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Mining Our Depths

On the drive from Phoenix to Sedona, Arizona, back in November, we stopped in Jerome, called "the wickedest town in the West" in 1903
because of its prostitution, gambling and vice.  Today it is a fabulous tourist mecca in the Wild, Wild West genre.
This copper and silver mine can be seen from the city center of Jerome, Arizona.
I find it a great symbol for my New Year as I seek to mine under my surface to find out what's there!

Mining Our Depths

On the drive from Phoenix to Sedona, Arizona, back in November, we stopped in Jerome, called "the wickedest town in the West" in 1903
because of its prostitution, gambling and vice.  Today it is a fabulous tourist mecca in the Wild, Wild West genre.
This copper and silver mine can be seen from the city center of Jerome, Arizona.
I find it a great symbol for my New Year as I seek to mine under my surface to find out what's there!

comments (48)

  • Dr A. W!
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2009, 00:02
postcard material smile

you have an ecclectic collection...if well packaged, could make serious bucks
Ginnie Hart: You honor me, DrAW! I would love to find out HOW to make serious bucks with my photos, seriously. Would you be my marketer??? smile
What a nice contrast of modern engineering vs nature's engineering! Very interesting framing of the shot.
YAGO (Yet another great one) smile
Ginnie Hart: I'll have to remember that acronymn, Bisola. smile YAGO YAGO YAGO. I like that. Thank you kindly.
Well I hope you find something of lasting & enduring interest Ginnie: if you understand my meaning...
Ginnie Hart: I do indeed understand your meaning, Chris, and believe there is much to be found that will last and endure! Thank you for your sentiment.
Looks like he wild west has been tamed now sad
Ginnie Hart: And thankfully so, Will. grin Well, I guess??
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 8 Jan 2009, 01:39
I could do with a bit of self-mining, too, Ginnie. The mine looks like some alien city...
Ginnie Hart: I think below the tip of the iceberg (another metaphor) IS an alien city, Larry. Well said!
Great analogy Ginnie. Think I'll use that one here in PA where mining for coal use to be a big industry. Excellent shot, my first thought was a launch pad for our missile defense system. Of course your web site would be national news if it was. Love the almost monochrome effect here. The sharpness and clarity are awesome.
Ginnie Hart: HA! It does look like a missile site, John, for sure. I'm guessing that would be worse than raping the land?! Thank you always for your kind comments.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2009, 03:50
I hope your 2009 will be sunnier than what's shown in this shot!
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing the beginning will have few days of sun for me, Martin, but hopefully the end will have fewer days of clouds! That's my take on the year before it barely starts. smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 8 Jan 2009, 04:11
Great Ginnie treatment on this one.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Aussie. Thank you.
Absolute perfection as always Ginnie. Looks like the space shuttle ready for takeoff.

Your processing is totally exquisite smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it does, Paul...you're right! Another good symbol for the new year! smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 8 Jan 2009, 05:05
My first thought was they ruined the countryside, but it sounds like they provide jobs so I can overlook it.

Your capture is exceptional and the coloring, always the coloring is superb.
Ginnie Hart: One hardly knows what to think of mining these days, especially when you think of the coal-mine disasters of late, Sherri. I know. Maybe we we finally figure it out?
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Jan 2009, 05:28
Ontzettend mooi and so much truth in your tittle.
I go with Dr.A.W's opinion..wink this is an fabulous picture, the colours are spot on, the light perfect, the clouds a treasure, when I saw the name 'Jerome' I thought of Jeroen...in English sometimes pronounced as 'Jerome'.
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, lieve vriend. You have just told me something new about Jeroen's name. I never once thought if it had an equivalent in English. Jerome for Jeroen makes total sense. How fun to see the comparison...after 1.5 years!!! Eindelijk!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 8 Jan 2009, 05:58
Wonderful capture
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Zed.
tu montre par tes photos que même le laid devient très beau
Ginnie Hart: I guess that means beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, O-P! Merci.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 8 Jan 2009, 07:21
Good photo Ginnie I like the sky.Ginnie after meeting you When you mine under your surface you will find a nice honest person.
Ginnie Hart: Your words make me cry, Vintage. Thank you. Thank you.
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2009, 07:47
Very nicely framed and processing, the details are just exquisite.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Brian.
I have just noticed that this is your 601st posting! So well done on that!!

