Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bugs Family

The jackrabbit was just relaxing by this grave at the Double Buttes Cemetery.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Double Buttes Cemetery

On September 13, 1887, a group of citizens formed a group called, "Tempe Cemetery Association", and started the Double Buttes Cemetery in Tempe, AZ.   The property was donated by Niels Peterson in 1888.  Many famous Arizona citizens are buried in this cemetery.  The Double Buttes restaurant sit high on a mountain overlooking the cemetery and the city.

Friday, June 24, 2011

More Weird Cemetery Pictures

Here I am standing at another corner of the Woolf family plot.  I got more of the multi-colors on the left and a strange mist on the right.  The colors in the pictures almost match my aura picture..... hum.

Ha ha, it looks like big colorful lips surrounding my face.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Weird Cemetery Pictures

These were taken at the Double Buttes Cemetery in Tempe AZ, last night.  We were taking pictures by the Woolf family's plot.  I took three shots in a row standing in the same spot.  In one picture I got a rainbow mist and in others, nothing.  We can't quite explain what it is.  It was dark with no lighting around the area.  Here is some of the pictures from one angle.  I will post more from another angle later.

One: normal

Two: weird anomaly

Three: normal

Abandoned Places

I came across this video of a photo montage taken of abandoned places all over.  I have been taking most of my photos around the state of Arizona but hope to travel to other states and countries snapping pictures of more urban exploration.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Peter Lik: From the Edge

For the past few weeks I have been watching a show on the Weather Channel called, "From the Edge" (  It follows well-known photographer Peter Lik ( to various out-of-the-way localities around America to get the perfect gallery shot.  He takes us to places none of us will ever see.  These beautiful breathtaking places provide Peter with the ideal shot but are not always easy to get to.  He braves the elements to find the right spot and sometimes waits for hours for the light to be just right.  Once the setting is perfect, the shot is taken.  He is a bit of a crazy SOB to hike to some of those dangerous locations, but his drive is impressive.  As someone who is constantly trying to improve her photography skills, I have enjoyed watching Peter's tenacity and drive to travel to practically the ends of the earth, fight the elements to get that one and only remarkable shot.  The man has an amazing eye for photography.  Peter's bio

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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Ghost Town of Ruby, Arizona

There is a small ghost town that sits near the Arizona/Mexico border in Santa Cruz County, and at the foot of Montana Peak. Ruby, Arizona, is another mining town left abandoned after the mines closed but is well preserved for tourist to take pleasure in seeing. Initially named “Montana Camp”, Ruby has a history of unregulated control, murder and chaos.

It has been told in the 1700’s Spaniards first discovered the minerals but left because of the harsh desert and hostile Apaches. It would be almost a century when a couple of mining engineers would renew Montana Gulch. Many followed, but like the Spaniards, they left because of the unfriendly Apaches living in the area.

By the 1870’s, another prospector made numerous claims and started a settlement at the base of the mountain he called “Montana Camp”. The mine produced an abundance of gold, silver, copper, and zinc. By the late 1800’s a mercantile was opened and huge amounts of high-grade ore was found. The word quickly spread and many miners, along with their families, rushed to Ruby to get their piece of the wealth.

Julius Andrews bought the mercantile in 1897 and on April 11, 1912 he opened the post office. He named the post office “Ruby” after his wife, Lille B. Ruby Andrews. Short afterwards the mining camp was also referred to as Ruby. The post office stayed in business until May 31, 1941 when it finally closed its doors.

Living in Ruby was not easy for the miners and their family. It was hot, dirty and very dangerous. They lived in tents or adobe huts and only had one general store to do all their business with. The men would usually hunt or rustle cattle to feed their families. Living close to the Mexican border was a problem as well. Not only did their fear being attacked by the Apache, but the Mexicans too. Another element the residents of Ruby had to face was poor water conditions. They ended up building a dam to catch the runoff and to power the mines.

