Rust In Peace by David McMahon

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“Listen up, buddy, how long do I have to wait here for you to fill up this jalopy and clean the windscreen? I really don’t care if you’re operating on a skeleton staff …..” (1,371 views on 9 November 2013.)

I shot this on the outskirts of Whitehorse, in the Yukon, in September 2008.

(The rusty vehicle is real. The skeleton is a fake – or so I’m told – but I’m “haunted” by the possibilities!)

The Yukon, of course, is one of the world’s quintessential gold rush zones. There were probably some ghosts watching over me when I took this shot – but they knew I had entered into the "spirit’’ of the task!!

Featured in RUSTIC, May 2009.

Featured in YER PULLIN’ MY LEG, August 2009.

Featured in STATUES AND SUCH, September 2009.

Featured in CAPTION FUN, January 2011.


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  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddabout 5 years ago

    Somehow this makes me think of the old rock band “The Grateful Dead”… Great shot!!

  • Brian, what a great punchline. I salute you!

    – David McMahon

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleabout 5 years ago

    What a wonderful find! Love your sense of humour.

  • Thanks, Rosalie. Gotta see the funny side of life!

    – David McMahon

  • gracestout2007
    gracestout2007about 5 years ago

    You created a great title for this image. Very interesting.

  • Thanks very much, Grace. I had a big grin on my face when I was photographing this sight!

    – David McMahon

  • Kate Purdy
    Kate Purdyabout 5 years ago

    Great find, perfect title…

  • Thank you very much, Kate. That’s very kind of you.

    – David McMahon

  • EBmonster
    EBmonsterabout 5 years ago

    LOL.. this is great! and I love the title

  • Thanks very much, EBMonster. Glad you liked the title too!

    – David McMahon

  • Babbler
    Babbleralmost 5 years ago

    LOL,superb !

  • Thanks very much, Babbler. Glad you liked the shot.

    – David McMahon

  • odarkeone
    odarkeonealmost 5 years ago

    Waiting at KFC for french frys great capture David

  • Thank you, I wish I’d thought of that remark!

    – David McMahon

  • kilmann
    kilmannalmost 5 years ago

    The title made me laugh, and the picture also. Great gallery, and a great sense of observation. Have to come back soon.

  • Thanks, Kilmann. Glad you liked the title and I’m delighted to see you enjoyed the gallery as well.

    – David McMahon

  • djphoto
    djphotoalmost 5 years ago

    Great sense of humor. This really put a smile on my face. Love your work:)

  • I’m glad it made you smile – sorry it’s taken me a while to reply. This comment slipped under my radar somehow!

    – David McMahon

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizziealmost 5 years ago

    lol,congradulations on your feature

  • Thanks very much – I’m delighted that you like this unusual shot!

    – David McMahon

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