Deep in the Opal Creek Wilderness lies Jawbone Flat, a tiny mining community that operated in the 1930s and 1940s. It is currently the site of the Opal Creek Education Center, dedicated to the study of Old Growth Forests. Left behind is a treasure trove of old equipment from the heyday of the Shiny Rock Mining Company. I find beauty in their forms, nestled in the forest.
I enjoy putting my own take on the photo theme & not taking the prompt in the immediate literal sense. This photo is about scale but in the realm of comparisons of near and far. As I walked the Camino de Santiago with a friend in 2013, we came upon these signs sometime after Pamplona. We were most concerned with Santiago, 220 km away but still way closer than Jerusalem at 5000 km!
If you drive west outside of Taos, New Mexico, you will pass by a development of “Earthships” or radically sustainable buildings made from layers of recycled materials. they are also artistic wonders. Also tucked in the New Mexico landscape, there are individual artists that share the same vision.
I caught these images on concrete during the recent total eclipse in Oregon. As the moon covered the sun, the image in the sky was projected on the ground in the shadows of leaves. It was spellbinding.