Nice industrial picture
Ginnie Hart: I'm on a roll, right, Bill?? grin Thanks.
  • Chad Doveton
  • location location location.
  • 8 Jan 2009, 08:00
Of course a thing like this is lost in America. In the UK it would be highly evident, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: This certainly would look more like an eye-sore in a different spot, Chad. The desert backdrop works a wonder with it that wouldn't happen in another setting, for sure.
You will not find but a good heart Ginnie. The photo is nicely composed and effective. Cheers.
Ginnie Hart: I do trust I will find a heart and soul as good as I wish it to be, dear Albert! Thanks for your confidence.
Impressive shot ! Day after days I see how your photo becomes more and more good !
Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Zeb! Merci.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 8 Jan 2009, 08:24
Mining under ones surface is a never ending work and evolution but it's really cool to see what one could find deep in the soul.
Ginnie Hart: Truer words were never spoken, Frida! Thank you.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 8 Jan 2009, 08:25
Forgot to comment the picture. I think it looks like something out of this world because the surroundings smile Well captured!
Ginnie Hart: The desert backdrop DOES make this almost look alien, Frida, for sure. Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jan 2009, 09:30
I know many people would consider this a blot on the landscape but to me it seems to fit in well - the convoluted outlines look good against the backdrop of the smooth hills. Good luck with the mining - you never know what you might find!
Ginnie Hart: It's kinda scary when you DON'T know what you'll find, Ingrid, but it's better than living the status quo. If we don't do it for ourselves, who else will???
threathening sky
Ginnie Hart: My kind of sky, Chantal, as you know by now.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jan 2009, 10:38
You will find a big heart with a lot of soul Musketeer wink
Love the image.
Ginnie Hart: Your words bring tears to my eyes, lieve Tracy. Please keep believing in me. I need that, more than you know.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Jan 2009, 10:47
Superb image Ginnie, but somehow I think I might have preferred a candid shot of the old P,G&V. [grin]
Ginnie Hart: I should have known you'd say that, Ray. Hmmm. Maybe I'll have to oblige you one of these days. grin
  • NarB
  • France
  • 8 Jan 2009, 10:58
Spectacular, great atmosphere? I like very much!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, NarB. Merci.
You applied your wonderful treatment Ginnie. Fine shot!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Richard, for noticing. Merci.
Perhaps you could get an X-ray. That will show you what is beneath your surface. LOL
Ginnie Hart: Wouldn't that be so easy if we COULD but take an x-ray to find out what all is there, Mary! (sigh)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Jan 2009, 12:47
The Golden Wild West I only know by hearsay- an interessting history! Oh, Ginnie, I'm sure - you know- you have already found some copper and silver and golden mines in the depths of your personality! Your last pics have mostly a kind of sepia toning? I imagined a deep yellow- ochre toning of the Arizona mountains? "Glück auf!" for you - as the miners are saying in our country!
Ginnie Hart: Your vote of confidence humbles and inspires me, lieve Philine. I'm sure I'll be turning up much dross in this year but will hopefully blow it all away! Ontzettend bedankt! I pray your own new year is off to a good start!
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 8 Jan 2009, 15:38
Incredible Ginnie .. must be of another planet ;-)
Ginnie Hart: All of Arizona seemed like another planet to me, Klaus. smile
  • blackdog
  • The Wasteland
  • 8 Jan 2009, 16:32
superb shot of man's intervention in the landscape Ginnie. Good luck with your own mining project ;o)
Ginnie Hart: Man's intervention...all for the hope of riches to be found! Literally and figeratively! smile
Forget the nickels and dimes Ginnie the pleasure and the integrity is in the photography. richard
Ginnie Hart: You sure know how to make my day, Richard! smile Thanks.
Great presentation once again Ginnie, it almost looks like a Moon-base.
Ginnie Hart: I think a lot of Arizona is Moon-based, Brian. ARID. smile Thanks.
  • namaki
  • France
  • 8 Jan 2009, 17:26
Bet you'll find a treasure !
I like the colours in that one ...
Ginnie Hart: I sure hope so, Namaki! Merci.
That is a wonderful shot. Let's hope you don't scar your surface when you go mining your depths like mining companies do to the Earth.
Ginnie Hart: Very good point, Michael. Thanks for the heads-up! smile
  • david
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2009, 19:22
wickedest town in the west? oh for a time machine to go take a look!!

Ginnie Hart: HA! I think we'd all like a peek, David. grin
It draws attention to find in that barren place that great factory me. The sky is spectacular!
Ginnie Hart: It's almost like it's on the moon, José Angel. smile Gracias.
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 9 Jan 2009, 03:11
that's a nice personal goal.. smile mine is to slim down.. lol! i say YAGO.. grin
Ginnie Hart: In that regard, Rian, mine goal is to STAY slim and not let it catch up with me. smile Thanks.
  • jamoula McKean
  • Australia
  • 9 Jan 2009, 07:24
A fine, cinematic, backdrop of a scene. No wonder someone wants it blown up or poster sized.
Ginnie Hart: Did you say you want to buy it from me, Jamoula? grin Have a great weekend!!
  • mary
  • United States
  • 9 Jan 2009, 15:10
I love the moody sky in this!
Ginnie Hart: I'm a glutton for moody skies, Mary. smile
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 9 Jan 2009, 18:04
Ginnie, you already know I am a fan!! Today's post is no exception. :o)
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Jennie. This is when it can be truly said that you put your money where your mouth is. grin
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 9 Jan 2009, 19:07
Fine details! Although what I see from here is just factory-like buildings (i think?). Nontheless, you captured it very well Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: It's a mining company, Liang, so I guess you can also call it a factory? Thanks.
  • claire
  • Canada
  • 9 Jan 2009, 19:24
nice capture! love your analogy. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Claire.
  • lasiate
  • Philippines
  • 11 Jan 2009, 00:18
encore quelques décennies et ce sera l'aspect de notre Terre sur toute sa surface
Ginnie Hart: I do hope you're wrong, Lasiate. God have mercy!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 11 Jan 2009, 00:31
...we constructions do terrible things to our landscapes...and yet you've managed to "mine" the beauty in it...Have a great year Ginnie! (I'm sure you'll find the rainbows and storms under your surface... you have the colourful hapinness of the first and the strenght and will of the second...)
Ginnie Hart: I will hang your dear words on the walls of my heart, Lina. Thank you.
A nice metaphore, Ginnie!
and a fine photo!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Daddy!!!! smile
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 11 Jan 2009, 22:51
Impressive factory and landscape. Nice warm colors.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Carsten.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Jan 2009, 13:19
Some clouds above the mining plant. The actual mine is probably underground and outasite. Even more symbolic of the digging to be done.

Parts of SA looks like these Arizona type landscapes.
Ginnie Hart: I can picture SA looking a bit like this, Louis, yes. And yes, this is surely just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak!

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