Distant Echoes

They rage sometimes in distant echoes, those ghosts of living in by-gone years…

…they sing and howl, sometimes, at atrocities lean and harsh that were wrought upon the land, scars that remain in hardened shadow form, of skeletons in brick and steel….

…and when the sun is down, they wonder in silent tones, sometimes, as evening light creeps low, as tiny eyes blink awake in their hollowed places, not hallowed…

…carts ring and clang on rails laid, earth’s treasures brought from below, man’s hand and mind are joined, sometimes, from pick to truck to refiner’s fire, to jewelers’ purses to ladies’ hands to settled estates, and then…

…and come around again to distant echoes and ghosts of living in by-gone years….

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18 responses

  1. I absolutely love the pictures, and the wording is great!

    January 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

    • Thank you, Eve…for visiting, and for your nice words. 🙂

      January 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      • My pleasure! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment. 🙂 I’ll be back here soon, I really like your photography!

        January 12, 2012 at 2:22 am

        • Hello again, Eve…I’m glad you like my photos…and I’ll look forward to your visits. 🙂

          January 12, 2012 at 7:06 am

  2. Great piece of writing.

    January 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    • Thank you, Victoria…the pictures kind of brought it out.

      January 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm

  3. Human Beings must change from Capitalistic Exploitators to Conservationists … Stewards of the land and seas to ensure that future generations are given the gift of our world’s beauty and bounty.

    January 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    • Thank you, Steven. I did some research on mining activities in Arizona a few years ago and was almost sickened at what happens to our natural world around the mines…and it’s gravely worse in other countries where they don’t have the same regulatory statutes in place. The site where these photos were taken is literally just down the road from a major medical center that was built upon the “restored” land from earlier mining operations…so it appears that they cleaned it up nicely. Thank you, again, for your excellent contribution to the post, Steven. 🙂

      January 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  4. Wonderful words and images together.

    January 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    • Thank you, Drawandshoot. 🙂

      January 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm

  5. I love this kind of buildings. There’s something mysterious in them. It’s fun to adventure ourselves in them too, with friends, to feel better the distant echoes of the past, and maybe, maybe see a ghost!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:43 am

    • I agree, Orel, there is something mysterious and inviting about them, and I think it probably would be fun to go exploring in them. We never know what we might find inside…or what will find us! 🙂

      January 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

  6. Very effectively delivered, Scott. Your words and images beautifully worked together. Well done!

    February 2, 2012 at 5:06 am

    • Thank you, Jessie…very nice words…. 🙂

      February 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

  7. Josh

    Where in salt lake where these taken?

    October 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    • Hello Josh, these are the old Utah Ore Sampling buildings; while traveling north on the I-15, you can see them off to your right, south of 5300 South. I just spent several minutes looking at Google Maps of the area and it is located at about 5500 South on 300 West. On the Google Map, you will find it immediately to the south and east of Auto Experts of Utah in the finger of land between the railroad track and 300 West. I hope that helps.

      October 9, 2015 at 7:49 am

      • Levi Morgan

        Awesome stuff!! Have you been in this place? It seems kind of hard to get in, but possible. Please let me know. Thanks!

        January 13, 2016 at 9:33 pm

        • Good morning, Levi. I’ve not been inside the property…made the photos from outside, standing on the sidewalk or up the bridge a little ways. It does look fascinating, doesn’t it?

          January 18, 2016 at 6:40 am

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