Monday, February 23, 2009

A vehicle graveyard

Me and DaNece are driving through Kirkland when she says to turn around… she saw something cool.


I didn’t see anything, but I trust her judgment so i flipped a yuey and drove down into a wash to find some shade. We ate a quick lunch, and then ducked under a barbed wire fence. What we found astounded us both.


It started innocuously enough. An old car stuck in an embankment:


Certainly not something that I see every day, but a nice photography subject nonetheless. But then we looked down the side of the wash and saw a long line of vehicles, all in disrepair, and all classics by the look of it.


This one had a lot of dirt inside, but hadn’t yet been taken over by the earth:


This one was a little more on it’s way, being half-filled with rubble:


We both agreed that this was one of our favorites. It had a trea growing out from the rusted-out floor:


Hard to get the doors open on this guy:


Some cars you could see only bits and pieces of. Like this half sticking out of the ground:


Mostly taken over:


And some seemed untouched, such as this truck-front pointed sky-ward:


Definitely a great place to play with HDR, and all but a few of my shots took advantage of it.  It was very neatto look around for a while, before heading back onto the open road:


Tony said...

Wow! What fantastic finds!. I don't think I've ever seen such a "return to dust" scene as these. Great catch. You need to give D. extra points for this one

Granny J said...

Terrific! I suspect those old vehicles are serving as levees to keep the stream banks from flooding the surrounds. I think I recall seeing something similar along Kirkland Creek as it meanders through Peeples Valley from Yarnell. You might take a look.

Kitty said...

Wow - that's amazing. What an amazing 'find' - those pictures are fantastic. x

TomboCheck said...

Tony - The joy of having a navigator with sharp eyes! :) She is getting all the credit for that one.

GrannyJ - I suspected something along those lines. There were some thick steel cables holding some of them to one another.

I'll keep DaNece's eyes peeled next time we go through Peeples Valley, thanks for the heads up!

Kitty - Thanks! It was definitely one of the highlights of our drive.

Jarart said...

This is an awesome series of shots! What a great find. Very well done.

megan said...

those are wicked cool! I want to go there!!!

Chickenbells said...

These are all so fantastic!!

TomboCheck said...

Jarart, Megan, Sadira - Thanks! I'm glad everybod is liking them.