The Lost America Blog

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Surreal window display in a closed business in the half-ghost town, Goldfield, Nevada, a block away from the all night party for “Goldfield Days.”  I added a little flashlight from the left, the rest, including the lasers, was just local ambient light.

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The Ghost of Super Soul

The front porch of the massive Goldfield Hotel in Goldfield Nevada, where champagne supposedly flowed down these steps at the 1908 grand opening.  It’s been closed  to guests since WWII.  Fascinating history about this place, it’s amazing it’s still standing, frankly.  Shot at night during Goldfield Days festival last week, while everyone was partying a […]

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The Nixon Block

Just back from 4 days in Nevada. Hoping for great summer monsoon clouds, it just ended up being mostly socked in, most of the time. Big rainstorms and flash floods all over the state forced constant changes of plan and location improvisations. Hit Goldfield the weekend of “Goldfield Nights” where there were 2 street fairs […]

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The Mikado

Early ’70s Chevy Luv pick up at the junkyard. This vehicle’s been sold to a new owner since I took this in 2015. Red and white flashlight in twilight. Still too light out to get all the 2 lighting angles done in one short exposure, so I layered them together in Photoshop.

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Last yard car, a creamed and plywood-kludged late-model KIA knock-off Town Car luxo-barge.  Look close, you can see where they just scissored off the side curtain air bags.  This poor thing was just beat to death, but hey, I bet the AC still works.  Full moon behind the clouds, with flashlight from several directions.

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Playground Frankenstein

Another junkyard work vehicle, a stripped down brute of a ’60s F350 wrecker.  Red and white flashlight under the full moon.

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Junkyard Operating Table

Here’s another view of that Olds yard car, with the home-made swamp-cooler in the driver’s window.  What’s with the handful of bolts sitting on the dented hood?  Maybe they are some kinda wabi sabi speedometer, if they start to move around, you’re going too fast. I love these thoroughly thrashed employee yard cars you’ll always […]

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Summer at the Junkyard

Home-made swamp-cooler, in the driver’s window of one of the employee yard-cars, a thoroughly thrashed Olds Cutlass.  I bet if you put a frozen water bottle in there it’d work pretty good!  Do they really need to do this?  It was 109° here last full moon . . .  Purple, red, white and lime flashlight.

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Spic and Span Cafe

On the outskirts of Fowler, California.  A great deal of local ambient light and red flashlight, in the middle of the night.

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The Eye of Wonder Mountain

OK, last weird cyclone pic: looking up though the thing’s lower outflow hole.  What you see through the eye is the dirt inside the cyclone, not the mountain.

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