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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pioneer Cemetery at Dos Cabezas, Arizona

The old Pioneer Cemetery is on the west side of the ghost town on AZ 186, open to the sky. Although graves go back to the nineteenth century, there are new ones from the twenty-first century, also. Nevertheless, the overall feel is that of nature reclaiming its own.

The grass blows, the winds blow. 

There are large memorial stones, and there are others almost lost in the grass.

As in any cemetery, some markers are elaborate, but out here in the pioneer West, many are also touchingly primitive.

Mountain views from the cemetery are spectacular, but I also appreciated cattle grazing in the background.

I want to go back to the cemetery sometime in the early morning when the light is gentler and raking rather than direct.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hanging Shoe in Bisbee, Arizona

This is indicative of my love of small oddities in a huge, expansive, and overwhelming scene.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Seen Today in Sunny New Mexico

We were on expressways paralleling
old Route 66
from Joliet, Illinois, to
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
There were signs for the old road
in many places,
and stretches of it
can still be traveled.

Route 66 in Tucumcari, NM,
is a visit to America's past.
The strip of old motels
is faded but charming.
Some are boarded and closed,
others open and lively.
We stayed on the strip
and had breakfast there, too.
Best biscuits and sausage gravy
you'll find anywhere!

Signs in New Mexico are not limited
to towns, either.
We were shocked
by the number of billboards. 

But beyond the billboards,
there is no stopping the scenery.
It is spectacular
all the way.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Crossing the Prairie

It was a cold, crisp, sunny day. Hard to snap much while in motion down the expressway, but here are a couple. The second is near Springfield, Illinois.

Thursday, January 8, 2015