Wednesday, June 3, 2009

of surrealism, deserts, giants and bikinis



yesterday i was standing in the garden under a scorching sun, in a bikini and it started to hail heavily on me ....
at this point in the great Nevada desert adventure, i barely raised an eyebrow ...



... having said that a couple of weekends ago we came acr
oss some pretty wild stuff deep deep in the heart of the Nevada wastelands ....

on the side of a barren deserted road stands a massive tree
with about a million shoes dangling off it...

the story goes that a pioneer took his wifes shoes and flung them up high in the tree branches so she wouldnt

...escape....

(nice)


since then it has been a permanent momento and now carries so many shoes that some of the branches have broken and fallen into the pit below...
you have to wonder how on earth some of these shoes made it up to the highest branches ... the witchy boots got me ....
would have had to be a broomstick job for accomplished witches
only

quite by accident we found "dune" ,......giant white sand dunes standing alone on a basin of salt ...we had to investigate as it looked like the sand mountain had fleas

on closer inspection we found mad max people with cars so tall i couldnt even on tippy toe see into the windows....and dune buggies driven by 7 year old maniacs and 4 seater serious sand machines with folk wearing headsets and glasses...

we continued on our journey and found dinosaurs in hillsides ... roads that arent even on the GPS system ... which was telling us we were in a river ... ghost towns still with kitchens and living quarters all intact



and more scary still..... live towns with no people ....
no one ...
not a living soul ....

more and more bizarre this land...

15 comments:

Sigmosaics said...

woah .. trees with shoes, sand dunes that have giant ants, ghost towns .. it all sounds like something through the looking glass! but alas, it's real and oh so very cool .. love the tree the best, looks like a big (really big) bunch of ravens sitting up there. Maybe if i ever get to the states i'll fly up and toss my witches boots in there as well :)

Star of the East said...

Wow that tree with all those shoes, madness!! Ha ha :D
You find such bizarre things over there, it's like you are in neverland :) Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures!

karuski said...

I'm all in awe of reading and seeing your story Frances! Pretty surreal, no doubt. Btw, is the exhibition going well? I do hope so:)

-minna

matchstickgirl said...

thanks Minna yes there is a lot of interest and the works are starting to sell

:D

lilacpop said...

Awesome post. I was cracking up at the "Mad Max people" comment!
Janna
http://lilacpopphotography.etsy.com

Michaela Dawn said...

Heavens, I must dedicate more time to each photo when I can find the time, but just with these quick glances I am captivated.... and the story of the shoes in the tree, oh my...

I'll see you again sweets!

jealousydesign said...

I have heard of the shoe thing before... wierd, yepp.

It must be so great to discover the nature over there! I just love to look and read your post about it. It seems to be a so facinated surrounding!

ingermaaike said...

Are you sure you still are in the same dimension? Or have you stepped over the edge of our world when you met the big pirate....

Totally awesome pictures of a magical land indeed!

ArtMind said...

I love your picture journals, Frances! And I love desterted towns - so creepy & weird.
And how silly of that pioneer to throw his wife shoes in the tree - as if she couldn't walk away barefeet! But hey, it looks so cool! :)And how teeny tiny you look beside the truck! LOL :)

Rita from alatvian.etsy.com said...

Funny and so exciting! Thank you so much for sharing!

Kreativlink said...

Amazing! AMAZING and crazy. Love that photos!

Dina Fragola said...

So eerie! Thanks for sharing!

X by Leina Neima said...

..wohoo, thank you for taking me "out of my box" to this madly surreal trip :)

LeelaBijou said...

Wow! Awesome!

karlita said...

wow, what an fun story with the shoes, it's so interesting to read about your trip (and to see your gorgeous pics)

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