Beside the Salt Flats

Some odd things show up beside the salt flats in western Utah.  These are at the rest area on westbound Interstate 80, a short distance east of Wendover.

Many more odd things are scattered around the salt flats and all along I-80 across the Great Basin.  I want to go out and photograph more of them.  Some of these things aren’t so peculiar, really.  But their placement here in this starkly minimalist yet beautiful landscape, makes almost anything man-made looks out of place.  Most people move through this landscape at 75 or 80 miles an hour, focused on the highway, stopping only briefly for food and gas, missing so much.

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Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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2 Responses to Beside the Salt Flats

  1. Rick says:

    These images are great. These are examples of ‘seens’ that nearly everyone will never notice, however a good photographer will. Well seen. Rick

  2. Tim Messick says:

    Thanks, Rick. Sometimes it’s fun to turn away or step back from the “grand landscape” and focus on the oddball things we either unconsciously tune out or more deliberately crop out of our photographic subjects.

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