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[On Tribal Route #8, in Littlefield, Arizona, ten miles northeast of Mesquite, Nevada; August, 2010]

Based on a true story . . .

Exiting Zion National Park last summer, I programmed the GPS for St. George, Utah, in the southwest corner of the “Beehive” State.

Southwest Utah was “ground zero” for atomic testing in the 1940s and ‘50s. That didn’t stop Hollywood from making movies there, between detonations, including “The Conqueror,” which starred John Wayne as Genghis Khan. (I am not making this up.) Unfortunately, just about everyone associated with that film eventually succumbed to cancer, a fate that also awaited the cast and crew of other movies made there . . .

Atomic testing spawned a cottage industry in monster movies. In a familiar storyline, the nuclear fallout played havoc with genes and chromosomes, and pretty soon monsters were on the loose. One of the first of these sci-fi movies was “Them.” It featured giant ants. I saw it at the drive-in.

As I reminisced about the good old days of radioactivity, I started down Interstate 15 and was soon in that little sliver of Arizona that separates Utah and Nevada.

It was then that I saw the exit to Littlefield. I took the exit and, at the top of the ramp, I turned left onto Littlefield Lane.

As I drove into this little village, I couldn’t help but notice that time had stood still. It was like one of those sci-fi movie sets from the 1950s. I wondered whether I would be seeing giant ants loitering along the road.

And then I saw the most unusual creature: A bee with a human head. It was a JPG moment!

Was it possible that those sci-fi classics from the ‘50s were based on fact?

I did not wait to find out. I turned around and made a “beeline” for the safety and sanity of . . . Las Vegas.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

[Sincere thanks to Susan Littlefield for sharing her “bee technology” with me.]

59 responses

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    A Bee-rific collaboration, science fiction & light hearted image to brighten our day!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    Masteful! I can remember sitting through Tarantula twice on a Saturday (for 15 cents, mind you).

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (25 Feb 2011):

    LOL! I wish I'd gotten here before Donald!:)

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (25 Feb 2011):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    I couldn't bee happier that you featured my city and street!! I only wish you would have stayed for a cup of tea (with honey, naturally). The outside of the trailer is actually a facade--the interior has been featured in House Beeutiful and features 12 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a library, a state-of-the-art kitchen (always a beehive of activity), a game room, and a home theater, where Bee Movie plays non-stop. Thanks, Dick, for allowing me to be part of your Apocalypse series. I love your narrative!

  • Nicole DeVita

    Nicole DeVita gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    Great shot!!! Thank you for the story, along with Susan's shots, I always enjoy the smiles!!! P.S. Susan your house sounds Bee-utiful!!!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    Great work and story to boot Dick showcasing one of JPGs brightest Bees. I do remember the onslaught of monster films created by radioactive fallout as a kid; "Them" with James Arness scared me to death!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    this is excellent !

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (25 Feb 2011):

    Thank you, Don, for the spotlight, and thank you, all, for the nice faves and props. Lanis, you are right: Now that you've made me think about it, Marshal Dillon was in "Them," in the pre-"Gunsmoke" days. And I think he was "The Thing" a few years before that. I now also remember that Fess Parker was in "Them," and that was in the pre-Davy Crockett days. Good times! Thanks again!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    Simply marvelous Dick, one of your best!!!!!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    unBEElievable - love esp the collaboration!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    “His Labor is a Chant -- his Idleness -- a Tune -- oh, for a Bee's experience of Clovers, and of Noon!” Emily Dickinson

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    I'm guessing you took this shot on "the fly" Groan. Sorry, it's the best I could come up with.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    LOL!!!!!!!!! This is such a funny collaboration!! I will have to pass on the spider movie. I have a terrible fear of spiders. I like the snake movies.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (25 Feb 2011):


  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (25 Feb 2011):


