Sunday, October 30, 2011

Something Spooky for Halloween

"Hold on, man.  We don't go anywhere with 'scary,' 'spooky,' 'haunted,' or 'forbidden' in the title."  - Shaggy from Scooby-Doo

Halloween is my favorite holiday. It is the only day of the year one can truly be what you want, whether it be a super hero, a practitioner of the black arts, or the walking dead. Not to mention the candy. I think there is no better way to honor this holiday than to present some black and white images captured at some spooky, and maybe a little creepy places.

Golden is a ghost town located in Josephine County, Oregon not far from the famous Wolf Creek Inn (which they say is haunted). Once a thriving mining town, the remaining buildings are now being restored as part of Golden State Heritage Site. The church, however, is not original and was actually built in 1950. That doesn't make it any less spooky.

 Generally, I only share pictures captured around the Pacific Northwest. I included this picture from my honeymoon in Mexico because nothing says spooky like an ancient Mayan temple in the jungle. Don't you think?

Oval Temple, Coba Archaeological Park, Yucatan, Mexico.

Okay, so ski lifts don't generally scream "scary". I will admit that. These were standing sentry at Timberline Lodge, waiting for ski season to arrive. Some of you may know that the exterior of the lodge played stand in for "The Overlook" in "The Shining", a movie that scared the you know what out of me as a child. Is the fact they were stuck on chair 13 a coincidence, or is something supernatural at work?

I'll be honest. There is nothing I like capturing images of more of than old rusted trucks. I wonder what great adventures someone took in them, before leaving them out to the elements for nature to reclaim. Ghosts of road trips past must linger in their cabs. I found this one sitting in a field near the ghost town of Shaniko, Oregon.

You may be sensing a theme here, but, yes, here is yet another ghost town picture. This cabin is located in Liberty, Washington. Last time I was here, there were still some home sites for sale. You could certainly get away from it all here. Plus, you never know. There might still be some gold in them thar hills.

Finally, a picture of Mount Hood because is there anything scarier than a volcano in your backyard that could erupt at any time?



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    Where I used to play with friends in the hills of Trabuco Canyon, California, there were abandoned cowboy shacks and corrals. One day, we found a car very similar to the one you have here. I've come up with endless stories of how it came to rest there and rust away. I only hope that it is still there and not plowed down in the name of commerce.

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