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The Weird West

Entries: (71)
Began: Aug 02, 2010
Ended: Sep 13, 2010

SUBMIT up to three of your image(s) starting August 2, through midnight, August 29, 2010. Click on an image to enlarge it. VOTE for your favorites (within the enlarged view frame) through midnight, September 12, 2010.
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Winning Entry

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Highway 6 Between Tonopah and Ely

Highway 6 Between Tonopah and Ely

by jedes1945 — One chilly summer morning I encountered this gentleman and his burro traveling west on U.S. Highway 6 toward Tonopah, NV. The burro was pulling a cart loaded with their belongings.

by jorndorf 50
50
1

Desert Pool

Abandoned campground pool on interstate 40 in Arizona.

by jorndorf 36
36

Ostrich Farm

Shady looking ostrich farm/tourist trap near the Petrified Forest in Holbrook, Arizona.

by kshirley 23
23

TRANSPORTATION

Black Rock Desert Nevada Burning Man Festival Transportation Got to be ready.

by tross 22
22
1

Fish food for thought

The "Chubettes" celebrate the virtual breaching of Glen Canyon dam

by ralf223 16
16

Shoe Tree

On route 50, northern Nevada.

by scotsiegel 13
13

Trickster

Wheeler County, Ore.

by pbucknam 12
12

Bureaucrats

Late 1970s in San Luis Valley...

by kjones 11
11
2

Three-D Christmas

Barbara and Nick looking through 3-D glasses at a book on the Canyons of the Wasatch and Salt Lake area.

by kellers 9
by tross 8
8

DONT TOUCH MY HAT

Working cowboys "Arlo" and "Big Bub" share a lighter moment between chores outside the bunkhouse on the Ross Ranch, Flagstaff AZ

by scotsiegel 8
8

Triple Jeopardy

Highway 99, Roseburg, Ore.

by Cebollita 7
7

Pawnee Pass

Western Slope of the Pawnee Pass over the Continental Divide in Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado.

by estherjack 7
7

Fair Fashion

Pig wrestling contestant, Teton County Fair, Jackson, WY

by Jaybar2 7
7
1

Bisbee storefront

Wonder what they did with all that nautical gear in the middle of the desert...

by SeattleSunset 6
6
1

Beaverhead Rock vs. A Stuffed Beaver's Head

The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed Beaverhead Rock near Dillon MT in July 1805. It was named Beaverhead Rock because it resembles the profile of a beaver swimming. Well, we were driving by 200 years later and happened to have Liam, our stuffed "good luck" beaver in the car. So, we decided to make Liam swim in the air and hold our beaver's head next to Beaverhead Rock to see if it really does look like a beaver. It sure did! Mission Accomplished.

by scotsiegel 6
6

Estacada "Mixed-Use"

Highway commercial, Estacada, Ore.

by vintimo 6
6

COLD BEER

Took this shot back in 1988, Barstow CA - though you'd swear it's 1963. I'll be darned if you can't find yourself a cold one, even out in the middle of nowhere.

by nanriz 6
6

The Standoff

After zipping down some fast single-track near Fruita, Colorado our ride came to a screeching halt when this lone cow stood her ground determined that we should be the ones to mmmoooove .

by CodyMojave 5
5

Bi-wheelial Ghost

An installation next to Rhyolite, NV. Rhyolite is an amazing ghost town just outside of Beatty, NV.

by trb2dog 5
5

Kinetic sculpture

An entry in the 2005 Kinetic Sculpture race in Eureka, CA. Designed and constructed by Duane Flatmo and friends.

by EdKleiner 5
5

Visitor's committee Owen's Valley

These mules are pack animals; quite domesticated. They were as curious about me as I was about them.

by jimsellshomes 5
5

Carnastoga & The Fourd Seasons

Alliance, NB - Carhenge Additional car sculptures include The Carnastoga The Fourd Seasons - representing the 4 stages of wheat grown in the area

by wingpeople 5
5

Bishop Castle

A "work of art" over 100 feet tall featuring a fire-breathing dragon's head, turrets, dizzying walkways, and lots of attitude. (near Beulah, CO)

by DTB 5
5

All Things are Relative on the Salt

Distance is relative in the west

by jorndorf 5
5

Tea Party gathering Prescott Valley, AZ

The weird summer of 2010 in Arizona, aside from everything else, is seeing the growth of the white angry seniors of the Yavapai County Tea Party.