  • Camera Junkie

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  • Carlo Pagan

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  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    I have just picked myself up from laughing and have to check that my derriere is still attached! Richard, well done -- the trailer for Taruntula brings back for me, as for Donald, all those moments in the 1950s that I wasted watching giant arthropods roaming across the landscape. I loved THEM! Link follows -- the Navy radioman typing furiously in the scene before cutting to the ants rampaging around a ship is none other than Leonard Nimoy.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    hahahaha this is too awesome!!!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    A cool collaboration, you guys are awesome!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    LOL I was wondering when and if someone would feature Susan in a bee costume Susan will have to get even and post one of you bee-knighted .....This is really priceless..Great narrative also!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    Awesome shot! I am a BEEliever!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Oh this is the BEST!!! I love the narrative here.. nuclear testing and sci-fi movies.. scary stuff! But I must say, Susan has captured the essence of 'rustique' exterior decor perfectly, no wonder House Beeutiful winged right in on it!!

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (26 Feb 2011):


  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    #)@*@)%) FUNNY.story, (parts of it)... always love Your narratives King Richard....What an esxperience your travels are, love to read about them...This photograph in b&w is awesome did i just use that term?....There are truly places like this dotted all over Arizona...LOVE the Bee...what great composition....LOVE it...Thank You King Richard...

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    I wanted to spotlight this.....NEXT!.....

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    I love it!!!! Excellent work Dick!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Susan the super Bee, wow, Richard this is beeyond anyone's imagination except yours of course, fabulous narrative and Susan you are "Beeautiful"

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    OMG, that is toooo funny!! What absolute fun is in store for us!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    oh my, oh my. Great collaboration bee-tween you two!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    Un-bee-lievable story Dick! Love the tennis shoes! Susan is the QUEEN bee!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    Super stuff here this is great!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    Ah! Now we know Susan's secret hideout! Wonderful picture and story, Dick! Very inspired.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (27 Feb 2011):

    OMGoodness!!! You are the one outa control...lol this is fabulous..... I am still laughing....... See you soon...... What sign am I ? What sign are you???

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (28 Feb 2011):

    Wow! What a dynamite job you did on this sensational shot!!!! I love it and the narrative. I've been to this spot, but unfortunately missed seeing our dear Susan??! A bee named Susan, how appropriate!! You have amazed me with the fantastic job you've done with this photo. Keep 'em coming, Richard!!!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (28 Feb 2011):

    Just wonderful, Sir R!!!! (I'd get the heck outta there, too ---very nice dilapidation, by the way)

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (1 Mar 2011):

    Laughing so hard my ribs hurt. Truly a winning collaboration. Thanks for the laughs.

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (2 Mar 2011):

    dick, this is absolutely inspired (and so much fun). susan looks she's dancing to some bee-bop -- probably her natural state. :)

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (2 Mar 2011):

    What a good story behind an excellent photo!!

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (2 Mar 2011):

    This is too funny!!! Next time make a 'beeline' for Florida!

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (3 Mar 2011):

    This is great Dick, and Sue I didn't think I'd see you there!!!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (3 Mar 2011):

    Love it Dick, I know Susan would be over the moon - :)

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (5 Mar 2011):

    beautiful !!! Great shot

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (6 Mar 2011):

    Cool tribute

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (10 Mar 2011):

    Brilliant Richard :o)

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (15 Mar 2011):

    This is absolutely fantastic! An outstanding image, narrative, and tribute...

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (21 Mar 2011):

    Those flourescent shoes, on that uncanny resemblance of someone we know, look kinda radioactive! I do remember about the people who died after the filming, from cancer. As Lanis said The brightest of the Bees remains intact, thank goodness!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (24 Mar 2011):

    LOL, Great work! I remember seeing "Them" at the Roxy. I think it cost me a quarter to get in. LOL

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (25 Mar 2011):

    CLASSIC!! Yep, saw 'Them' and if I recall, for the same price that Warren paid.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (1 Apr 2011):

    love susan and love this.so neat!

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (11 Apr 2011):

    excellent work!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (13 Apr 2011):

    hahaha this is grand !!!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (14 Apr 2011):


  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (28 Apr 2011):

    Really GREAT Richard !

  • Bert Happel

    Bert Happel gave props (11 May 2011):

    !!!Wonderful Image and story!!!

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (3 Jul 2011):

    Haha... awesome, Richard! : ))

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