Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Old Mule

Rural communities are true treasures in my opinion you can always find unique subjects to photograph such as this antique McCormick-Deering tractor.

These tractors were sold around the world and built for life, this one looks to be a 10-20 model built in the early 1920's it has a four cylinder kerosene engine, steel wheels, pulley drive and crank starter that enhances its character far more then today's modern tractor.

The old white barn with its faded and scaling paint made a great backdrop while the red window accented the rusty old mule making it take center stage in shot.

Information on these old antique tractors and other types can be found on the Antique Farming website.

Photographed in 1997 somewhere in Montana using 35mm film and my Pentax camera.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Brewers Farm

This old abandoned farm was photographed in Davidson County North Carolina back in 1982, though I don't know the exact age of the structures my guess would be early 1800's from looking at how the structures were constructed and materials used. The owner whose family ancestors owned and worked the land originally gave me permission to photograph the buildings and its surrounding landscape.
The image was taken with my Pentax and 35mm film.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Life in a Ghost Town

Garnet is an old mining ghost town, located in the western mountains of Montana approximately 32 miles due east of Missoula that is accessible to the public and is being slowly restored by its small population of residents. Besides the structures, many remnants of its past can be found on the land such as ore carts, antiques and various other machinery, the mountains and tall pine trees that surround the town makes a beautiful and picturesque backdrop for everyone to enjoy. If ever in the area this is a great place to see that will take you back to a time when gold and silver mining was part of American history.

Photographed in 1997 with my Pentax camera using 35mm film.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


This is my second blog on blogger.com which will be focused more on Abandoned and Decayed structures as well as other various objects. Photographic prints, postage and other gifts can be purchased on my Zazzle store "Ratso's Place". I will constantly be adding new content and links so please feel free to stop in again and visit.
Most images were produced with 35mm film over the period of 30+ years though recently I have gone digital.

I hope you enjoy your stay.

End of the Line

The Virginia and Truckee (V&T) Railroad, Nevada's first shortline was constructed to haul lumber, ore and other various supplies from Carson City to Virginia City for the Comstock Lode in 1870, soon after it was extended to Reno. This old section of track stores several decaying rail cars that sit exposed out in the open desert near Gold Hill, a suburb of Virginia City where some of the old abandoned Comstock mines still can be seen.
Photographed in 1997 using 35mm film.