The Lost America Blog

A Hole in the Wing

Continuing this week’s apparent obsession with pics of this derelict B-52’s empty engine pylons (and their relationship with Joshua Trees) for no apparent reason except because I loved being there to make ’em. Full moon for 3-minutes, with red, purple and lime from the Protomachine flashlight.

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World Bender

Fisheye close up of one of the empty B-52 engine-pylons (engine #2 of 8), the massive aircraft sits gutted and derelict on the edge of Rogers Dry Lake.  Shot on a more recent visit, September 2016.  Full moon, 3 colors of Protomachine flashlight from many directions, in 88-seconds.

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Merlin’s Hat

B-52 Engine Pylon, lost and forgotten in the Mojave Desert.  Summer 2014.

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King Kong’s Armpit

Stripped and derelict B-52, on the fringes of Edwards AFB.  Summer 2014.  153-seconds, full moon, the glowing base lights in the distance, and Protomachine flashlight.

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Adumbral Sync

Abandoned Quonset hut, near Rosamond, California.  5-minute exposure, full moon and red flashlight.

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Bun Boy Brown Sky

Meanwhile, back in Baker . . . the Bun Boy restaurant and motel have been closed for 15+ years now, but their sign still towers over Interstate 15’s shoulder. The Blue Cut fire smoked the town out, even though it was over 100 miles away. 108° windy and smoky, pretty awful conditions, but still more fun […]

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The Halloran Shine

I vividly remember enjoying making this one, taking advantage of the reflection, balancing all the colors, angles and distances, working with a great deal of intention.  Lotsa fun.

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Halloran Islands

Here’s another before and after pairing at Halloran Springs, this time the new pump islands first installed (and shot) in 1993, and the second from August 2016, years after the site had been abandoned. The spring’s on a ridge with big vistas, looking 15 miles down the interstate to Baker and beyond.  

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High Sodium Diet

The Halloran Springs Exit off of Interstate 15, on the run to Vegas.  I almost cropped off the right side to 4×5, but thought the shoes hanging from the roof were a nice touch.  August 2016, red, white and purple flashlight, with the available street and full moon light.

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Eat More Fowl

Another view of the abandoned roadside complex at Halloran Springs, California.  It was a very smoky night, from the Blue Cut Fire, August 2016.  3-minutes under the full moon and cool white-set Protomachines flashlight on the signs and structure.

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