Monday, September 5, 2011

Weekly Kodachrome - Broken and Forgotten

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There are small towns.

These are those places you see on the side of the highway as you drive, those small municipalities you usually swing off at just long enough to fill the tank, get yourself a Dr. Pepper, and use the facilities before you jump back on those shimmering lanes of asphalt to head back to the destination you originally had in mind.

It makes me think of Pixar’s movie, Cars, and an interaction between Lightning McQueen and Sally as they looked out over the valley of Radiator Springs from high up on the sandstone cliffs.

Sally: I fell in love with this…

Lightning: [Looking at the cars on the distant interstate]. They’re driving right by, they don’t even know what they’re missing.

Sally: Forty years ago, that interstate down there didn’t exist.

Lightning: Really?

Sally: Yeah. Back then, cars came across the country a whole different way.

Lightning: How do you mean?

Sally: Well, the road didn't cut through the land like that interstate. It moved with the land, it rose, it fell, it curved. Cars didn’t drive on it to make great time. They drove on it to have a great time.

I stopped. I stayed. I had a wonderful time. I’ll post more later this week.

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28 comments:

Tracy P. said...

Love the point of view in this. What a great eye you have.

Life with Kaishon said...

That is a beautiful picture. Love it. LOVE your words also.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I suppose those that remember these awesome vehicles are somewhat broken (but not forgotten.)

:) Times change, don't they?

Stephani said...

We always take the backroads and two lane highways when we can. You miss so much when you travel the major highways. We also intentionally visit small towns, their museums, festivals, and local diners. It is a lot of fun, so enjoyable! We've met some really colorful people that way too! Glad you had a good time.

Laura said...

I was just checking up on the Radiator Springs construction in California Adventure oddly enough. :)

Glen said...

Is it only me that thinks Sally was a bit easy in that film? threw herself at the famous racing car. sad

Connie said...

What a photo! Love the sun peeking through the windows!
I'm afraid I take the freeways to get to my destination. According to Sally, I'm really missing out!

I have a couple of broken cars at my house that you're welcome to photograph!

Joan said...

You captured an amazing moment. Your reference to "Cars" is the second to enter my day. Maybe I need to see the movie.

Kimberly said...

This is a wonderful photo! Love your perspective! So sad that such a cool car looks like that now.

olivia said...

I love everything about this.. the photo, the angle and composition! what you wrote! we did parts of route 66 but I didn't have a camera at that time and this kind of shot makes me wish I did!

olivia said...

by the way... found you through Nancy @ A Rural Journal. so glad I did!

Jen said...

Awesome photo! I love the sun shining through the back windshield

Sarah said...

Really pretty. Love the perspective and sunflare.

Richard & Natalie said...

Love...the car, the sun flare, and old towns. Glad you caught it all.

Mindy said...

Glad you came, saw, and stayed... yet another masterpiece... :-)

Rachel said...

Mommy of Cars fanatic: you just quoted the best dialogue in that movie (other than "Kachow", but that goes without saying")

Geez is that an awesomely framed shot or what?

Cedar said...

This is a really awesome shot! And to connect it to the movie Cars, even better! Fantastic!

patty said...

hopped over from communal global... my first time visiting. i'll be back later today to parouse your space!! now, off to school! :)
happy monday!
patty
www.findingserendipity.com

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

What a lovely photo! And it goes so well with that little snippet of conversation. A great nugget to think on. Thanks for sharing!

Lori said...

Loved this, Jason--really made me reflect. I have a gps now, and I find myself playing "beat the clock" most of the time when I get on the road to travel somewhere. I'll start out with a stated end time, and it becomes my goal to see how many minutes I can shave off of that time--how much I can abbreviate the time spent in the car. I used to love road trips, and I think I've become a victim of the interstate--the push and shove, the subtle little road rages. What a beautiful photograph and calming little reflection to think upon. Thanks.

Buckeroomama said...

Yeah, this definitely made me smile --both the words and the photo. :)

leavesnbloom said...

You know I wish my kids were able to see the landscape that I grew up around - now a motorway exists there. The trees I climbed, the hunts we built, the fairy lane with all the wild primroses all gone plus our home and garden - all bulldozed away to make way for that big road.

Rosie
leavesnbloom photography in Scotland

Danelle said...

Now that is just cool! Love that sun coming through the window.

A Lark said...

So weird! Just heard this quote a few minutes ago....came home and the nephews were watching CARS - just at this point.... Cool picture. (:

Mr. Hughes said...

It was a pleasure to have you visit. I am glad our little town provided you with such amazing photo moments! Please come and stay again soon. The kids miss you already! :)
Oh, and thanks for being so cool!

Karen Peterson said...

I wonder how much more calm the world would be if we took time to exit the highway and stay awhile.

Lacey Lou said...

This post definitely made me miss my own little small town of Fairview, UT. Good thing I'm headed there this weekend so I can get my small town fix! I'm definitely not a city girl and your pictures and quotes were PERFECTION! :)

Stasha said...

That's a great shot. I can quote Cars for you all day long, courtesy of my 3 year old son.

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