Epitaph for a Shoe Tree

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© Pamela Haberman
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UploadedMay 16, 2012
TakenJune 11, 2008
Exposure1/500 sec at f/14
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Focal Length28 mm
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On Highway 50 near Middlegate, Nevada, a lone cottonwood stood, clotted with hundreds of shoes. The story goes the first pair was thrown during a wedding night argument by a young couple; later, their children's shoes were added to the bough. Whatever its origins, the tree seemed to suck up all the discarded footwear in the county. Sadly, the tree was cut down by vandals on New Year's Eve, 2010-2011.

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  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (16 May 2012):

    At least you got this great photo before the vandals struck! love this!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (16 May 2012):


  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (16 May 2012):

    How sad indeed--A cottonwood downed by plastic, rubber, cheap leather, and morons.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (22 May 2012):

    Powerful image. So glad you captured it before the tree was cut down. Such a sad ending to what was an ongoing story.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (23 May 2012):

    Love the comp and treatment in this. Clever shot!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 May 2012):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park (pricelessly).

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (18 Jun 2014):

    Super story and great capture...vandalism of this=a sin!

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