June 8, 2012

Hess Ranch Stable

Two images to wind up the Hess Ranch series. Both of the stable that I posted the other day.

I don’t have much to say about the images themselves, but I do have a lot to say. I’ll try to keep it short.

I spent a couple of months planning my Nevada photography trip. The Hess Ranch was not my list of things to shoot. It couldn’t be. It is not a state park, featured on the “Ghost Town” sites or listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, I just happened to drive past it.

I could have kept driving. After all, I had an agenda that day — I was on my way to Ione, then to Berlin. But I stopped and spent two hours exploring the ranch.

The images I got from this pitstop make me glad I did, but the fact that they got the attention of and resonated with the Walsh family make me elated. It is not often (read: never) that a random urbex shoot resonates with people who have such a close personal connection to the subject. It was really special.

So thank you Joe Walsh, Bea (Walsh) Bible and Steve Walsh for your kind words and input into this series. I’m so glad you found me!

If you want more information on the Walsh Family history, poke through the Walsh Family website. There are some great stories and photos there.

More Nevada images coming next week. Probably another Ghost Town. Probably Ione.

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