Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wonder Valley Abstracts

Wonder Valley is an area east of 29 Palms in the CA desert that is about as close as you can get to the middle of nowhere! It's dotted with little homestead cabins, many of which started out as getaway dreams of families living in S. CA and wanting to own a little piece of the desert to call their own. Back in the day, they could get the land for free if they build a modest cabin on their 5 acres. Many (most?) probably didn't realize the time, energy, money, and gritty determination needed to build and maintain a small cabin in a remote piece of desert. Thus the reason so many of these cabins were long ago abandoned. I've posted on other cabins, and I still find the area to be really beautiful in a desolate and stark sort of way.
Here's another one... been photographed a lot and very recognizable because of "Lazy One" on the water tank (no city water in this part of the desert... haul in your own, or try your luck with a well).
Linking with 
Pixel Dust Photo Art  and Skywatch Friday. Thanks for stopping by!

20 comments:

  1. Yes, there's incredible beauty in these scenes, and a reflection on man trying to tame nature.
    Happy Skywatch,
    Merisi

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  2. Terrific scenes! Very well done!

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  3. I like the expression you've given those shots! Especially the first one - it's like a dream!

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  4. Crazy watercolors. I like it.

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  5. I love the colors! Cool images!! Have a happy weekend!

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  6. There is much beauty in these photographs but I can imagine that the area is quite desolate and lonely...but perfect for one really looking for an escape.

    My pink skies are over the Arabian Sea in Mumbai.

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  7. Your color/artistic treatment makes these desolate areas come alive.

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  8. I've been through Wonder Valley a few times and figured that was the story behind most of those places but was never sure. I would just drive on dreaming what it was like back in the day. The way things are now, it may not be such a bad idea to rekindle those dreams.

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  9. Great shots - I love to make up stories about the houses and what might have been.

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  10. Land for free. Unheard of these days although I can't imagine spending a day in the desert without air conditioning as being much of a vacation getaway. I love the treatment you gave these photos.

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  11. Wonderful post-processing results! You've created much more the feel of paintings than photos. Kudos!!

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  12. Nice images, very painterly. I always find the abandoned houses on the desert interesting, wondering about the stories they could tell.

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  13. Great editing on these shots. And I appreciate the bit of history to go with them.

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  14. Cool effects on these shots! I like them.

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  15. Very interesting pieces. It was fascinating reading about how they came to be. You've given them a wonderful artistic treatment.

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  16. Wow! That last one is a captivating piece of photo art. So pleased you shared it with Photo Art Friday.

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