit Cee’s Share Your World and share thanksgiving wishes with her. And to those of you who have taken the time to read through, Happy Thanksgiving (and please stay safe and sane through, what has to be the most asinine corporate decision of all time, the creation of Black Friday, which now starts on Thursday.)

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Photo 101 – Street

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Street
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OK, maybe this is not a typical street scene. But when I saw it, I just couldn’t wait to use it. I was out shooting train tracks when this fellow appeared out of nowhere. I was only able to grab two shots and was afraid the clouds were over exposed. But, all in all, one of my most favorite shots to date!

 

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Shot at 6:52 am approximately 2 hours away from our home. So there!

Shot at 6:52 am approximately 2 hours away from our home one cold January morning. So there!

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I received an email from a friend today who called me a lazy photographer. Well, OK, so he wasn’t really a friend. And he didn’t actually call me by name. But he might as well have. See, I subscribe to a newsletter from Digital Photography School. They emailed me an article titled “6 Signs That You May be a Lazy Photographer” written by John Davenport. Why he would not capitalize ‘be’ and ‘a’ is beyond me. But his “Sign #3 – You’re full of excuses” states: “Everything from sunrise being too early, to the weather being too cold, to your tripod being too heavy sets you back from someone who’s willing to go the extra mile to make the shot. Stop making excuses and get out and make photos instead.”  Just so you know, I have gone out several times before dawn to photograph the rising sun. I have, also, never complained of it being too cold- I can handle the cold. In fact I love the cold. It’s the heat I can’t stand. Must be the Latin blood but I sweat like a stuffed pig (I know, a not very attractive image). And my tripod is not a Manfrotto but it is not too heavy for my wife to carry. She’s a good woman. I think I’ll keep her. As long as she’ll have me!