On the Lincoln Highway’s present-day bypass around the south end of the Army’s Dugway Proving Grounds, one comes across Simpson’s Springs, which I’ve mentioned before. Simpson explored the route from the Salt Lake area to Genoa, Nevada in 1859. His work laid the groundwork for the Overland Stage and Pony Express.
There is a campground there where I spent a couple of days waiting for the right light over the Dugway Range to the north of me. To the south of my campsite in the Simpson Mountains, I noticed this tree bathed in the light from the setting sun. I think it is a Piñon Pine but more knowledgable folks might take this opportunity to correct me.
Whatever it may be, I love the image. Photographers will note that at least three exposures have been combined in this photo to achieve the balance of light I originally visualized.
Happy travels and beautiful sunsets to all of you.
Just a short post to let you know that I opened my show in Grass Valley, CA on Monday.
Installation at Valentina’s Bistro in Grass Valley
Lincoln Highway Collage – these photos are to be included in a larger exhibit
The show is open for the month of April with a reception this Saturday the sixth at two in the afternoon. The venue is small but quite nice and they have great coffee and meals.
I hope you can stop by. The venue is open only during weekdays from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and is located at 1041 Sutton Way, Grass Valley California 95945
I have been editing photos for an exhibition coming up next month but hadn’t included this until my wife noticed it and asked for a print. This is in the canyon on the east side of Carroll Summit and was taken in the Fall of 2012.
Canyon East of Carroll Summit, Nevada
I’ll be heading out on the highway fairly soon. In the meantime I’ll bring you some images from my library.
Welcome to those who have just found me as a result of my article in Nevada Magazine.
To catch up on the Lincoln Highway you should go back to the blogs in 2011 and read forward from there. Start here - October 2011. You will find useful items such as detailed directions and gps coordinates in these items.
My book, to be published early 2014, will be a complete guidebook with maps, coordinates, contemporary and historic photos.
As promised, now that the article is published, I can now begin to show some new photos.
Sand Pass – Then and Now
It was pure luck that I parked my truck in the same spot as the early photo from the University of Michigan Archives. To the left of the truck is the new Highway 50 alignment and behind that the dreaded Fallon Sink.
I wish you safe traveling in the desert,
I have shown you a few photos of Orr’s Ranch (near Dugway, Utah) before, but not this one. Orr’s Ranch was an important stop on the LHW since it was the last place for gasoline and other supplies before reaching the John Thomas Ranch (now Fish Springs N.W.R.) far to the west. Click the image to enlarge.
Orr’s Ranch, Dugway, Utah
The ranch is still there and may be visited. 40°18’0.76″N 112°44’0.60″W
As always, travel safely.
I just received a subscription from Travis Christiansen who recently wrote about Sand Mountain, east of Fallon, Nevada.
Here is an aerial shot of Sand Mountain taken from my little camera plane.
Emptiness (Click to Embiggen)
I would like to solicit your opinion. This is a reworked version of the scene I posted recently. What do you think? Is it “over the top” or simply “rather neat”? Obviously I did a lot of processing in Photoshop and generally I don’t like to do that but my opinion is that in this case it works as a dramatic landscape.
This is a possible image in my book “The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range” due out next year.