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No Trespassing

Here’s a warning from an Alaskan resident who clearly values their privacy.  No wimpy little signs mounted on fence posts or tree trunks would do!  But the side of an abandoned vehicle makes a great billboard, doesn’t it?



This old truck has clearly sat at the edge of this meadow, next to a clump of conifers, for many, many years.  I love the way the wheels have sunk into the dirt.  It feels as though the truck will be completely buried in a few more decades.  It sits right next to a beach, where the moist salt air hastens its rusting and disintegration.  And freezing, snowy winters and rainy summers also take their toll.

It’s probably a safe bet that this pickup ain’t goin’ nowhere…ever again.

I came upon this pretty blue bug while I was driving the back roads of Washington state last month.  It was on an abandoned farm, and there were at least half a dozen other cars and trucks scattered about the field.  Unfortunately, they were all of too recent vintage for my liking…except for this bug.  The way the grasses and weeds had grown up around it made it look like it was sinking into the earth.

I shot it just as I found it;  I didn’t get closer than maybe about 10′.  The door and the hood had been left open by someone else.  (Most of you probably know that the engine compartment on a bug is in the rear.)  I didn’t want to trample down any of the weeds around it and leave an imprint, so I approached from the angle I knew I wanted to shoot it from, and left the way I had come.

To emphasize the pretty blue paint on the body, as well as to make the busy background less obvious, I desaturated all the other colors.

I wish I could come back and shoot it in the wintertime, with a pretty frosting of snow on it.  But it’s’ just too far away for a winter road trip for this (mostly) fair-weather photographer.  For now, the snow-capped bug will live only in my imagination…

No, this isn’t a post about roadkill, that’s coming up next week.  In living color…

Just kidding.  Many of you might recognize the title of this post as a joke about the Ford brand.  There are some who claim that FORD is an acronym for “Found On Road, Dead.”  These folks obviously don’t believe that Ford builds long-lasting vehicles.

I’ve also heard that FORD is an acronym for “Fix Or Repair Daily.”  I’ve never understood this one, since “fix” and “repair” are synonyms.  But I’ve heard it as much as “Found On Road Dead.”  Go figure.

I’m afraid that I have no personal experience owning Fords.  I’ve owned three cars and five motorcycles, and they’ve all been Japanese.  In case you’re wondering, in chronological order, the cars were a Subaru, a Mitsubishi, and (currently) a Toyota, and the bikes a Honda, three Yamahas, and (currently) another Honda.  I’ve had pretty good luck with all the vehicles except the Mitsubishi, which was built with a part missing from the transmission, which necessitated a very expensive repair.  The dealer pocketed the money I paid for the extended warranty, and then said I didn’t have one.  So I had to pay for a new transmission and installation.  Therefore I’m NOT enamored with the Mitsubishi brand, which has really taken a nosedive since its airplane-building days.  But it’s hard to come up with a catchy negative acronym for “Mitsubishi.”

Anyway, back to Ford.  Say what you will about the old Ford Motor Company, but old they are.  They’ve been around since 1903.  So they must’ve been doing something right over the last 109 years.

I mention this because one of the things I love photographing is old machinery.  I’ve done some posts about trains, there will be a number of posts about planes (stay tuned), and right now we’re talking automobiles.  I like to shoot old cars and trucks that have been abandoned and are slowly disintegrating.  And probably the brand of vehicle I find most often is the Ford.

This can be interpreted two ways.  One is that the reason there are so many abandoned Fords is that they’re not built well.  But the other interpretation is that the reason there are so many abandoned Fords is that a) it was and continues to be a very popular brand, and b) when their old Fords finally stopped running, people replaced them with new Fords. I lean towards interpretation #2, since I don’t think Ford would’ve stayed in business almost 110 years building nothing but junk.  Sure, there were some issues with some models.  The Pinto immediately springs to mind.  But overall, I’d say Fords are here to stay, both on the road and on the side of the road.  So to paraphrase an old saying:  “The Ford is dead!  Long live the Ford!”