Ashes to Ashes by Laurie Search


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Niland, CA

Canon 5D Mark II
Texture from Shadowhouse Creations
Photoshop CS6

We happened upon this place that had 5 buildings, I think, that have obviously been abandoned and are in ruin. It looks as though it was some kind of mineral spa or mud spa….There were a bunch of individual little tubs as well as a couple of big swimming pools. It was just down the dirt road from those mud pots I showed in some other images…It looked as though parts of these buildings and other items actually have been sinking into the ground. It’s the same dry-looking but actually soft and mushy ground that was over around those mini volcanoes. I can’t imagine who would build something out here…And it obviously didn’t work…Sad….


dilapidated, buildings, architecture, ruins, abandoned, falling down, niland, ca, california, deserts, california deserts, landscapes, textured, textured landscapes, grunge, interesting sights, laurie search, shadows


  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 1 year ago

    Great capture Laurie.

  • Thank you so, so much, Colin! I truly appreciate it!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 1 year ago

    This is cool. Just a very western feel to it.

  • Thank you so very much, dear Donna!!! :)))xo

    – Laurie Search

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 1 year ago

    Great find, such a gem for a wandering photographer! :) Love the treatment too.

  • Yes, definitely!! And actually, when we first drove by this place, there was what looked to be a team of pro photographers out there with their big medium format cameras and tripods…was tempted to get out and see if they were with a magazine or something, but in the end decided to come back by after seeing the mud pots and photograph this without others getting in the way! :))) Thanks so, so much, Celeste!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 1 year ago

    Beautiful image and work Laurie!

  • Thank you very, very much, my friend!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Odd-Jeppesen
    Odd-Jeppesenover 1 year ago

    Wonderful atmosphere.

  • Thank you so kindly, Odd!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Bryan  Keil
    Bryan Keilover 1 year ago

    Very nice Laurie

  • Thank you very, very much, Bryan!!!

    – Laurie Search

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 1 year ago

    Super work Laurie …

  • Thank you so very much, Tom!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Tracie Louise
    Tracie Louiseover 1 year ago

    This is SO cool. Just love old buildings like these.

  • Me, too! I had a lot of fun exploring around there!! :))) Thanks so much, tracielouise!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • J J  Everson
    J J Eversonover 1 year ago

  • Oh wow!! Thank you SOOO much for the wonderful feature!! I’m honored!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

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