Shaved Ice

I’m back in town after a two-week circuit around Utah and Nevada. It was a trip which began (and ended) with a superfluous ferry ride between Long Island and Connecticut–admittedly, not the most direct way to get to Salt Lake City from here.

I was stubbornly avoiding the drive to the NYC airports on a hunch that maybe the Indians had it right:

The best way to leave this place is in a boat.

Out west there were lots of hikes and photographs although the two were rarely occurring at the same time. I visited several National Parks including Zion, Great Basin and Capitol Reef. The pictures in those places tended to be of subjects no more than ten feet away.

I managed to fill up several memory cards with pictures of limping towns, crumbling homes, junkyards, sign parts and lots of clouds. There were many closeups of aged vehicles and a number of photographs of my own shadow. There were fields of flowers and one that was full of Volkswagens. In case you haven’t heard, we Americans are a throw-away culture.

Up above, you’re looking at a shaved ice stand in Green River, Utah:  a skinny shack caught in the dry roast of an August sunrise several hours before opening time.  Nearby:  an abandoned cafe whose wonderful sign is still appealing to the road.

It’s a good picture to start off with because the shaved ice stand looks a bit like a friendly robot.

Green River is struggling along on the dubious lifeline of I 70. It’s surrounded by grey hills comprised of crunchy shale deposits, terrain where hardly anything grows (although it should be noted that there are fields of cantaloupes which thrive on the silty water of the river once navigated by John Wesley Powell).

A vacation here in August can feel like a holiday inside an oven.

The ice stand is located about fifty miles from Moab–the nearest neighboring community and one which has been rewarded with an abundant flow of tourism.

Hopefully some of those folks will find their way up to Green River.

Shaved Ice particulars:

The picture was taken with a Panasonic G3 with a wide extender mounted on the 14mm prime lens. I had a lot of fun looking at the many types of distorted views that are possible with this combination. You can click on the picture to enlarge it.

14 thoughts on “Shaved Ice

  1. Sounds like a great trip.. looking forward to seeing more shots! Great light to this…(and give me a boat over a plane any day!)

  2. Welcome back! I look forward to seeing those photos.
    I like the handprints and the important information, “closed,” on this. 🙂

  3. Wow…these pictures from your most recent trip are like opening a great photography book. The black and whites of those marginal areas that are still out there in the great emptiness of Western America’s backroads are hard to stop looking at. I’ll be the first to buy the book! Great job.

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