“ROUTE 66” – TO THE PROMISED LAND [FOR BRENDA BURK]

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UploadedNovember 29, 2010
TakenAugust 12, 2010
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[One block off of the main drag in Oatman, Arizona, August, 2010]

Last August, I drove a long length of U.S. Route 66 (the “Mother Road”) from Ash Fork, Arizona to Needles, California. (Please see previous posts.)

The rich ranchland to the east gives way to the rugged terrain in the west . . . and grinding poverty.

Oatman, Arizona is a lot like hundreds of other towns in the Old West. Once a mining camp, today it caters exclusively to tourists. Main Street is lined with shops and diners. Burros are wandering about, even on the boardwalk, a nice feature.

As I was leaving Oatman, I turned from Main Street to have a look at the “residential” area. (Please see previous collages.)

From here, it was just another 25 miles to the Colorado River and California.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

64 responses

  • jen bellefleur

    jen bellefleur   gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    why richard, can't believe you came by without a'knockin'!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Gotta love that wrecked old car. Lots of fun looking through this image, tractor seat and of course that house!

  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    lots to look at....place's like these hold interesting stories....nice one!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    A wonderful photo and dedication! I didn't even realize jen and I were sharing the house...her comment was the same as mine was going to be! LOL. Sometimes 25 miles is a lifetime away!! Would love to see Oatman one of these days!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Thanks for showing us a less-pretty part of our national history! Well done, Dick

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Thanks, but no thanks, Richard! LOL That kind of local color I can do without.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    It's a beauty, lovely thought too.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Great tones and details!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    This is wonderful BB! The sephia tones are perfect! Has anyone heard from Brenda lately. She hasn't been posting.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    I really like the tones here,,good choice,,fabulous shot..and great find !

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    this is a SUPER SHOT!!!!!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Awesome image, and lots of interest!!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    I miss BB! Such a thoughtful dedication.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    I love the sepia tones in this image...and of course the old car on the hillside probably has a story of its own..Great tribute to Brenda...excellent shot and narrative.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Anyone hear from BB lately? Sir Knight.....such a thoughtful tribute!

  • Chris Sanford

    Chris Sanford (Deleted) gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Amazing atmosphere to this one, Dick!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Is that for sale? one great renovation project and very challenging one, I should say. Cool find and capture, RV!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (29 Nov 2010):

    great b/w. This reminds me of the movie Shane......

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Nice capture!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Thanks, everyone for such nice faves, props, and comments. The people that keep these small towns going are tough and resilient.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    like Shirley, I though of the movie Shane too!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Really love the tones and details of this shot, Dick. Great tribute.

  • dana iordan

    dana iordan gave props (30 Nov 2010):

    Wonderful, love the central shack surrounded by bits of wrecks, trees, fence, poles, wires and unidentified objects! And the majestic peaks in the background...

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (30 Nov 2010):

    Nice tribute, Dick! I love the song! The tones and textures in this amazing composition are beautiful! Great work.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (30 Nov 2010):

    Great job, Richard! Wonderful narrative and music too!! I love this in sepia...it realy works with this photo. I was near here when I spent some time (not much) in Needles, CA, in the '80s. It was while I lived in Vegas. You did a fantastic job, lots to look at and speculate on.

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (30 Nov 2010):

    Love this!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (30 Nov 2010):

    Thanks again, everyone. I really appreciate the faves, props, and comments. I am always delighted to compare notes on these out-of-the-way sites. Our cohort here is well-travelled.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (30 Nov 2010):

    Wow, I love looking at this, so much to see and speculate on.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (1 Dec 2010):

    The "grinding poverty" I was trying to see when I visited US, but I have seen little of it, and less of what I expected, especially my husband was wondering were is the poverty and drugs shown in the movies. Of course I was in Seattle where everything is spotless, and after traveling towards Canada I seen a bit in the mountains, but not what you show here, just perfect!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (1 Dec 2010):

    Fantastic shot, Richard!!

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker   gave props (1 Dec 2010):

    My dream house - great views, needs a little work so the price will be right. ;-) Time to retire....

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (1 Dec 2010):

    Great capture of this rugged and bleak landscape...

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker gave props (1 Dec 2010):

    Superb photo!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (1 Dec 2010):

    What a gorgeous photo and Brilliant for Brenda!!!!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Dec 2010):

    Wonderful tribute II.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (1 Dec 2010):

    Great image, chaos creates its own order. Love the toning, too

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (1 Dec 2010):

    Oh, just spectacular, Richard! (This will be in the portfolio, correct? Dilapidations R Us!) Great composing, especially the bits included in the foreground; love all the lines and wires.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (1 Dec 2010):

    Great Image

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (1 Dec 2010):

    Maria, you knew I would be submitting this for a grade, didn't you? LOL. Thanks again everyone. You are so thoughtful.

  • Bill Bungard

    Bill Bungard   said (1 Dec 2010):

    I've been playing with b and w. It captures the scene better at times and provides more texture. Good job.

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (1 Dec 2010):

    Oh my goodness.. this really pops in sepia tone! The peaks in the background seem out of place with the view in front.. a sad and telling image, really!

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (2 Dec 2010):

    Great - both the photo and your explanation!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (2 Dec 2010):

    Hope everyone who is on-route to somewhere, stops off and feels, and experiences this wonderful little place, as you have done Richard. the sepia tones is so ideal for the image. Nothing like stepping back in time to regather, dust off, and experience your roots. Amazing narration as usual Cap'n.

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (2 Dec 2010):

    great photo, really indicative of the area...

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (3 Dec 2010):

    LOVE the color tone of this image...there are so many elements to this image that makes it very interesting, so many things to study and look at...love the old car and the ecomposing house...

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (3 Dec 2010):

    Wow .. great image !

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (4 Dec 2010):

    Wow, wonderful

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    great photo

  • Juan Estrada

    Juan Estrada gave props (7 Dec 2010):

    Amazing textures and tones.

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond   gave props (7 Dec 2010):

    This isn't so far from home. I need to find my way out that way one of these days. I love the sepia treatment. R

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (10 Dec 2010):

    beautiful !!! Great tones and details!!!!!!

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (11 Dec 2010):

    Classic Americana, excellent Richard

  • Nabeel Alam

    Nabeel Alam   gave props (17 Jan 2011):

    Great shot !!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner said (20 Jan 2011):

    I like everything about this picture !!!!!
    You sure did a great job capturing yesteryear my friend
    If you look close you can see all kinds of cool stuff laying around .
    And none of it is junk....the're all priceless treasures.

    Was it the Seekers who did the old Coke song back in 69-70-72 ?
    Not that I'm old enough to remember them !! ; )

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (24 Jan 2011):

    This photograph holds a thousand tales, thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler gave props (26 Jan 2011):

    Classic, amazing it hasn't been raided more.

  • Jennifer Cornaro

    Jennifer Cornaro gave props (4 Feb 2011):

    Definitely perfect in sepia vs color......

  • sandeep mishra

    sandeep mishra gave props (6 Feb 2011):

    Love the sepia tone

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (24 Feb 2011):

    incredible shot, cool looking place

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel   gave props (5 Aug 2011):

    great capture!

  • brenda burk

    brenda burk   gave props (29 Oct 2011):

    Sir Richard.I love it and as you know I am back

  • Michael Billert

    Michael Billert said (16 Nov 2013):

    Always a sucker for good B&W...mjb

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth   said (11 Jun 2014):

    Love this and it's perfect in B&W !

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