Posted: November 17, 2015 in Automobiles, Details, Old cars, Photography, Red, Rust, Wabi Sabi

Subtitled: Wabi Sabi Finds Her Bliss in Northern Georgia


Four thousand-plus junked cars spread out over 34 acres. No car newer than a 1972.



Seven miles of trails winding back and forth through those 34 acres. And trees. Trees growing up in and around the car bodies. Piles of leaves and brown pine needles on everything.


It was a brilliantly sunny day and I was worried that I’d be fighting glare and harsh shadows, but the tree cover not only filtered the light, in many cases it provided beautifully soft and dappled patterns. It didn’t interfere with my shots. It enhanced them.



Mood lighting for old cars. Who knew there was a setting for that?


I spent four hours shooting, took several hundred shots and only covered maybe 20% of the grounds.


Still to come: hood ornaments, broken windshields, taillights, and rust. Lots of rust.

  1. andykidd says:

    Just brilliant – set up camp for interesting times. Love that last Gran To sideways.

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    Great shots. I agree with Andy, there should be a camping ground so you can stay late or get up early for the blue and golden hour shots.

  3. Schwister says:

    Wonderful shots! When I was growing up (in Lodi, WI) there was an informal dumping ground for junked cars on the edge of town and everyone just went there with a screwdriver and crowbar whenever they needed a spare part. Of course it was on the edge of a marsh and was an environmental disaster that they’ve since cleaned up but in those days no one thought it out too thoroughly. 😀

    • Oh that is such a cool image: automotive hunter-gatherers armed with screwdrivers and crowbars.
      My son lived in Mazo for a while and I always thought the drive back to Columbus and the highway through towns like Lodi was breathtaking, especially in the winter. The opportunity to die on one of those hilly curves was often breathtaking as well.
      (Should I insert a smiley emoticon after the automotive death comment to lighten the mood? 🙂 )

      • Schwister says:

        haha I somehow know you well enough to understand how to take such comments. Maybe it’s from looking at your photos. 😊 I agree on the highways around Lodi – especially west toward Sauk City, Prairie du Sac and the other river towns like Mazo. It’s just the best.

  4. Jane Lurie says:

    The photography karma was with you this day. The light is perfect and the colors, textures and details are fabulous, Patricia.

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