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Bumpercrop Year

Bumpercrop Year Another serene view of fatback clouds hovering over the long abandoned produce Inspection Station on Route 66 between Newberry and Daggett, last full moon. I don’t think I’ve ever been to this harsh part of the desert when it was so lush and green. A quiet and comfortably cool moment, late at night, […]

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Call Any Vegetable

Call Any Vegetable Another iconic spot on that stretch of bypassed Route 66 near Newberry Springs is the old California Inspection Station. This property was privately owned for many years, but is now wide open. Night, 1:34 of full moon, with a little cool white flashlight from a couple of angles. I really just wanted […]

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Rudi Cox’s Studio

Rudi Cox’s Studio All that’s left of the motel featured in the movie “Bagdad Cafe” is the foundation and this sign. It’s on Old 66 at Newberry Springs. I got hit by a powerful flashlight from that old RV as I was throwing light around during my first exposure. Sorry to bother you, it sure […]

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The Cover of Boneyard

Here’s the cover of my new book, scheduled for release on 7/29/19. I have seen the full PDF and YES!!! I can’t wait for this weirdly colorful baby to be birthed into the world, screaming to be seen. I am very pleased with how easily it came together, how the publisher accepted all my suggestions […]

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KOA-Frame

KOA-Frame I can’t recall the first time I saw this KOA Kampground on the Lenwood cutoff between Highway 58 and Interstate 15, probably sometime in the early ’80s when I was looking for a shortcut around Barstow. It was still open then, but it’s been closed and derelict for at least 25 years now. Finally […]

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Second Story Drift

Second Story Drift The slow-moving tidal wave of sand from the dry Mojave River engulfs the houses on the north edge of Newberry Springs. Purple and green from the Protomachine flashlight during 2:17 of burned in ambient moonlight and the glow of Barstow in the distance.

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The Dixie Spike

The Dixie Spike Another of those touchstone places where I always seem to stop every few years and make pictures, my first night shoot at Barstow’s long-bypassed Dixie Inn was 19 years ago. This was last week’s full moon, from the crumbling gas station next door. Yeah, the pig farm across the street still stinks […]

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Gray Decay

Gray Decay An abandoned bedroom off Route 66, Newberry Springs, California. Night, full moon outside, total darkness in, with cool white, lime and red from the Protomachines flashlight. It all happened in 142 seconds.

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The River of Sand

The River of Sand A night on Arrakis, or is that just the Mojave River dunes, consuming the edge of town? Just 5 minutes from the road and it certainly feels like another planet. 127 seconds under a full moon with heavy clouds and red and white from the Protomachines flashlight. Get in close and […]

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The Dead Town Moon

The Dead Town Moon Snuck in a couple of nights in the Mojave, between storms during this weeks full moon, shooting abandoned places on the fringes of Barstow. Skulking around in half dead towns that don’t quite know they’re ghost towns yet, I only got yelled at and had a flashlight shined at me a […]

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