Miles Between #5-Horseshoe Bend & Monument Valley

JT_HorseshoeBendAZ_galleryThe rugged and rocky landscape of Arizona, Utah and Nevada hold many awesome treasures that can be found easily off the roads. Out near the north rim of the Grand Canyon on the Utah/Arizona border there’s this cool Horseshoe bend in the Colorado river on an Indian reservation. It’s about a 20 minute hike from the parking area to the rim of the canyon, and not an easy hike if you’re out of shape, but well worth the pay off. There are no guard rails to keep you from falling so you’ve got to be cautious where you decide to shoot from as the rocks are slippery and covered with sand. The day I shot this there must have been a hundred other cameras going, and I knew I wasn’t shooting anything that unique, but I love the results and felt it worked well in the overall series of images. The whole area is just Heaven for landscape shooters with St. George, Lake Powell, Monument Valley and Ship Rock all within a few hours drive. This trip for me was more of a scouting expedition as I’d like to spend a week or so out here shooting day and night. Long night exposure especially.

Monument Highway Captured 3November2014 8:45am Exp- 1/2000 F/4 ISO400

Monument Highway Captured 3November2014 8:45am
Exp- 1/2000 F/4 ISO400

The day before I shot a scene of the road after a rain storm while heading to a BLM campsite. The light is just awesome out west.

Ghosts of Detroit By Joey Tichenor ©2013 all rights reserved

MIles Between #3- Ghosts of Detroit

Ghosts of Detroit By Joey Tichenor ©2013 all rights reserved

Ghosts of Detroit-Car Henge Dawn Captured 10July2013 9:55pm
Exp-1/125 F/4 ISO1600
Nikon D700 Nikon 17-35 2.8ED ©Joey Tichenor All Rights Reserved

Car Henge is one of those cool, off beat pieces of “Americana” that you can only find in the midwest. Unlike other automotive effigies across the USA, such as Cadillac Ranch in Texas, Car Henge is 100% awesome. The setting is in a rural part of Nebraska that offers easy access, free parking and a photo friendly environment with access day or night. It is made up of 38 automobiles arranged in a circle measuring about 29 meters (95 ft) in diameter. Some are held upright in pits 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) deep, trunk end down, and arches have been formed by welding automobiles atop the supporting models. The heelstone is a 1962 Cadillac. Three cars were buried at Car Henge. Their “gravestone” is a car that reads: “Here lie three bones of foreign cars. They served our purpose while Detroit slept. Now Detroit is awake and America’s great!”-Ironic considering the TARP bail outs of 2007-08 and the current decay of the once great Detroit=)

The actual park itself, I’m sure is a 9-5 deal, although, I’ve shot here at 3am with no issues. I don’t recall how I found out about Car Henge, if it was thru an road trip blog or elsewhere, but it’s been a great place to go get creative over the years. Located in Alliance, Nebraska, It’s always on the road plan when I travel to Denver, Las Vegas or LA. This image was captured in the winter of 2013 while I was deciding between living in the midwest or moving out to the west coast. I stopped off in Alliance around 4:30am to stretch and take a few shots at dawn. I had seen a few cool sunrises on my way back home and was hoping that this mornings would be similar. It turned out a little more subtle than the previous days, but I liked the look of this shot for the mood of the year. It also juxtaposed well with an earlier shot I had made at sunset in 2010.

The Henge 2010 Captured 20October2010 7:23pm Exp- 1/100 F/11 ISO200 Nikon D700 Nikon 17-35 2.8ED

The Henge 2010
Captured 20October2010 7:23pm
Exp- 1/100 F/11 ISO200 Nikon D700 Nikon 17-35 2.8ED

If you are hitting the road for vacation this spring or summer and crossing Nebraska, try and stop off here to see this cool piece of America before some zoning committee or Wal-Mart tears it down.