Aug. 27, 2015: A twelve-foot-tall bust of Abraham Lincoln overlooks Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyoming. The 1959 statue by Robert Russin sits on a 30-foot-tall granite pedestal at the Summit Rest Area on Interstate 80 east of Laramie, Wyoming.
May 13, 1983: An instructor adds gasoline to fire during a Ventura County Fire Department training burn. The training class of 20 students ended the 7th week of their 12-week course by burning down an old structure in the future Wood Ranch section of Simi Valley. The former home, slated for demolition, instead was offered to the fire department for training.
August 19, 2015: The closed Fort Courage Trading Post on Route 66 in Houck, Arizona. Fort Courage opened in the late 1960s piggybacking on the success of the comedy TV-show "F-Troop." Fort Courage closed in 2014. On May 17, 2020, three suspects were arrested following an arson fire that damaged a portion of Fort Courage.
I just completed this series of portraits honoring five Jack in the Box Antenna Balls that retired after riding on my vehicles in the 1990s. I got the idea from the recent Thousand Oaks Photo Group zoom meeting with Matt Kloskowski on texture backgrounds. Thanks TOPG and Matt for the excellent instruction.
July 4, 1986: The annual Westlake Yacht Club "Around the Island Race" has one major obstacle: the La Venta Road bridge. Entrants must lower sails or tip over their crafts while navigating under the bridge.
August 19, 2015: Room number 16 at Wigwam Village Motel no. 6 in Holbrook, Arizona. The motel featuring concrete replicas of American Indian teepees opened in 1950. Adding to the Route 66 atmosphere are several 1960s era vehicles scattered around the property.
My thoughts on images past and present.