Archive for November 2011

Things You See In The Mirror   3 comments

A scene that I saw in the side view mirror while driving around Lancaster county.  Getting up before sunrise was once again rewarded.  And yes, I stopped the car first.



Posted November 6, 2011 by ~ Bruce in Landscapes

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Church, Town of Scenic, South Dakota   Leave a comment

If the town of Scenic, S.D., sounds familiar you may have heard or read the recent news coverage about the entire town being put up for sale.  In fact, even more recently it was revealed that the town was purchased — by a church from the Philippines.

I took a special interest in the news because I had stumbled upon the town by accident about ten years ago, along with my dad and son.  We were in the middle of a several day stay in the Badlands region, and on that particular day we were on our way to see the Pine Ridge Reservation.  What caught my attention from the highway was the abandoned church, above.  I made a quick detour and soon discovered that many of the buildings in town were also boarded up and abandoned.  It was a semi- ghost town that had not been listed in any of the travel literature.  A pleasant discovery, but a somewhat sad scene.  The name “Scenic” was very ironic, of course.

This photo was a nice color image, but I like it better as a vignetted monochrome that evokes a certain era and feel that seems appropriate.

Posted November 5, 2011 by ~ Bruce in America in Decline, Travel Photography

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Gillbarco Calco-Meter   Leave a comment

Melanie and I visited the Tellus360 workshop and warehouse this week, hosted by our friend Joe Devoy .  Please take a moment to read Melanie’s blog about our visit.

I came across this old gas pump while taking photos for Melanie’s article.  It apparently also caught the attention of a fellow photography enthusiast (Susie) who works at Tellus360, because she immediately had Joe and Josh clear away an old filing cabinet to give me a clear shot.  The above shot is what I envisioned — a grainy black and white with a 30% color “add back” via Topaz Black & White Effects software.  Gillbarco, by the way, continues to manufacture gas pumps today, and supplies parts for the old ones.  This one reminds me a lot of the old ones I grew up with on my grandparents’ farms.

Posted November 4, 2011 by ~ Bruce in Uncategorized