Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Horsie Want Some Fruit

Buena Vista, Colorado

Decor in the overpriced Super 8 Motel (nothing super but the price) where I found a room last night to stay near The Comanche.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Storm Clouds

Cimarron, Colorado

At least that dark sky is only weather, not smoke.

The Comanche

Buena Vista, Colorado

About forty-five minutes ago, 7:00 local time, the conditions were just what I wanted. This sort of resembles the framing of the 7x17" b&w shots. The owner told me that while it's been closed for a while he hopes to have The Comanche open again in a few weeks. The town, elevation just under 8,000 feet, is a tourist center, which is one of the few things you can count on to keep a drive-in theater in operation.

Unexpected Discovery

Gunnison, Colorado

A former drive-in theater standing just off US Route 50, surrounded by new housing, but currently serving to corral a couple of horses near the former center house.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wild Fires

Benjamen, Utah

Yesterday afternoon. Along with ground crews there were fixed wing aircraft and a chopper working on the blaze.

Blog Notes

From Green River, Utah, where the Motel 6 WiFi didn't work. I'm checking in from a restaurant before heading east. Lots of pictures to catch up with but it's too awkward to work on blog posts here so maybe I'll catch things up this evening. Nearing the end of the DI theaters with three in Colorado that I hope to find in their mountain settings without interference from the wildfires. Smoke was filling the sky at one of the theaters I shot yesterday with large fires right nearby. Spectacular drive through the mountains and then the badlands to get to Green River yesterday. Hope to get in some "other" subject shooting on today's drive.

Monday, June 25, 2012


Pocatello, Idaho

Irrigating the Desert

Grace, Idaho

Or, irrigating into the wind. The wind is as fierce out here as it is in Kansas, although there's also something worth looking at while dealing with it. After well over 400 miles on mostly secondary roads today, my arms are tired from the absolutely constant steering needed to stay in a lane.

Grace, Idaho

Grace, Idaho

Saturday, June 23, 2012

RV Mural of Spyplane?

Mount Rainier National Park

I wonder if the thing is a rental? Probably not, come to think of it. Though there are a lot of them out here, with drivers who haven't a clue. As ridiculous as RVs and campers and trailers are (unless you are actually going to live in one half the year) five weeks of dealing with motels is making me see why people are tempted to go there.

In Mount Rainier National Park

Friday, June 22, 2012

M & F Drive-in Theater

Milton-Freewater, Oregon (no, I'm not kidding about the town's name)

Slow posting here at the moment (the blog is not my top priority on this trip after all) but here's my last shot from a couple hours ago, of a theater at the extreme northeast corner of Oregon. The past two days have been productive and interesting but too long. I'll do a catch-up post in the morning.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Deadly Sneaker Waves and Dead Gas Stations

California's northern Pacific Coast Highway

I can't help picturing a cartoon of a giant wave wearing Keds, but that's probably not it.

California's northern Pacific Coast Highway

Evening Light and Reflections

Coos Bay, Oregon

Coos Bay, Oregon

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

57° F

Coos Bay, Oregon

After some of the other places I've been recently, I thought the temperature leaving the motel a little after seven this morning was delightful. Actually, I stopped just a few minutes later to make some pictures under interesting overcast light in the sister city of North Bend, and actually got cold walking around without a jacket.

Eureka Weeds

Eureka, California

Eureka, California

Southern Oregon Coast

Monday, June 18, 2012


Yuba City, California (outskirts)


Colusa, California

If you've ever read Larry Niven's speculative fiction imaginings about how sunflowers might be in another world, this could be scary. Now I know where he got the idea of the Ringworld Sunflowers. Right here.

Pretty Empty

Kettleman City, California

King's Drive-in

Hanford, California

But, it's closed.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

It's the Politicans

Stratford, California

How could anyone except a politician be responsible for running gigantic farms growing water-intensive crops in a goddam desert, supported by Federal Government water projects, screwing up the great rivers. Projects from nearly a century ago providing all the water.

After all, what could be wrong with this picture? An open canal in the desert where we're harvesting winter wheat, and at ten in the morning it's pushing 90 degrees on the 17th of June. By mid-afternoon it was 113°.

It's as bad as growing iceberg lettuce in the Imperal Valley.

Sunset Drive-in Theater

San Luis Obispo, California

More Desert Evening

 Kettleman City, California

Kettleman City, California

Kettleman City, California

Evening in the Desert

Kettleman City, California