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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

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 EdKleiner 1

Hanging out on Route 66

We slowed down in Northern Arizona a few weeks before the beginning of the fall hunting season.

by EdKleiner 1

Some preserve!

Maybe the timing of our visit was a little off. This is a Darlingtonia sight north of Quincy CA

by paperjet 1

"Mr. Dwarf Car," Ernie Adams with his miniature '39 Chevy

"Mr. Dwarf Car," Ernie Adams with his miniature '39 Chevy at the Route 66 Fun Run, Seligman, Arizona, 2005.

by jimsellshomes 1

You haven't seen everything

You haven't seen everything until you've seen Nothing, AZ. Hwy 93 between Phoenix and I40

by Cebollita 1

Dancing on the Santa Fe Plaza

We are all here for a good time tonight!

by mstock 1

Right Of Way

A bison bull merges in Yellowstone.

by rogercwolf 1

Family Values

The sign for a convenience store in Tucson

by yoda 1

Modern Aspen Carving?

This carving is located in the Flat Tops, Colorado. Hmmmmm - what does this message really mean?

by sebreno 0

sad seagull in Mission Bay

seagull with fish hook and attached fish caught in its mouth.

by NeedleRock4 0

On the Right Track

Young boy walking between the rails.

The topic: Have you photographically captured the weird and wacky side of the American West? Submit your image(s) here!

About submitting images: Entrants may submit up to three (3) photos for each photo contest, in JPEG, PNG and GIF file formats only; each image submitted may be no larger than 2 megabytes in size.

About voting on images: Instead of making you choose only one entry to vote for, we decided to allow viewers to vote positively for any entry they want to -- one vote per viewer, per image. But be careful - you can't undo your vote once you've clicked the "vote" button, so CHOOSE CAREFULLY!