In 1914, the general store was purchased by another and a much larger store was built up the hill from the old one. That building is still standing in Ruby today. In the 1930’s was when the highest reported number of people lived in Ruby. There were 1,200 residences of miners, their families, businessmen and some unruly soles. During that time the mine was the largest zinc manufacturer in Arizona and third in producing silver. But it was only a decade later in 1940 when the mine closed with Ruby becoming a ghost town a year later.

Ruby is well taken care of and maintained with its 25 buildings including the old jail, homes, mine machinery, school and playground which are still intact. Ruby and Vulture Mine are the two most successfully well preserved ghost towns in Arizona.

I know the area where Ruby is located is not very safe with all the border problems and smuggling, but I still want to visit there someday and share the awesome photos of this rather interesting mining ghost town.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rub-a-dub-dub: Two Chicks in a Tub

"Hobo's bathroom" - Mobile AZ

hotel at Crazy Mountain Ranch - Montana

Birdcage Theatre - Tombstone AZ

in front of the "Brand New Dead Things" gift shop - Yarnell AZ

Vulture Mine AZ

Howdy y'all...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Billy Clanton: the Youngest Outlaw Brother

Born in 1862 in Hamilton County, Texas, William Harrison Clanton would go by his nickname Billy and forever chiseled in the history books for his part in the Gunfight of the O.K. Corral. His father was Newman Haynes Clanton and went by the moniker “Old Man Clanton”. Along with his wife Mariah they raised five boys and two girls and moved the family to California after the civil War ended.

The family was forever moving but settled in Charleston in the Arizona Territory in 1873. By 1877 the Clanton Ranch was up and running, the same year Ed Schieffelin discovered silver in the Goose Flats, less than 15 miles from the Clanton Ranch. Schieffelin founded Tombstone, a place where the Clanton boys often frequented.

Billy, along with the McLaury brothers, Tom and Frank, usually went to town for business. He was well liked by the folks living in town unlike his brother Ike. People saw Billy as a hard worker but Ike was revered as a nasty drunk, constantly shooting off his mouth and pistols.

When the Earps came to town, things changed for young Billy. He, along with his father and Ike, were accused of murder and being horse thieves. It was the year 1881 which would change everything for good. On August 13th, his father was murdered in an ambush by Mexican Rurales in the Guadalupe Canyon. Billy and his brothers continued taking care of the ranch and business. On October 25th, Billy, along with the McLaury brothers rode to Tombstone for a shot or two of whiskey after a long day of gathering up scattered cattle.

The next day’s event would go down in history. After an exchange of words with the Earps and Doc Holliday, Billy, Ike, Billy Claiborne and the McLaury brothers gathered behind the O.K. Corral. The Earps were told the gang was rowdy and carrying weapons. The Earps and Holliday walked down to the corral where the famous gun battle ensued. When the dust finally settled, Billy Clanton and the McLaury brothers lay dead in the bloody dirt.

Half the town of Tombstone sided with the Clantons while the other half stood behind the Earps. The outlaws’ funeral was the largest in Tombstone’s history. All three were buried at the Boot Hill cemetery. It was told that Billy’s father’s remains were later moved by his brothers, Ike and Phin, and buried next to Billy.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Globe's Old Dominion Mine

The Old Dominion Mine is located in Globe, Arizona and opened in 1881.  The mine was rich in copper but minor amounts of gold and silver were found there as well.   The mine did have it share of problems with water in the 14 levels, and in 1917 when there was a statewide miners’ strike.

Many of the Old Dominion Mine workers were Mexican who also participated in the strike.  In order to get them back to work, the mine had them kept in camps along the Mexican border.  These camps were kept in extreme conditions, forcing the workers back to the mines in order to be freed.  The strike did turn out to be triumphant.  The miners were offered better pay and nicer living conditions.
In 1931 the mine closed for good.  Today the mine has been refurbished with talks of turning it into a park.  It is also used as the water supply for Globe-Miami and the district mines.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011