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UploadedSeptember 3, 2010
TakenAugust 11, 2010
ModelCanon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure1/250 sec at f/8
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Focal Length5.8 mm
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When you are next in Sedona, take some time to visit Jerome. Be sure to stop in Cottonwood – another highly rated “old west” town – if time permits.

Mile-high Jerome clings uneasily to the side of a mountain. Earthquakes, gravity, and blasting have destabilized ancient foundations. The valley lies hundreds of feet below.

Jerome is one of America’s “largest ghost towns.” I can see where it would be a little creepy at night.

Hull Avenue is lined with interesting tourist-friendly businesses that occupy some of the most attractive Victorian buildings.

Jerome is a National Historic District.

I meant to spend about an hour in Jerome, but I spent half a day there, instead. It was one of the highlights of my three-week trip. I highly recommend a visit!


I have been thinking about the collages I upload, usually four images to a frame. Collages allow me to maintain a conservative upload policy without sacrificing the opportunity to thoroughly illustrate the subject matter. But, these collages have their limits – some of the images are just too small. I think I shortchanged the four buildings in my previous upload, for example. Those buildings are very rich in detail, but much of that detail cannot be discerned because the images are too small.

So, I am closing out Jerome with this image, presented here in “full size.” I want to show one of Jerome’s side streets – the ruins, the steep grade, and the abyss below. I am not certain I have achieved this goal, but I am certain that I could not have achieved it had this photo been part of a collage.

If you have any thoughts on collages – their strengths and weaknesses – please do not hesitate to share them.

Well, from here I am running over to Ash Fork, Arizona to join “The Mother Road” – Route 66.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

55 responses

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Love this shot! What a view! Also love the way you describe the place. Thank you for letting us discover some great places.

  • dana io

    dana io said (3 Sep 2010):

    This is absolutely FABULOUS!! A ghost city in full splendor: the ruins of the past and the signs of the present playing a beautiful game of light and shadow, then wisely fusing together into an indistinct future (the beautiful horizon)...

    Great full size choice for this one!

  • dp *

    dp * said (3 Sep 2010):

    Totally concur with your thoughts on collage; sort of a preface to something...they are nice but leave me wanting to see more. Lovely photo, I do get a better feel for the area.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    A GREAT shot! I really like your pov, light on the ruins, depth of horizon. One of your very best photos.....

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    You did hit all the elements here! Great POV.....I do like it full size.. but I like the collages to!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    I think this one was the crowning achievement of the whole series! It contains the very essence of the West, both old and modern.

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) said (3 Sep 2010):

    Marvelous!! The sliver of facade against that expansive view is so good. I think the larger images work because, as you note, the viewer has access to all the details. This is just great --you go to the top of the class yet again, Sir Richard!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    my fave - this is so good!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Someone say java? I could use some more coffee.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    I think your analysis of collages is quite accurate. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. I really love this shot. The depth comes through quite well.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Where's my skateboard?!?!? I love your collages because they give me several views at once, but I agree...the detail is sometimes sacrificed. I especially love the remaining facade of that building.

  • allan

    allan gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    nice one Dick,, if not for the power poles and AC on the roof, i could imagine a couple gunfighters staqnding in the street :-))

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    great photo

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Beautiful composition and colours!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Oh so very creative, so well done !!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Love your pov on this building. Love those collages because I can't wait to see them all in one shot at a time. With those images and descriptions a larger ground is covered. I'm glad you have this in solo though. Great sky!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (3 Sep 2010):

    We do live in an 'instant' society where we want to see everything at I do love your collages Richard. but I like the single image too. And this one you have demonstrated the old alongside the modern. the facade of the crumbling edifice just empathises with the landscape around it. Hope the historic members who maintain these wonderful old pieces of history never let them crumble away. for on, and withing these buildings were built your foundations. Love the shadow of the old telegraph pole shadowing over the central aisle. Your pov is superb.

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    I like those backstreets - they show not only hard reality but also some romantic and nostalgy

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Deborah got to the spotlight way before me,,but this Richard is your best shot,,in my humble,,I am should enter this in the shadow play them ....

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Great image. That snaking shadow is the perfect touch

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    I so love your tours but there have been a few images I wish I could see better. Not your fault. I really really need new glasses. This is a wonderful shot. I love that is shows the view and that incredible sky. What a view for a town to have.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (3 Sep 2010):

    My thanks to everyone for the generous faves, props, and comments. They are very humbling given my, uh, "credentials" as a photog! Gail, thank you for the reference to rhyolite. I imagine I will be beating a path there soon. Allan, I was doing my best to avoid the gunfight! LOL. I knew we had a skateboarder among us. Typical California girl . . .

