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Texas Windmill …

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I spotted this windmill on the way to Carlsbad New Mexico out of Fort Stockton Texas on I-10.  I kept running across the image for years and it never really did much for me, until I just decided to do something with the image.  Now as I look at it, I am surprised how much I like the image.  If you have ever been out in west Texas and you look out over the horizon, all you see for miles and miles is nothing.  So when you finally come across something, anything for that matter, you want to get out of the car to stretch your legs and take a photo of whatever is in front of you.  I will have to find the image of this windmill and post it to give you a better idea of what I am talking about.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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June 7, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Stanley Marsh 3 … RIP

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Stanley Marsh 3 died this past week.  He was the man who created ” The Cadillac Ranch ” along I-40 outside of Amarillo Texas.  I made the above back in 2003 on a trip Pam and I took to Sedona  Arizona.  We had driven out on I-10 and I said that there was no way that I was going back the same way.  You would drive for miles and miles and miles and there would be absolutely nothing out your windows but flat land.  So when we left Sedona, we drove north to I-40 and headed east.  The view was a little better and there were some places along the way that we stopped … but those are for another time.  Pam spotted the Cadillacs and said that we just passed a row of cars buried nose down out in a field.  I turned around and went back.  It had rained and the field was muddy and the cars are buried several hundred yards from the service road.  She had no interest in walking out in the mud, so I grabbed my cameras and headed out.  I will have to find the original files and post them to give you an idea what I started with.  This is the first image that really showed me what you could create in Photoshop and how creative and powerful the program is.  Here  is a link to  Marsh’s obituary in the Amarillo  paper and the guy lead an interesting life.  His last few years were filled with controversy, but I guess that is another story, also.  Thanks for looking and I have some other posts ready to put up and I will over the next few days … Thanks for looking … Frank


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June 19, 2014 at 8:26 am

Cadillac Ranch Outside Of Amarillo Texas …

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The art display of old, rusted Cadillacs buried hood first in the dirt turns 40 in 2014.  It was originally created by the art group that called itself ” The Ant Farm ” out of San Francisco.  It was installed on farm land owned by Stanley Marsh 3 that runs along I-40.  I had always heard of it, but did not know anything about the ” display ” or for where it was located in relation to where we were, other than the fact that it was located in Texas.  Pam and I were heading east on I-40 and Pam looked south of the interstate and said that there was a group of cars buried hood first out in this large field.  I caught it out of the corner of my eye as I drove by at 85 mph and told her that I was going to turn around at the next exit and go back.  When we got back to where you can enter the field through a gate off of I-40 and parked, it had just rained, so the field was a sea of mud.  Pam said that she would pass, so I grabbed my cameras and headed off.  There is not much to it really … you have to walk a good distance before you get to the cars and there is nothing else for miles.  After I walked out to where the cars were buried, there was not a sole around, so I just some photos of the buried cars, but after 15 or 20 minutes some other people showed up.  There is a link to the Cadillac art display.  Here is the photo that I created …

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I posted this when I first created this blog several years ago.  I also created a poster that I had printed and gave away to some friends of mine …

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I also shoot some b&w film with my Hasselblad that I will have to find. but they do not look as good as these.  So, this is my little contribution to the Cadillac Ranches 40th birthday.  I do not know if they are going to have a celebration or not, but I am sure that something will be planned.  I am pretty sure that I will miss whatever they will have, but if any does happen to go, let us hear from you.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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February 12, 2014 at 11:18 am