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Neglected Tree

By davidbailie  
...travelling through the Mojave desert we came across the archetypal 'one horse town' or what was left of it.

All that remained was a general store/post office - beyond that just a long abandoned house and the derelict original store..

It wasn't one of the ghost towns mentioned in guide books, but that's just what it was.

Peering through the doorless door frame of the old store, the name 'Store' stilll just visible against a faded red painted corrugated iron wall, one could see the derelict, lopsided counter, with the empty shelves behind - lit by the shafts of light through gaps in the roof and walls.

It compelling - trying to picture what the shelves had contained back then and who had served behind the counter and whom they had served and what they had chatted about!

Poigniantly, there was a grave of a young child under a large Joshua Tree by the road side, still maintained - her name, Andrea Beth, only just visible, scrawled on a faded bit of timber thrust into the ground - no other details discernable.

What somehow made the whole scene even more fascinating was that it was difficult to image why the town (Town ???) had existed at all before or (indeed who the remaining trading post served now) - it was in a virtualy unhinhabited area.

Anyway we prowled around unhindered, feeling very much the intruders, and took a couple of shots - I may put up others later. This one is of the only house with that wonderful tree once obviously watered and maintained but now gone it's own deathly way.

Regards Dave - as always it's worth looking BIG

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: User_Removed, Mavis, Skatershrew and 41 more

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annaliese 17 421 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2005 10:04AM
very erie, such a great description!
great image.
User_Removed 17 386 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2005 10:11AM
A really wonderful picture, excellent composition.
Great description.

Jouİo 18 56 Finland
26 Mar 2005 10:15AM
Fantastic shot!
Beautiful tones.

26 Mar 2005 10:23AM
Works very well in the bigger version. Like the tones but the composition looks a little bit cluttered to me.
old timer 18 55 1 Scotland
26 Mar 2005 10:32AM
There's a crispness and clarity about this that I really like, Dave. Altogether a strangely compelling atmosphere about it.
John_Duckett 17 386 2 Norfolk Island
26 Mar 2005 10:34AM
Just love this image, full of interest. A SUPERB ATMOSPHERE COMPOSITION

26 Mar 2005 10:35AM
Yeah great tones and interesting write-up Den Smile
yjjeep 18 13
26 Mar 2005 10:36AM
Thanks for the info and what i think is a very good shot.You got a piece of history that wiil soon be gone.Great job.
billma 18 119 United States
26 Mar 2005 10:49AM
Finely composed. This is very good.

stuwhitt Plus
17 1.4k United Kingdom
26 Mar 2005 11:19AM
Yep this works for me David, I love the dereliction. Clicked

mattberry 17 259 14 Greece
26 Mar 2005 11:26AM
fascninating story and a fine image. Its got the x-factor for me.

xanda Plus
18 244 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2005 11:38AM
Excellent picture, especially the big version: truly stunning. The description adds so much more. CLICK.
glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
26 Mar 2005 11:51AM
Brilliant shot, but your description brought life to the scene! Well done! Spot on! click!!!

turtle1 18 41 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2005 12:16PM
Brilliant image - such decay
terry_cavner 17 332 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2005 12:35PM
pfheyes 18 254 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2005 12:38PM
This one drips atmosphere. Superb.

kengreen 18 16 Sweden
26 Mar 2005 1:06PM
Magnificent. Seems like you had a nice trip and saw some intersting places. In many ways one of my favorites. Nicely composed, enhances the days that were.
ericfaragh Plus
18 149 6 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2005 1:09PM
Interesting image Dave.
keithh 18 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
26 Mar 2005 1:38PM
one of the best images of the week.
davidbailie 18 457 7 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2005 1:58PM
Thanks to all for your response - and I'm flattered Keith that you should think so - thank you

Regards Dave
tartanlady 18 58 Scotland
26 Mar 2005 2:00PM
Hello Dave, thanks for visiting my work by I do not even look like a Jim, the old wooden shack and the tree which are complimented by cloud detail which is such a beautiful feature. Nice work.
highlander 18 32 Scotland
26 Mar 2005 2:03PM
Sorry Dave never mind Jim I am not Louise either, lol...she has been online when the football was on. Have a good Easter.
davidbailie 18 457 7 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2005 2:09PM
Thanks Doug/Louise/Jim - scored an extra point(click) there Smile

bassan 19 15
26 Mar 2005 2:11PM
Good shot, such character in the image
gajj 18 32
26 Mar 2005 2:38PM
Fabulous picture, you've captured the tree and run down building well, your composition matching perfectly the loneliness of the story...
KenTaylor 17 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2005 2:39PM
This means so much more with your added description.
vfr400 20 886
26 Mar 2005 2:45PM
Terrific atmosperic shot, aided by a superb description.

ovi 18 11 1 Romania
26 Mar 2005 2:50PM
Very dramatic.Strong elements which make a powerfull composition.Love it.
conrad 17 10.9k 116
26 Mar 2005 3:17PM
Wonderful image, with a fitting description. Strong composition, with great atmosphere. Mods nice, too.
Well done!

yellowmunky 17 127 1 Wales
26 Mar 2005 6:41PM
beautifully placed subjects. The large version displays so much incredible detail..

Amazing stuff; well done Smile

johnjrp 18 432 5 Australia
26 Mar 2005 11:18PM
Very nice. Great moody shot. click. John
kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
26 Mar 2005 11:28PM
Such a beauty Davie and the description again is wonderful sad and interesting too
Take care,
cooky Plus
18 6 6 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2005 2:55AM
One of those 'It' factor images Dave! Well presented as always.

ignius 18
27 Mar 2005 3:02AM
excellent shot David,
MattHusala 19 8 England
27 Mar 2005 3:15AM
The starkness of the tree against the derelict store is so poignant. Wonderful angle to bring this out in the image. I think "Brilliant" is the simple terminology I was looking for.
Mavis 20 143 2 England
3 Aug 2005 2:43AM
A sad image but very beautiful in it's dereliction . It does make you wonder about the people and where they all went to . Love the sky . x
4 Aug 2005 1:29AM
Fantastic shot, such an atmosphere!


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