You are here: home   40years   Essay and Photography Contests   The Most Changed West   Truck, Abandoned Kings Canyon Mine Site, central Sierras

Share your thoughts and images of the West!

Check out upcoming contest topics, and submit your essay(s) or photo(s) for others to enjoy. Viewers can vote on their favorite essays and images, and entries with the most votes will be featured on the Web site, and earn consideration from our editorial and production staff for appearing in the magazine!

The West is not just about the varied terrain in which we live, but the collection of perspectives and realities of the people who occupy this inspiring land. Add your voice to High Country News – or enjoy those of other readers – and embrace your community of fellow people who care about the West.

this is a photo entry in:

The Most Changed West view contest page »

finishedThis contest has ended.
Truck, Abandoned Kings Canyon Mine Site, central Sierras

Truck, Abandoned Kings Canyon Mine Site, central Sierras


What's more thrilling and satisfying than rounding a bend and suddenly encountering a long-abandoned Steinbeck-era vehicle in some mostly-but-not-completely hidden cranny of the vast West ? Then, conjuring up how it got there just to die .. what California was still like back then .. and what salt was behind the wheel the last time its engine growled its last. Its charming unlikely presence in 2010 reminds me that in the not-so-distant future, on the REAL downside of "Peak Oil" we know is coming, ALL our vehicles will sit rusting in the dappled post-Apocalyptic afternoon sun. Glory be.

Btw ..
Sep 28, 2010 01:16 PM
Remember, not so terribly long ago, when there were no crowded freeways in California .. because there were no freeways, period.