Featured Photo: Haunting Ranch Photo

Ryan Ranch, Joshua Tree

This photo of Ryan Ranch in Joshua Tree, taken 28 April 2012, took on a very haunting, ethereal quality when converted to black and white, the lone withered tree winding its way to the heavens.

This, taken with a Tokina wide-angle lens I had just purchased prior to the quick 24-hour trip to the high California desert, offers an ants-eye perspective of the ruins of the ranch. I held the camera down at the ground looking up at the outstretched tree and the ranch, perhaps a slightly different perspective than one might ordinarily see in person or in a photograph.

Ryan Ranch has been added National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The site was nominated as a historic district based on its profitable history and depiction of early mining life and, therefore, its local significance to Joshua Tree National Park and the surrounding communities.

Equipment:  Nikon D90, Tokina AT-X 116 Pro DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens For Nikon


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