Rural landscapes: closed for the pandemic


This charming tourist attraction is in a tiny hamlet that was once a coal mining powerhouse of 2,500. The first mine closed during the Great Depression and today, Wayne has less than 50 people and the mining industry is long gone. But the place continues to fascinate, in part because getting there from the main highway requires crossing 11 single-lane bridges over the Rosebud River.
There’s a standard close-up view of the hotel and saloon that’s pretty good and I have that photo. But I wanted something that was unique to my vision, so I used these bushes – which serve as the boundary to a nearby residential property – to provide a near-far perspective.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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One thought on “Rural landscapes: closed for the pandemic

  1. I really like this photo, Frank, for all the mystery and old life it conjures up. Wonderful to see the old hotel and saloon in the mountainous, rural landscape. The shrub adds a lot and the blue sky does too. I enjoyed your narrative, especially hearing about the curious 11 single-land bridges. Thanks for what felt like a visit to the past.

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