The United States Blues


“Red and white, blue suede shoes I’m Uncle Sam, how do you do Gimme five, still alive Ain’t no luck, I learned to duck Check my pulse, it don’t change Stay seventy two, come shine or rain Wave the flag, pop the bag Rock the boat, skin the goat Wave that flag, wave it wideContinue reading “The United States Blues”

Motor City


Sometimes on my back road drives, I find stuff. Well, not exactly that. I’m sure the stuff that I find isn’t lost. It is more like dumped. Sometimes it’s interesting stuff. You know what they say. “If you want to take better pictures, stand in front of better stuff.” Sometimes, even better stuff doesn’t help.Continue reading “Motor City”

And, On The Fourth of July


I’m not really a big fireworks kind of guy. So, while I was thinking about what to post today, I came up with the idea of a collection of Americana pictures. So here we go.

5000 Country Music Songs


I wrote about Seligman, Arizona, a few days ago.  I realized then that you haven’t seen enough of the place. So, today’s post will be a little long and full. Thirteen pictures, I think. There’s no overall picture and that’s too bad. But, my detail pictures should give you a sense of the place. It’sContinue reading “5000 Country Music Songs”

Ballad of El Goodo


I found these chairs in Seligman, Arizona. I know, I know. Where the hell is that? Seligman is one of the last true Route 66 towns left in America. It’s located just off of I-40, east of Kingman and west of Williams. It’s almost a ghost town. But, not quite. It is a great restContinue reading “Ballad of El Goodo”

Tres Piedras


More from my summer roads series. There is one problem with this picture. I’d forgotten that it’s been around a bit. When I Googled Tres Piedras his picture comes up as number one on Google images and number 9 in general Google search results. That’s okay. It’s part of my editing project so those ofContinue reading “Tres Piedras”

A Little Red


Not just any red. Fuzzy dice red. With an American flag. I thought I’d post this as a walk up to a long Memorial Day weekend. Originally it was called Decoration Day and it was established to honor the Union war dead who were killed during the Civil War (In The United States — forContinue reading “A Little Red”

Three More


Morning Balloons is a case of a good sense of direction and a whole lot of luck. I planned to photograph the first morning of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. I planned to arrive well before the first mass ascension which meant getting up very early and sneaking up I-25 to sort of a backdoorContinue reading “Three More”

Flambeaux


The word flambeau means flame torch. Originally, these men were slaves and some free men of color who carried the flame which helped light the dark streets of New Orleans during the early days of Mardi Gras parades. Today, they are seen as almost a kind of performance art because of their wild girations andContinue reading “Flambeaux”