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The Magic of Latourell


Death Valley, California, is a very surprising and interesting location to visit. A complete contrary to its name, Death Valley is full of life, beauty and remarkable history. But that’s for another story.

While in Death Valley, my wife and I decided to take a short break from the mesmerizing nature and looked for some different history. We looked for a near by ghost town and since Bodie was too far (Rebecca, my wife, really wants to go there) we took a short trip to Rhyolite which is about 30 miles from the campground we stayed in, Furnace Creek.

The way to Rhyolite was beautiful. The weather was great. Overcast most of the time with a few sunny spots. Perfect for photography!

Once we got to Rhyolite we have discovered a lost and interesting history. Ruined buildings and one old train cart. There was a broken door/window we could see through, to the interior of the cart. The inside was really unexpected. Painted in blue and red, abandoned and broken yet somehow maintained?

What’s more interesting about that cart was the small sign above the entry way that said “combat zone”. Was that a military base? Did someone just brought military equipment to Rhyolite and abandoned it for some reason?

So many questions!

After the visit we research Rhyolite’s history and we found out that the town began in early 1905 as one of several mining camps that sprang up after a prospecting discovery in the surrounding hills. During an ensuing gold rush, thousands of gold-seekers, developers, miners and service providers flocked to the Bullfrog Mining District. Many settled in Rhyolite, which lay in a sheltered desert basin near the region’s biggest producer, the Montgomery Shoshone Mine.
– According to Wikipedia.

So when you go to Rhyolite make sure your check out the Combat Zone.


Limited Edition Prints

Date Taken: 05/12/2017

Camera: Nikon D800e

Lens: Nikkor 24-120mm


Print size: 36″ x 24″

Edition Number: 2/10

Paper: Luster

Price: $1,125

Buying the first picture of a limited run will make you an appreciated investor of my artistic adventure.  Other than owning an original and unique photograph you’ll be earning 30% of the profits from the remaining nine prints.


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