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    I do like the bigger size ...The collages are nice also but the full size brings out the detail more..As always a great job and on the narrative also.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (4 Sep 2010):

    This photograph is stellar in every shows the way Jerome is...As far as collages, I like them, but on the other hand, I like a big image to look at as well as study..I am gald you found jarome facinating, you described it as well as any hman could...Cottonwood is a swell town as well, not only is there a Cottonwood,..but an Old Town Cottonwood as appears to be hit hard by the wretched economic times and is barely hanging on with most Art galleries closed up, my brother's being one of them...This image/view of Hull ave I missed while I was there...GREAT shot, GREAT narrative..

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (4 Sep 2010):

    Sorry for my poor spelling, its 4 a correction, Jerome and Human

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (4 Sep 2010):

    It's a wonderful photo of this interesting looking ghost town. It would be fun to explore it!!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (4 Sep 2010):

    Gorgeous!! It reminds me of an old western movie set with the background scenery painted as a distant view!! Excellent shot. I am glad you gave us the larger version. BTW! I love your collages. They pulled the town together.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (4 Sep 2010):

    I have enjoyed your brilliant collages and enlightening narratives for quite a long time now, Richard. They are fantastic....I'm sure we all agree that is true. That being said, I also must admit that I think you would do well to take a swerve occasionally and add a full size photograph, and this one is a perfect example why. You described how the town sits high up on the side of a mountain. In your shot, I can SEE that, by noticing the tiny trucks, homes, etc., far below. In a collage I probably would not see it. What I'm saying is, "do both." Divide up your photos between collages and full size photos. I'm sure we'll be doubly thrilled with the results! Bravo, Richard!!!!!!!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (4 Sep 2010):

    Another fabulous shot......from this great "ghost" town.......

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck said (4 Sep 2010):

    Hi Richard, This is a fantastic shot with incredible depth and "bang on" composition. It would never make the same impression as part of a collage. However, your collages are always a joy to view because they tell a story. While it is hard to truly appreciate the individual pictures, I remember some of your collages, along with their write up inspire me like it's hard to describe. You do this well, so don't just stop. Perhaps you can post the best "components" on their own seperately.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (5 Sep 2010):

    Love the clouds, the view into the distance, the shadows are wonderful, you should enter this in the shadow theme. Sometimes shots put together can look amazing and you do that very well, but i think you are right this shot is wonderful and I feel I can walk right in and down into the valley.. Lovely Richard!

  • Denis Beauchamp

    Denis Beauchamp said (5 Sep 2010):

    Richard this is a fantastic compostion. Three thumbs up.

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (5 Sep 2010):

    It is a great view Dick !!!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (5 Sep 2010):

    wow - what an awesome capture!!! love the POV!!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (5 Sep 2010):

    What a good shot and you really had a nice sky for a backdrop!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (6 Sep 2010):

    A beautiful image, Dick! I would love to check this place out, for sure. I love the narrative too. Great job!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (8 Sep 2010):

    Love the shadow play in this beautiful image, Dick. Would be a great entry for the current theme. Love Jerome. Many years ago I lived in Cottonwood for a few months.

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (8 Sep 2010):

    Great town ans YOU capture it so well, Richard !!!!!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (9 Sep 2010):

    Wonderful view.. composition and depth! Can almost feel myself standing there taking it all in. Beautifully done Richard!!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (9 Sep 2010):

    Awesome POV you chose for this shot! I may have been through Jerome on my way to Sedona but am not sure.

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (10 Sep 2010):

    A lovely single image that stands on its own very well indeed!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (10 Sep 2010):

    Great shot, great shot!!

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (10 Sep 2010):

    Going onto the "must see" list........thanx !

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (11 Sep 2010):

    A great way to spend and afternoon!

  • Dorothy Burwell

    Dorothy Burwell   gave props (13 Sep 2010):

    This is amazing Richard! I do love pictures of Ghost Towns,,,,

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (15 Sep 2010):

    Not sure I like the place but the photo is great

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    This is such a great photo! Happy Birthday!!!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (19 Sep 2010):

    My many thanks to everyone. You folks are the best. I think we will have to hold a JPG Meet-Up in Jerome!

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   gave props (19 Sep 2010):

    I love Jerome - nice photos

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (22 Sep 2010):

    Nice shot!!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (27 Sep 2010):

    great series, nice job Dick!

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (14 Nov 2010):

    Excellent capture! Love the dramatic sky and the near and distant shadows.

  • * Tabitha Payne

    * Tabitha Payne gave props (4 Mar 2011):

    Awesome Capture! That is one beautiful sky!

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