by Jaybar2 5
5

Drop on in

...to the wooden spoon shop in East Glacier, MT.

by estar 5
5
1

Good Cop

An officer from the Kootenai County Sherrif's Dept. is a good sport during Pig in the Park celebration, Harrison, Idaho.

by CodyMojave 4
4

Monkey Shine

A slackline setup at dusk in Joshua Tree National Park

by ralf223 4
4

Water Tank Art

On state route 50, in northern Nevada.

by climbingrose25 4
4

Buck on a Porch

This picture was taken from the inside of our Tuolumne River guide house, Groveland, CA.

by jimsellshomes 4
4

Howdy from Fairplay

The town of Fairplay having fun with the fact a popular cartoon is named after their recontructed mining town South Park City.

by DWScar 4
4

Scarcely a blade of grass for miles

An "Open Grazing" sign along a highway in slickrock country.

by jmannas 4
4

Wildlife Management in South Dakota

A billboard along highway 90.

by vintimo 4
4

Mirror Image

Driving through Stevens Pass to Eastern WA, I stopped at a deserted campground on the side of the road, and caught this optical illusion shop. Quiet, a tad bit creepy, weird - but very cool!

by vintimo 4
4

Ghost Town! Bodie Abode

Bodie Ghostown, in Northeast Washington. There's ghosts in them thar hills!

by estar 4
4
1

Can You Hear Me Now?

This public phone booth, surrounded by the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene in summer, can be accessed by foot during the winter months. It's not really hooked up, but it attracts attention and wonder among tourists.

by kayaker1121 3
3

Is this Oregon or Peru?

Llamas love the beach too!

by rogercwolf 3
3

The Opportunist

Prickly pear cactus growing in crotch of a cottonwood tree, Arizona

by trb2dog 3
3

North Dakota road art

A 100 foot tall sculpture out in western North Dakota.

by knute 3
3

alone at last

finally some quiet after driving 30 miles off road {blackrock desert}

by knute 3
3

Hunting for coyotes

A city slicker searching for the illusive desert coyote

by sebreno 3
3

Funky House

House in Bisbee, AZ

by johnkane 3
3

T-Rex Busting Out

In Granger, WA; the town decided some time ago to festoon itself with dinosaurs

by Zudiere 3
3

Actual Colorado Jackaloupe

You've heard the rumors of the Jack rabbit / antelope cross...and here it is. Honest ;-)

by paperjet 3
3

cactus encounter

Mom removes spines following a cactus encounter in Arizona's Sonoran Desert.

by mstock 3
3

Tourism

A rare chipmunk captures the attention of all near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.

by lryuva 3
3

Cowgirl and Cowboy

Watching the fun at the Butte National Folk Festival July 2010

by estar 3
3
1

Jesus and Rattlesnakes

Entrance to the grotto at St. Joseph Cemetery near Spokane, which includes rock gardens and a miniature castle.

by Jaybar2 3
3

Nature is dangerous

Protecting the tourists at Yellowstone National Park

by CodyMojave 2
2

Yuha Gothic

SCA Desert Restoration Corps interns after work on a hot June day in California's Yuha Desert near the US/Mexico Border

by paperjet 2
2

"fishworms and cottage cheese"

Naturopathic health store in Pima, Arizona, circa 2000.

by knute 2
2

missed the bus

waiting for the jeep to return to pick us up in the blackrock desert

by ralf223 2
2

The Contraption

Ranchyard grain elevator in the California coast range.

by NeedleRock4 2
2

Punkin' Head

Craig Childs with his selection from the pumpkin patch riding on his shoulder.

by marlab 2
2

Too Wierd

can't even explain it!

by mstock 2
2

Entertainment

Winding down in Gardiner, Montana.

by ianacbowen 2
2

The Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where 160 years ago the Donner Party's wagons became stuck in the salt, and on which today are held competitions of speed.

by kayaker1121 1
1

Genie's Jungle

Cool old shop in eastern Oregon

by kayaker1121 1
1

Sebastapol Retro

Great old truck in downtown Sebastapol, CA

by NeedleRock4 1
1

Desert Dolly

Child's doll sitting on the desert ground against a tire.

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