Auburn is another fine Gold Country town near Sacramento, California. Auburn is known for its mining and mandarins. But, for those looking for something random and unusual look no farther than Dr. Fox’s Colossal Statues.
One giant Gold Miner can be seen from the freeway welcoming visitors and passersby. This gold minor embodies the Gold Rush and is the unofficial mascot of the town.
Stranger and slightly more controversial are the naked Amazonian women and their friend in bondage who sit and protect a local auto mechanic’s shop.
I remember driving by these tall muses on my way to a yoga class one day and nearly drove off the road. One just doesn’t expect to see something like this in the middle of an old fashioned gold country town. And from what I understand they were quite controversial at one time.
Sometimes I just take a photo of something seemingly benign and it turns in to something pretty. (Yes folks, that’s a dead palm leaf.) The shadows and color in these photos bring me to somewhere sunny and tropical. It was a lovely little oasis at “Bloomtastic 2018” at Maple Rock Gardens.
A visit to Maple Rock Gardens in Newcastle, California has surprises around ever corner and its not even Halloween!
Here is the third and final installment of my Barn Find Car posts. There were just too many strange/odd ball and interesting photos to keep to just one post. I have spent a lot of time over the years photographing beautiful and pristine cars without a scratch, issue, dent, or fingerprint. Throw all of those photos away friends. Barn finds are where it’s at! Tell me these photos are not more interesting than a perfectly restored and excessively expensive classic car?! These cars were part of the landscape some already halfway down in the ground. Some had trees growing through them. Others had impressive levels of alien lichen growing on them as if we were actually living somewhere wet and cool. The amount of dust and dirt on each of these cars is palpable. (The smell was extreme. I took one for the team to get some of these photos for you friends.) Hipsters today spend crazy amounts of money and time trying to mimic the patina on some of these cars. There might not be much value to most of these cars but they were amazing “models” for my camera. This was an experience I will never be able to duplicate and I hope you enjoy seeing the results.
I’ve mentioned on the blog before that my husband is a huge “car guy.” I get dragged all over the place to go to car shows and museums. Alas, I really don’t mind because it typically gives me some good photo opportunities. This time was a little different… We attended a local car auction related to an estate that had multiple “barn finds” still on the original property. Most of these cars were part of the landscape at this point. Some were very likely parked when I was a kid riding my bike in the 70’s! They were far more interesting to me as pieces of art at this point than useable cars or even parts cars. As part of Cee’s Black and White Challenge I thought I would take a shot at seeing what some of them looked like in B & W. I hope you enjoy. (For those interested in the results of the auction some of these cars went for $50 and some went for thousands…) For me they are priceless as relics used for my art.
Sometimes a once useful thing becomes more interesting as it decays…
This post was inspired by Norm and his Thursday doors! I was hoping he might get a kick out of my original take on the idea. 😉
Epic museum but with all Modern Art Museums there are always a few pieces that miss the mark for me. What say you?
Cees Odd Ball Challenge
I have recently come across a few fun and odd photos from a past trip to Maui. I hope you enjoy the random mix of photos. I even managed to find a bulldog!
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