Friday, August 12, 2011

The other day my friend Deyanira and I went for a drive in search of things that are rusty, rustic and or the color of rust.  As I drove out of the Las Vegas city limits, Deyanira kept her eyes peeled for things that fit our photographic agenda. Both she and I would spot the objects and I would stop the car and we'd get out and snap our cameras.  One of the first things I saw was an old pay phone  Ok, it doesn't quite fit the rustic or rusty category but I suppose it could be considered a relic. I pushed the button on my camera and took a photograph of that old telephone.  I really thought it would be a good idea for this theme but when I uploaded the photos and saw the phone it just seemed like it was a lazy attempt at this theme so bye bye phone.  Next we spotted an old sign for a bar.  It's not rusty or rust colored but it could be kind of rustic even though it's made of fiberglass.  I don't know, you decide.

I realize the Red Rooster sign is a half ass attempt at rustic but still, it's a starting point to get me motivated.
I continued to drive the country roads of Logandale and finally I spotted something in the distance that looked like rust. 
Woo hoo!

Yep, it definitely has accumulated rust.  Too bad I couldn't get closer.  I was zoomed in all the way with my 270 mm lens.  This object is on somebody's private property and I wasn't about to get shot for the sake of this shoot out.

We're on the road again and I see something quite rustic.

It's an outhouse. 
I've taken a photo of this before and I'm pretty sure I have posted it too but this is a fresh photo.

Next we stopped at an old cemetary.  This was by far our most interesting find.

It turns out that most of the headstones have the same family name. 
Leavitt family tree was plentiful in this cemetary.

This was such an interesting walk. 
I noticed that there were many children who didn't make it past the age of four.

What we discovered on our walk through the past is that this is a mormon burial ground which is why we found so many people of the same name.
There was even one headstone that had the husband's name and all five of his wive's listed and which wife came first, second, third and so on.  This man had fifty children.  Can you imagine how high his libido must have been?  Wow.

I like how this head stone has his ocupation listed.  This headstone looks fairly modern.  I think it may have been updated or redone.

The one above has definitely been beaten up by nature.  It could use a revamping before they forget who resides in this spot.  You can't even make out the name.

Wilbur had quite a few children too but this post would go on forever if I listed all of them.

I'm all ready going overboard with the photos.

I'm not sure what I did to get the next photo but It looks really cool and it happened inside the camera.
I did not photoshop it at all or change the color or temperature.

It looks like a double exposure or maybe just a real slow shutter speed with movement.
Anyway this is the guy that had the five wives and fifty children.
Below is what this headstone really looks like.

My friend Deyanira reading about the man with five wives.

That's the end of my tour. I hope this didn't creep you out. 

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Enjoy your weekend everyone.


  1. It didn't creep me but it made me curious of the last photo you took, five headstone for five wives that is very interesting. I haven't seen like that here in my area. Great post thanks for sharing!


  2. There's a cemetery close by that's huge for our little city. It's the oldest in town. Almost stopped to take pictures for my own submission but all the stones are granite and wouldn't fit this theme as well as these headstones do.

    Nice captures.

  3. This is a wonderful collection of rust, rusty, rustic photos! That's some outhouse! And I never would have thought of the tombstones...but these are perfect!

  4. Seriously that was so interesting..50 children OMG and I struggle with 5! Of course I don't have any sister wives to help..but wow..that is still 10 kids per mama. I am exausted just thinking about it!! Wonderful shots..every one!!
    Hugs, Sarah

  5. JarieLyn - Thanks for stopping by my blog, I haven't seen you around in a while, but then again I have been running hot and cold as far as blogging goes. I am disappointed to read that you were not willing to take a bullet to get the photo...LOL. I loved seeing the grave markers, old graveyards fascinate me.

  6. Fifty children? Imagine trying to think of names for all of them. Wow. But anyway I think the headstones are awesome, what a good idea to stop there. I think of LV as such a shiny, lit-up place; it's good to be reminded that there are other things there.

  7. I think old graveyards are fascinating. If one is lucky enough to be the only person walking around looking at the grave stones, then you can almost feel the past all around you. Eerie, perhaps, but so interesting! Great pics! :)

  8. Well, the out house is a favorite for me...don't know what that says about me!

  9. Is the outhouse still being used? it's quiet a common feature here during the 50s but ever since all traditional wooden villages being replaced with high rise apartment, all outhouses have gone inside! lol

  10. Nice to see you again. It has been a long time. I am trying to get out and about more, as far as blogging goes.

    Love the old graves. Should have included the phone booth. Save it for another shoot. I would love to see it.

  11. JarieLyn, I'm disappointed, I thought you would have taken one for the team! hehe

    I love all your headstones. I couldn't count the hours I've spent in old graveyards but I've never seen the grave of anyone with so many offspring. It always saddens me when I see how many children, in days gone by, never got to start school.

  12. I love cemeteries and you've certainly found some interesting stones. A fine grouping of everything rusty or rustic.

  13. interesting shoot out JarieLyn. now I wonder why so many children passed away at age four. ??? busy guy that Dudley. how did he ever get anything else done? lol

  14. I love visiting cemeteries! It is like a walk through local history.



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