Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Monthly Archives: December 2008

The Complete Truck…

Here’s the photo of the truck I featured yesterday. Except yesterday it was only the windshield.

We wish you an ever-improving, always-vital new year!

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How Good Are Our Predictions…

How far can we see ahead? Probably not as far as we like to think. Life is full of surprises and our foresight bears the burdens of time.

At least that’s what I thought about when I spotted and photographed this ancient desert truck – and especially its scarred windshield. It stands, almost a monument, in an abandoned gold mine about 100 miles west of here in the mountainous desert land of Arizona. Worth thinking about.

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Saguaro Skeleton…

Hiking up in Arizona’s White Tank Mountains, I came upon this dead cactus. It reminded me of one of our human skeletons – bleached by sun, polished by years of standing there dead, still strangely noble.

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Cars…

Autos are so lovely and sleek these days that we are tempted to forget the humble beginnings of the noble beast. I came upon this wonderful ancient Ford in an abandoned gold mine about a hundred miles west of here and had to give it a hard and loving look.

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Ancient Monument…

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I drive past this old stump every day and never cease to look and wonder. It stands at a busy US 60 highway northwest of Phoenix, Arizona. I have no doubt that it has looked down upon many dramatic scenes over the past century. Progress caught up with it.

Silent Night in Arizona…

This is my first effort at photography after dark. This is a season where nights seem to be central to so much living. I must get out after dark more. With Nikon in hand, of course.

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