Out in the Nevada Desert

I’m back from the trip, which turned out to be great (thanks for asking). I covered 1500 miles in nearly two weeks, camping most of the time.

Let me begin with a photo from the Steptoe Valley, north of Ely, Nevada. This is a sparsely populated area as is most of the state. Old businesses, now out of business, are found here and there – this one at the bottom of the Schellbourne Pass. Originally this was a Pony Express and Overland Stage station. The original 1913 Lincoln Highway was just a mile away. Debris everywhere inside and the abandoned truck outside, together with the framing of the mountains, made this a delightful photo to compose.

Schellville Nevada

Schellbourne, Nevada

(Technical note: my Nikon D600 has a rated fourteen stops of dynamic range. This single shot, not bracketed, was processed with  Lightroom 5 and Photomatix Pro.)

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – On The Road Again

I actually did get back on the old road again, perhaps a little later than I thought I would. As a result it has been a very cold trip with lows in the 20’s. I’ll have a chance to post in detail once I get back home and can wade through the photos.Austin at Sunset

This is one of my favorite towns on the Lincoln Highway and I did look at some property for sale. I spent two days doing research and taking some back roads I had never visited before, including the Overland Stage route and Emigrant Pass.

Travel wisely,

Grover and Beasley

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Heading Out Again – LHW Here We Come

I’m packing the van, ready to head out on the Lincoln Highway again. Mr. Beasley will accompany me of course. Actually the van is named “The Beasleymobile” in his honor.

Beasley Pleads "Don't Go In There Dad"

Beasley the Traveler

This time I’m out for a month attempting to finish the “Lincoln Highway in the Great Basin” book so that it will be ready by the Lincoln Highway Association 2014 annual meeting next year in Tooele, Utah next Spring.
In the meantime I discovered a great resource for those who would like to explore the backroads of the state available from Nevada D.O.T.
First of all request a catalog here http://www.nevadadot.com/Traveler_Info/Maps/Free_Catalog.aspx
What you are looking for is the Nevada State Atlas, all of $12 postpaid. It is a worthy companion to your gps. and as you know your gps is not to be trusted out in the wildlands.

I’ll be in touch. Travel safely,

Grover

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The Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley, California

Most of you know that I tend to favor black and white photography but there are many shots just crying out for color, like this one.

The red roofs are a corrugated tin that is highly reactive. Within two years of the installation of the new roofs, they had turned this color.

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Here is an aerial view of the mineyard I took this year. This is just part of the huge park. The Empire was the largest producer of gold in the west. There is so much to see here, including a short trip underground in the main shaft.

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Until next time,

Grover

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Flickr and The Empire Mine State Historic Park

I have been adding material to my Flickr account if you would care to take a look and comment.

In the meantime here is one more from the Empire Mine. As always, click to embiggen.

Whitewash - Empire Mine State Park

Whitewash – Empire Mine State Park

Cheers to all,

Grover

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The Empire Mine

Dear readers,

I haven’t forgotten you. I’m heading back to Nevada to finish the book in October.
In the meantime I started a photo series on the Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley, California.

I am a volunteer here again after an absence of some years; I work in research and also with “The Over The Hill Gang” on maintenance and construction.

Rather than a general view of the mine’s operation and history, which you can find elsewhere on the web, this project is called “The Hidden Empire” or places that are hardly noticed by the visitor.

Some of these are taken in the mineyard where numerous pieces of equipment are on plinths out in the open and sadly rusting away.

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Empire Mine Yard – Levers

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Empire Mine Yard – Motor

I imagine these as fairly large prints when I mount them for exhibition in a few months.

Grover

For the technically curious – camera is a Nikon D600 at 24 MPixels, lens a 50mm f1.8 prime, RAW processed in Lightroom 4 using custom presets.

 

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Dugway Range – Simpson’s Springs

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.

Simpson's Springs

Simpson’s Springs

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.

Grover

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The Lincoln Highway in the Great Basin

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

Installation at Valentina’s Bistro in Grass Valley

Photos in Exhibit

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

Grover

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Carroll Summit

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

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.

Grover

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Nevada Magazine – Lincoln Highway Article

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

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,

Grover

 

 

 

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