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Rural Nevada, USA
Unstaged – As found

or … “Brotherhood Of The Fence-Hanging Pants?”
or … "I Lost My Shirt In Vegas; My Pants in ____ " ?

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The Wild West Show

This is how Nevada’s famous Road Art “Galleries” get started. Next thing you know, some joker will come along and add a pair of boots … or a head ….

Travelers through the vast “Big Empty” that is rural Nevada, are apt to come upon scenes like this. Sometimes, the display is caused by a random act of Nature; sometimes, it is a deliberate expression of creativity.

I don’t imagine anyone can explain the proclivity of SOME Nevadans to leave “messages” along the lonely roadside. Perhaps, it is like the message in a bottle, sent by some weary traveler, alone in a vast and seemingly empty place to those who follow behind. Perhaps, it arose from our forebearers’ need to save every remnant, “just-in-case-somebody-might-need-it-sometime”.

To the uninformed, these wayside exhibits may appear unsightly mars upon the pristine landscape. Yet we ask — NO! we implore you to leave them as they stand (feel free to add your own flashes of brilliance to the existing ones), for unexpected signs of humanity can be a refreshing wake-me-up along the endless highways of this vast country.


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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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  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    I have heard of loosing you pants but never like this, Neat

  • Thanks, Byron … what puzzles me, is how they (appear) to be strung on the permanently afixed wire … Have they been there since the fence was put up??

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • BoudoirKandy
    BoudoirKandyover 3 years ago

    wow! a very thought provoking image and capture :))

  • Thank you, Kandy!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • doubleheader
    doubleheaderover 3 years ago

    That’ll teach em to run around out there in the…
    a precursor ( that never caught on) to the shoe tree maybe?? cool post Arla..=D

  • Yup …. sights like this, and others much more elaborate are abundant down in Snake Valley, around Great Basin National Park. Books have been written about those displays …. This is located within a 100 miles of there, so maybe it’s just overflow?

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 3 years ago

    Nice find.Rode hard and put away wet ha !…Hugs…Tom

  • You got that right. Thanks, Tom!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 3 years ago

    hehe how cool a mystery hehe dawnx

  • Thank you, Dawn!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    lol…great fun shot….well seen/found Arla :-)

  • Thank you, Carol!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • NinaF
    NinaFover 3 years ago

    Hmm a barbed wire clothesline ..saves on clothes pins! ;)

  • Jennifer Saville
    Jennifer Savilleover 3 years ago

  • What a cool surprise! Thank you, Jennifer!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesover 3 years ago

    On The Fence

    Thank you and big honking ♥♥♥ to my fellow WPHS alumnus and fine artist, Colleen Reynolds of Midvale, Utah for purchasing!!

  • Marcelle Raphael
    Marcelle Raphaelover 2 years ago


    Congratulations! You are a TOP TEN challenge winner in the CHALLENGE ACCEPTED group!!
    As voted by your member peers, your submission was TOP TEN in the challenge!
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    Challenge: Stuck

  • Thanks, Marcelle!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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