Antique bottle collection in the window on a blustery day.

These bottles are usually found buried, and are not scrubbed, so as not to disturb the natural patina of aging. The little milk bottle (clear, half pint) contains my old button collection. Most of these have been found in ruins and old mine sites. The long-necked brown bottle probably contained medicine such as laudnum; beer bottle on the left.

Common, everyday items like these can tell us so much about the people who made and used them. Bottles and buttons remain long after softer materials have weathered away.

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Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Awesome bottle shapes, great capture. Don.

  • Thank you, Don!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • NinaF
    NinaFover 4 years ago

    very nice work

  • Thank you, Nina! It was something to do on a miserable stormy day. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenover 4 years ago

    I love old bottles! Have a small collection. These are beautiful, Arla~Lynn

  • Thanks, Lynn. We have quite a few. The muted light from steamy window caught my eye today …. I haven’t been able to get out for so long, I had to shoot something! :)))

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • discerninglight
    discerninglightover 4 years ago

    beautiful still life, Arla. I like the buttons in the middle bottle.

  • Hi Luke! Thank you! :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Carla Jensen
    Carla Jensenover 4 years ago

    Spectacular image…Arla!! Beautiful old bottles and I just love the lighting and the water running down the widow! excellent work, my friend!! =D

  • Thanks very much, Carla!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • doubleheader
    doubleheaderover 4 years ago

    It’s great to find these old treasures.. used to poke through old ruins when I was younger..Ever had them buttons dated?? Great still life image Arla…=D

  • Thank you, Bill. No, I haven’t.

    Europeans did not arrive here until the mid-1800’s, so anything older than that would have come from items that were old at the time of their arrival.

    The town of Cherry Creek flourished from 1880-1910, so most of these baubles would fall within those dates, but of course, some would be newer. Some of the mining claims were worked in the ’20’s, and there were small booms in the 1940’s and 50’s.

    I am interested in the historical placement of these items, but not concerned with their trade values. Someday, I might take the time to display them more elegantly. :D

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromover 4 years ago

    Love the buttons…great shot!

  • Me, too. Thanks, Susan!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 4 years ago

    Nice idea and composition, like the POV in this capture

  • Thank you, Hawker!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 4 years ago

    When needs must! You’ve turned the situation to your advantage, well done!

  • Thank you, very much!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Morpho  Pyrrou
    Morpho Pyrrouabout 4 years ago

    Great process and tones:)))

  • Thank you, Morpho!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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